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

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Free Museum Day

This Saturday, more than 1400 museums across the country, including many throughout the Midwest, will waive admission for the ninth annual Museum Day Live! Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine this deal includes free visits to botanical gardens, premier art galleries and local cultural institutions.

Tickets are limited to one per household -- good for two people -- and must be presented upon entry for free admission.

For a complete list of participating museums, visit  

Each ticket is valid for entry to one participating museum. If museums reach capacity, they have the right to limit the number of guests until space becomes available.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Solo Cruising

Hey Solo Travelers! Have you always wanted to take a cruise vacation but were turned off by the single passenger surcharge? 

The Funships of Carnival Cruise Lines have removed the 200% single occupancy supplement on a select number of sailings. 

With this change, single occupancy bookings made under any available rate code will be charged 100% of the cruise fare when booking an windowless and ocean view stateroom. This offer will be capacity controlled and subject to close at any time without prior notice.

Contact your cruise travel professional today!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New Caribbean Cruise Guarantee

Carnival Cruise Lines yesterday unveiled an unprecedented new program that offers consumers a one of a kind, hassle free money back guarantee when booking a Carnival cruise vacation. 

Designed to provide consumers with complete peace of mind, the “Great Vacation Guarantee” allows guests to end their voyage early and receive a 110 percent refund plus complimentary transportation home, along with a $100 shipboard d credit for a future cruise, should they be dissatisfied with their cruise for any reason.

It’s better on a Funship! Contact your cruise travel sales consultant today!  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

World class museums

Where in the world is the most visited museum located?

Every time I’ve been here they have been closed for a variety of reasons!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Still summer or is it fall?

With the 2013 Labor Day holiday in the books is it still summer or has fall arrived? 

Your thoughts?

For me my summer ends when school starts back!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

New European River Cruise Line Launched!

After years of rumors a new European river cruise line has launched. Emerald Waterways will be sailing with two 182-passenger ships, the Emerald Star and Emerald Sky. They’ll sail eight- to 15-day cruises in Europe, starting April 15.

Each ship will have a heated swimming pool with a retractable roof; the space transforms into a movie theater in the evening. (NOTE-pools are rare on river cruises). Reflections will be the main dining room, and the Terrace will serve breakfast and lunch. Other features are an onboard hairdresser, massage room and fitness area. 

Emerald Waterways is offering four itineraries that sail the Danube, Rhine and Moselle rivers. Fares include all transfers to and from the ships; all meals onboard and most meals on shore; unlimited tea and coffee; wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner; bottled water in the cabins; WiFi onboard the ship; shore excursions; gratuities; and port charges.

I’d look for some great deals on river cruises as companies will have to compete as more beds come on line. Keeping heads in bed often drive sales and promotions.

For more information and/or reservations contact your cruise sales consultant.