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Specialize in Group Travel, Cruises, Wine and Food

I have lived in the orient for two years and Germany for three years. I have taken 125 cruises since my first cruise in 1974 on the Sitmar Fairsea. I started Travel Leaders (Carlson Wagonlit Travel) in Palm Coast in 1999 and it has become the largest travel agency in North Florida specializing in escorted tours, cruises and luxury and groupl travel. We have won 13 Travel Leaders Award of Excellence as a top 24 associate. In 2014 we won the Top Associate of the Year.

My Travel Specialties

Wine and Food Expert

I am originally from California with family in the Napa Valley. I have been tasting wine since I was 21 and made wine for 5 years. I have participated in tastings with the Wine and Food Society, First Growth Club and Premier Cru Club. I am a Journeyman in Wine Appreciation via the Napa Valley Library...
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Canary Islands Bodega

Cruise and Group Specialist

I have taken 129 cruises since my first cruise in 1974 on the Sitmar Fairsea. I have planned hundreds of groups, some exceeding more than 200 participants in sizeI. was one of 230 agents invited on the 2012 Oceania Riviera Christening Cruise where I took this photo. It took place in Barcelona and...
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Oceania Riviera Christening

My Travel Albums

South Africa 2014
The famous Goats do Roam of Fairview
Tuscany 2013
Villa Dievole Lower Pool & Vineyards in Tuscany

My Travel Stories

Wine, Food, Animals and Cape Town

Table Mountain is the must see attraction of Cape Town, South Africa. The views are spectacular as is the cable car ride both up and back down the mountain. One unexpected attraction are the unusual plants and birds found in the park.Read more.

Customer Testimonials

Hawaii Vacation

Debbie and I will remember the trip to Hawaii for the rest of our lives! Thanks for making it so great. We are going on a family cruise for a week on the Freedom of the Seas. We are leaving on March 23rd. We have had this planned for two years! We actually got 23 family members together!!! It should be a blast. Keep us in the loop for all of your tours and cruises. We might not get to do anything with them this year, but you never know. Plus, I like window shopping! Best regards,
Gary S., Palm Coast, FL

Destination Expert:

  • Alaska
  • Australia & New Zealand
  • East and Southeast Asia
  • Baltic Sea
  • Mediterranean
  • Oregon
  • Mediterranean Sea
  • Washington
  • Adriatic Sea
  • California
  • Aegean Sea

Travel Specialist:

  • Cruises
  • Luxury Cruises
  • Wine Country Vacations
  • Culinary & Foodie
  • Groups
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • River Cruises

Top Travel Partners:

  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Globus
  • Avalon Waterways

Certifications/Awards:

  • Certified Travel Specialist & Luxury Specialist
  • ECCS & Luxury Cruise Specialist with CLIA
  • Winner of the Travel Leaders Associate of the Year
  • 12 time winner Travel Leaders Award of Excellence
  • Member of the Bon Appetit Travel Board

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