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Ted Blank

Forest Lake, Minnesota Travel Agent

An independent agent with Travel Leaders in Stillwater, MN,

Boutique Small Ship Cruise Specialist

Boutique Cruise Ship in Croatia
Boutique Cruise Ship in Croatia

For me, cruising on a boutique small ship cruise is like enjoying a fabulous meal at that local gem of a restaurant - the one that is just off the beaten path enough that it's never packed with tourists, but serves amazing food!

As a Boutique and Small Ship Cruise Specialist, I help seasoned travelers discover unique destinations without the crowds and hassles that can characterize the large, mass market cruise ships.

Small ship cruising combines the best of cruising - gourmet food, superb wines, and luxurious accommodations - with a high level of personal service and amenities only available on small ships. Imagine diving into the Adriatic, directly from the stern of your ship anchored in the scenic Croatian Islands. Or, truly seeing Alaska's wildlife up close rather than from a bus or the distant decks of a mega cruise ship.  How about enjoying a private Champagne Beach Party on a remote beach in the Caribbean?

Let me help guide you to the cruise experience that perfectly suits you! I've personally explored Croatia on a 30 passenger ship, sailed the Mediterranean on an authentic tall ship, and and experienced the Pacific Northwest up close and personal on an UnCruise Adventure.  Contact me to start planning your boutique small ship cruise today.


Related Travel Experiences

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Croatian Coastal Cruise
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Beautiful Korcula in Croatia
September Cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean
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Barging in Burgundy
La Scala Theater in Milan
Venice and Milan, Italy
What a great place for a glass of wine!
Royal Clipper Mediterranean Cruise
Comfortable accommodations on a French hotel barge
Exploring Southern France by Luxury Barge
Deluxe cabin on UnCruise Adventures' SS Legacy
Rollin' on the River with UnCruise Adventures

Is a World Cruise for Me?

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.

What's New at Sea?

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.

Rollin' on the River with UnCruise Adventures!

UnCruise Adventures offers small ship cruises focused on adventure, wildlife, and culture.  Each year, they offer several wine tasting cruises along the Columbia River on their SS Legacy, a reproduction coastal steamer.  I enjoyed one of these cruises, sailing from Portland, Oregon along the Columbia and Snake River system.

The UnCruise visited ... Read more from my Rollin' on the River with UnCruise Adventures! story.

Royal Clipper Mediterranean Cruise

When you take a small ship cruise, you have the opportunity to explore ports and regions that are too small for the mega ships. 

I had the opportunity to travel on the Star Clippers tall ship "Royal Clipper" in the Mediterranean, visiting ports in Spain and France.  With a capacity of fewer ... Read more from my Royal Clipper Mediterranean Cruise story.

September in the Eastern Mediterranean

Blessed with azure seas, centuries of history, delightful cuisine, and sun, the eastern Mediterranean hits all the right notes for me.  I enjoyed a two week cruise from Italy through the Greek Isles, Turkey, and Croatia before returning to the port of Venice.

Along the way, I discovered amazing places, like the ... Read more from my September in the Eastern Mediterranean story.

Alaska Cruise and Denali

Alaska has it all - glaciers, wildlife, amazing national parks, quirky locals, and plenty of fresh seafood. I traveled with my family, ranging in age from 4 to 73 for a two week Inside Passage cruise and a scenic railroad journey to Alaska's heart, Denali National Park. Along the way, we ... Read more from my Alaska Cruise and Denali story.

Croatian Coastal Cruise & Bosnia

Croatia is one of Europe's hidden gems. Blessed with a great climate, crystal clear waters, a burgeoning wine industry, and miles of undeveloped beaches, a visit to Croatia offers something for everyone! Croatia is also a great add-on to an Italian vacation or Mediterranean cruise.

I had the opportunity to spend two ... Read more from my Croatian Coastal Cruise & Bosnia story.

My Reviews

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

Un-Belizeable Vacation!

Reviewed By Jenny V. - Forest Lake, MN | Traveled to Belize ~ Central America
Ted listened to what we wanted in a vacation and gave us a few options to choose from with different price points to meet our needs.

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!

I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip, and I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time!
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10 of 17 people found this review helpful

Ted made our trip happen!

Reviewed By Kayla - Lindstrom, MN | Traveled to Ireland ~ Europe
We were referred to Ted through friends. Initially, I was nervous to reach out to Ted because I've never worked with a travel agent before. He was easy to reach and very friendly. He made our fears of traveling disappear! He met with us several times to go over details and help us plan our time in each country or city that we would be in! He made our trip that we dreamed about, a reality! Btw we traveled all of Ireland and Northern Ireland, London and Paris!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure working with you, and I look forward to helping you plan your next overseas trip!
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5 of 8 people found this review helpful

Great trip

Reviewed By Alex - Forest lake mn | Traveled to Seattle ~ Washington ~ USA
Ted did a great job with our trip. He went above and beyond with his help and tips. I won't use anyone else. Alex
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
I was happy to help, and am glad you had a great trip!
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4 of 7 people found this review helpful

Amazing Greece and 4 day Agean Cruise

Reviewed By Jeanne and Bob - North Branch MN | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
Ted is very knowledgeable, energetic, fun to talk with and great at communicating with his clients. He always has ideas for what to see and do where we are traveling. He is always making sure we have what we need to have the best trip possible. I highly recommend Ted and have already booked another trip through him (we just came back two weeks ago from Greece). When my husband experienced a fall in Greece, Ted responded to my text immediately and called our travel insurance people to notify them. I was grateful for his assistance and are glad we booked with a travel agent as savvy and on top of things as is Ted.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Ted Blank responded:
It is a pleasure to work with you!
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8 of 17 people found this review helpful

Yah Man!

Reviewed By Dale & Lee - Marine on St.Croix, MN | Traveled to Negril ~ Jamaica ~ Caribbean
We told Ted where we have travelled in the past, what we like, and that sunny relaxation was a requirement. He offered us several choices in Jamaica, in different parts of the country, and at a variety of costs within our budget range. This preview made it easy on us! We had just a few questions and Ted took care of everything. He made sure we received all of our pre-trip info and gave us some tips for our journey. Not a single hitch in the plan and one of the best vacations we have had in years. If you are looking for an agent whose knows of what he speaks from first hand experience and is willing to tailor-make your vacation, call Ted Blank!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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