Luxury Cruise Guru
Cunard's Luxurious Queen Elizabeth in Europe
The world is calling you to discover it. From the remotest undiscovered corners, rich with hidden secrets and natural treasures, to a rediscovery of destinations you thought you knew, full of unique twists and rewards, luxury cruises offer discerning travelers like you both authentic discoveries and the simplest of pleasures. Combining the best for both the adventurous soul and the discerning palate, your luxury cruise guarantees exclusive access, limitless options, and the surprising moments of a lifetime that transform a vacation from the routine to the life changing.
Every luxury cruise is different, and some are better suited to your interests and preferences than others. While the internet is full of popularity contests, self-appointed experts, and paid puff pieces masquerading as reviews, I bring a different perspective to luxury cruising. As a veteran of over twenty ocean and river cruises worldwide, on a wide variety of luxury cruise lines, I can help you sift through the clutter and choose the right cruise for you – not for someone else. I’m also a skilled value interpreter, assisting you with sorting through the overwhelming array of promotions in the marketplace, to ensure that you not only choose the right cruise, but receive good value for your cruise dollar.
Plus, on over 350 sailings each year, I'm delighted to offer you special benefits and memorable amenities, including a private on board welcome reception, dedicated cruise host, and exclusive shore excursion - all complimentary, at no additional cost to you.
Are you interested in enjoying refined, personalized service while you travel? A plethora of the right inclusions, outstanding cuisine, and the best itineraries – including smaller, off-the-beaten path destinations with authentic experiences around every corner? Looking to combine an ocean cruise with a river cruise for a true destination immersion, or to plan pre- and post-cruise land arrangements that rival the quality of your cruise?
Contact me to schedule a planning consultation, and we'll get started planning your luxury cruise escape!
My Areas of Expertise
The Mediterranean Sea’s warm waters have beckoned us for millennia. From the ancient times of Zeus and Neptune and Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey through St. Paul’s journeys in the Bible, up to modern times, the Mediterranean’s unique blend of history, culture, food and wine, and a lovely climate have made it... Read more from my Discover the Mediterranean in All-Inclusive Luxury story.
One of the things I most enjoy about traveling in Europe is the opportunity to see history in person. From sites of huge historic significance, like the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy or the Castle Church in Wittenberg where Martin Luther first posted his 95 Theses, to places perhaps almost forgotten,... Read more from my On the Trail of Michelangelo in Italy story.
Sometimes, the best laid travel plans can go awry, which in a roundabout way led me to embark on a quest to visit the Holy Grail. I don't pretend to be Indiana Jones, so this is quest that you too can embark on!
Political events can impact travel plans. In the midst... Read more from my In Search of the Holy Grail story.
When the Soviet Union collapsed in the late 1980’s, the small Baltic Sea nation of Estonia regained its independence. The Estonian capital city of Tallinn is a vibrant, easily discoverable highlight of a Baltic Sea cruise, offering a unique mix of history, architecture, and a unique culture. I enjoyed a pleasant... Read more from my Tallinn, Estonia - A Baltic Gem story.
Four Myths about World Cruises
Does the idea of circling the globe for three to four months on a luxury cruise ship sound like your idea of the journey of a lifetime? Or, does it sound more like something that would never work for you? Since Phileas Fogg traveled Around the World... Read more from my Four Myths about World Cruises story.
In 1840, the first Cunard liner – Britannia – crossed the Atlantic Ocean from England to the United States. Since then, millions have crossed the ocean by ship. With the dawn of the jet age in the 1950’s, crossing by ship was no longer the only way to cross, and the... Read more from my Crossing the Atlantic in Style on Queen Mary 2 story.
If you’ve spent some time investigating cruises, you’ll quickly discover that the word “luxury” is perhaps the most overused word in the travel industry. I’ve yet to find a somewhat upscale cruise line that doesn’t define itself as a luxury brand, yet, luxury is such a subjective term that it’s almost... Read more from my You'll Feel Special on a Cunard Luxury Cruise story.
Britain’s Queen Victoria, who died in 1901, exerts a powerful influence on the world’s imagination and historical consciousness today. She lent her name to the Victorian Era, has been the subject of recent movies like Victoria and Abdul (starring one of my favorite actresses, Dame Judi Dench), and is still celebrated... Read more from my In Queen Victoria's Footsteps story.
A luxury cruise is a great way to discover the beauty and history of Europe’s Baltic Sea region. I recently had the opportunity to cruise the Baltic Sea on Cunard’s luxurious Queen Elizabeth, visiting a variety of ports in seven countries during my two-week cruise. By far, the highlight was the... Read more from my Two Days in St. Petersburg, Russia story.
I recently returned from a two week European cruise on Cunard's luxury liner Queen Elizabeth. In this blog post, I'll cover a few of the highlights that made this cruise one of my top travel experiences.
First, the Queen Elizabeth far exceeded my expectations when it came to food. The world gourmet... Read more from my Luxury Cruise Review: Cunard's Queen Elizabeth story.
Does the idea of circling the globe for four months on a luxury cruise ship sound like your idea of the journey of a lifetime? For many travelers, myself included, a world cruise is a definite must-do on life’s bucket list. For others, though, the idea of a world cruise can... Read more from my Is a World Cruise for Me? story.
Cruising is one of the most popular types of vacations for Americans. According to the Cruise Lines International Association, over 12 million Americans have cruised during the last decade. Some cruise lines boast a repeat factor of over 90 percent, meaning that once guests have traveled with them, they come back... Read more from my What's New at Sea? story.
Our trip and itinerary was laid out perfectly . Everything went smooth and we had a very relaxing get away without any worries. Ted thought of everything. The resorts were fabulous, our excursions were personal - no big crowds and our experience was priceless.
As a seasoned traveler himself, Ted knows the ins and outs of how to get an exceptional vacation that is worth every penny.
I am a believer that you get what you pay for and I will not take another vacation without Ted's assistance.
If you are planning a vacation, contact Ted. You will be glad you did!
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Anniversary Trip to Italy
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French Immersion Trip
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Showing the Rhein River at its best.
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Amazing First Trip To Europe
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Paris Wedding Trip
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Unforgettable Baby Moon
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