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Adventure Cruise Custom Travel Planners

Adventure Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Ashton Palmer: ExpeditionTrips
Wendy’s WoW list; Conde Nast Travel Expert, Travel & Leisure A-List
Phone: 206-204-1872 or 877-412-8527
Email: ashton@expeditiontrips.com
Website: ExpeditionTrips

From Wendy: “Ashton spent nearly a decade as an expedition leader, guide, naturalist, conservationist, Zodiac driver, avid bird-watcher, and photographer in the last wild places—Antarctica and the Arctic, as well as the Russian Far East, the Galapagos, the Amazon, and the South Pacific.  Realizing that travelers desperately needed unbiased guidance on every expedition line and ship, he founded a travel firm in order to provide just this.”

Adventure Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Tim Soper: Eyos Expeditions
Conde Nast Travel Expert
Phone: 206-465-8574
Email: tim@eyos.com
Website: Eyos Expeditions

From CN: “As an expedition leader, Soper’s specialty is in planning bespoke expeditions to the world’s most remote and culturally rich locations around the world (Antarctica, Arctic, Papua New Guinea). ”

Adventure Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Thomas Lennartz: Quark Expeditions
Conde Nast Travel Expert
Phone: 802-222-6245
Email: thomas@arctickingdom.com
Website: Quark Expeditions

Adventure Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Todd Smith: AdventureSmith Explorations
Conde Nast Travel Expert
Phone: 800-728-2875
Email: todd@adventuresmithexplorations.com
Website: AdventureSmith Explorations

From CN: “Smith arranges adventure cruising on 200-passenger (or fewer) vessels in nature-rich locations (think Alaska or Central America). He can spell out your range of options—including boats you’ve never heard of where the emphasis is on exploring far from overbuilt ports and busloads of tourists. Your days will be active—think hiking, canoeing, paddle boarding—and there’s no formal dining or nighttime entertainment.”

Adventure Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Mary Curry: Adventure-Life
Travel & Leisure A-List

Phone: 406-540-1901
Email: mary.c@adventure-life.com
Website: Adventure-Life

Antarctica Cruise Custom Travel Planners

Antarctica Custom Travel Planner: Ashton Palmer: ExpeditionTrips
Conde Nast Travel Expert, Travel & Leisure A-List, Wendy’s WOW List
Phone: 206-204-1872 or 877-412-8527
Email: ashton@expeditiontrips.com
Website: ExpeditionTrips

From Wendy: “He and his staff work tirelessly to match travelers with the right small-ship expedition trips, and he has traveled to Antarctica more than 50 times and spent a collective of three months in the Arctic.”

Read Ashton’s Insider’s Guide to Antarctica Cruises and Insider’s Guide to Arctic Cruises.

Antarctica Custom Travel Planner: Sharon Keating: Polar Cruises
Conde Nast Travel Expert
Phone: 206-204-1872 or 877-412-8527
Email: sharon@polarcruises.com
Website: Polar Cruises

Antarctica Custom Travel Planner: Thomas Lennartz: Quark Expeditions
Conde Nast Travel Expert
Phone: 802-222-6245
Email: thomas@arctickingdom.com
Website: Quark Expeditions

From CN: “He’s got access to nuclear-powered icebreakers in Russia (for real) and luxury yachts that do private charters to Antarctica, and he’s pulled off hot air ballooning over icebergs, spectacular wildlife watching, and excursions led by world-class photographers.”

Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Mary Curry: Adventure-Life
Travel & Leisure A-List

Phone: 406-540-1901
Email: mary.c@adventure-life.com
Website: Adventure-Life

From T&L: “Curry secures once-in-a-lifetime experiences for her cruise clients, such as hot-air balloon rides in Antarctica or walks with the best private naturalists during cruises in the Galápagos Islands. “

Charter Cruise Custom Travel Planners

Yacht Charter Custom Travel Planner: Mary Crowley: Ocean Voyages
Conde Nast Travel Expert

Phone: 415-332-4681
Email: sail@oceanvoyages.com
Website: Ocean Voyages

Yacht Charter Custom Travel Planner: Jimmy Carroll: Pelorus
Conde Nast Travel Expert

Phone: 44 20 3848 5424
Email: jimmy@pelorusx.com
Website: Pelorus

River-Barge-Europe Cruise Custom Travel Planners

River Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Ellen Sack: The Barge Lady
Wendy’s WOW List, Conde Nast Travel Expert
Phone: 800-880-0071
Email: ellen@bargelady.com
Website: Barge Lady Cruises

From Wendy: “Ellen represents more than fifty vessels that ply the canals and smaller rivers of France, England, Ireland, Scotland, Holland, and Germany. She knows each of these barges and waterways down to the smallest details—the crew, the cuisine, the sightseeing excursions—and is honest about the pros and cons of every itinerary.”

River Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Jill Jergel: Frontiers International
Conde Nast Travel Expert

Phone: 800-245-1950
Email: jjergel@frontierstravel.com
Website: Frontiers International

From CN: Hoping to combine a France land itinerary with a float down a French canal? Jergel has sailed on 85 barges in her 37 years of booking barge cruises, and matches more than 100 clients to the right vessels annually.

River Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Richard Bruce Turen: Churchill and Turen
Conde Nast Travel Expert
Phone: 630-717-7777
Email: rturen@traveltruth.com
Website: Travel Truth

From CN: “Turen can advise on nearly every ship on Europe’s waterways—which have the biggest cabins or best culinary program, which will take you past the most impressive castles or picturesque villages—and can arrange for private sightseeing in a number of ports along your route, from wine tasting in the Rhône Valley to a horse-drawn carriage tour of Vienna.”

River Ship Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Tom Baker: Cruise Center
Wendy’s WOW List, Conde Nast Travel Expert

Phone: 800-592-3887
Email: tom.baker@cruisecenter.com
Website: Cruise Center

Large Ship Cruise Custom Travel Planners

Large Ship Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Tom Baker: Cruise Center
Wendy’s WOW List, Conde Nast Travel Expert

Phone: 800-592-3887
Email: tom.baker@cruisecenter.com
Website: Cruise Center

From Wendy: “Tom Baker has sailed on more than 250 ships in over 50 years. From Alaska to French Polynesia to the Panama Canal, from the Douro to the Rhine to the Danube, if an ocean or river ship docks there, chances are he’s been—more than once!  First Tom helps each traveler pinpoint the right ship, cabin, and itinerary (his encyclopedic knowledge of the pros and cons of different cabin types on different vessels will astound you). Then he advises on which private guides, group shore excursions, and flights will best suit your needs. ”

Large Ship Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Linda Allen-Speer: Cruises by Linda
Conde Nast Travel Expert

Phone: 800-422-3445
Email: cruisesbylinda@cox.net
Website: Cruises by Linda

From CN: “With 25 years of sailing savvy, Allen has major clout with lines like Celebrity, Norwegian, Seabourn, and Viking and dives deep into the fit, finishes, and fine print that even the most experienced cruisers don’t think to question.”

Large Ship Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Mary Ann Ramsey: Betty McLean Travel
Travel & Leisure A-List

Phone: 800-865-8111
Email: maryann@bettymacleantravel.com
Website: Betty McLean Travel

Large Ship Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Valerie Wilson: Valerie Wilson Travel
Travel & Leisure A-List

Phone: 800-865-8111
Email: valeriew@vwti.com
Website: Valerie Wilson Travel

Luxury Cruise Custom Travel Planners

Luxury Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Angela Turen: Churchill and Turen
Conde Nast Travel Expert
Phone: 630-717-7777
Email: aturen@traveltruth.com
Website: Travel Truth

Luxury Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Leslie Fambrini: Personalized Travel Consultants
Conde Nast Travel Expert
Phone: 650-949-0111
Email: leslie@personalized-travel.com
Website: Personalize Travel

From CN: “Seeking white-glove service from a longtime industry insider? Whatever destination you have in mind, Fambrini will know which ship’s design—and which specific stateroom—will afford the best views and the optimal experience.”

Luxury Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Marcella Rappaport: Ovation Travel
Travel & Leisure A-List
Phone: 212-329-7260
Email: mrappoport@ovationtravel.com
Website: Ovation Travel

From T&L: “Customized onboard experiences are a specialty for cruise expert Rappoport, who recently arranged cocktails for clients with the captain of the Crystal Serenity in his private quarters — the perfect vantage point from which to watch the eruption of Mount Stromboli, in Italy’s Aeolian Islands. Rappoport has dreamed up extraordinary adventures on land, too.”

Luxury Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Mary Jean Tully: Tully Luxury Travel
Conde Nast Travel Expert, WOW List
Phone: 855-265-0890
Email: maryjean@tullyluxurytravel.com
Website: Tully Luxury Travel

Read Mary Jean’s Insider’s Guide to Asia Cruises

Luxury Cruise Custom Travel Planner: Ruth Turpin: Cruises, Etc.
Travel & Leisure A-List
Phone: 817-732-6991
Email: ruth@cruisesetctravel.com
Website: Cruises, Etc.

Help us make our list better. Let us know if you have a favorite Cruise Custom Travel Planner in the comment section below!


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