Why use a Travel Agent?
August 27th, 2015 10:26 pm

Personalized Leisure Travel Services
Travel agents recognize that no two travelers and no two trips are exactly alike. We will take the time to understand your unique travel needs and interests and translate them into your own personalized travel experience. We want to show you how you can "travel better" with us.

Added Value
With our experience and travel industry relationships we can offer you exclusive service, amenities and travel specials that you won't find elsewhere. We help you get the most value for your travel budget.

Your Travel Advisor
There are hundreds of details that go into every trip. We can be your guide for everything from what to pack before you leave to all of the "must see" attractions. We can offer you insider tips and advice, and handle all of the arrangements so you can focus on enjoying your getaway.

Peace of Mind
If anything should go wrong during your trip you can rely on us to get you the information you need to make it right. We also offer you a wide variety of Travel Insurance options to protect your vacation investment.

We are Travel Experts
Travel is our passion and our life work. It's what we do all day every day. We have been to many of the cruises, resorts, off-the beaten path excursions and planned trips to the destinations you want to experience. Our first-hand travel experience, education, and ongoing training with tourism boards, cruise lines, resort chains and other travel company's make us travel experts who can make sure your vacation turns out just the way you imagine, every time.

To Friend or not to Friend?
August 10th, 2015 6:33 pm
I've been told that some people on my Facebook page are put off by my political and Christian posts and that I will lose clients because of it. I hope I can share on my FB page what I want without people deciding not to use me in a professional way at Cruising With Pride. IF you don't like my politics or my religion you can just un-friend me rather than cause it to make you so mad you take it personally and decide not to do business with me. I am a PROUD gay man, a PROUD Christian and a PROUD Democrat. That doesn't mean I don't have straight, atheist, Jewish, etc, friends. and Republican or Libertarian friends and can agree to disagree on things. I've added a LOT of clients to my FB page. A LOT of my clients I consider friends, or, at least acquaintances who I like to see there, or, they friend me, and, why would I refuse someone, but, if it means losing clients perhaps I shouldn't add them. There are some of the responses I got from my Facebook friends:
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Democrat---Republican---Independent--non-voters----we are a democracy---we all have our own beliefs. Christian or Not, gay, bi-sexual or straight, None of these has anything to do with choosing a TRAVEL AGENT. Some folks just need to get over it and stop trying to change other folks. And that's all I have to say about that."-Herald
"Tom. You are very professional when you have to be and playful when you have to be. I like that about you. I always take the high road and would do so in this situation. As a Christian you can forgive. Use kindness to move on."-Tony
" It too bad you even have to post something think this. Everyone should have the right to speak their mind, love who they want, Vote they way they want. and and pray to what ever God you believe in. Diversity is what makes this Country The Greatest and keeps us all in Check. Who wants to be just like everyone else. What a boring World this would be. Keep up your posts. 
the rest can piss off.  Cheers!" -James
"Tom, you can set up a "Fan Page" for your business. This will help you manage your friends and "Facebook Friends" from your clients. You can add business content to your Fan Page and personal content to your personal page. The you can truly separate clients from friends. That's what I would do."-George
"I consider this a social site. I don't include my business acquaintances as friends. I don't discuss politics or religion at work. The two should remain separate."-John

"You continue to be you! Post whatever you want because that makes you who you are. I am proud to know you and would never be upset over opinions or life choices you post about."-Chad
"You can't always mix business with pleasure..."-Shannon

 
So, I'll probably be more discerning who I add to my Facebook page and hopefully we can all be adults and agree to disagree on things.  That's what makes the world more interesting, right?  Even when you're all wrong and I'm right :-)

 
Travel to Anti-Gay Countries
July 28th, 2015 3:45 am
What do you think about traveling to a country where you could actually be killed for who you are? Coda Tours is offering a tour to IRAN. No joke! A gay tour to IRAN! Would you go? http://coda-tours.com/…/destinatio…/africa-middle-east/iran/

Besides this trip, there are gay cruise and tour companies who visit Russia, Kenya, Jamaica, etc.  I have traveled to countries where it's illegal to be gay. I was turned away from Morocco on a gay cruise the day before we were to arrive because the government couldn't guarantee our safety.  I went to St. Petersburgh before Russia went dark against us and am so sad that I don't know if I should send my people there for their own safety. These are the things we have to consider as individuals and, especially, as a travel agent who seeks to make his clients trips the safest and most wonderful possible.
Brand "g" Cruises Customer Reviews
July 17th, 2015 2:51 am

I often ask my clients how their trips went.  Mostly it's all good, but, sometimes it's glowing.  
For example, regarding the recent trip from Madrid to Lisbon,  a few responses from my clients...

"Yes, we had a great time and we are now wearing the chocolates that you sent!  Gay Pride in Madrid is amazing and the Brand-g people are wonderful.  The river cruise was excellent, combining beautiful landscapes, interesting ports, good food and wonderful service.  The entertainment provided by Brand-g added that extra icing on the cake.  There were a few unpredictable glitches during the trip but the Brand-g guys, owners Jeff and Brian, did well at resolving them and making sure that everyone was happy.  We would like to emphasize that Jeff and Brian worked very hard during that trip to make sure that everyone felt included and cared for; We would say that this is something that really differentiates their company from others.  Also, we were happy to hear that they work with groups of this size on all of their vacation offerings, and so we would definitely consider Brand-g when looking for our next adventure abroad."  Dave and Bill-Palm Springs

 

"Had a fantastic time.  The boat and brand g did a great job!  Yes the chocolates were wonderful. You are such a sweet guy. This is a great trip and I would highly recommend using brand g to your customers." Dennis N.-Austin

"Thanks for the fine chocolates. Brand "g" is incredible ! The best trip we have ever taken! I now have a big crush on Jeff and a bigger one on Brian and the biggest on Troy -will have to travel with them again! Can not tell you how great a team Brand "g" is. Thanks again for the chocolates" -Jay W.-Austin



Check out my "All Gay Cruises" page for Brand "g" cruises

Free Gift and Same Rates
July 1st, 2015 3:06 pm
Did you know that when you book with Cruising With Pride you pay the same rate as if you'd book directly.  We charge no fees for helping you and we always send a free gift when you book with us.  Not to mention our wonderful customer service, why would you ever go anywhere else to reserve your gay cruise, tour or ANY travel you need?
With every all gay RSVP or Atlantis Cruise!
I always send a bottle of wine or something as a thank you for allowing me to help you with your cruise.
"To move, to breathe, to float, to fly, to gain all while you give; to roam the roads of lands remote, to travel is to live." -Hans Christian Anderson
June 18th, 2015 10:15 pm
Traveling tip #1
June 18th, 2015 4:55 pm
Before going out of the country remembere to call your credit card company to make sure they know you'll be out of the country. Sometimes they block your card when they see charges from outside the USA and it's a hassle when you're traveling to get it fixed.  You're welcome! 
-Tom
Around the World with Tom
June 13th, 2015 6:39 pm

Ziplining through the jungle
Rafting down a waterfall
Parasailing over the Caribbean Sea
Making love on the beach under the moon

Snorkeling in the sea with sharks
Petting a stingray and a llama, too 
Listening to locals play guitar in Seville
Vivaldi in Venice and stolen kisses from you

Break down open air 
On an African safari
A hundred yards away 
Are a lion Pride

Shot into the sky 
In the middle of Vegas
Above and below 
The stars all shine

Most amazing Carnival in Rio
The biggest Pride events & Mardi Gras
New Orleans, Sydney and New York, Baby
Yeah, I've been all over and danced them all

And I've danced in the Spirit
All over the world
Praying in La Sagrada Familia
Attended mass at St Paul's
And in different languages
The love is just the same, 
The love of God

Cruising the wild waves through Alaska
On the QM2 over the Atlantic
Mediterranean, Greece, Italy and France
All the way to the Baltic

Running through the Hermitage
Peterhof and beets
And deliciously cheap vodka
At a time when the gays could still be free

Dancing at the Flamingo
Drinking amethyst
Been all over Europe dancing
And dining and museums

Sometimes it's hard to take it all in
So many cruises I don't even know
Stopping by caves and ruins
And castles and glaciers and beaches
and waterfalls

Love riding a bike 
Amidst such global beauty
Then stopping for beer at the local pub
Away from the crowded pools and the buffets
And every port that's a shopping mall

T-shirts and pins and magnets and candy
Stuffed toys, key chains, & cake with brandy
Post cards to send to your friends and family
The best souvenir is the treasured memory