May/June 2020 Travel Specials and Important Information
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Travel is resuming! I realize below is a lot of reading but I want to get information out to my clients so please take a few minutes to review 😊.

PLEASE - book your travel with a professional accredited travel agent/advisor like myself! This pandemic mess where travelers could not reach online vendors like Expedia, Orbitz, (out of business), cruise lines, etc is a prime example to use a Travel Agent! We only use reputable solvent suppliers AND we are your buffer/advocate when things go wrong! I have sat on hold for my clients for hours to rebook reservations (and we in the industry have access to suppliers that consumers do not)! I do it all for you and you have someone to call and assist you. When you book online or direct on your own, you are just that unfortunately - on your own. And my pricing is lower, amenities are better, excellent customer service/assistance, AND you are supporting small business! Every single one of my affected clients has been taken care of!

Feel free to check out my credentials, client reviews, and more at (just cut/paste into your browser):

As we get through these trying times, keep dreaming of travel! Most major cruise lines go back to sailing mid June into July this summer, most all inclusive resorts in the Caribbean/Mexico reopening in June, Europe countries and other destinations are opening this summer as well.

Keep in mind that all ships, hotels, resorts, planes, etc have gone through thorough cleanings with new cleaning protocols in place between flights, guests, etc.   Ships and resorts are NOT sailing or going with full occupancy so less people and easier to social distance.

Cruise lines are instituting new medical screening procedures at check in to ensure sick passengers (no matter the illness) are not embarking on cruises.

Also keep in mind that 2020 will be a light travel year with a lot less travelers so planning travel in 2020 is actually safer as there will be less crowds on ships, on planes, at resorts, at ports of call, etc - while 2021 will be back up and fully operational and is already setting up for a very high travel year since so many displaced travelers moving to 2021.

Certainly, travel is a personal decision but please get facts before listening to our news media and social media - a lot of misinformation about travel in circulating. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please call or email me for facts about travel.

If you have any type of future credit issued to you by a cruise line or travel supplier (booked direct with that supplier), I would be happy to assist you with your travel plans using your credit. Keep in mind that 99% of the time I can get you better pricing, lower cost insurance, extra amenities, possible upgrades, and more than booking direct with any cruise line or supplier. Plus I know how to navigate the systems and procedures to get you the best options using your credit.

As a reminder please keep the following in mind:

River Cruises - I am a river cruise expert and offer AMA Waterways, Viking, Uniworld, Avalon, and more - and I have sailed several times on all the major river cruise lines.  In addition I ALWAYS beat any river cruise line direct pricing with onboard credits and other amenities.  Please check with me before booking a river cruise elsewhere!

Royal Caribbean - I typically have lower cost group space on most sailings worldwide that beats direct or internet pricing with onboard credit - before booking any Royal Caribbean cruise please check with me!

Celebrity Cruises- I typically have lower cost group space on most sailings worldwide along with Distinctive Voyage amenities (longer sailings of typically 10+ nights) that include a complimentary shore excursion in one port of call, onboard host, and onboard cocktail party - these amenities are exclusive to my agency only and are not available from Celebrity direct or the internet - so please check with me before booking Celebrity elsewhere!

International Air - I as a travel agent have access to consolidator airfares that are not available direct to consumers.  If you need international air to any worldwide destination I may have lower fares for all class of service - economy, premium economy, business, and first class especially if you are taking a cruise on any ocean or river cruise line!

Travel Insurance - I use third party insurers like Chubb which are typically much lower cost with better coverage than any cruise line or travel supplier insurance options (especially for ages 64 and under).  Also, with Chubb kids with adult(s) are FREE.  

Please note that the Grandeur of the Seas will be replaced with the Enchantment of the Seas sailing from Baltimore in May 2021!  So we have a different Royal Caribbean ship sailing from Baltimore in 2021!  

And the Carnival Legend will be replacing the Carnival Pride from Baltimore in late November 2021 as well - more details to come!

Please scroll down to see 5 travel deals below - this is just a few of the great options available and if you are looking for a specific cruise or trip please email me!


Have you always wanted to visit the Panama Canal but didn't want to have to fly to or from the west coast!  Well you can sail the Panama Canal right from Baltimore without flying anywhere!  Wonderful sailing and 14 nights in cold January to the warm Caribbean!  If the Panama Canal is on your travel bucket list this is a great opportunity with no cost or hassles to fly!

Carnival Pride 

(this is NOT a party cruise but the Carnival Journeys exotic sailings)

14 nights roundtrip Baltimore


Ports include:

Half Moon Cay (private island)

Ocho Rios


Panama Canal (partial transit - enter canal and experience the locks then ship turns in Gatun Lake and exits back into the Caribbean)

Grand Turk

Double Occupancy

Inside Stateroom as low as $1289 pp

Oceanview Stateroom - currently sold out

Balcony Stateroom as low as $1919 pp *

Taxes additional $372.64 pp

Deposit - $400 pp non refundable

Final payment due 10/1/20

NOTE - past guests to Carnival or Military may be eligible for lower fares.


Carnival Legend 

(this is NOT a party cruise but the Carnival Journeys exotic sailings)

Transatlantic from Barcelona to BALTIMORE
14 nights 10/31/21 to 11/14/21

Fly to Barcelona a day or two early to see the city then cruise home to Baltimore!

Unique itinerary includes Cartagena, Seville, Funchal, Ponte Delgada and Praia da Vitoria (Azores)!

Double Occupancy

Inside Stateroom as low as $719 pp!

Oceanview Stateroom as low as $869 pp

Balcony Stateroom as low as $1119 pp!*

Suite as low as $2035 pp!

Taxes additional $148.64 pp

Deposit - $200 pp non refundable

Final payment due by 7/20/21

NOTE - past guests to Carnival or Military may be eligible for lower fares.


AMA Waterways - River Cruise!


AMA is offering a FREE cruise for all front line medical and first responders! Offer ends 5/31/20 and is a FREE cruise for eligible medical/first responder with one full paying guest/companion in same stateroom!

AMA offers river cruises in Europe including Germany, France, Hungary, Austria, Holland along with Spain/Portugal, China, Egypt, and more!

Call or email for details as this is a fantastic offer!

OFFER 4 - Paris/Normandy River Cruise escorted by Jeannie!

7 nights roundtrip Paris 3/30/21

Avalon River Cruises

Ship - Tapestry II

Double Occupancy

Category E River View (window) - $2331 pp

Category B French Balcony (floor to ceiling windows sliding door) - $3490 pp

Add on 2 night pre hotel package with transfers, breakfast, and all taxes - $441 pp

Deposit - $250 pp non refundable

Final payment due by 12/15/20

I will also be offering discounted consolidator airfares with nonstops from major US airports like Dulles, Philly, JFK, and more - I can provide lower cost flight options no matter your US gateway city and will provide quotes.

OFFER 5 - 5 Star All Inclusive Resort

RIU Palace Costa Mujeres (new quiet resort area outside of Cancun)

6 nights 7/7/20 - other travel dates July and beyond available for 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 nights!

Includes nonstop air from BWI, airport transfers, hotel stay in Jr Suite, meals, drinks, tips, wifi, resort entertainment, exchange privileges, waterpark, and more! Also available from other gateways like Philly and more! Call or email for more information!

$853 pp double occupancy - Jr. Suite Gardenview!

$955 pp double occupancy - Jr. Suite Oceanview!

NOTE - I have other resorts and destinations in the Caribbean and Mexico available - this offer is just an example of the many great deals - call or email for your preferred travel dates, departure airport, destination, or resort!

Rates/availability are not guaranteed until booked/deposited/purchased.

*could be assigned partial obstructed view mid ship deck 5 - other balcony stateroom options also available.

For more information and any questions, please call or email me.  

Please call me to compare before you book elsewhere - let me show you how I can save you money AND provide much better customer service!   As a consumer you have choices so take a moment to allow me to show you the difference!  NEVER BOOK DIRECT WITH A CRUISE LINE OR VIA THE INTERNET  - If you book on your own YOU ARE PAYING MORE and are just that - on your own!  I research and bring you these deals and much appreciate it if you book via me!

Terms and Conditions: Offers are subject to availability and change without notice, capacity controlled, and may be withdrawn at any time. Refer to cruise line or travel supplier website for complete terms and conditions. The Cruise & Travel Planner reserves the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions and to change or update fares, fees and surcharges at any time without prior notice.


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