Staff Adventures: Caribbean Hideaways With Oceania

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Caribbean Hideaways
10 Days of Cruising & Culinary Delight Aboard The Oceania Riviera
Kristin Woodall
Toll Free: (800) 627-3753 x 149
Direct: (281) 269-2649
Fax: (281) 269-2690

Over the last 8 years, I have enjoyed working with clients in creating signature experiences aboard the dream ships of the world’s best cruise lines. I’ve learned that those experiences are realized when there is a confluence of passions. Customers bring their own passions for food, entertainment, luxury and travel; cruise lines that help create those signature experiences also bring a passion for excellence that creates long term relationships with repeat customers. I share that passion both as a purveyor of travel and as a prospective passenger aboard the dream ships. That passion was re-ignited when I stepped aboard Oceania’s Riviera for the 10-day Caribbean Hideaways sailing. When speaking with clients, I had often highlighted Oceania’s connoisseur experience and premium amenities. So I was thrilled when the opportunity came to create my own signature experience in upscale cruising with Oceania. I was delighted that I even received quite a few tips from clients about making the most of my time aboard Riviera, itself an ultimate destination.

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Staff Adventure: Insight Vacations – The Eastern Discovery

Insight Vacations - The Eastern Discovery

Insight Vacations – The Eastern Discovery
Gilbert Ortiz
Travel Consultant
Toll Free: (800) 935-2620 x137
Direct: (281) 269-2637
Fax: (281) 269-2690

“The Eastern Discovery” is a 16 day escorted tour, operated by Insight Vacations. It covers 8 countries perfectly chosen in a way that the tour combines the beauty of cities like Vienna, Dubrovnik and Istanbul, with others like Tirana, Ohrid and Sofia that offer more history and insight into some of the former so called “Eastern Block” countries. All of this plus a touch of nature in the UNESCO gem called “Plitvice” national park.

The tour was expertly planned and operated to perfection by Insight Vacations.

The quality of the coach was second to none. The hotel selection was right on target. The knowledge, sophistication and kindness of our tour director; Karin was unmatched. The speed and smoothness of the rides as we covered 2,100 miles was all due to an excellent job of our driver; Zoran who made us feel safe everyday, everywhere all the time.

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Staff Adventure: Monograms Independent – Best of Japan with Hiroshima

Three geishas
Lucy Fernandez
Toll Free (800) 935-2620
Monograms Independent – Best of Japan with Hiroshima – View the entire itinerary

Omotenashi – a Japanese word that conveys the sense of warmth in hospitality and a hallmark of Japanese culture. Beyond a friendly reception, there is a sense of anticipation that is one step ahead of the spoken request. Throughout our journey in Japan, we experienced the gracious service and welcome for which this ancient island nation is known—never rushed or compelled by a schedule—but always treated with genuine care by our local hosts and virtually all of the service personnel we encountered. Japan is a land of many contrasts, beautifully reflected in the harmonies of rest and rush we experienced in Tokyo and Kyoto. As an independent vacation, our 10-night program combined the best of modern amenities and the serenity of ancient traditions.

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Staff Adventure: Monograms Independent – Rome, Florence & Venice


Monograms Independent Tours – Rome, Florence & Venice
Frank Larmore
Travel Consultant
Toll Free: (800) 935-2620 x 130
Direct: (281) 269-2630

On May 1, my wife Susan and I flew out from Houston on Air Express, arriving in Rome early the next morning. After going through Customs, we took a cab to our hotel, the NH Leonardo da Vinci. Just to show you what a great start this was, look at the view from our window (the sunset and the beautiful neighborhood houses). Our Local Host, Renata, was available for questions and recommendations. We stored our bags until check-in time. That afternoon Renata reminded us of the schedule, and that the coach would leave at 8.

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