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Meet Your Travel Agency Manager
John Kusek, Travel Operations Manager
518-426-1000 ext. 2132, firstname.lastname@example.org
Travel tip: “Let your travel agent know if you’re celebrating a milestone like a birthday, anniversary or honeymoon. Most cruise lines will offer a cake or dessert to help you celebrate your special occasion at no extra charge.”
Meet your local agents
- Latham/Newton Plaza
- North Greenbush/Rensselaer
"Take your cell phone for emergencies. To avoid paying international rates, put your cellphone in airplane mode all the time. This will disable your phone’s voice and data features. Your phone won’t receive calls, voice mail, texts or mail---and you won’t be billed for them. Without that setting, if someone leaves a voice mail or sends a text while your phone is on, you’ll be billed for them. If you need to stay in touch with family back home, ask your carrier about an international plan for the time you are traveling. There is a cost, but you can cancel the plan when you return home.
Before traveling domestically and internationally advise your credit card company of the duration and destination(s) which you will be traveling to avoid any type of red flags to your credit card. In addition, if you are traveling abroad, ask your credit card company if they have a foreign transaction fee and budget for that. Most credit cards have a transaction fee of 2.5% to 3.0% per transaction, which can add up. You can also exchange some currency at AAA before you go to save on fees."
Travel tip: “Schedule your spa and hair salon services for departure day. Prime days and hours are available right from the beginning before the ship heads out. Plus, early risers can beat crowds when working out. Head to the gym at 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. while most cruises are still asleep.”
Lynne A. Schmidt
518-426-1000 ext. 2106
Travel tip: “I always recommend late dining. That way, if you’re on a shore excursion, you won’t have to rush back for dinner. Also, for traditional dining, always request a large table. If you’re a couple at a table for only four, you may not “click” with the other two diners. If you’re at a table with 8 or 10 people, you’ll have a better chance of connecting with someone.”
518-426-1000 ext. 2101
"Try not to make last minute travel plans. Flight prices tend to increase substantially when you are less than a month a way from your travel date. If you are trying to save money on flights, Tuesday and Wednesday are typically the cheapest days to travel."
518-426-1000 ext. 2110
"Ask about trip insurance for your vacation. We never want anything to go wrong prior to or during your journey, however, it is a peace of mind when something does. Also be sure to ask about trip insurance prior to making any vacation plans. There are many restrictions if the trip insurance is purchased after a certain amount of time of the first deposit of your vacation.
When deciding about your choice of passport document, I recommend always choosing the passport book. It may cost slightly more than the card option, however the book does not have the flight restrictions that the card does. Even in circumstances where the card is sufficient for your cruise/trip, unforeseen events can happen where the book can cut a lot of red tape to bring you home."
518-426-1000 ext. 2114
"Traveling at the beginning or end of peak season can save a considerable amount of money on your flights/hotel and still offer the same great experience!
Whenever I travel abroad, I like to venture off the beaten path to really immerse myself in the culture of the country I’m in. While top choice tourist destination are great because they check off those bucket list items of a certain place, they just tend to be much more crowded and I find it more relaxing to take a step back and hang out with the locals."
Judi Franken, Orlando Theme Park Specialist
Travel Tip: Travel Tip: "The most important theme park tip I can give you is to plan ahead so you can take your time and enjoy the parks. There's so much to see and do, a little planning goes a long way. Make a list of what you really want to see and experience at each park. Plan your dining reservations ahead of time when you can. Plus, all parks have some form of ride reservations like Fast Pass. Using them will help ensure you get on all of your favorite rides! Need help planning your theme park adventure? Give me a call!"
518-426-1000 ext. 2113
Travel tip: “Bring extension cords because the outlets are never in a convenient place, and with all the iPods, phones and more there are never enough outlets. I also pack Post-it Notes to leave the cabin steward a quick note if I need something, or to leave a fellow cruiser a quick note about where I am and where to meet up.”