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Planner Talk Back: Favorite Cruises

Select Traveler asked these group travel planners, “What is a favorite cruise your group has taken?” Check out their responses.


Ellen Borkenhagen, Profinium

Fairmont, Minnesota

“By far, our favorite cruise is sailing on the Island Spirit with Jeff Behrens and Fantasy Cruises. Big ships just can’t compare to the intimate atmosphere on a small ship with only 32 passengers. We’ve been to Alaska three times and once to the San Juan Islands with Captain Jeff. Jeff has sonar, so the whole cruise is a whale-watching cruise. He has the flexibility to change course and go find whales. The schedule is relaxed, and you stop at small towns instead of the usual commercial stops. Anyone who has gone with me on one of these cruises still raves about it.”

Peggy Fuller, Citizens Progressive Bank

Monroe, Louisiana

“We are in the process of planning our 2020 trip to Alaska, which will include land and cruise. There is much excitement regarding this trip.”

Jane Myers, Bank of Missouri

Perryville, Missouri

“The Panama Canal was an incredible tour. From the locks to the beautiful countries we toured, this is a cruise I highly recommend.”

Robin Torbron Warde, Bryant University

Smithfield, Rhode Island

“We’ve done three cruises with our alumni: Alaska, the Norwegian Fjords and the Baltic from Amsterdam to St. Petersburg. Each were great experiences. The best attended was the Baltic because the itinerary appealed to a broad audience. I think each of these would be worth repeating but perhaps on a smaller ship next time to change things up.”

Jeff Wendorf, University of Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

“I absolutely love river cruises. To date, my favorite experience was cruising the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Not only was the scenery breathtaking, but we enjoyed the leisurely pace of the trip and the opportunity to explore the towns and villages on our own. I am looking forward to hosting a bucket list cruise this fall on the Danube River, accompanied by our legendary marching band director.”