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Carol Talcott

Boca Raton, Florida Travel Agent

The Joys of Cruising

Many of my clients are drawn to small ship ocean and river cruising. On a big ship with 3000 to 5000 people, you are going to have lines and service and food can only be so good. Plus getting on and off a ship by tender can be time consuming. On a small ship, everything is more personal.

Oceania is a favorite because its smaller ships create a more upscale and intimate ambience and passengers get to know each other. More important are the special experiences these ships provide. Crystal Cruises is also amazing, especially with their new underwater lounge. These lines are very exclusive as are the experiences they provide, on and off shore.

Tauck and Viking River Cruises also provide great opportunities for special experiences. For example, on the Rhine, Viking brought German professor on board. We thought it would be boring but he was really entertaining as he compared and contrasted German culture to ours. 

Most recently, it was Holland America that really made me a hero to my clients. They are wonderful with special needs. I had a client with MS, confined to a scooter. He wanted to take a helicopter tour to the Mendenhall Glacier and go out with the sled dogs. But the scooter wasn’t allowed to go up in a chopper. The line worked with the tour operator and they figured out how to make it happen and he and his wife had an amazing time. His wife called to thank me when they got back because it meant so much to him. 

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