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Showing posts with label Travel Agency. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Travel Agency. Show all posts

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Cruise Lines With Vaccination Requirements


For all those who are waiting anxiously to be able to resume cruising, here's the most current info on the assorted cruise lines and any vaccination requirements they have put into place. The list included is fairly extensive, though not all cruise lines have made their plans & requirements known yet. My team and I continually monitor the available information so that our guests have what they need to be prepared for their vacations.

Thursday, April 29, 2021

BIG NEWS for Land Lovers & Cruise Lovers Alike!


This week has brought some wonderful news for the travel industry and economies the world over, to be sure.  In this pair of exciting articles, we find that Europe is set to reopen to vaccinated Americans this summer, AND the CDC has now said that cruising could most likely resume from US ports this July.  Both of these are wonderful and long overdue announcements!  Stay tuned for more as the news gets shared. I'm so excited to see travel ramping up as more and more countries begin to reopen or announce their pending reopenings. And it's been exciting to watch the cruise lines find ways to resume cruising worldwide, but even better to see that the US is finally coming around to allowing it from our ports as well. 

Monday, February 1, 2021

Cruise Planners Does it AGAIN!

2020 may have been a very hard year in many ways and travel continues to lag behind where it was before the pandemic started, but I'm still very pleased to part of the Cruise Planners family!

After a year unlike any other, we’re proud to say that Cruise Planners achieved its 18th consecutive year ranking as Entrepreneur's No. 1 Travel Franchise among the Annual Franchise 500 -- the world’s first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking. We have strong relationships with all types of travel partners and stay up-to-date with its health and safety protocols. When the time is right, we're here ready to help you travel the world.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Virtual Travel Presentation - The Magical Mississippi River with Viking Cruises

Our virtual sailing along the Magical Mississippi River with Viking Cruises is tonight!! I'd love to have you join us from your own comfy chair at 7 pm EDT this evening. Please use the link below to RSVP.

Please confirm that Christopher Lingren with Cruise Planners invited you when registering, including using my email as well as yours ~ After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
We look forward to "sailing" with you through America's heartland!
Stay safe and let's dare to dream together! Actual sailings for this itinerary begin in 2021.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Travel is...Adventure!

Travel is...adventure, life-changing, powerful, happiness, love, freedom, and so much more! Travel is COMING BACK, and I'm absolutely ready for you when you're ready to book your next adventure whether on land, river, or ocean. Reach out to me and let's start planning together. 317.776.1733 or

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

National Travel Advisor Day

 "Together with its industry partners, the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA) is celebrating the occasion on May 6, 2020, and extending its recognition and a heartfelt “thank you” to travel advisors nationwide for all the hard work that they put into taking care of the traveling public."

This pandemic has made my job a lot harder over the past couple of months, doing double even triple the work with all the cancellations and rebooking, but I still love what I do, and still want my clients to have the best trips possible. Even though no one is traveling now, and things will look a little different when travel resumes, it's still a great time to be thinking about and planning for the future. It's a great time to get your 2021 travels booked with your favorite travel advisor. I'm here ready to help you plan something fabulous! To all my colleagues on the front lines of this mess, I salute you and the hats work you do for your traveling guests day in and day out.

Remember that websites don't care about you or your trips, but travel advisors do!

Friday, May 1, 2020

The Cancelations Continue

Last Friday the last of my summer client departures were canceled by the vendors. Today the fall break cancellations began, this time by clients. Oh, such fun. I "can't wait" to see how many more happen like that. So much fear has been instilled in people's minds because of this mess. πŸ˜”

Sunday, April 26, 2020

When You Decide to Travel Again...Please use a live person. Do NOT click a “book” button on a website, ever again

I cannot take credit for writing this, but it is a great message to share. For all my industry are warriors. Until we are traveling again ❤️ πŸ– ✈️ πŸ›³ πŸš† πŸ” 🎒 πŸ—Ί
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Travel and Tourism account for 330 million jobs - that’s 1 out of every 10 jobs around the world that are affected by tourism.
The travel industry has been dealing with the coronavirus since January... an additional 2 full months before it really impacted anyone’s lives here. And I️ know it will be the last industry to start up again since there is now so much fear installed in people’s minds of being on a plane, a cruise ship, a hotel, or even any crowded space.
We’ve stopped travel for production on movies currently being filmed around the world. Stopped travel for global concerts for our clients. Corporate travel for multi-million dollar accounts- all canceled. Sports entertainment travel, done. That’s all on top of the usual consumer leisure holiday vacations.
Travel agents only get paid when their clients travel. Many are not eligible for any sort of government loan, even with the small business funding that ran out (and will quickly run out again). Many haven’t had new trips booked now for months.

**I️ do beg you when you do decide to travel again - PLEASE use a travel agent. I️ don’t care who, or what company - were all on the same team. But please use a live person. Do NOT click a “book” button on a website, ever again.**

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Covid Cancelations - We Will Get Through it All

Another long day with all of this mess going on that has disrupted lives everywhere, but there is resilience in the travel industry and things will return in time. The cancellations and suspensions continue but the re-bookings for future dates have begun, so there is light at the end of the tunnel. Now time to shut down and go read a book, play a game, or do something with the rest of the ones who are self-isolating in my household. Have a great night all!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Cancelations, Changes, & Rebooking for the Future

This past week saw many dominos fall thanks to the voluntary suspension of travel by so many vendors, and all but two of my business' departures over the next four weeks have been canceled. The week ahead is already full of rebooking for future dates as 95% of my guests have chosen to still go, just at a later date. Travel and tourism, and all those of us in the industry absolutely need you in the months ahead! Don't stop traveling after this covid mess ends.

#travel #tourism #changethedate #wewillgetbeyondcovid #seetheworld #takethetrip

Monday, March 9, 2020

Some Team Excitement Despite Covid Fear

I'm so excited and beyond grateful to my entire team for our combined efforts putting us in the Top 5 for sales last week! Especially in the current environment where so many are gripped by panic and fear. Thanks to our awesome clients who still want to travel.

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Iditarod 48

Iditarod48 has kicked off with the ceremonial opening! The 50th running is in two years... Who'd like to experience it? I'd love to come back!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Happy March! Where Will Your Next Adventure Take You?

It's March, and here are some fabulous things to consider for your next vacation. I'd be happy to help you score some of these great experiences!

Celebrity Cruises - Choose from the lowest available fare with a non-refundable deposit or two free perks, including onboard credit, beverage packages, and more
Sandals Resorts - Save up to 65% when you book a minimum of 3 nights
AMA Waterways - Enjoy up to $2,000 in savings, up to $100 onboard credit, and a complimentary stateroom upgrade or prepaid gratuities on select sailings
Reach out and let's chat. | 317.776.1733 |

Saturday, February 22, 2020

We're Growing Again - Announcing the Addition of New Travel Advisors to the Team

Christopher Lingren, Local Cruise Planners Travel Agency Franchise Owner, Expands His Team Once Again

(NOBLESVILLE, Indiana) – Feb 19, 2020 – Christopher Lingren, Cruise Planners travel agency franchise owner, announced today he has expanded his team with two new agents, Tiffany Hufferd, of New Orleans, Louisiana; and Rob Doenges, of Fishers, Indiana. The local travel agency is part of Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network. Lingren and his team of four travel advisors offer travelers exclusive pricing on a wide range of cruise and destination wedding packages, private cruise sales, as well as cabin upgrades. The team also offers special amenities such as shore excursions, discounted fares, travel gifts, and more. As a new Cruise Planners travel advisor, Hufferd is specializing in adventures in Southeast Asia, Australia, LGBTQ vacations, Destination Weddings, and Surprise Getaways; while Doenges is specializing in Cruises, Beach Vacations, Sports Travel, Theme Parks, LGBTQ vacations, and Woodsy Getaways.


“Everyone travels, and it’s important to use a trusted travel advisor to get the most value out of a vacation,” Lingren said. “As travel experts, my team and I take the stress and hassle out of planning all types of vacations for our clients. We make professional recommendations based on value, destination, group size, and seasonality, among other things to customize the best and most memorable vacation possible. Since Cruise Planners has achieved top producer status with every major cruise line and with many key travel partners, we have the resources and connections to provide our customers with the best value along with our expertise and personal touches.”


The cruising trend is always evolving and today’s cruisers are more diverse than ever. From the adventurous youth to the laid-back relaxed type, there is something for everyone. Many travelers are experiencing culturally immersive European river cruises, which is increasingly popular for savvy travelers. No matter the cruise line or destination, cruises offer a satisfying, convenient and value-oriented way to travel.


Many travelers are also opting to go on land-based vacations, enjoy all-inclusive resort stays, explore foreign countries on guided tours and experience high-adventure trips worldwide.


“As a Cruise Planners franchise, we sell complete vacation packages from exotic getaways to romantic retreats and culturally immersive European experiences to customized African safaris, Polar Expeditions, Alaskan adventures, and more, and of course cruises,” Lingren said. “Some people want to go on a cruise one year, then a land-based vacation the next – I offer a one-stop-shop for all things travel with trusted travel expertise and a personalized touch.”


As an American Express Travel Services Representative agency, Cruise Planners offers special programs for both American Express cardholders and non-cardholders, offering even more added value to vacationers.


About Cruise Planners

Cruise Planners, an independently owned and operated home-based franchise, is part of the American Express Travel Representative network and the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise company in the travel industry. Cruise Planners’ travel professionals independently book amazing vacation and travel experiences for their clients around the world. Cruise Planners franchise owner Christopher Lingren is based in Noblesville, Indiana with additional agents locally, as well as Reidsville, North Carolina, and now New Orleans, Louisiana, and Fishers, Indiana specializing in adventure and expedition travel. For more information, please visit


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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Who'd Like to Change their View?

Discover majestic St. Croix with its eternal summer caressed by cooling tradewinds. The average temperature is in the mid-80s, and there’s just enough rain to keep the flora in bloom.

#adventure #islandlife #noice #nosnow #takethetrip #icanhelpyou

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

An Invitation to my Viking Cruises Presentation

Come spend some time with me in January learning about Viking, who has been voted the #1 River Cruise Line by CondΓ© Nast Traveler. We'll explore their river and ocean cruise itineraries, and have some promotional offers just for attendees. Register for your complimentary tickets today.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Looking for a Change? Want the Chance to be an Entrepreneur and Be Your Own Boss as an Independent Contractor?

I'm looking to grow my team once again. I have a great commission-based associate opportunity for the right individual who loves to work with people to help them realize their travel dreams, while also having the opportunity to get out to learn and experience more of what our beautiful world has to offer. You can learn more about it here. I'm looking for someone who'd like to do it full-time, but also open to part-time. This would be a great role for someone who is in a life transition - perhaps about to retire or looking to make a change of careers. Perhaps you know a stay-at-home mom who wants something extra, or is considering returning to the working world after raising her babies. This isn't a "job", but a chance to be an entrepreneur and be your own boss as an independent contractor.
Those who have travel sales and/or general experience are preferred, but not having such experience won't automatically rule someone out, either. Location isn't important to me, so they don't need to live near me at all, and can be located anywhere within the United States.
If you or someone you know would be interested - let's chat!