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Raye & Marty Trencher
Our Alaska cruise advisors are
knowledgeable experts certified by
the Alaska Travel Industry
Association. They know Alaska, as
upfront and personal as you know
your hometown. Call them at
Now that you're ready to visit Alaska, let an Alaska Certified
Expert help you plan your trip of a lifetime! Individual travel
certified by the Alaska Travel Industry Association. They are
real experts about Alaska's geography, history, culture, climate
and seasons, celebrations and special events, and travel to and
within the state. They are able to provide trip planning
assistance and information about local transportation,
attractions, accommodations, dining and entertainment, and
shopping for all five regions of Alaska, including the Far
North, Fairbanks and the Interior, Anchorage and South Central
Alaska, Southwest Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, and cruising
the Inside Passage.
Our Alaska Cruise Advisors have
demonstrated expertise and earned
the distinction of Princess Alaska
Expert in accordance with the
requirements of the Princess Academy
Curriculum. They are uniquely
qualified to assist you in your
Alaska cruise or cruise tour
The definition of a specialist is one who
concentrates on a particular activity or product. When you
specialize in a particular area of the travel industry, over
time you to develop a reputation as the expert in your area
of specialization. As an example, we specializes in Alaska
cruises and cruise tours. After specializing in this area
for over 10 years, we now receive many calls from people who
state they were told to contact us by friends, business
associates or relatives because we were the one's who could
help them plan that special once-in-a- lifetime Alaskan
The best of Alaska with knowledge and
certified expert advice from people who've been
No one knows Alaska like we do.
From planning to packing, from discount rates to departure
dates, everything you need to know about Alaska and Alaska
cruises and cruise tours.
Cruisetour Experts is
recognized as the experts for Alaska cruise and
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We provide a personalized travel experience. We match travelers
with relevant, cruises and cruisetours designed to provide a
quality travel experience. Here is how it works....
You fill out a comprehensive form to best describe the cruise or
cruisetour you want. Depending on the clarity of your needs, an
Alaska cruise expert may get back to you by phone or e-mail. We
then find matches and notify you by e-mail what's on offer.
Depending on your needs, a Personalized Cruise Planner, manually
prepared by experts, will include itineraries, detailed pricing,
places to visit, shore excursions to take, and destination
You can compare and refine your Personalized Cruise Planner with
one of our Alaska Cruisetour Experts at no charge.
When you are ready ( there is no pressure to decide ) you can
book the cruise or cruisetour with us, receive a generous
discount and pay the cruise line directly. We assist you with
the overall process, from reserving, to ticketing, and complete
support. We are with you every step of the way!
After you have returned from your cruise or cruisetour, share
your feedback in the form of an unbiased, unedited Cruise Review
with our community.
We're a cruise travel community built specifically for cruise
travel to Alaska.
Alaska Cruisetour Experts is also a community of cruise
travelers. Our Alaska cruise advisors, with their expert
knowledge, are part of the community together with you. Share
your adventure, help each other out with first-hand experiences
and cruise reviews, recommend the best places to go. Cruises are
a passion which we can all benefit from each other's
tried-and-true experiences. With that in mind, we've built in a
blog that you can participate in.
Our Community and Values.
Alaska Cruisetour Experts community is one in which travelers
seek the best in quality, authenticity, and value. We strive to
More About Us.
Fair and Impartial Advice. We represent all the cruise lines -
we don't promote one particular cruise line over the other.
Choosing the right cruise experience for you is our number one
Speaking of Experience. We have sailed on most of the popular
ships to many of the world's most interesting ports of call, so
we give you recommendations from first-hand knowledge and
Alaska Cruisetour Experts, Cruise Direct Online is a service of
Travel Direct Corporation, represents all major cruise lines and
is a certified member of several consumer and travel trade
organizations. Management and staff have over 30 years
experience in travel.
Each of us is a cruise vacation professional. We're a valuable
resource of first hand knowledge coupled with contagious
enthusiasm for our work, here to help you plan the perfect
cruise vacation. You'll find we're just like you, sharing one
common dream, the dream of cruising and the spirit of the sea.
Call today and let us plan your most memorable vacation
At Alaska Cruisetour Experts we provide the highest possible
level of support and service to our clients. We work hard to get
you the lowest price possible, on any cruise line.
Your ALASKA Cruise Travel Advisor
Every staff member is an experienced cruiser. And all of us are
positively outrageous guest service. We provide expert advice,
not just a flood of information.
To insure your every want and need is met, our staff continually
at sea, taking classes and learning everything there is to know
about the cruise industry.
Our people travel "round the world", visiting ports of call,
inspecting ships, go on cruises, sample and critique shore
excursions... They are constantly communicating, learning and
passing on that knowledge and information to you.
They understand your needs
They give you good solid advice you can count on.
They are knowledgeable of what's on offer.
They are able to get you exceptional value for your cruise
Your Cruise Travel Advisor once engaged when you book a
cruise with us
May be able to offer you group rates( without joining a
group! ), free upgrades, shipboard credits and other
amenities or discounts. We receive daily faxes from the
cruise lines offering special promotions so be sure to ask
if there are any special offers available.
Will offer the best possible cruise options based on your
lifestyle, interests, budget, travel experience, etc.
Will review the proper immigration/passport/birth
certificate documentation necessary for your cruise.
Arrange any special needs -- such as a handicap-designed
stateroom, or a special diet.
Inform you of your dining choices and ask if you prefer
early or late seating , or "freestyle" dining where you can
dine with whom you want, when you want... and arrange for
any special occasions you might be celebrating like a
birthday or anniversary.
Explain the importance of travel insurance to cover the
unexpected such as trip delays, missed cruise connections
and lost or delayed baggage.
Give you General Information materials that cover over 18
"Things to Know Before You Go".
Point out your stateroom on the deck plan ( select deck
plans available online ).
Inform you when final payment is due and the deadline to
request air deviations and arrange pre-or-post cruise land
Advise you about tipping; packing; clothing; flights and
schedule options; shore excursions, etc.
"We want you to feel confident- and excited- about the choices
you have, no matter if this is your first ALASKA cruise or
simply seeking a new adventure. We'll help you choose the ALASKA
cruise that's right for you--whether you're traveling alone,
with children, or with a group of relatives or friends."
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 Alaska Cruisetour Experts 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
through Alaska Cruisetour Experts 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
At Alaska Cruisetour Experts 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.
At Alaska Cruisetour 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
After browsing Alaska Cruisetour Experts, 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 Alaska cruise that's right for you--that the
premise behind Alaska Cruisetour Experts Magazine and our
service promise to you.
Where have Raye and Marty traveled?
The Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, Europe, Mediterranean,
Scandinavia, Russia, Canada, French Polynesia, Tahiti, Hawaii
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 Travel Magazine, 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 is a
member of the Society of Industry Leaders, where he shares 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 are members 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 has 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 loves to cruise, likes the big ships to the small ones and
always takes timeout to visit the grandkids. ( Marty prefers the
opposite, the ships that is, )
Dawn Gesualdi is a professional school and family counselor who
has cruised since she was five years-old and offers readers the
"scoop" on what children and their parents can expect and
experience from the cruise lines kids' and teen programs. Plus
Dawn will offer good advice on how to make cruise planning
easier for you.
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