We provide objectivity and a level of experience that
crowd-sourced companies find difficult to match. What we
offer many consumers is what they want most: credible and
trustworthy advice, period. Take your time and explore our
destination targeted websites ...see the video's, read all
about it. Then, give us a call at 800.365.1445. Our staff is
ready to share their expertise with you. Ask all your
questions, find out all the details. Then, and only when
you're ready, we'll get to work helping you plan a vacation
that will turn those moments
into memories that will last a lifetime.
“These are two people that you’d love to come across.”
"You want unbiased, unfiltered and no-obligation travel
advice, not a sales pitch."
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Raye and Marty Trencher, are part of an exclusive group of
travel agents who are recognized by
others as Certified Travel Experts, earning that distinction
for their unique qualifications and knowledge as cruise
and land tour
" Raye &
Marty Trencher are the 'Go To' Experts on Travel Issues.
They understand the unique challenges and opportunities of
travel during and after the COVID-19 pandemic and offer
practical solutions and insights on what lies ahead."
Smart, Savvy and Sincere Travel Tips
No one knows cruising like they do. From planning to
packing, from discount rates to departure dates, and where
and what to see, everything you need to know about land
expedition river cruises and cruise tours [ land + sea
journeys ] . Experienced
travelers like Raye & Marty know a thing or two about
making their trip as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Now
you can learn their secrets.
“We love the insights, travel tips and guidance that we get
from Two Savvy Travelers...and
some savvy travelers have found working with these cruise
travel influencers mutually beneficial.
Given that weather will be variable depending on where
your Alaska cruise takes you, bringing along both warm
and light clothes is wise. Even during the summer
months, there is rain, and temperatures can vary from
hot to cool, from port to port, so it's best to plan for
layers even if the weather is hot. Additionally, you'll
likely be doing a lot of walking, so bring along
comfortable shoes. Lastly, pack comfortable clothes for
outdoor activities and a few dressier items for onboard
events. Be sure to bring along bug spray, sun glasses,
hats, and a rain jacket. Learn
more and check out our ultimate packing list.
Shop around for travel insurance. Travel
insurance is important, you should never take a cruise
without it. Travel Insurance provides coverage in the
wake of unexpected inconveniences such health issues
while traveling, travel delays or lost luggage. Just
about every cruise line offers trip insurance, however
their rates and policy benefits may not meet your
specific needs. Get quotes from a third-party company and compare that with the cruise line offers. You
may not only save money, but the policy benefits may be
"There's a lot to
navigate, given the amount of confusing and contradictory
information you may have before you, so Raye & Marty Trencher's interest-based travel
advice, offers travelers a more creative, and personal
travel planning experience. In essence, it's all about
helping people like you make the most of an unfamiliar
place. Meeting travelers’ differing needs. Raye & Marty
provide objectivity and a level of " been there-done that "
experience over 40 years that crowd-sourced companies find
difficult to match. What Raye and Marty offer many consumers
is what they want most: credible and trustworthy advice,
your time and explore our destination targeted websites
...see the video's, read all about it. Then, give us a call.
Connect with like-minded cruise travelers that are actually
experienced, having been there, and done that! Raye &
Marty are eager to share their own stories about visiting
over 50 worldwide destinations (
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) both from the sea and on the
land. If you need help, have questions or want more
information, talk to them. They are advocates who love
cruising, visiting countries around the world, with it's
diverse people, cultures, wildlife, wonders and wilderness.
“Their one-of-kind stories, and travel experiences encourage
cruise travelers to engage them.”
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Our Escorted Land Tour Partner
Globus Tours USA
Touring Is The Best Way To See The USA. From the spectacular
national parks and sun-drenched California coast to the
historic landmarks on the East Coast and the charm of the
South, We offer a number of memorable US vacations for you
to truly discover North America. Experience New England's
brilliant fall foliage, discover Alaska's breathtaking
Denali National Park, sit in reserved seats at Nashville's
Grand Ole Opry, visit the famous memorials in Washington DC,
and take part in special events such as the Tournament of
Roses Parade in Pasadena. Throughout the U.S., Globus
includes behind-the-scenes gems you typically can't do on
your own. These are just a few of the many highlights on
Globus presented by Travel Direct
Did You Know?
Raye & Marty Trencher, are certified experts in their field.
Representing over 40 years of hands-on "been there and done
that" travel experience and expertise helping like-minded
people plan their once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Representing
all major cruise lines and a certified member of several
consumer and travel trade organizations including the Cruise
Lines International Association, Alaska Travel Industry
Association and the Travel Leaders Group. Raye & Marty
Trencher of Cruise Direct Online have sailed and toured
extensively, The Caribbean, Alaska, Mexico, China, Japan,
Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Northern Europe,
Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Russia, Canada, French
Polynesia, Tahiti, Hawaii and more. Cruised to over 40
Countries with over a dozen cruise lines. Over 30 times.
"We're well connected to the world's best travel companies.
As part of the Travel Leaders Network, the largest travel
services group in North America, we have forged
relationships with hundreds of the travel industry's leading
suppliers across the globe. This exclusive access allows us
to offer our clients unparalleled access to some unique
Because of our relationship with these name brand cruise
lines, we get deals that can't be advertise online and the
line doesn't always advertise to the general public. Be it
stateroom upgrades, extra amenities and more. We are not
your choice for mass market lines, such as Carnival, which
we will refer to others. Still not convinced? Call the
cruise line, or your neighborhood travel agent. Ask the
agent on the phone: have you ever been on the ship, visited
the ports of call?
We're Ready, When You're Ready. Let's Talk.
The current world health environment has enhanced the need
for cruise travelers to work with people who have more than
just a basic knowledgeable about cruising, but have years of
experience and expertise. Cruise rates, dates and deals
right now are a moving target, with frequent sailing
cancellations and future cruise credit offers. Our Certified
Cruise Advisors keep up every day with all the changes
"If you're planning to take a cruise next year, better
start planning now! Pent-up demand and re-bookings are
filling up popular ships fast. Many guests who were forced
to cancel their 2020 or 2021 plans have re-booked their cruise for 2023-2024. Add
to those thousands of " new " bookings and availability
suddenly becomes limited for next year."
We have first-hand knowledge of all cruise cancellations,
refund policies, future cruise credit policies and health
and safety protocols. With many travelers choosing to redeem
their future credits, plus the pent-up demand for cruises,
finding the accommodations, sailing date and prices that fit
within your budget for next year is a challenge. Especially
because, with social distancing, many ships might not sail
at full occupancy. And not all ships are expected to come
back in service at once. When you're ready to travel, we'll
be ready to help you navigate through all the clutter and
confusion. We'll share insights and travel tips that make
the planning process happen as smoothly as possible. In
addition to 2022 offers, we have on offer itineraries for
2023 and 2024. We will work with you to find a river, ocean
or expedition cruise that fits, within your own personal
time frame of when you feel comfortable and are ready to
So what's it all about?
It's all about helping you decide which destination, cruise
ship, stateroom and shore excursions fit your expectations
best. It's all about what you do when you get there, how you
make the best of your time both onboard and ashore.
If you are reading this, chances are you used Google search
to find us on the internet, but we are neither a traditional
travel agent, nor a social media site and we don't take
reservations online. Our service is predicated on talking to
you person-person, getting to know each other one-to-one.
But the bottom line is that we help you discover the world
you would otherwise miss, all the while helping you sort
through all your choices, so you get what you want and get
it at an affordable price. Now, give us a call at
800.365.1445. The call is free and so is the advice. Never
an obligation to book.
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At Cruise Direct Online, we understand and appreciate the
importance of your cruise vacation. We also understand that
when you book with us, you are entrusting our team to
deliver a service experience that has real value and meet or
exceed your expectations. When your ready, go ahead and book
a cruise with one of our Certified Cruise Travel Experts by
phone at 800.365.1445. Then, we'll place your deposit
directly with the cruise line. With our Pay Direct
Process, we facilitate your credit card deposits and final
payments, and they are posted directly by the cruise line.
As a safety and security measure we do not hold any of your
funds in our accounts. We then give you right up to the
day before final payment is due ( around 75 days prior to
sailing ) to cancel your reservation, no questions asked, to
receive a full refund of your deposit*. We commit that to
the extent you are in any way dissatisfied, we will work
hard to resolve your concerns, up to and including providing
a full refund of your deposit*, should you wish to cancel
your reservation, without penalty right up to the day before
final payment as required by the cruise line*. We do not
charge any agency booking or cancellation fees. 100% of your
deposit is refunded*, directly by the cruise line. Once
you've made a reservation, and placed a deposit with the
cruise line, payment, cancellation and refund policies of
the cruise line prevail in all cases. Those policies vary by
cruise line, so be sure to contact them, review and fully
understand their booking and cancellation policy and fees
before making any payment. We strongly suggest you take out
trip insurance to cover the cruise line's imposed booking,
cancellation fees or penalties, should you need to cancel
your cruise or cruise tour. As you can well understand, our
guarantee will not apply after final payment is made by you.
* In certain circumstances, say for a special offer or
promotion, the cruise line may require, to take advantage of
their offer, a non-refundable deposit or non-refundable full
payment at the actual time of booking. So, be sure you
understand that if you book a cruise or cruise tour under
those monetary restrictions, you will be bound by the cruise
line's booking policy and therefore you will not get a
refund should you cancel. We strongly suggest you take out
trip insurance to cover such circumstance, should you need
to cancel your cruise or cruise tour.
Our Certified Cruise Travel Expertise
is the key element of what differentiates us from others.
Our staff is the number-one reason people return to travel
with us, again and again. Management and staff each have
over 40 years experience in travel. We offer our knowledge,
experience, expertise, advice and service; and then provide
travel services if requested. All with no agency fees. We
have been highly specialized in travel since we started
offering Alaska as a destination over 20 years ago, and we
know the destination inside and out. Each of us is a cruise
vacation professional. Raye
& Marty have been recognized as two of the
top travel consultants in North America and hold the highest
"Commodore" educational status level with Princess Cruises. 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. Perhaps Alaska or a Europe
River Cruise. Or stay close to home and sail the Mississippi
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 experience
ever. Our services and advice are complimentary and we have
lots of valuable information we love to share.
We Are Avid Travelers Just Like You
Whether you're looking to book an all-inclusive land
& sea package, or just a cruise, we can provide you with the
best options available. We have access to the best choices
and prices, and Bonus Extras that aren't available
everywhere else. If you need help planning an upcoming
cruise, land & sea vacation, river cruise in Europe or the
USA, or you just have questions about a specific destination
or trip, call us at 800.365.1445. We Offer free advice and
insider tips you can trust from someone who is not only a
certified travel expert, but an avid traveler, with over 40
years experience and expertise.
Plan Now, Sail Later You may prefer to stay closer to home and opt for an Alaska
cruise or land + sea vacation known as a
cruisetour. A small deposit holds your reservation. Thus,
the 2021 Alaska cruise season allows sufficient time to see
how travel evolves before then.
16 cruise line partners, over 700 cruise ships and over
12,000 sailings. It's a lot to see, but it's really easy. Get Started Now
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Did you know?
Congress is working on plan to offer a tax credit for
travel, offering an incentive for Americans to book a
vacation and support tourism in the United States. The bill,
called the American TRIP Act, would provide a $4,000 travel
tax-credit for individuals who spend money on expenses
related to travel in the United States and its territories.
Joint filers would receive an $8,000 tax credit, plus an
additional $500 credit for dependent children. Americans
would be eligible for the tax credit as long as they travel
for vacations within the United States and its territories
before Jan. 1, 2022. Stay tuned for updates.
"Breathtaking, amazing, indescribable,
magnificent. These were just a few of the words muttered by
our members as our cruise ship made the way slowly up the
beautiful Tracey Arm. A terrific itinerary resulting in
great pictures, sightseeing, shopping and yes, even eagles
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Did You Know? Aboard small and medium sized ocean and
river ships, and on intimate luxury cruises you can discover
the world's most intriguing ports while travelling in
extraordinary style. Sail directly into the heart of St
Petersburg, down the Amazon River, under London's Tower
Bridge and throughout Norway's breathtaking fjords. Indulge
in close-up views and personalized opportunities to fully
immerse yourself in the wonders of Alaska, cruise Europe and
America's iconic rivers. From authentic cultural
experiences to polar expeditions to Mississippi river
sailings, each an unforgettable cruise.
Raye & Marty - Two Savvy Travelers have
searched all the way to the four corners of the earth to
bring you the most remarkable cruise destinations, from the
best cruise companies committed to service excellence to
their discerning guests. Of
course, you can plan your own trip, but you can also work
with someone who has the connections to get it all done at
no additional cost to you. Their services are complimentary.
No agency or consultation fees. They'll open doors for you.
Help you get the most of your travel investment. Get you
special access, and perks @ sea arranging a much better,
more memorable experience.
When searching for luxury cruise vacations, consider them
simply suggested itineraries. With thousands of sailings to
choose from, we can easily match you with one that suits
your schedule, budget, and interests. Ready? Let's go
explore....The Most Interesting Regions of the World.
The beauty of these voyages is that they seamlessly blend
celebrated sights with lesser-known surprises. India and
Indonesia boast temples, museums and exotic cuisines that
dazzle the senses. Our destinations throughout the Far East
and China are a a magical box, eager to reveal the hidden
treasures deep inside.
Sailing to Oceania, Nautica showcases modern cosmopolitan
cities, scenic natural wonders, tranquil island hideaways
and off-the-beaten-path locales. Guests will be treated to
the mystical wonders of Queensland and Tasmania, the
crystal-clear waters and pristine beauty of the Great
Barrier Reef or the awe-inspiring majesty of Antarctica and
Australia Sailings > New
Zealand Sailings> Destination
Australia - Overview
Paradise. Feel it as the gentle winds curl over your
sun-kissed skin somewhere between St. Lucia and Antigua. See
it when snorkeling with tropical fish in the gin-clear
waters off the Turks and Caicos. Or combine the Caribbean's
blissful insouciance with the passion of Central America on
a voyage through the Panama Canal and along the Mexican
This time of the year, throughout the Greek Isles and the
legendary lands nearby, life seems remarkably fluid. With
each new sunrise, another beautiful day stirs into motion
and joyfully comes alive. Larkspur bursts forth in a
brilliant display of flowers. The colors of the sea take on
richer, more vibrant tones. Even the cities seem to glow
with soothing radiance.
Greek Isles and Mediterranean Sailings> Destination
Mediterranean - Overview
Our journeys to South America have the rare ability to
change personalities effortlessly. One night, South America
flaunts its exuberance for life with hypnotic samba
performances in cosmopolitan Rio de Janeiro. By morning, a
more natural side of the continent emerges as Insignia calls
on Ilha Grande, an unspoiled, orchid-draped sanctuary for
Immerse yourself in the Old World as you sail Europe's most
iconic rivers. Discover Danube gems like Vienna and
Budapest. See storied Rhine castles. Trace French history
along the Seine. From the Main to the Moselle, the Douro to
the Dordogne, the Viking experience is unsurpassed.
The sea seems to encourage complete relaxation, and our
transoceanic voyages deftly enhance the experience. There is
little in the world which is more carefree or immensely
satisfying than cruising in this leisurely mode. With no
need to rush about, and no schedule to keep, you can indulge
in whatever suits your fancy.
It's only natural to want more of something of which you are
enamored. It might be as modest as one more piece of our
sinfully delicious seven-layer Belgian fudge cake. Or you
may yearn for something more extravagant, such as more
overnight stays, an indulgence these itineraries happily
If only the Mediterranean could speak, what tales it would
tell? What secrets could it reveal? So many questions come
to mind. Did the lost city of Atlantis exist and, if so,
where? Why didn't the people of Pompeii flee long before the
eruption of Mt. Vesuvius? What was life really like in the
medieval castles dotting the coastline of Spain and France?
Western Mediterranean sailings
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Stretching for 2,350 miles, from Minnesota's Lake Itasca to
the Gulf of Mexico, our new cruises on the "Mighty
Mississippi" offer a different type of cross-country journey
for the curious explorer–one that allows you to be immersed
in American history and culture.
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" Our trip was excellent. The room, with the upgrades, was
amazing! We saw many eagles (bald and golden), one bear,
many whales, including one breach, seals, one bear, one
wolf, moose and caribou, and many smaller animals.. If we
travelled during salmon run, we probably would have seen
more bear and eagles. The scenery is to die for, the vistas
spectacular. The ship was great; service, food, etc were all
great. Thanks for everything. "
Through the years we have been privileged to serve hundreds
of guests. Actually at last count, several thousand. Helping
them plan their perfect vacation to destinations worldwide. We
have a lot more Guest Comments & Reviews to
share with you. Just give us a call at 800.365.1445 and
we'll share our own personal experiences as well as theirs.
Did You Know ? Raye & Marty are a
husband and wife team with more than 40 years experience
cruising the world.
They are part of
an exclusive group of travel planners who are recognized
by Princess Cruises, and Viking Cruises as Certified
River & Ocean Cruise Experts, earning that distinction
for their unique qualifications and knowledge as river
cruise and ocean planning professionals. Building on
over 40 years of hands-on "been there done that"
destination experience and expertise in cruising, they
offer an engaging discussion that will not only answer
the questions you have about your travel destination,
but leave you with great new ideas and insider knowledge
in new and different ways, to get the most out of your
vacation. Call them at 800.365.1445 Today! Ask all the
questions you want. Take all the time you need and even
if you choose not to book a cruise with them, that's ok.
They're pleased to share their own cruising experiences
with you, no matter what.
Their commentary has been quoted by MSNBC, CNN, Budget
Travel, Chicago Tribune, the New York Times and in
syndicated travel columns and online sites across the
country. They are publishers of Cruise Traveler
Magazine, and are also editors of Cruise Reviews &
Reports. Their mission is plain and simple. To provide
real-life accounts and expert advice, not just a flood
of information. They literarily have cruised "round the
world", sailing thousands of nautical miles, visiting
ports of call, inspecting ships, sampling itineraries
and critiquing shore excursions. And now they hope to
pass on that knowledge and information to you. Their
stories offer the best possible cruise options based on
your lifestyle, interests, budget, travel experience,
etc. plus they'll point out whereto get group rates (
without joining a group!), free upgrades, shipboard
credits and other amenities or discounts. Get advise
about tipping; packing; clothing; flights and schedule
options; shore excursions, proper immigration
documentations and much more. They will tell you how to
avoid common travel mistakes, and share insights on the
latest cruise news and how it affects your vacation
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legal rights, the cruise line's legal rights and information
about documentation you will need to to board the cruise. It
is solely your responsibility to know what documentation is
necessary. Failure to produce the proper documentation at
time of boarding will result in you and your traveling party
denied boarding. The ship will sail without you and you will
not get a refund. It's critical that all cruisers carefully
go through and understand what travel documentation, like
passports and visa's are required based on your itinerary
and the countries you visit. The cruise line posts such
information on their web site. Find it - read it- print it!
Check your cruise line documentation, tickets, boarding
passes etc. and cross-reference your information. If
something is incorrect or doesn't match up, get it corrected
immediately. If you don't, you may find yourself standing at
the dock waving as your ship sails off into the sunset.
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