Scottsdale, Arizona Travel Agent
The Ins and Outs of Luxury Cruising
Have you ever wondered whether a cruise price is too good to be true, or which cruise line would be the best fit for you? I can show you the real cost and find the right cruise based on your travel style and interests. Cruising is often promoted as an all-inclusive vacation, but that means very different things on different lines. Gratuities might add $15 per person per day. Oh, and do you like to drink soda, wine, beer, or specialty coffees? Except on the higher priced lines, all of those are probably add-ons.
If you are an experienced cruiser who already knows the lines you prefer, I can help you get the most advantageous pricing. I also have access to Virtuoso amenities that you could not get on your own and special offers not available to the general public.
I make it my business to know which ships have just come out of drydock and which might be a bit shabby and in need of refurbishment, and can guide you to the best cabin size and location for you.
Knowing your dream destinations, I also can help you select the best itinerary. For example, St. Petersburg in Russia is an amazing city to visit but obtaining a visa is time-consuming and involves a lot of paperwork and red tape. Happily, cruise passengers are not required to obtain a visa, so cruising is a great way to get there. You also may want to consider whether you ship will dock right in town versus the cruise port and how many days you will be there.
A growing number of unusual itineraries combine an amazing number of ports in a single journey. It is important to look closely at their day-by-day schedules to be sure it is right for you. One couple considered a 27-day cruise from Rome to Singapore, passing through the Suez Canal and rounding Cape Horn. However, when they realized there were seven days at sea in a row, they decided that was not for them.
For those with limited mobility, cruising on a line that caters to special needs can be life-changing because they can get out and see things that otherwise would be quite difficult to navigate. Another plus is that members of a family or friend group with differing abilities or interests can go off in different directions and then regroup for meals or other activities. This is a big plus for families with older children or teens, who can enjoy age-appropriate activities with peers while parents pursue their own interests.
River cruising is a very different kind of journey; the ships are small, so they do not have the variety of on-ship activities. Instead, the focus is on the ports, which range from cities to small villages. Viking Cruises, which offers both ocean and river cruises, is introducing some interesting river/ocean combinations.
I pride myself on staying abreast of the latest in ships and itineraries and hope you will think of me when you are ready to plan your next river or ocean cruise.
Beautiful trip to a luxury hotel in Puerto Rico
Hi Jason, Happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your winter getaway. Glad that I could be of help and look forward to helping you plan other adventures in the future.
Thank you, Amy! It was a pleasure to help you and your family plan your winter break getaway....
Great 60th birthday present
Thank you for choosing to plan this milestone birthday with Protravel. I appreciate your flexibility when the airlines changed your schedule. I look forward to helping you both plan future memory making adventures in the future. Happy to know that you enjoyed your trip.
The most memorable trip I will ever take!!
Thank you so much! I know how much this trip meant to you and my apologies again for the rocky start. I’m glad to know it all worked out and you enjoyed the trip.
Thank you! You're both a pleasure to work with. I appreciate your business. Happy, healthy 2020!
The best trip we have ever taken!!!
Would never plan another trip without her help!!
Thanks so much, Melissa. It was fun to help you plan this special cruise for your husband’s milestone birthday. You’re a pleasure to work with and I’m looking forward to helping you and your family plan many more memorable vacations.
Upcoming Canadian Rockies vacation
Family Summer Sabbatical
Thank you, Keri. It's been fun helping you and your family plan this once in a lifetime experience!
A dream trip come true!
Dear Lauren, thank you for the kind words. I'm happy to hear that you and your husband had a wonderful trip. It was my pleasure to help you plan your time in Vienna. Happy to help anytime!
HONEYMOON = AMAZING
My pleasure, Sarah. The beginning of your happily ever after will be spent in an idyllic place. Wishing you the best as you begin this new chapter in your lives.
Can't Wait to Explore the Canadian Rockies!
Thanks so much for allowing me to help you plan your anniversary trip. Working with customers such as yourselves makes work fun! Enjoy your trip and send photos!
Looking Forward to An Exceptional Trip
Thank you, Steve! You and your wife are a pleasure to work with.