A little about me!

I’ve been a travel agent for almost six years. And I’m new to blogging, this is my first one ever, so bear with me. Previous to this, I was (and still am) a Licensed Customs Broker.  I spent 30 plus years working at JFK Airport, assisting customers with the clearance and delivery of their international packages.  I thought, if I could move cargo, I can move people and it has to be more fun!!!

And it is!!!  There is nothing more satisfying then planning the perfect adventure for someone.  Convincing them to use a travel agent, instead of doing it on their own can be a daunting task.  Most people think they can get it cheaper on the internet.  And maybe so, sometimes!  If your just booking air to visit grandma, go ahead do it on your own, nothing difficult or special about it.  You may even think if your booking something like “just a cruise” you can do it on your own.  Yes, you can!  But did you know that a travel agent may have special deals, fares, amenities that they can offer you.  Sometimes, even upgrades are available through a travel agent, that you wouldn’t be able to secure yourself.  It would never ever hurt you to ask a travel agent for their help.

Most (not all), but most agents, in most cases do not charge a planning fee or research fee (more on this topic later).  Travel Agents are paid by the cruise line, hotel, resort, wholesaler, tour operator.  It does not add to the cost of your vacation at all!!!  Again, I must say – that using a travel agent will get you more bang for your buck then you can get on your own.  Travel Agents, in most cases, are not paid until your trip is completed.

I’ve made mistakes (as all travel agents have) but my clients would never know it, well except for my son –  when I first started I booked him and his wife on a trip from New York to Florida –  he was extremely perplexed while on his flight TO Florida, why he was getting text’s from JetBlue telling him to check-in for his return flight.  Well, his mother (the travel agent) booked his flight going and coming on the same day!!!!  Luckily, I was able to fix it without any costs.

So, here’s my plan with my new blog –  every week I will share something new – it maybe about a destination, it maybe travel tips, it may some interesting Travel Agent stories, but it will be new and entertaining and I hope you will enjoy it

 

 

Day 4 – (Day 3 of the cruise) Our first Port – Santorini Island – NCL Spirit –

Let’s start with the itinerary for this cruise.  I have to be perfectly honest, as excited as I was to get the opportunity to visit so many places on this cruise, it was to much. It was actually exhausting. So much to do and see.  Don’t get me wrong the trip was amazing, but tiring tooo!

Thu 18-Apr 5:00 pm SHIP DEPARTS CIVITAVECCHIA (ROME), ITALY
Fri 19-Apr AT SEA
Sat 20-Apr 12:00 pm Sat 20-Apr 10:00 pm Tender SANTORINI ISLAND, GREECE
Sun 21-Apr 7:00 am Sun 21-Apr 7:00 pm Dock PIRAEUS (ATHENS), GREECE
Mon 22-Apr 8:00 am Mon 22-Apr 6:00 pm Tender MYKONOS, GREECE
Tue 23-Apr 7:00 am Tue 23-Apr 1:00 pm Dock CHANIA, GREECE
Wed 24-Apr 2:00 pm Wed 24-Apr 9:00 pm Dock VALLETTA, MALTA
Thu 25-Apr 8:00 am Thu 25-Apr 6:00 pm Dock MESSINA, ITALY
Fri 26-Apr 7:00 am Fri 26-Apr 5:00 pm Dock NAPLES/POMPEII, ITALY
Sat 27-Apr 9:00 am Sat 27-Apr 8:00 pm Dock LIVORNO (FLORENCE/PISA), ITALY
Sun 28-Apr 6:00 am SHIP ARRIVES AT CIVITAVECCHIA (ROME), ITALY

So, now on to Santorini – what an amazing and beautiful island. It is a tender port, which I’m not really a fan of, but it was really smooth and it was a quick tender.  It also wasn’t an early arrival, so we had time to have a nice breakfast and no rushing around to get off the ship.  We were also in port until 10 pm and had the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful sunset from the Island.  Our group went in different directions and met up at this beautiful little restaurant overlooking the water.

Our first adventure, we picked an ATV tour (which weren’t really ATV”S) drive yourself, stick shift cute little convertible cars.  We had an amazing tour and had the opportunity to visit the highest point on the Island, the beach and lunch overlooking the harbor.

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There were about 10 of us on the excursion, which was a very nice number – not to many people and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Did you know that there are more donkey’s then people that live on the island?

It was a full day of exploring and seeing beautiful sights. Our lunch was amazing and so was the wine!!  But the highlight of the day was meeting up with our group and enjoying a meal, some wine

 

and the amazing sunset overlooking the harbor where I ship waited for us to return.

But, the end of the day and the tram back down to meet the tender had to be the where we had the most laughs.  Poor Joanna, so terribly afraid of heights and there is only 2 ways down – take a donkey on this winding trail or take the tram.  We opted for the tram

Day 3 – Our one and only day at Sea! (Day 2 of our cruise)

Exploring the ship, making plans for the rest of our journey – seeing what we might do. Yes, I am a procrastinator – I glanced at the excursions over the last few months, but never sat down and really decided what we wanted to do.  Today was the day to do that! So many choices, not sure what to do – you can be as busy as you want to be or relaxed as you want to be.

 

Now let’s get a good nights rest and start the fun with our first port visit tomorrow!