54. Alexandria Hruncev – Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara

In this episode, Luxury Travel Podcast’s Allen Suss discusses luxury ocean cruising with Alexandria Hruncev of Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara. They talk about what you can expect from cruising, and the differences between these 3 sister cruise lines.

alexandria hruncev royal caribbean celebrity cruises and azamaraAlex is the District Sales Manager (VIC/TAS) and has been working with Royal Caribbean for 3 years. She has sailed on 20+ cruises – most with Royal Caribbean – and sometimes had 3 cruises booked in one year. You can certainly say she loves cruising! If you haven’t sailed on a cruise yet, now is the time to choose a cruise and set sail to an amazing destination.

53. John Navarro – Uniworld Boutique River Cruises

In this episode, Allen Suss discusses luxury river cruising with John Navarro of Uniworld Boutique River Cruises.

uniworld boutique river cruisesAward-winning Uniworld – the world’s ONLY authentic boutique cruise line – offers itineraries in spectacular destinations throughout Europe, Russia, Egypt and Asia. The company’s European fleet features luxurious ships with an average capacity of 130 guests, the highest staff-to-guest ratio in the river cruise industry, enticing shore excursions, world-class gourmet cuisine, impeccable hospitality and numerous other all-inclusive benefits.

The Highest Standards in Luxury River Cruising

In 2004, Uniworld was acquired by The Travel Corporation (TTC), a highly successful international travel group founded by Stanley Tollman. TTC has more than 30 top brands, including Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, and Contiki, as well as Red Carnation Hotels, a renowned collection of four- and five-star luxury properties.

TTC has made major investments in Uniworld’s ships, crew, and staff, with an eye towards providing guests with all the elements of an unforgettable Six-Star Experience: Expertise; Service; Luxurious Ships, Uniquely Designed; Culinary; Choice; and Truly All-Inclusive. Combining the tour planning and hotel management expertise of TTC’s sister companies with Uniworld’s decades of superior nautical experience has created an entirely new category of luxury river cruising.

The Boutique Experience, Onboard & Onshore

The renowned Red Carnation Hotel Collection was founded in the early 1980s by Beatrice Tollman, who has many years of experience as a chef, cookbook author, and hotelier in South Africa, Europe, and the US. The family-run business now spans four generations—including her husband Stanley and three children—and owns and operates 17 boutique properties in five countries. Mrs. Tollman was named Hotelier of the Year at the European Hospitality Awards in 2012.

Boutique hotels are known for their destination-specific interior décor, gracious service, and carefully selected amenities, all of which provide an intimate, elegant, and relaxed experience. Similarly, Uniworld’s boutique river cruises allow guests to travel from one exciting destination to the next aboard a stylish floating hotel with inviting lounges, cosy libraries, panoramic restaurants, sumptuous cuisine, exquisite antiques and original art and luxurious riverview staterooms and suites. Meticulous attention to detail is readily apparent on every company-owned ship, including Uniworld’s six stunning Super Ships—the S.S. Antoinette, S.S. Beatrice, S.S. Catherine, S.S. Joie de Vivre, S.S. Maria Theresa and the S.S. Bon Voyage (debuting 2019).

Gracious and Attentive Service

In partnership with its sister company, Red Carnation Hotels, Uniworld takes pride in its long-lasting relationships with guests, for whom there is “No request too large, no detail too small.” Uniworld employs a professionally trained, dedicated, English-speaking staff, so guests never have to worry about communication.

52. Harry Sargant – InsideJapan Tours

In this Luxury Travel Podcast episode, Allen Suss discusses luxury coach touring with Harry Sargant of Inside Japan Tours.

To those considering Japan as a holiday destination, Harry would say that it is like no other place on earth. Every country claims to have friendly locals, but the Japanese REALLY go out of their way to make you feel welcome. They are so proud of their country that they are delighted you have travelled so far to see it. In fact, in almost ten years of working at InsideJapan, Harry has only ever met one person who didn’t like the place – and they’re still friends!

After 11 years in our UK office, in August 2016 Harry transferred to our Australian office in Brisbane as Sales and Marketing Manager.

Japan is a destination like no other. Join Inside Japan Tours group tour and you will have an expert tour leader to show you hidden haunts and their personal favourite sites; travel Self-Guided with the recommendations of our expert travel consultants; or take an Exclusive Private Journey with professional guides to lead you every step of the way. Travel with Inside Japan Tours and you will have the holiday of a lifetime.

51. Kate Foster – Scenic

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In this Luxury Travel Podcast episode, Allen Suss discusses luxury coach touring with Kate Foster of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours.

From humble beginnings to world-renowned luxury cruise and tour operator. In 2016 Scenic celebrated 30 years as a leader in its field. The Scenic team has worked tirelessly to earn a world-class reputation. Creating and delivering the ultimate cruising and touring itineraries for travelers who seek wondrous experiences and exceptional 5-star service.

Even with all the success it has gained from its luxury cruises, the company still prides itself with all the luxury land travels it has to offer. From Canada & Alaska to far east Africa, they still maintain all the 5-star services they provide to every customer wherever their destination may be, and as Kate said so herself, “There’s absolutely nowhere in the world that you can’t travel with scenic”.

50. Paige Kirk – Regent

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In this Luxury Travel Podcast episode, Allen Suss discusses luxury cruising with Paige Kirk of Regent Seven Seas Cruise.

The Regent Experience has long been absolute in its inclusiveness, seeking to provide you, our traveler and guest, with the most enriching and luxurious journey on the seven seas. From the first words spoken with our seasoned experts when booking your cruise to a bittersweet farewell when returning home at the end of your voyage, fulfilling your every want and need is our sincerest pleasure.

Paige has done her fair share of travelling around the world and she always had a passion for creative writing and experiential travel, key strengths lie in client liaison work in the luxury travel industry, excellent relationship management, business development, and exceptional research and analysis skills.

▪ Extensive experience in the travel and tourism industry across South East Asia & Australia
▪ 8 years of experience within the travel industry
▪ 6 years as an experienced Business Development/Sales Manager
▪ Proven track record of increasing sales

With these set of skills, anyone is sure to enjoy any cruise under her management. Again, Solo travelers are getting quite popular lately and if you are one, better listen in and find out what treats the Regent has in store for you.



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