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Diane Michael-Winston Salem,NC

An Independent Contractor with Travel LeadersHigh Point,NC
100% Recommend this agent

Luxury and Small Ship Cruise Specialist

Cunard Queen Victoria
Cunard Queen Victoria

As a travel agent for the past 20 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.  Tauck, AMA Waterways, Viking and Avalon 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 Seabourn, 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 packages 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.  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

26 of 49 people found this review helpful
Italy custom tour
We worked with Diane on a custom designed guided tour of Italy. She arranged private tour guides so we were not part of a large group. It was just the 6 of us. Everything worked like clockwork from start to finish. There was always someone waiting to pick us up and drop us off at every city transfer. Our tour included Venice, Florence, Positano and Rome. Positano is a must stop if you are in Italy by the way.
Please do not hesitate to place your trust in Diane. We will be using her I'm sure many times in the future.
ByGregfromHigh Point, NC
Traveled toItaly ~ Europe
I wouldrecommend this agent to my family and friends
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26 of 49 people found this review helpful
25th wedding anniversary
Diane is one of the best travel agents I have the pleasure of dealing with.She is always available, organized, responsive, finds us great affordable lodging and flights. She will do anything at anytime to assist my family with our travel needs. She is a keeper and I recommend her to anyone I know looking for travel assistance.
Byberndog57fromLexington, NC
Traveled toEurope
I wouldrecommend this agent to my family and friends
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28 of 53 people found this review helpful
Best Travel Agent Ever
Diane always goes above and beyond to make sure we have the best cruise experience possible. She is very knowledgeable and helps in any way she can. She is always there for her clients, whether she's in the office, at home, or on a trip herself. I wouldn't think of planning a cruise without Diane's expert help.
ByCAROLfromWINSTON-SALEM, NC
Traveled toEurope
I wouldrecommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 9 people found this review helpful
Best Trip
Diane has been great working with over the past several years! She always makes sure everything is exactly how you want/need them. If we had any issues while on a trip she was right there by the phone handling the situation!
ByCharlottefromWinston-Salem, NC
Traveled toJamaica ~ Caribbean
I wouldrecommend this agent to my family and friends
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How To Make A Family Trip Fantastic!!
Diane is an excellent travel agent who has helped me plan/execute several trips (for at least 10 people in my party!) with promptness, curtesy, and true caring. I tried, at first, to plan our family trip by myself, but, because of the number of people involved, it was overwhelming! Diane took over, and it was fantastic! I turn to her now for every trip I plan!
ByCahkifromWinston-Salem, NC
Traveled toPunta Cana ~ Dominican Republic ~ Caribbean
I wouldrecommend 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
  • Cunard Line
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Tauck

Certifications/Awards:

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

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