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Shani Laplume

Scottsdale, Arizona Travel Agent

River and Ocean Cruising

Cruising offers an easy, stress-free and luxurious way to explore the world. You don’t waste time traveling from place to place. Instead, you relax in your floating hotel, waking up in new places every day and enjoy fine dining and a choice of entertainment and lectures, along the way.

River cruising is great for people who want to get into the heart of a region. You watch the landscape as you slowly move along the water and excursions are designed to connect you with the local culture. For example, you can join the ship chef to shop in the local market or take walking tours that depart right from your dock in the center of town. 

In Europe, one of my favorite itineraries is along the Douro River. The cruise takes you through the interior of Portugal through the countryside that is still just now being discovered by visitors. The seafood and wines are amazing, and the scenery will have you snapping pictures all along the way.

Another of my favorite river cruise itineraries visits Vietnam and Cambodia. You can start in Hanoi, with its ancient pagodas, lovely French colonial buildings, great cuisine, and lively nightlife. In contrast, Ha Long Bay, named for the tiny islands that look like the ridges of a dragon’s back poking through the water, is serenely beautiful. And as you cruise along the Mekong River, you will stop to visit glorious soaring temples, bustling markets, and small villages and see people working in the rice paddies. And no trip to the region is complete without visiting the awe-inspiring temple at Angkor Wat.

Ocean cruises are great for families. The larger ships offer kids programs and lots of ways to keep children and teens engaged. And they can take you to places that would be hard to explore overland. Alaska is a prime example. Cruising up the Inside Passage takes you into protected territory where you can sail close enough to a glacier to hear it “calving” as a big chunk falls away. The whale watching is also spectacular, and there are lots of adventures on shore, from kayaking to heli-hiking. Most of all, you’ll have chances to see amazing wildlife. You might see a bear catch a salmon, or seals sunning on a beach.

The Greek islands and Turkey are another itinerary that I often suggest exploring on a cruise. Many of the islands can only be reached by sea and cruising allows you to combine many destinations without worrying about ferry schedules. My favorite island is Santorini, built on the rim of the former caldera. Many of the cruises continue to Turkey, allowing you to visit the ancient ruins of Ephesus as well as Istanbul, one of the most exotic cities in the world. 

As a cruise expert, I can help you select the cruise line and itinerary that will best match your travel interests and style. 

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Fantastic family vacation!

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France and Italy are amazing!

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In planning a very special trip, we used a travel agent for the first time, and Shani was outstanding. She helped plan, organize, schedule and book an amazing 3 week trip through France and Italy, land and a river cruise. For us having never been to either country, we relied on Shani to guide us with the best hotels, transfers, tours and tickets. She did an amazing job which made our trip even more special! Can't wait to book the next trip with her help.
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Shani was great! I found her on the internet so had no personal connection to her or her office. From day one she treated me like a long time customer. Very thorough, responsive and very nice to boot. I highly recommend working with Shani!
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Reviewed By Marlee Mauvis - Phoenix, AZ | Traveled to California ~ USA
I contacted Shani with some specific requirements; busy family, only 4 days, traveling by car, child with special needs, so whatever we do needs to be accessible and full of adventure. She sent us an itinerary from the moment we drove out of the driveway. This kept us all accountable, and the kiddos busy and excited for every moment.

We traveled to Disney for 2-days to visit the new Star Wars exhibit with a stop at Joshua Tree National Park for some education and a sunset tour. It was amazing! The scenery was beautiful, even the kiddos were taking pictures we'll look back on with a big smile.

Shani sent an itinerary that included hotel and event confirmation #'s, addresses, a contact at each location. Not to mention, she made herself available for anything we needed while traveling.

Thank you Shani for turning wonderful moments into forever memories. Excited about our next adventure with you!!!
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Shani was wonderful. She organized our cruise with six staterooms for our family cruise. She will be part of all our future vacation plans.
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Amazing trip from start to finish!

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Shani was great from start to finish! She took the time to get to know our wants and needs and kept those in mind throughout every step of the process. The hotels and activities she booked for us were exactly what we wanted and had personal touches along the way making it feel extra special!
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