Devoted to planning fine, enriching vacations for nearly 25 years, Cruise Masters / Concierge Travel Advisors has assembled a team of travel experts. Collectively we have explored every continent on earth. At least one of us has personally visited nearly every country of interest to vacationers. When we plan your vacation, we do so with firsthand experience.
When we began, we sold cruise travel exclusively. However as our business developed so did our needs from our clients and for many years we have been a full service leisure travel company offering land travel, custom travel planning, villa arranging and more. Hence, our additional division: Concierge Travel Advisors.
We're passionate travelers, anxious to share this passion with each of our guests. For more than 15 years, we have personally created and hosted 5 or 6 Signature Journeys each year. Over those years we've traveled with our guests to every continent; this means that when we craft a new Signature Journey, we do so based upon first-hand experience.
We want you to experience the richness of a destination, to meet the people (often in their homes) and to enjoy the best that the region offers. We take pride in securing special privileges and private invitations for you that are unavailable to others.
We avoid the trappings of typical group travel: crowded buses, inflexible group dining, large groups (our Signature Journeys typically number 18 guests or less) and matching flight bags that signal to everyone that you are tourists. Rather, you are our guests and that's the way we like to host your travels.
Before you ever depart, our extensive briefing advises you about clothing, weather, currency, local customs and much more. Along the way we'll spoil you with unpublished delights and little extras.
August 27 – September 13, 2015
Waitlist, please call. We may be able to find a space for you!
Aboard the beautiful Crystal Symphony. Join us in the Netherlands as we explore charming regions of Holland overlooked by many travelers.
A 2015 Signature Journey hosted by Paul and Christine Niskanen
» We'll have a special presentation for our 2016 Signature Journeys late in the afternoon of August 18, 2015. Call for details.
We're working on the details of our 2016 Signature Journeys. All details should be finalized by August 15, 2015.
Botswana Safari in the Green Season
Late February 2016. 11 days.
Magnificent Big 5 viewing in Botswana, acknowledged by most safari goers as Africa’s best place. You’ll view the terrain and wildlife from hree superb safari camps plus see Victoria Falls at its peak.
Tulips in The Netherlands and Belgium, Roses on the Riviera
April 14 – 26, 2016
Cruise the rivers and canals to the picturesque towns and cities of the Netherlands and Belgium including Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges, Volendam and more. Then enjoy springtime on the French Riviera from the comforts of a superb base in Nice.
Hosted by Paul and Christine Niskanen
Picturesque Portugal, a magnificent villa in Spain
May 17 – June 1 or 2, 2016
Cruise the pretty Douro River valley from the picturesque city of Porto. Explore Madrid and then join us at the magnificent Mas Torroella, one of the finest villas we have ever worked with.
Insider’s Scandinavia, a Diamond Signature Journey
June 19 – July 2, 2015
Join former Finnish Consul, Paul Niskanen, and Christine to explore Sweden, Finland, St. Petersburg, Copenhagen and Gdansk on board the beautiful Crystal Symphony. Almost every expense is included: private shore excursions, gratuities, most drinks and more. Option for post-cruise program in Berlin.
On Safari in South Africa
Expect superb Big 5 game viewing and three superb camps in dynamic South Africa. Based upon our 20+ years of experience with safaris, it’s the perfect safari (and a great value for your travel dollar).
»Signature Journeys in the Fall 2016 will be announced. However expect a superb villa in Italy and more.