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Cruises are the best!  No packing and unpacking to see each different port!
If you find the lure of an exciting journey at sea hard to resist, it is time you treated yourself to the splendors of a cruise vacation. Let your imagination run wild with these tantalizing trips to a variety of destinations. Once you sail away, relax on deck and marvel at the scenic coastlines, the exotic cultures, and the sheer open pleasure of the ocean itself, as your cruise liner takes you from one beautiful port to another. The sea is calling out to you for your next vacation: it's time to get cruising! 
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Wayne and Joan at St. Marks Square on their Azamara Cruise.  They told Mary they had a wonderful time and Azamara was so good if they go on another cruise they are going to look at Azamara first!

Great cruise!   New Friends!  Great memories! Thanks for your help!   Marilyn  


Gesica Zelechowski says: "I love CRUISES! It's like a sample platter, The places You like the most, You end going back for seconds!!!!"  


To Gayle and  First Choice Travel and Cruise,
I have just returned from my first cruise on Royal Caribbean on the "Adventure of the Seas"! 
Everything was perfect.  Our Junior suite was much larger than I thought and very comfortable.
I so appreciate your service and would definately recommend you and First Choice Travel and Cruise to my friends.
You are great. My heartfelt thanks.

Darlene Mills

CARNIVAL CRUISE 50th Anniversary Celebration - with the whole family

The cruise was delightful. The ship a little old looking, but I guess it was built in 2011.
We went on two excursions and they were both on boats snorkeling and island hopping, it was great. 
Food was great, service also great. We thought the shows were better on this ship than others we've been on. A younger vibe, more fun! Singing piano bar, kareoke, spa lessons, etc.
We didn't like that everyone steals the chairs in the am with their towels and then never goes and sits in them, so that was kind of crazy...
We did the family pictures, and loved all of them.  I would definately recommend a family portrait sitting if you go on a cruise, it took all of 45 minutes for the 14 of us, and they did an amazing job! Something we will treasure for years to come. 
Thanks for all the help coordinating our group once again!
Shelly Basso
Hello Gayle,
     The cruise was awesome, we did two snorkeling excursions. Our favorite stop was
Aruba and Caurcel. The ship had great entertainment, we took in a show every night
And enjoyed the piano bar. I would recommend the cruise, we now have a lot of good memories. Donna

A Fun Class Reunion Cruise on the Sky Princess


Family Cruisers on NCL

   We had an awesome time. Kids were totally surprised by the cruise. They want to make it a yearly event around this time of year. Of course the food was plentiful and awesome. But any time I don't have to cook and food is ready for us any time we want, it is awesome.
Thank you for helping us surprise the kids with a wonderful family vacation. I am happy to say we will be cruising again with them some time in the future.
We really enjoyed sailing with Royal Caribbean.  We received A-1 service.  It was wonderful to be able to relax and rest when we wanted to and also enjoy everything the ship had to offer and excursions on our schedule.  We returned home very satisfied and rested.  We are looking forward to sailing with Royal Caribbean again and again.
Robert and Theretha

Celebrity Cruise's Fan!

Hi Lisa, 

We had a wonderful cruise. The service and food were both excellent. We did not try any of the specialty restaurants because the dinners in the main dining room were so good. We also enjoyed the fact that, even though we had Select Dining and ate at different times each night, they still kept us in the same area, with the same wait staff each night. We also had good breakfasts in the MDR, the buffet, and at the Aqua Spa Cafe.  We both liked the pizza in the buffet as well. 
As for our ports, we walked around on our own in Key West, as we had 10 hours and everything was within a few miles. 
In Costa Maya, we booked our own day at an all inclusive called Maya Chan. They provided transportation, drinks, and wonderful food for $59/each. They also provide kayaks, snorkel gear, paddle boards, and flotation chairs. Every group gets a private palapa or pergola, chairs, day bed, etc. and limit the visitors. 
In Cozumel we did the Jose Cuervo experience at Discover Mexico through the ship. That was also a lot of fun. 
In Grand Cayman we also did a ship tour that visited the turtle farm, the rum cake store, Hell, and a 2 + hour trip out to Stingray City. Again it was a small group and we got a lot of time with the stingrays.
All of the excursions were great. Weather was cold in Fort Lauderdale but 80 and sunny at each of our ports. 
Thanks for your help. We are happy we chose Celebrity. Very relaxing. 
Judy and John 

Special Cruises!


StarClipper Cruises are so exciting!

Hi Gayle,
Was the best trip!  Met many new friends from Germany, Austria, Denmark, England and had lots of fun.  Thanks for arranging for us.
Mary and Owen


Royal Caribbean Mediteranean Cruise for this Anniversary trip!

We had a great time! Would definitely cruise with RC again! 
The Rome in a Day excursion was a great way to see the best of Rome! We would definitely recommend for those who have a great interest in seeing all that this city is known for!
Thanks so much Gayle to you and your fabulous team for helping us plan a trip of a lifetime!
Jenna and Brett



Keith and Kathy at the Downton Abbey tour before their Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal Cruise

Gayle and Mary,

What a great trip - everything worked out fine.

We arrived in London and went to the Downton Abbey for our tour. No pictures were allowed.  They film the show in a studio about an hour and a half away.

Our hotel was just around the corner from Selfridges, a fantastic store which was revolutionary with sales that shook up the rather stodgy London crowd.

Got the train to see Harry Potter's Platform for the Hogwart's Express and Kathy got her picture taken as if she was entering the brick wall.

Edinburough was quite a surprise as their Festival was held that week.  Aside from the melee, it was fun!

In Bergen, Norway the weather was great.  We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves especially the food.  They had tents at the wharf with seafood including salmon, lobster, king crabs, local fish and Spanish favorites.  Anyone taking the Hurtigruten should certainly go a day early to take a couple of tours, enjoy the eats and sites.

Check out the sights from the Hurtigruten Norwegian Coastal cruise

Our Hurtigruten ship (pronounced Sheep) was a surprise in that it was much larger than expected.  We had a beautiful suite with a large bay window that proved to be the best seat for watching port activities and the beautiful scenery. The food was outstanding and the service tops.

Most significant to us were:

Trondheim - the Ringve Museum of Musical History
Crossing the Arctic Circle
North Cape at Honningsvag

A great trip - very relaxing - would absolutely recommend it.  The four hotels we also very good and conveniently located. 



1ST TIME CRUISERS...Royal Caribbean 
Connie and Chas at the Dunns River Falls

Oh. My. Gosh.....did we get lucky or what? We outran Rafael and got home before Sandy. It's like it was meant to be....

It was a fabulous trip! The only bad part is that it's over already :(
Typical Chas style...we were on the go at every port. Ziplining, climbing Dunns River Falls, snorkeling, swimming with stingrays and dolphins, more snorkeling. So much to do, so little time! The ship was beautiful and thank you so much for insisting on the balcony room. Sunrises each morning and star gazing with a nightcap each night. The shows were really good, the food and service was great. So nice to have everything done for us.

Even the hotel at Port Canaveral was a treat, and having our rides arranged in advance took away even that little stress.

Thanks so, so much, Gayle. So nice to have a cruise-expert helping us out.

Thanks!!! Cruises rock! :)

Connie and her dolphin friendChas and the stingrays!

Sister Cruisers
Our cruise was awesome!!!! Or cabin was tops. We had plenty of room for everything. On Honduras we took a tour of the island and danced with some of the Mayan people. Loved it! Our excursion on Belize was canceled due to not enough signed up for the rafting. We shopped instead.
On Costa Maya we toured the Mayan ruins and loved every minute of it. The site was beautiful. We had to walk through about 2 blocks thru a beautiful forest. No mosquitoes in sight. In Cozumel we went snorkeling and that was a new experience for me. I loved it. The water was clear and there were lots of fish on the reef. We saw a barracuda, a jellyfish, a stingray, a moray eel, and numerous other beautiful fish. Our ship was smaller than the last time but our suite was awesome.  We had a double balcony and Sue fell asleep outside one night.  
We had gold cards and got lots of special attention. That's for your help Gayle. We had an awesome time. We drank every night and laughed until our bellies hurt more than a few times. Can't wait for the next one! Next time we will take our hubbies with us! At the end of the day we loved everything about the ship and our time on it!!!!!!!! Oh- it only rained lightly one morning but it didn't ruin any of our plans.

A Group of friends were celebrating their 40th anniversaries on Royal Caribbean Serenade of the Seas


We had a very good time.  We learned something on every island but our favorite excursion was the one in Barbados Tiami and swimming with the turtles.  It was a beautiful day and the snorkeling was great and the beach we stopped at was so nice.  The whole experience was great.  The ship was clean and everyone was so friendly and helpful.  Although the casino was very tight.  We don't have our pictures yet, but the whole group got along so well and all tried new things.  We decided what we did on the ship stayed on the ship.  We had a couple nights of lots of fun. 

Unfortunately Dominica was a little depressing  with so many poor and the problems they've had in the past with hurricanes and mud slides.  They are working really hard to get it together.  St. Kitts is also pretty poor and it really makes you feel how fortunate we are here, the way we live.  Education seems really important to them and I give them a lot of credit for that. 


We do miss the beautiful water, can't believe how clear it is. 

Serenade of the Seas is definitely a nice ship.



1st Time Cruisers Rave over their Disney Magic Cruise

 Thank you so much for walking us through our very first cruise!

Hi Sara!

We had so much fun on the cruise - the kids talk about it constantly. 

Natalie misses the beach and Joshua misses Mickey.  The weather was fabulous and best of all we missed the snowstorm of the decade.  I've included a small sample of pictures - I took over 300!  I can't believe the detail to service on the cruise.  The kids didn't do the Oceaneer's Club very much as they loved the pool and just walking around looking at everything.  I loved our servers and they were very good to the kids. 

We talked to so many people both on our cruise and other cruises at the ports and everyone claims no one does it like Disney.  I don't have anything to compare to since this was our first cruise but I have to say I was very impressed.  I am glad we did the room with the verandah as that was well worth the extra money.  It also made the room feel so much larger.  The kids couldn't wait to get back to the room after the show to see what character the towels would be on the bed!  The food was fabulous and I think we all gained 5 lbs. and the entertainment was incredible.  Thank you for the autograph books as we carried them with us constantly to get the autographs of the characters.  We got to see everyone and some of them several times.  Wait times weren't that bad - usually about 15-20 minutes except for the Princesses - that was over an hour.  I just can't say enough about the cruise - it was unforgettable. 

Thank you so much for walking us through our very first cruise and we are so glad we did the Disney one.




We loved it!  We didn't have any delays on our flights.  Nicole Griesbach 
Love this port hole picture Shelly Basso and family!Kids loved their Disney CruiseBasso Hartel Demlang Family Cruise

  The Basso, Hartel and Griesbach family Disney Cruise was a success!



 10 Day Southern Caribbean on the Royal Princess

We loved our Princess Cruise and are ready to go back again!

Thank you Sheri
Ken and Sandy Schmitt


Dave and Gay Gilliland celebrated a special anniversary on a AVALON RIVER CRUISE!

We had a great time.  Really enjoyed it.  Glad we went a day ahead as you suggested.  This river cruise was definately a lot more intimate than our other cruises.  A great fun, upscale crowd. My luggage was delayed and the whole ship knew who I was. 

Our picture window was wonderful.  When we woke up the next morning we saw all these beautiful swans swimming right outside our cabin!

Royal Caribbean Holiday Cruise

We really enjoyed sailing with Royal Caribbean.  We received A-1 service.  It was wonderful to be able to relax and rest when we wanted to and also enjoy everything the ship had to offer and excursions on our schedule.  We returned home very satisfied and rested.  We are looking forward to sailing with Royal Caribbean again and again.
Robert and Theretha


The girls from HR HAIR DESIGN sure know how to have fun!

Pat, Sandy and Colleen on the catamaran

The girls from HR HAIR DESIGN sure know how to have fun!  They cruised with a group of women on RCCL's the Adventure of the Seas!  They loved it so much they will be going again next year!

Colleen, Lori, Nadyne, Tammi & Sandy last day of cruise watching the sunset as we leave port.  Pat, Sandy and Colleen on the catamaran.



Start a BALTIC CRUISE out right traveling a day ahead and staying in Copenhagen.  Pictured below are Betty Ewald, Audrey Lehner, Gayle Zielke, Andy Lehner and Aubrieanna Swartz (Lehner's lucky granddaughter) in Copenhagen.  The Baltic Cruise started and ended here.   Everyone agreed that we learned so much history and of course geography on this cruise that it was more than we expected!!!

 Betty Ewald, Audrey Lehner, Gayle Zielke, Andy Lehner and Aubrieanna Swartz (Lehner's lucky granddaughter got to go to Copenhagen.

Andy and Audrey Lehner took their grandaughter Abrieanna on this Baltic Cruise for her graduation!!  Wow what a way to celebrate. 

Imagine the education Aubrieanna had experiencing each port of call in the Baltics!  Here is another educational picture of the group in Sweden at the ICE BAR!!!







A once in a lifetime trip to Norway, Sweden, Russia, Denmark and Poland.



Betty and Brian Ewald, Gary and Gayle Zielke celebrated an anniversary and joined the Lehners for this once in a lifetime trip to Norway, Sweden, Russia, Denmark and Poland.






Royal Caribbean Cruise from New Orleans

Ted and Kathleen enjoy their RCCL Cruise



We had a great time, both of us.

The night in New Orleans was fabulous. Got some great restaurants.





The Zweifels on the Carnival Glory celebrating David's Birthday!!

The Zweifels on the Carnival Glory celebrating David's Birthday!!

Hi Pat,

 We had  great time on the cruise.  The ship is newer, quite large and beautifully decorated.  Food was good and our room was spacious and very comfortable with a good size window, and of course great view.  Enclosing a picture that was taken on David's birthday - May 7th.

 Thanks for all of your help in planning our wonderful vacation in the Western Caribbean!!

 The Zweifels - David and Corinne





Thank You for making our honeymoon cruise an event to remember. John and
I traveled on the Dawn Princess for a 7 night Southern Caribbean cruise.
The vessle was absolutley beautiful. We toured 5 different islands in 7
days and loved St. Marteen. The crew, staff, and other patrons on the
ship were so genuine and helpful all throughtout our travel time. We
were able to get on and off the ship as we pleased at each island, and
the itenaraies that were delivered each night were so helpful in us

planning the days events ahead of time.

To First Choice Travel and Cruise - We appreciate all your
recommendations for cruising and our travel package suited us just
perferctly. We can't wait to cruise again!

John and Heidi Pietenpol



Hi, Gayle.  The cruise was more than wonderful.  My sisters and I had a wonderful time.  The islands were beautiful, the ship was beautiful and the staff was more than accommodating.  We were all very impressed.  The food was a little to good as we all gained 10 pounds or more but that is what vacation is for right?  Our families proved to survive without us for 8 days so we will surely be doing this again in the future.  Thanks for everything.  Missy



 Here are a couple of pictures from our Australia and New Zealand Cruise group on Princess Cruises!  We all had a wonderful time and will never forget it!
Pictured below is Cookie and Bob Brock, Tammy and Geoff Luther, Gayle and Gary Zielke.

Australia and New Zealand fun for  Cookie and Bob Brock, Tammy and Geoff Luther, Gayle and Gary Zielke


It wasn't easy getting this Australia group together at one time but WE DID IT!!!
Australia was amazing and New Zealand a real surprise bonus!!! 

HOT TIP for any cruise vacation.  ALWAYS travel to the destination at least one day prior.  A huge snowstorm in Milwaukee almost cost us missing out on our cruise!!  Sometimes it is almost easier traveling from Chicago on a direct flight.  First Choice Travel agents can set you up with a limo or van transfer from Milwaukee to Chicago so you do not have to worry about driving or missing your flights for any reason!

Pictured below are Geoff and Tammy Luther from Illinois, Mary Ann and Joe Mundwiler from North Prairie, Carol and Wally Zeck from Arizona, Greg and Carol Apuli from Hartland, Dan and Roxy Slane from New Berlin, Bob and Cookie from Merrimac, James Zechinati and Peggy O'Neill from Kentucky and Gary and Gayle Zielke from Big Bend!!!   We all met up in Sydney, Australia for this once in a lifetime cruise.  All of us did not know each other before the cruise but we certainly had a great time together! 

A wonderful cruise from Sydney to Auckland!

Pictured below are the BALTIC Cruisers on the Star Princess.  Pat and Steve Busalacchi from Muskego, Audrey, Andy Lehner and Aubrieanna Schwartz from Colgate, Betty and Brian Ewald of Oconomowoc, Ted and Helen Haasch from New Berlin and Gary and Gayle Zielke from Big Bend.
A trip to the Baltics was wonderful for everyone!

A trip to the Baltics would NOT be complete unless you visited the famous ICE BAR in Stockholm, Sweden!!  It was definately a highlight of the trip!  VERY COOL!! Betty and Brian Ewald

 Baltic Cruise


The cruise was excellent.  We truly enjoyed it.  The only negative was the luggage problem.  I lost one piece going; it showed up in Stockholm (three days later).  Coming home, our luggage actually arrived one week after we were home.  All was intact--nothing lost or damaged. 

We have lots of wonderful memories the trip; we'd do it again.

Helen and Ted Haasch    
Diane Brown and Saku Lindhen cruised this special once a year 12 day cruise to Iceland, Norway, the fjords and the British Isles.  They met up in London a couple of days prior to the cruise which worked out great!

It was a pleasure for me to have my nephew join me on such a special cruise.

"It was a pleasure for me to have my nephew join me on such a special cruise.  He served as a protector and a great guide through Norway and London.  Saku's dream was to see Iceland and I made that possible for him.  I am very proud to be able to share my dreams and vacations with Saku while also making his dreams come true.  Saku, is Finnish but lives in Gothenburg, Sweden.  I had the honor to visit his home two years ago and hope to visit him again soon."
Diane from Bristol and Saku from Sweden  
Another Princess Australia to New Zealand


Sydney was very nice. Ridiculously expensive!!!! I have never seen so many high end designer stores in my life!!! We enjoyed our location and did the hop on hop off Captain Cook ferry for the 3 days we were there. We went to the Sydney Zoo, Manly island, and the BEST part- the Fish market!!! We at fresh sushi, and it was WAY cool!!!!! The sushi in Sydney was FANTASTIC!!!!

The best part of the trip for me was going to Bonorong wildlife sanctuary. Feeding the kangaroos! That was soooo cool! I felt like a little kid! The Geothermal pools in Tauranga was really neat also. We saw mud pools boiling and geyser going off. In Auckland we did the glow worm grotto which was really neat too. Great recommendation on that! The lunch at a private farm home was SPECTACULAR also! Great food and so pretty! The best lunch I have ever had on an excursion by Princess. 

The food on the ship was fantastic! The shows were really good.
Great experience, checked it off my list.

Thanks for all your help!!! I did enjoy it ! LOL


Tana I want to tell you how much we appreciate all your hard work
Good Morning Tana,
Ok - here are some pics from the wedding cruise! 
I want to tell you how much we appreciate all your hard work Tana - no
matter what we ask you to do - you were only a phone call away!  Even too
the last min when when Jay decided to add a person - I know we had lots of
changes with that many people - but you never once complained - always
took care of it!  A job well done!  You make First Choice Travel our
number one choice!

We appreciate you!

Lana Barch and Krista Jones (Barch)


Hello Tana,

Our Cruise and vacation was GREAT!  We went during a perfect week with the freezing cold weather around here!  We visited the Island of Grand Turk and Nassau in the Bahamas.  It was too windy and dangerous to go to Half Moon Cay and so we didn’t stop at that port.   It was great bonding time with the family and a well needed break for all of us!  Jack had a wonderful 50th Birthday and Ashley enjoyed her 18th Birthday.  We even took Ashley “gambling” in the casino on her 18th Birthday (legal on the boat) and she lost $10 in 5-10 minutes…Ha!  She loved the chance to do it, but decided she didn’t like losing money that fast.  We spent some time snorkeling in the Bahamas off some beautiful colorful reefs and even Brooke tried it, although she wasn’t sure about “swimming WITH the fish”… the food was wonderful, the weather was perfect, and we all want to go back.  Well, enjoy the photos!

 Brenda Lytle and family from Waukesha
Our Cruise and vacation was GREAT!
Looks like they had some quality alone time without the kids too on this great family vacation!  See our Family Vacations page for more pictures.



Barb and Carl Lancelle sent Judi this photo of the two of them enjoying their cruise.
Your first day of the cruise is always fun!  Barb and Carl
Your first day of the cruise is always fun!  Barb and Carl sure did have a great time!




The cruise was amazing.  The weather was exact opposite from last time....80's and sunny every second.  Loved loved loved it, especially coming back to subzero temps here!  yucko.   Had a great time in Cozumel, I love the water in Cozumel, my fave I think.   Honduras is pretty neat, I like all the rolling hills.   Carnival is definitely the fun ship, service not as good as royal caribbeans by far but way way more fun.  I'd sacrifice the service for the crowd and entertainment provided by carnival.   Thanks so much for all of your help. Jessica
 We did the Admissions/Free T-shirt and 3 hour all you can drink (beer and rum) deal.

Aaron Miller, Steve Claussen, Jesse Geboy, Jessica Kuist, Luke and Laura Leonard, Adam Claussen and Sarah Geboy from AvantGarden Florist had a ball on their cruise!

Pictured at Cucumber Beach in Cozumel. 
We did the Admissions/Free T-shirt and 3 hour all you can drink (beer and rum) deal.  Snorkling there was great but most of us were too busy getting our money worth out of the all you can drink.  I BET THEY DID!!!


Cruising is one of the best vacations for women!!!  See so many places to visit in one week or longer.  No driving, unpacking or packing and being pampered the whole week!  Shopping, sightseeing and fun with the GIRLS!  What could be better?

One of the GIRL GETAWAY cruises!
Every time you travel with your mother, sister, daughter or girlfriends you have so many wonderful memories to take home!
To see more pictures and quotes from our MOTHER/DAUGHTER Womens group.
Alaska cruises should be on everyone's bucket list!More cruise pictures in ALASKA and other destinations.
Gary and Gayle celebrated their 30th anniversary in Tahiti! DEFINITELY A BUCKET LIST EVENT!
Bora Bora was beautiful and the views were out of this world!
Tahiti and all the islands are the best vacations of my life!
Gayle and Gary Zielke
Celebrate your anniversary in Tahiti on a cruise or land!Polynesian Dancers are a must to watch while in Tahiti!
Amanda and Thatcher Sears celebrated their anniversary and took their first cruise on one of the largest ships afloat...The Freedom of the Seas!! Glad they went one day ahead since the airline lost their luggage. Amanda said it was wonderful,  really, really nice to get away and she is saving to go back on the Oasis of the Seas!!
Another Great Anniversary Cruise for the Busalacchi's!!!
We loved our Carnival Freedom Cruise in the Med.  I thin that Carnival has really changed.  The ship was great almost the same class as Princess, we thought.  Food was very good.  Taste of Nations was excellent.
Pat and Steve Busalacchi
David and Corinne Zweifel celebrate life in the MEDITERRANEAN!
"The Mediterranean is a wonderful place to visit - well worth your time and money.
 "The Mediterranean is a wonderful place to visit - well worth your time and money.  Everyone should take a cruise like this at least once in their lifetime".
"Cruising Rocks"!!
Glad you enjoyed the pictures - that is just a few - I took lots of them - and video too....
Corinne Z
Their MED cruise was a success!Everyone should take a cruise like this at least once in their lifetime".
I just wanted to let you know that Gan and I loved the cruise.  We had an awesome time--everything went smoothly and I did not get sea sick.
Thank you for all your help arranging the cruise and airfare, as well as answering all my questions! 
I will keep you mind for our next vacation!
Thanks again. 
Thank you from Island Princess! Mary:

We left Jamaica yesterday (our first stop) and are headed to Panama today
for tomorrow's canal transit.

Linda and I have received many very nice gifts from you and First Choice,
the snacks when we arrived Monday afternoon (which we immediately ate on the
balcony as we were starving after a morning of foodless air travel), the
wine certificate (we'll check out the offerings at an upcoming dinner) and
the two photos which we'll redeem when some good shots show up at the photo

Attached is a picture of the two of us at the Coyaba Gardens (now you know
what we look like!). It rained most all day yesterday in Ocho Rios, I think
many people headed for the beaches were disappointed. Annadale Great house,
the history of the plantation and the hospitality of the current owners
(allowing us to tour and then serving us afternoon tea) was the highlight of
the day.

We're finally learning our way around the ship (mostly it's an issue of
which direction is the front or back) and I learned from reading some facts
that Island/Coral Princess are the longest ships in the fleet (about 10 feet
longer that the next closest). I agree, it's quite the walk from one end to
the other.

Wireless Internet service is available in the cabin (an upgrade from Regal
Princess where there was access only in the atrium) so it's very handy.

Thanks again for the treats. We're having a wonderful time.

John & Linda LaPin
Dear Gayle and friendly travel agent assistants at First Choice,
Although December came in a "snow storm" of activities, and perhaps this not did not arrive at the peak of our gratitude for the incredible cruise of our is arriving now with only an inch from peak.
Celebrating my 30th (plus 20yrs) Bday in the Southern Caribbean was magical indeed.  Now I am plagued with the "vacation viris" and am looking forward to the next dose of cure.
Glad I know such a great "pharmacy".
Robin and Sherman Leatherberry
What better way to experience a cruise for the first time is to travel with a savvy cruise pro!  Karen and Kevin cruised on the Caribbean Princess and loved it.  Scuba diving, touring and meeting new friends were top on their list of things to do on this cruise!
What better way to experience a cruise for the first time is to travel with a savvy cruise pro! Scuba diving, touring and meeting new friends were top on their list of things to do on this cruise!
A first River Cruise experience in Germany was the BEST!Fairy-Tale castles, beautiful scenery from the river, exciting small towns to explore, culture and history galore!  What more could you ask for.
Fairy-Tale castles, beautiful scenery from the river, exciting small towns to explore, culture and history galore!  What more could you ask for.  See more of Gayle and Gary's River Cruise in Europe.
Classmates from New Berlin High School and EHS met up on the high seas....
Some classmates from New Berlin High School and EHS met up on the high seas....after close to 40 years and some new friends joined us too.  It was a blast!  Wish you could have joined us.  San Juan, Puerto Rico, Dominica, Grenada, Bonaire, Aruba and St Thomas were the stops on this great cruise!!  We had FUN on all the islands and on the ship too.  Busy Caribbean cruise for everyone.  Waterfalls, snorkeling, fun in the sun, shopping, sightseeing and relaxing were top on the list of activities!  Meet the gang in the usual hangout for evening entertainment.  Or was that Frank Erdmann entertaining us???  Dancing on the top of the ship was a highlight and good thing we don't have the pictures to black mail anyone!!  Glad we still have our moves though!!!
 I had a great time....wish I were back there. I went for the sole purpose of relaxation....and I got plenty!
Mary Tretow
Dear Gayle,
Thank you for your help with our cruise.  All the arrangements you made for us worked out well and we really enjoyed everything.
Thanks again,
Bev and Bob Manthey
First Time Cruisers become repeaters!You are only a first time cruiser....once!
Carnival Fascination
Hi Karen,
I just had to send a note and say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!  We had an awesome vacation (a dream vacation). 
We LOVED the cruise.  Because of your planning and setting up everything, our vacation was flawless, everything went like clock work and we had a beautiful, relaxing vacation with NO worries.  You chose the most perfect room on the entire ship for us and we had 3 other couples we dined with each evening that we had a wonderful time with. 
 Our waiter was a young man from India, very handsome and personality plus and the Maitre D was a real character, the first woman Maitre D ever on Carnival Cruise Lines but she did an awesome job.  I had to give our waiter and Maitre D hugs on the last night and the Maitre D got emotional.  She said she isn't supposed to but she couldn't help it.  She said we were her "forever friends" and that we are all family now.  Every night the waiters and busboys entertained us during dinner with a song or a dance and the Maitre D put on a large black Afro wig and huge orange glasses and sounded just like Charo.  
The staff on Carnival Fascination treated us like royalty and the ship and our cabin were spotless.  Our cabin steward and his housekeeping staff took care of all our needs and treated us like we were the only ones on the ship.  The service was above and beyond anything we ever expected and the food was the best we have ever had and an endless supply.  Our chef was German and he said although Captain Allegretti, who was quite a character himself, was in charge and set the rules on the ship, there was only one area in which he overruled the Captain.  The Chef said his rule was that no one on his ship would ever go away hungry.  Our cruise director, Trevor, was a real character.  He said if we enjoyed the cruise, to tell everyone his name but if we didn't like the cruise, to tell everyone the cruise director's name was Julie McCoy :-)
We had 5 days of beautiful, calm seas and memories to last a life time.  We certainly plan to cruise again.
Karen C


Our vacation to France was a really great experience. We saw what we consider the highlights of the country, from the French Rivera (Cannes to Nice), wineries, medieval structures to the Roman aqueduct. 

The cruise up the Rhone was relaxing with just the right amount of tourists on board.  The people were friendly and we spent considerable time with a few other couples.  The tours off the boat were informative and gave us insight as to what we were seeing.  We always take in the optional tours and have seldom been disappointed.

After leaving the cruise and proceeding to Paris, we took in the optional tour of the Louvre which was great and highly recommended. Cameras are allowed everywhere. A small group of us asked the guide if he could get us outside for photos of the pyramid and he was able to accommodate us through an exit and then get us back in.  (extra gratuity here)


A great vacation that met or exceeded our expectations.

Krumrai/Marifke Group

Caribbean Princess
Hi Gayle,

Yes we had fun, it was very relaxing and everything went smooth.  The
ship itself was beautiful.  The food was average at best.  Service was
mostly good.  We tried dinner in one of restaurants that you have to
pay for early on and the service was not good, so we stuck with the
big dining rooms.

Thanks again for the help.

Take care,
Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas
One First Timer and one experienced cruiser
Hi Gayle,
Rick liked the cruise. But I was telling Gesica my Cruising Bar is pretty High and I did notice how the ship has cheaped out a little w/ the food and no chocolate on our pillows--just towel animals. But I can say that we received pretty crappy dining service. I filled out my Cruise Survey and rated them Fair. The Waitor and Asst Waitor were very slow in getting our food, didn't greet us w/ pushing our chairs in or putting our napkin on our laps. Our waitors catered to another table they had instead. I also complained to the Head Waitor when the escargot appetizer did not come w/ bread/toast. She said they stopped serving bread b/c it would get soggy.
We sat w/ all younger couples at our table, they were all very nice. Our room was perfect, no rockiness at all. The Ship was really beautiful and very art moutif. Also The bars and the pool and jacuzzi's were fun.We also really liked Johnny Rockets-we ate there one night for dinner the food was excellent. We just hung out in Haiti and Jamaica. We loved Jamaica and we both want to do an all inlclusive there next time. Rick said he would rather do an Alaskian cruise next time to see more. I think he got bored the days at sea, just looking at the ocean. All in all we loved the vacation, we had beautiful weather 85 in Fort Lauderdale, 90 in Haiti and 80 in Jamaica and No Rain or Snow. We came home very tan and relaxed.
Thank-you for everything it went very smooth.
-Tammi and Rick
St Thomas viewA view of St Thomas from above
Vernisha and friend

Hey Gayle,

We had a great time. Just did the usual cruise stuff, nothing too crazy. I've got plenty of pictures for you to comb through. Here is a link to the gallery:
Let me know what you think.

Joe T.

I think that Joe is a great photographer!  Loved his Europe Med Cruise pics too!

Danube River Cruise Group
Avalon Danube Cruise
Thanks again for all your help.  It certainly was a great vacation!
Mike & Diane

Our Avalon River Cruise was so exciting! Prague, Vienna, Linz, Germany, Budapest were just some of the unique destinations we visited!!! Happy to say our whole group was amazing and a lot of fun. Imagine old friends + new friends + this outstanding itinerary = way too much fun + awesome memories for all of us!!

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I remember that you wanted some feedback on the river cruise you arranged for my wife and myself on the Avalon Luminary. We went from Budapest to Amsterdam, and then a stop over in Dublin.

On the whole everything went very well. 
The boat was modern and clean, with the wait staff being friendly and helpful. The room, though compact, was comfortable. As a warning for future bookings, be careful booking people into rooms near the rear of the boat, where the engine room is. The engines were quite noisy, even on the third level. We were about 6 rooms forward and the noise was not too bad. I think this could be the situation for most of the boats since they seem to all be constructed the same way.

We had a chance to compare notes with some passengers on the Viking Njord, who  seemed to be on a similar schedule. We had lunch with these passengers at Regensberg, and found that our Avalon boat had special entertainment most nights, where the Njord had virtually none.

To see most of the towns that we stopped at required  walking. You tended to walk almost every day. Avalon had some easy walking groups, but these also required walking. The extra side trips were easy to sign up for on the ship. We took one to Salzburg. Sometimes the schedule had to be altered (generally due to delays at the locks), but the cruise director made the adjustments almost seamless. In one instance, while we were on a trip to a town, the captain decided to go through the next lock and then meet us down stream. To get us aboard, he had to build us a bridge from the shore.

We had a good time on the trip. I'm glad you switched us to Avalon, the better choice. I hope this helps you in advising future clients. We appreciate your efforts in making our trip a successful one.

Alan Thompson


Viking River Cruise
Rick and Lori in PragueRick and Lori in Prague
Hi Gayle,

We had a great trip!!  We ran in to some record high heat early in the trip.  The ship gave us plenty of free water though and there was also plenty of local cold beer to sample.  So we stayed cool!  We were able to tour some wonderful churches, palaces, and castles, as well as see many of them from the ship.  It was interesting to see first hand how the ship went thru the many lockes along the way.   We were able to sample the local beer and wine, and to taste the local food both on and off the ship.  The crew was very accommodating and friendly, and Rick enjoyed a few good conversations with the Captain.  It was a small ship, so we met many nice people while on board.  Gayle, we appreciate you, as well as all of your staff, who helped to make this trip one we will always remember.

Lori & Rick Berndsen

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