Tuesday, November 30, 2010
However, what to do if you are stranded on a disabled ship, stuck in an airport during a snowstorm or missed your flight due to a flat tire on the way to the airport? I am sure that a lot of the passengers on that ship were without the benefits of a travel professional and/or travel insurance. Therefore they were on their own to make sure that everything was taken care of for their compensation by the cruise line, their return ticket home and any other details related to the unforeseen incident.
Your first step to enjoying any vacation, trip of a lifetime or a girls weekend to the spa, should start with a travel professional. At Palmer Vacations & Destination Planners, we help write a prescription for your perfect vacation. We don't stop there as we follow you through with document presentation and a full explanation of what to expect on your journey so you don't have surprises along the way during a normal vacation. We are always a phone call or email away should a question arise about your trip.
Once your departure day arrives, we monitor your flights to make sure that everything goes as planned. Should something unfortunate happen, we are behind the scenes working on ironing things out for you; often without you ever knowing that we are there for you. No matter the situation, we are there looking out for your best interests and to get your travel plans straightened out so that you can just sit back, relax and enjoy your vacation. You don't have just one person at Palmer Vacations & Destination Planners helping you, you have the entire team and 144 years of combined experience on your side.
Your second step to enjoying any vacation should be to purchase the optional travel protection plan. We offer a third party travel protection plan that covers you for trip interruption (such as a flat tire on the way to the airport), provides medical coverage should you injure yourself while traveling and even provides coverage for lost or damaged luggage. However, one of the best benefits is that you have a staff of experts ready to assist you should you not be able to get a hold of us. The experts can assess your situation and provide just about any kind of assistance you need. They can change flight reservations or make hotel accommodations depending on your individual needs. Remember, travel protection is for unforeseen circumstances and you never know when you may need it. Bet those passengers on the Splendor did not think about the engine catching fire and stranding them at sea! If we all knew something bad was going to happen, we would be sure to have protection. Why take that chance?
What peace of mind it is to know, that while you are experiencing a hiccup in your vacation plans, you have a strong team of professionals behind you making sure you can enjoy your vacation to the fullest.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
My trip to the romantic Rhine was the best experience! I have traveled on cruise ships before because I love the ‘unpack once’ idea. I traveled many years ago with my company as an award to Paris so I cannot say I had not traveled to Europe before but this river cruise was soooo different! The history I learned and recalled was outstanding! I know why my mom traveled to Europe as many times that she did. She loved history.
Each stop that was included on my trip was a new adventure. Amsterdam with all the bikes, bike parking deck, canals, homes, flower market and museums were so different than the USA.
I enjoyed the walking, looking, listening, and picture taking at each stop. Each guide was very informative at each destination! I was amazed at the activity at each stop – the economy must be doing very well along the Rhine. The castles, the Lorilie story and how busy (barges) the Rhine River was. The Heidelberg castle and all of its history and we walked right there! Each town has its own story and place in history.
Food was wonderful and wine with dinner each night! The River cruise was clean, concise, good food and an opportunity to meet other people from different countries and see them many times during the week. (Not always true on the big cruise ship).
Would I do a trip with Avalon again? In a heartbeat! What was the best of all the trip cost was all inclusive! Would I book through Palmer Vacations & Destination Planners again? Always! Lisa Shall has booked several trips for me and I have never been disappointed; neither with her recommendations or the trips booked for us.