Doug Risser is a Master Cruise Counselor as certified the Cruise Lines International Association. Doug has personally cruised on more than 50 cruises over many years including everything from contemporary lines such as Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and NCL to premium lines such as Holland America and Celebrity and high premium lines Oceania and Azamara as well as luxury lines including Crystal. He has deep experience on the waterways of Europe, traveling on most of the river cruise itineraries there. He has sailed on blue water cruises in the Caribbean, Mexico, Alaska, Central and South America as well as Asia, Australia/New Zealand, and Europe.
Doug is glad to assist with counseling and booking your premium or luxury cruise as well as assisting with travel insurance, pre- and post-cruise extensions, and shore excursions.
Doug and Sharon’s personal favorites are the small and mid-size ships, those under 1200 passengers. Recent cruises have been on the small ships of Windstar in Europe and the Caribbean, on mid-size ships of Oceania in the Adriatic and Aegean and on Azamara in the South Pacific, Mediterranean, South America, and South East Asia. Among the all-inclusive lines, they love Crystal and have sailed with Crystal in Asia and several times in the Mediterranean. Among the large ships, they prefer Celebrity and Holland America.
Due to COVID-19, there is tremendous demand for cruises in 2021, 2022, and beyond. If you are planning an international cruise for 2021 or beyond, NOW is the time to start planning. Cruise lines are making major changes in health and safety and small, high-premium, and deluxe cruises will face great demand. Most major cruise lines offer increased flexibility on deposits, final payments, and cancellations, along with added bonuses for booking early.
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