"Twenty years from now, you will be most disappointed by the things you did not do, then by the things you did do. So, throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover"
-Mark Twain


Cruise Direct Online Named A Princess' Cruises

Top Producing Agent within North America.

Princess Cruises singles out Cruise Direct Online as having joined a distinguished group of Princess Cruises top producing agencies in North America with an award for outstanding sales achievement. Alaska Cruises Direct is a destination marketing brand of the company.
" On behalf of the more than 20,000 crew members led by our senior officers at sea and more than 2,000 team members led by our executive management team ashore here at Princess Cruises, we wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation for your highly valued business..."
" We value our partnership and ask that you please extend our thanks to your team and all those who support you in selling Princess Cruises and Tours"
             -Brian O'Conner Vice President, Sales ( North America )

    Princess Cruises Achievement Award to Cruise Direct Online

Learn what this sales achievement award means to you...

Marty & Raye Trencher Become Certified Cruise Experts

Earning Prestigious Top Rank from Princess Cruises


Raye & Marty Trencher have achieved prestigious Commodore status in Princess Cruises’ Academy training program, certifying them each as an expert cruise professional.

As a Commodore, Raye & Marty Trencher of Alaska Cruises Direct, a part of Cruise Direct Online joins an exclusive group of travel agents who are now recognized by Princess at the Academy's highest level for their unique qualifications and knowledge as a cruise planning professional. Raye & Marty earned this distinction after completing the minimum 25 courses necessary to graduate from the program. Raye & Marty Trencher - Certified Alaska Travel Experts 

“We at Princess are very proud of Raye & Marty Trencher's dedication, as they put in extra effort to offer clients exceptional knowledge regarding our cruise vacation product as well as our worldwide destinations,” said Jan Swartz, Senior Vice President of Customer Service and Sales at Princess. “Travel agents who reach this top level in our Academy program have completed hours of course work to become a cruising expert, which will prove invaluable to providing clients with a great vacation.”

Princess Academy is the cruise industry’s most comprehensive online training program available to travel agents in the U.S. and Canada. Agents who complete the extensive coursework become experts on a wide range of topics, offering travelers full knowledge of important details about a Princess vacation such as the different passenger amenities on the line’s 17 ships, the company’s worldwide destinations and the many special programs available onboard.

“We're thrilled to be a Princess Commodore and expand our expertise about cruising. The knowledge we've gained makes us a more valuable resource for our clients, and enables us to recommend the very best vacation which matches all of their needs,” said Marty Trencher.

Raye and Marty Trencher are also part of an exclusive group of travel agents who are recognized by Princess as Alaska Cruise Experts, earning that distinction for their unique qualifications and knowledge as Alaska cruise planning professionals.

To become a Commodore, travel agents must fulfill 25 required and elective classes, representing approximately 15 hours of total course work covering worldwide destinations, onboard programs, and customer service skills. As they complete courses, agents receive their “stripes” through four levels: First Officer, Staff Captain, Captain and finally Commodore. Agents can continue to take elective courses to expand their knowledge and keep their Commodore status current.

The Principles
Raye & Marty Trencher

Raye & I are a husband and wife team with more than 30 years experience cruising the world. Our mission is plain and simple. We started Cruise Direct Online so we could provide real-life accounts and expert advice about Alaska, not just a flood of information.

We literarily have cruised "round the world", sailing thousands of nautical miles, visiting ports of call, inspecting ships, sampling itineraries and critiquing shore excursions. We've been to Alaska. We know the lay of the land sort of speak. And now  we hope to pass on that knowledge and information to you.

Our advice offers the best possible cruise options based on your lifestyle, interests, budget, travel experience, etc....plus we'll point out where to get group rates ( without joining a group! ), free upgrades, shipboard credits and other amenities or discounts.

At Cruise Direct Online, or our Alaska focused web site: Alaska Cruise Direct, you will find information about your dining choices. Advise about tipping; packing; clothing; flights and schedule options; shore excursions, proper immigration documentations and much more.

As Certified Cruise Experts you will find information of value to seniors, families, singles, couples and groups. Plus some "behind the scenes" and 'Know Before You Go" information about Alaska not found elsewhere. We also will tell you how to avoid travel scams and common travel mistakes, and share our insights on the latest cruise news about Alaska and how it affects your vacation planning.

After browsing our web sites, we hope you will feel confident- and excited- about the choices you have, no matter if this is your first cruise to Alaska or simply seeking a new adventure. After all, we know that each time you cruise, you will meet new people, make new friends and learn new things as you cruise around the World.

Choosing the a cruise that's right for you--that the premise behind our service promise to you.
Where have Raye and Marty traveled?

The Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Northern Europe, Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Russia, Canada, French Polynesia, Tahiti, Hawaii and more.
The Editor's of Cruise Traveler Magazine present Your Ultimate Alaska Cruise Guide - Know Before You Go. Tried-and-true Tips on how to have a successful cruise vacation. Get the latest cruise news, cruise reviews, and feature cruise articles. Be sure to read their Ultimate Packing List. A must read, before you plan your next cruise. Add your own article....share the experience.

Cruised to over 40 Countries with over a dozen cruise lines....
Over 30 times.

A little bit of background...

Marty is a veteran travel professional. He has been a corporate travel executive for over 30 years. Along with eight years of retail cruise industry experience, he has handled corporate incentives for Pepsi and Ford, managed retail and wholesale tour operations, been a theme park/attractions marketing planner and directed one of the largest annual migration of British Tourists to Walt Disney World!

In addition to Cruise Direct Online, they publish Cruise Travel Magazine online and he and his wife are also editors and publishers of Cruise Reviews Online. At Cruise Reviews Online you can read hundreds of cruise line and cruise ship reviews by travelers and cruise experts on today's most popular cruise ships. Unbiased and unedited, they share their experience with you. Cruise Reviews Online, is one of the most recognized leading resources for fair and objective information about cruise travel.

Together Raye & Marty have edited and published 'The Ultimate Cruise Guide". a cruiser travel reference guide book that is available free for the reading... online.

As an knowledgeable expert in the cruise industry, Marty as a member of the Society of Industry Leaders, has shared his expertise with members of the financial community conducting industry research. He has also been called upon to assist the media with expert comments on cruise industry news discussing everything from holiday travel trends to cruise safety.

They support the goals and objective of the Society of Professional Journalists, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.

Raye is a retired educator by profession with over 30 years of teaching experience. Her experience, both as a mother and teacher bring a unique perspective to family and multi-generational travel. She writes for Dan and Molly's Dockside Cafe' a travelogue and has worked in the travel industry part-time for as many years as she had been teaching. Through the years, she has helped families from all over the world catch up with loved ones and creating new family memories at sea, noting that "a cruise vacation offers more variety and things to do for both grandparents and children than on a land-based vacation plus a cruise brings everyone together to share a once-in-a lifetime family experience".

Raye  & Marty love to cruise, likes the big ships to the small ones and always takes timeout to visit the grandkids.

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Book Alaska cruises early, ships are crowded- Sunday news article in the Chicago Tribune, Newsday and other newspapers around the country 

"Book Alaska cruises early,

 ships are crowded"

Alaska In The News

Traveler Verified...

Guest Comments and Customer Testimonials

( just a small selection, we would be delighted to share the rest with you, just ask. )

" Just a note to thank you for all your work & help for a very enjoying vacation to Alaska. The weather was great and we had no rain. Between the 4 of us we took around 2000 pictures. Again thank you for your help."
Doug & Cathy Burnett - May

"Raye, we are back from our Alaskan cruise with Princess and had a fantastic time. Everything was great and more than met our expectations. We can only think that your assistance with the booking and advice about the cruise certainly contributed to our enjoyment. All the information you passed on to us was right on target and was extremely helpful for us – a couple of first time cruisers. Thanks for all you help. If we decide on another cruise we will definitely be calling you. Regards, Bob & Gladys Jordon"



"My wife and I had an awesome trip to Alaska...it was the  best trip we ever experienced! Lots of wild animals, plane rides,  train rides, kayaking, majestic mountains galore....Great meals and
great shows on the ship (Island Princess) We even got a chance to talk  to Lance Mackay, the 4 time Iditarod champion in person, and he signed  his book for us too...that was an unexpected treat. We also met the
husband of the 4 time Iditarod champion Susan Butcher and got a book  signed by him too. Panning for gold was fun too and going to a salmon bake.

Take care and Thanks"

Glen G. Clements


"Dear Raye, I want to just say thank you for everything you did to make this first time cruise perfect. I mean everything from planning a room that had the least amount of motion for my sensitive stomach to water waves (the airplane ride had more). The excursions were so much fun all of us especially enjoyed zip lining. The boat was beautiful, a lot to do, entertaining all the time, and of course the food of which I did ask for a second lobster delicious. Everyone working with Princess was considerate, helpful and just an asset to the company they represent. Our family toasted you the first night at dinner. It was a long journey to adventure to our first cruise and dreams of a new one will not take so long. How about China and Asia? So let me say it again I know you worked very hard to provide the best service not just to me but to everyone of your clients and we sincerely thank you for that. I don't know who your supervisors are but I would appreciate it if you would pass this letter to them. We have filled in the survey but wanted to extend you a personal thanks. You gave us a short magical ride in our very hectic life we can always close our eyes and remember those days. Sincerely,

The Diekman family" - June

Cruise Direct Online publishes a

number of travel-related web based services. Below are just a few we invite you to visit:

Cruise Direct Online
Alaska Cruises Direct
Cruise Traveler Magazine
Cruise Reviews Online
Shore Excursions Magazine
Magical Moments at Sea



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