(73 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Diane Michael

High Point, NC
Authentic Experiences for the Luxury Traveler!

As the owner of Luxury Travel Destinations in Winston Salem I help my clients plan extraordinary and unforgettable vacation experiences. Every traveler has a picture of what his or her dream vacation looks like. My job is to make that dream a real...
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Luxury and Small Ship Group Cruise Specialist

Cunard Queen Victoria
Cunard Queen Victoria "Roaring 20's" night

As a travel agent for the past 22 years, I’ve enjoyed helping clients take many types of vacations. Luxury Cruises always generate rewarding experiences for my clients. My philosophy on travel is that there are so many varieties of cultures, animals and scenery around the world, we need to take in as much as we can. Cruising provides a way to see an amazing variety over a relatively short vacation time. Luxury cruises, in particular, always seem to exceed my clients’ expectations – and creating happy clients is why I got into travel in the first place.  Cunard, Seabourn, Crystal, Windstar and Regent Seven Seas are among some of the best ocean cruises that I recommend to clients.  Crystal, Tauck, AMA Waterways, Viking and Avalon Waterways are some of the best river cruises that I recommend.  It is my responsibility to assist clients with figuring out which cruise is the best one for them.     

Destinations The most popular destinations for luxury cruises are Europe, Hawaii and Alaska. With gorgeous weather, beautiful beaches and a diverse culture, cruising Hawaii is a top choice on many people’s “bucket” list. But if you’ve never been (or perhaps even if you have), deciding on which island to visit can be a daunting task. One of the best ways to get a taste of the islands is on a Hawaiian cruise. A huge benefit is that you can visit multiple islands in one trip so that on your next trip, you can choose to spend your vacation on your favorite island. There are many options for length of stay and it is easy to find something within your budget. Due to the beauty of Hawaii, a Hawaiian cruise is likely to be the experience of a lifetime.

Cruising Europe provides an easy and exciting way to see the cultures of many different countries in one trip. You’ll unpack once and be able to “see the world” – while returning to your ship for amazing cuisine and onboard nightlife every night. The smaller lines, such as Avalon Waterways, provide a more intimate high-end experience, with unique itineraries, outstanding service and gourmet quality food. Whether sailing the oceans surrounding the European countries or the rivers that run through them, I’ve yet to have a client that didn’t think that cruises were an ideal way to see the countries of Europe.

Alaska is one of my favorite destinations in general. An Alaskan cruise never disappoints! It can be an amazing way to see the glaciers and coastline, as well as travel in luxury (heated pools, elegant accommodations and more). Alaskan cruise ships often afford you the chance to see wildlife and marine life, whether from the ship or an excursion. I never get tired of watching the whales! What often provides the best experience for travelers is to do what’s called a “cruise tour”, combining the cruise with a land tour. There are a variety of cruise lines that provide cruise tours, as well as different lengths of vacation travelers can opt for when cruising to Alaska.

I’ve done a great deal of research and selected some top cruise lines for which to receive special training and have acquired the following qualifications: · Cunard Commodore · Seabourn Certified Specialist · Viking River Cruises Master Agent and Regent Seven Seas Luxury Cruise Expert and Avalon Waterways Specialist.  While I have certifications with Cunard, Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas and Viking, I also have experience planning cruises with other high-end lines, such as Windstar and Crystal, and am an Accredited Cruise Counselor. I also belong to both IATAN and CLIA.

Throughout the year, there are multitudes of opportunities for discounted cruise fares, onboard credits and reduced deposits for booking. I’m alerted to any opportunity to save money and will pass those savings on to you as I learn of them.

Your vacation is an investment in your memories of tomorrow. Where you go and how you experience it should be considered carefully so those memories will be treasures. Luxury cruises offer an undeniable way to create such an experience.

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My Reviews

10 of 16 people found this review helpful
Our Alaska Cruise was fantastic!
We had a great experience with a Diane. She is knowledgeable and very easy to work with. We look forward to booking our future travels with her. She’s a real professional!
By  Joyce   from  Winston Salem, NC
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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10 of 18 people found this review helpful
The best agent ever!
Diane is a true professional who never stops working for you ! What a pleasure and comfort knowing Diane is available, 24/7. When a snowstorm hit our departure area, Diane was constantly checking to make sure we had a place to stay and transportation....and getting alternatives to what could have been a very bad holiday. In addition, she works to ensure your money has been well spent and your travel was as advertised.
By  Grammie P  from  Lyndhurst, VA
Traveled to  Iceland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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11 of 20 people found this review helpful
Exceptional Honeymoon
Diane planned our honeymoon and did an extraordinary job. We were able to visit several locations around Europe with pleasure and ease. She was responsive both as we planned and if we had any questions while we were abroad. My wife and I are very thankful for her service.
By  Trey and Cath  from  Augusta Georgia
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Several great trips!
Diane has helped us plan several trips. She does a great job finding exactly what we want. We have never been disappointed.
By  PJ GRAY  from  Advance N.C.
Traveled to  Bahamas ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
Diane set up my trip as I requested and everything went very smoothly from the flight going to my destination and returning home. I never imagined that I could visit the area where my mother's parents immigrated from. Diane found a company that provided that service and afterwards we worked together for an additional sightseeing trip.
By  Aubrey  from  Lewisville, NC
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • Europe
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Amsterdam
  • Netherlands

Travel Specialist:

  • Luxury
  • Luxury Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Adventure

Top Travel Partners:

  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Avalon Waterways
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Tauck
  • Cunard Line


  • CTA
  • Luxury Travel Specialist
  • Viking River Cruises Master Agent
  • Avalon Waterways Specialist
  • Tauck Tours
  • Globus Journeys

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