LIMA — Lynn and Doug Norton of Lima have joined Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative, the nation’s largest home-based travel agent franchise network in the industry.
Through their Cruise Planners franchise website, www.littlebirdtraveldeals.com, the Nortons offer travelers exclusive pricing on a wide range of cruise and destination wedding packages, private cruise sales, as well as cabin upgrades and special amenities such as shore excursions, discounted fares, travel gifts and more. As Cruise Planners travel advisers, Lynn and Doug also provide specialized land vacation and tour packages to the most sought-after destinations around the world.
“With the overwhelming amount of information available today about travel options, using a travel agent just makes sense, saving time and money,” Doug Norton said. “As Cruise Planners travel experts, we take the stress and hassle out of planning a vacation for clients. Through the resources available to us, we are able to make educated recommendations based on value, destination, group size and seasonality, among other things to customize the best vacation possible. Since Cruise Planners has achieved top-producer status with every major cruise line and with many major travel partners, I am able to provide my customers with the best value along with my expertise and personalized service.”
The cruising trend has continued to evolve and cruisers today are more adventurous and youthful. There’s also been a surge of multi-generational cruisers — families who take their cruise vacations together. Many travelers are experiencing culturally immersive European river cruises, which is increasingly popular for savvy travelers.
Many travelers are also opting to go on land-based vacations, enjoy all-inclusive resort stays, explore foreign countries via a guided tour and experience high-adventure trips around the world.
“As a Cruise Planners franchise, we sell complete vacation packages from exotic getaways to romantic retreats and culturally-immersive European experiences to customized African safaris and of course cruises,” Norton said. “Some people want to go on a cruise one year, and then a land-based vacation the next — we offer them a one-stop-shop with a personalized touch. And we’re available at convenient times through our office, our website, and our Facebook business page.”