Friday, July 22, 2011

World Cruise - Round Trip from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Many would agree that the idea of a world cruise is amazing. Just imagine ... boarding a beautiful cruise ship, getting to your stateroom, unpacking just once and visiting multiple cities and countries all over the world. On top of that, all of your meals and entertainment are included too (not to mention someone makes your bed and cleans your room daily)! Who could ask for anything more?

Most world cruises start in one port and end in another, for example, the Pacific Princess starts in Ft. Lauderdale in January, and end in Venice in April. There are a few that start and end in the same port however, and Holland America has a really nice (and convenient) sailing that starts and ends in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, which for those in the United States, it means no international flights!

Check out the itinerary below! You get a taste of just about everywhere. The voyage rates are very attractive as well. Inside Staterooms start at $20,015.47 per person; Ocean View Staterooms start at $24,295.47 per stateroom; and Balcony Suites start at $36,415.47 per person. These rates include cruise fare, port charges and taxes.

Holland America Line
113-Night Grand World Voyage, Fort Lauderdale R/T
Day Date Port Arv Dep
Fri 01/06/12 Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Embark - Times are subject to change 05:00 PM
Sat 01/07/12 At Sea
Sun 01/08/12 At Sea
Mon 01/09/12 Roseau, Dominica 12:00 PM 06:00 PM
Tue 01/10/12 Bridgetown, Barbados 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Wed 01/11/12 At Sea
Thu 01/12/12 At Sea
Fri 01/13/12 Belem, Brazil 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
Sat 01/14/12 At Sea
Sun 01/15/12 At Sea
Mon 01/16/12 Recife, Brazil 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
Tue 01/17/12 At Sea
Wed 01/18/12 At Sea
Thu 01/19/12 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 08:00 AM
Fri 01/20/12 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 04:00 PM
Sat 01/21/12 At Sea
Sun 01/22/12 At Sea
Mon 01/23/12 Buenos Aires, Argentina 08:00 AM
Tue 01/24/12 Buenos Aires, Argentina 05:00 PM
Wed 01/25/12 Montevideo, Uruguay 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
Thu 01/26/12 At Sea
Fri 01/27/12 At Sea
Sat 01/28/12 Falkland Islands 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
Sun 01/29/12 At Sea
Mon 01/30/12 Antarctica
Tue 01/31/12 South Shetland Islands
Wed 02/01/12 Wilhelm Archipelago
Thu 02/02/12 Cape Horn, Chile
Fri 02/03/12 Ushuaia, Argentina 07:00 AM 01:00 PM
Sat 02/04/12 Punta Arenas, Chile 07:00 AM 07:00 PM
Sun 02/05/12 Chilean Fjords
Mon 02/06/12 At Sea
Tue 02/07/12 At Sea
Wed 02/08/12 At Sea
Thu 02/09/12 At Sea
Fri 02/10/12 Easter Island, Chile 07:00 AM 04:00 PM
Sat 02/11/12 At Sea
Sun 02/12/12 At Sea
Mon 02/13/12 Pitcairn, Pitcairn Island, UK
Tue 02/14/12 At Sea
Wed 02/15/12 Papeete, Tahiti 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Thu 02/16/12 At Sea
Fri 02/17/12 At Sea
Sat 02/18/12 Pago Pago, American Samoa 07:00 AM 04:00 PM
Sun 02/19/12 At Sea
Mon 02/20/12 At Sea
Tue 02/21/12 Cross International Dateline
Wed 02/22/12 Lifou, New Caledonia 12:00 PM 06:00 PM
Thu 02/23/12 At Sea
Fri 02/24/12 At Sea
Sat 02/25/12 Sydney, Australia 10:00 AM
Sun 02/26/12 Sydney, Australia 04:00 PM
Mon 02/27/12 At Sea
Tue 02/28/12 At Sea
Wed 02/29/12 Cairns, Australia 08:00 AM
Thu 03/01/12 Cairns, Australia 03:30 PM
Fri 03/02/12 Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Sat 03/03/12 Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Sun 03/04/12 At Sea
Mon 03/05/12 Komodo Island, Indonesia 11:00 AM 05:00 PM
Tue 03/06/12 Lembar, Indonesia 08:00 AM 04:00 PM
Wed 03/07/12 At Sea
Thu 03/08/12 At Sea
Fri 03/09/12 At Sea
Sat 03/10/12 At Sea
Sun 03/11/12 Hong Kong, China 08:00 AM
Mon 03/12/12 Hong Kong, China 06:00 PM
Tue 03/13/12 At Sea
Wed 03/14/12 Nha Trang, Vietnam 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Thu 03/15/12 Phu My, Vietnam 08:00 AM 11:00 PM
Fri 03/16/12 At Sea
Sat 03/17/12 At Sea
Sun 03/18/12 Singapore 08:00 AM
Mon 03/19/12 Singapore 11:00 PM
Tue 03/20/12 At Sea
Wed 03/21/12 Phuket, Thailand 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Thu 03/22/12 At Sea
Fri 03/23/12 At Sea
Sat 03/24/12 Colombo, Sri Lanka 08:00 AM 06:00 PM
Sun 03/25/12 At Sea
Mon 03/26/12 Mangalore, India 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Tue 03/27/12 Marmagao, India 07:00 AM 03:00 PM
Wed 03/28/12 Mumbai (Bombay), India 06:00 AM
Thu 03/29/12 Mumbai (Bombay), India 11:00 PM
Fri 03/30/12 At Sea
Sat 03/31/12 At Sea
Sun 04/01/12 At Sea
Mon 04/02/12 At Sea
Tue 04/03/12 At Sea
Wed 04/04/12 At Sea
Thu 04/05/12 Safaga (Luxor), Egypt 07:00 AM 11:59 PM
Fri 04/06/12 Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt 07:00 AM 01:00 PM
Sat 04/07/12 Suez Canal, Egypt
Sun 04/08/12 At Sea
Mon 04/09/12 Piraeus (Athens), Greece 08:00 AM
Tue 04/10/12 Piraeus (Athens), Greece 06:00 PM
Wed 04/11/12 Katakolon, Greece 08:00 AM 04:00 PM
Thu 04/12/12 Messina, (Sicily) Italy 11:00 AM 08:00 PM
Fri 04/13/12 Naples (Napoli), Italy 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Sat 04/14/12 Ajaccio, (Corsica) France 10:00 AM 06:00 PM
Sun 04/15/12 Barcelona, Spain 12:00 PM
Mon 04/16/12 Barcelona, Spain 06:00 PM
Tue 04/17/12 At Sea
Wed 04/18/12 Cadiz, Spain 08:00 AM 11:00 PM
Thu 04/19/12 At Sea
Fri 04/20/12 Funchal (Madeira), Portugal 08:00 AM 05:00 PM
Sat 04/21/12 At Sea
Sun 04/22/12 At Sea
Mon 04/23/12 At Sea
Tue 04/24/12 At Sea
Wed 04/25/12 At Sea
Thu 04/26/12 At Sea
Fri 04/27/12 At Sea
Sat 04/28/12 Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Disembark - Times are subject to change 07:00 AM

So, do you have 113 days to spare? Looking for a world cruise? How about a segment of a world cruise? Give us a call and we can help you find the perfect ship and itinerary.

You can reach us anytime at 888-882-5793, visit us on the web at or send me an email at Let the experts at CruiseOne Freer & Associates help you plan your dream vacation!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Speakers Covering Spectrum of Interests To Enrich Crystal Cruises’ 2012 World Cruise

Television legend Regis Philbin, Hall of Famers Hank Aaron (baseball) and Don Shula (football), Olympians Dorothy Hamill (ice skating) and Cathy Rigby (gymnastics), and astronauts “Hoot” Gibson and Rhea Seddon join a cadre of political insiders, military leaders, and foreign correspondents on Crystal Serenity’s 94-day 2012 World Cruise.

In addition to dozens of guest entertainers, Crystal Cruises has tapped top experts from varied fields to enrich and inspire via complimentary presentations throughout the epic voyage, including:

• General Hugh Shelton—Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under two U.S. Presidents.
• Deborah Fallows—Linguistics expert whose book, Dreaming in Chinese, was one of Oprah’s 2010 “Books to Watch.”
• Major General Pat Brady—Chief U.S. Army spokesman, and top helicopter pilot, during the Vietnam War.
• Ambassador Wendy Chamberlin—Former U.S. Ambassador to Laos and Pakistan who played a key role in the post-9/11 campaign against al Qaeda.
• Tom Faranda—Global trend forecaster who predicted China’s rise.
• Farhana Qazi—Counter-terrorism expert and most prominent American-Muslim woman to study al-Qaeda and Muslim conflicts.
• Shelby Coffey III—LA Times, CNN Business News, and ABC News management veteran.
• Neil Leifer—Considered the greatest sports photographer in history.

Back by popular demand is “Ocean Views,” where noted panelists debate issues of the day.

“Our guests are intelligent and curious travelers who relish insights into the visited destinations and the world in which we live,” says Bret Bullock, vice president, entertainment. “To appeal to their wide range of interests and satisfy their discerning tastes, we seek out only the most engaging experts.”

Departing January 18, the grand round-trip Los Angeles itinerary consists of five 16- to 22-day segments through Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, South Korea, Japan, Russia, Alaska, and Canada, with numerous port overnights (including a 3-day Beijing exploration) en route.

Two-for-One segment fares start at $9,760/person, including complimentary airfare from 24 North American gateways (or air credit), plus up to $2000/couple shipboard credit. Full World Cruisers receive additional savings and perks.

Crystal’s award-winning, luxurious offerings always include a diverse selection of thought-provoking, scholarly, and sophisticated enrichment activities that provide extensive onboard choices for cultured world travelers.

If you would like more information on this sailing, please contact Kathy Freer at CruiseOne Freer & Associates 888-882-5793 or via email You can also visit us on the web,

Friday, July 1, 2011

Why Use CruiseOne Freer & Associates as your Travel Agent?

I have posted on this topic in the past, but it keeps coming up, and after all … it is a good question. And this past week, I have actually had the question asked of me numerous times, including right after I answered the phone: “Thank you for calling CruiseOne, this is Kathy” the caller’s first statement “Hi Kathy, why should I use you versus anyone else or the cruise line direct?”

I went on to explain to the caller about my knowledge, my service, and my experiences. I answered all of her questions, and I earned her business.

So, a little bit about me as a travel agent … I own my CruiseOne franchise, which I purchased in January of 2010. I was in the travel business in the 1990’s ventured out of it, and have returned. I am passionate about what I do. I love the fact that I help people with their vacations, family reunions, honeymoons, and quick get-a-ways … whatever their desires are. I have my own tag line “we bring your dream vacation to life.” I love to travel, especially cruising. I also specialize in family travel. Having two children myself, it is important to know what vacations and cruises fit our needs, and what will give not only me the best options, but my children as well.

I am a member of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) and achieved the accreditation of ACC (Accredited Cruise Counselor). This is done by education and earning credits, sales and personal travel experience. I am one 7 night cruise away from earning my MCC (Master Cruise Counselor), which is obtained by more education and personal travel experience. It is important to continue my education so I can best serve my clients. Likewise, it is important for me to have firsthand knowledge of the products that I am presenting to my clients, so I try to travel as much as I can, or do educational opportunities, such as ship inspections.

So what makes me different from the cruise lines or the travel agent down the street? Well, most of the time all the pricing is the same. There are some cases where we might have some block space (purchased staterooms ahead of time) that will offer lower fares than the current rate available and perhaps some on board amenities like on board credit or a bottle of wine. But putting price aside, let’s talk about service. I will never put a client on a cruise just to sell a cruise. I listen to my clients, listen to their wishes, what they need, are they traveling alone, do they have kids, what is important to them. This helps me qualify them for the perfect vacation. I will also speak about stateroom types and locations. Some clients simply want the lowest fare stateroom and they don’t care about location. Others have many questions as to location. I also will not try to up sell clients to other levels, unless they have questions and are interested. I will however recommend certain stateroom types for certain itineraries (for example, a balcony is almost a must in Alaska).

This past week, I was on the phone with a client two nights in a row from 11:00 pm, until 1:00 am. Now, you can’t get that from a cruise line! I make myself available at almost any time of the day. I have a lot of clients that have schedules that don’t give them the opportunity to call me during a typical 9:00am – 5:0opm work day. I want to go above and beyond and offer my services and assistance when it is convenient for my customers. This client that I was on the phone with actually had contacted the cruise line directly, and did not have a good experience. She was told the rooms she wanted were not available. She wanted two rooms, four people in each room, and she wanted them as close as possible. I went through all the options with her, and did the best we could (this is a close in sailing that is very popular). I felt wonderful that I was able to help her, and to close the call, she thanked me very much, told me she had a bad experience with the cruise line, and she was very happy with me. Was I tired? Yes! It was 1:00 am! But it was worth it. Not because of the sale, but because I helped her with her trip.

When planning your vacation, it is still wise to use a travel agent. Especially one that does not charge a fee and has the same prices or better than going direct. We have the knowledge and experience to help you with your trip. We can look at all options for you. If you go to a cruise line directly, you will only get information on that cruise line, and you will speak to a different agent each time that simply wants to sell you a stateroom on their ship.

I will be there through every step, from first call until after you sail. You will have the same dedicated person handling your reservation and all of your questions. I will not simply sell you a stateroom on any ship. I will, however, build a relationship with you and learn about you and what you really want.

So, what are you waiting for? Give CruiseOne Freer & Associates a call today and let’s get started planning your next trip! You can reach us toll free at 888-882-5793 on the web at or by email at