The Travel Professor
Join me on a journey across the broad spectrum of interesting travel topics. We’ll discuss destinations domestic and abroad, some familiar and some off the beaten path. We take a look at suppliers like cruise lines, air carriers and tour operators and find their bargains and special offerings. Got questions? Email

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Cruising said to be a $42 billion business in U.S.

The U.S. economic impact of the cruise industry grew 4.6% last year to $42 billion, according to a study done annually for the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).

That compares with an increase in the U.S. gross domestic product of 2.2% in 2012.

Direct spending by the cruise lines was pegged at $19.6 billion, up 4%, according to the study by Business and Economic Research Associates.

The study said the cruise industry generates 356,311 jobs in the U.S with wages of over $17 billion.

North American cruise lines carried 16.95 million passengers last year, a 3.8% advance over 2011.

Chose to cruise!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Going solo on a river cruise

Solo travelers can cruise at no additional charge as Uniworld River Cruises waives or reduces single supplements on select 2013 departures. Book and deposit at time of reservation to take advantage of these savings. 

Click here to view applicable dates! 

Contact your Uniworld River Cruise Specialist today! 

5 day cruise for under $40.00 a day!!!

How about a 5 day Carnival Cruise for $179.00 per person, 2 to cabin?  Additional taxes & fees are not included.

Sail from Jacksonville FLA to the Islands of the Bahamas! The living is easy on The Bahamas islands, a glittering necklace of sand dotting the blue Atlantic. On a Bahamas cruise you’ll find a sun-splashed seascape of 700 islands and 2,000 cays offering idyllic tropical getaways for sailing, snorkeling, fishing, strolling pearly pink-sand beaches, and swimming crystalline turquoise seas. 
Contact me for dates & details!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Interacting with people from around the planet.

There are cultural and social differences around the world. Everywhere is not Main Street or your McDonald’s. Enlightened travelers know these differences and have a must more enjoyable travel experience. 

We’re offering some on-line/blended BMT (Business Management Technology) classes this fall that will cover travel to Europe, Asia & the Pacific Rim! 

Happy Travels!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Knitting on the Danube

Are you ready to ring in 2015 with a river cruise that embraces what is fast becoming a hip and trendy hobby? How about a Knitting New Year’s Cruise on the Danube River? That’s right, a knitting cruise!

This cruise, from Dec. 27, 2014 – Jan. 3, 2015, will bring together a community of knitters and give them opportunities to learn new techniques, find inspiration for new projects, and show off their personal style and creativity.  Staterooms are selling fast…Call me today!

Personally I’m planning on a spring Holland Tulips Time cruise! See you on-board!  

AMAWaterways on Sale!

AmaWaterways is an award-winning river cruise line that operates more than two dozen itineraries in Europe, Russia, Africa and Southeast Asia. The company has earned a reputation for offering life-enriching travel experiences, and it is renowned for the quality of its sightseeing programs, cuisine, amenities and service.

You can experience the soul of a destination on a river cruise, immersed in the local history, culture and breathtaking natural beauty. AmaWaterways' stylish "floating hotels" make it possible to visit multiple countries in a leisurely manner, surrounded by ever-changing views.

Right now, the company is offering some fantastic deals on select 2013 and 2014 departures. You must book by August 15.

Save up to $1,000 per couple ($500 per person) off select departures on the Mekong River and European waterways, plus receive a complimentary upgrade. Some Rhine sailings also include free shipboard credits.

Save $500 per couple ($250 per person), plus receive a $300 shipboard credit and a free upgrade on select wine cruises in Europe (for a total savings of up to $1,200).

Save up to 40% off eligible Christmas markets cruises.