Make Your Next Trip Extraordinary

Lauren Defreitas | June 12, 2024

My husband and I just returned from a wonderful 12 day Mediterranean cruise on Celebrity Ascent. Tom guided us with cabin selection and pre- and post-cruise stays. The hotels in Barcelona and Athens that Tom booked for us were perfect, in convenient and excellent locations. Tom was generous in adding value to our trip with transfers to and from airport and cruise ports with drivers who were all very prompt, friendly and professional. Thank you Tom for another well planned trip, we truly appreciate all the surprises you arranged for us that made our vacation quite memorable.

Just back from a fantastic Alaskan cruise. We used Wendy’s WOW List to find Tom Baker to help us plan and book our cruise. Tom’s service was impeccable and his advice in choosing the right cruise line and booking the cruise for us was invaluable. I had no idea that there were so many different cruise line “personalities” and options for booking. Tom skillfully navigated us through that whole process and booked us a suite on the Silver Nova from Silversea. Tom also helped us choose excursions at each port and shared with us several local tips for each port that we never would have known if we didn’t have his help.

The trip itself was fantastic! The ship itself was an incredible feat of engineering and luxury; the service provided by the Silversea crew was top-notch. The ship and the crew far exceeded my expectations. With respect to the trip itself, Alaska is a wonder to behold. I underappreciated how unspoiled the state is and the fact that you can only visit much of it by ship or plane — a cruise is realistically the only way to see several beautiful places in Alaska in a relatively short amount of time. I highly recommend this trip for anyone who has never seen the state, and I provide my enthusiastic recommendation for both Tom Baker and Silversea cruise lines. We enjoyed it so much, we’ve already booked another cruise for next year!

We took a Viking ocean cruise in search of the northern lights from 2/29/2024-3/12/2024. Although we did not officially “see” the aurora borealis our camera did, being much more sensitive than the naked eye. We decided early on that we would not “hang” the success of the cruise on one thing.

We had two shore excursions that were totally unique to us. One was in Tromso, feeding a reindeer herd, eating reindeer stew, and listening to a member of the indigenous tribe “the Sami.” The second one was in Alta, doing a snowmobile tour to the plateau of Finnmarksvidda. Only one in our group of 12 had previously been on a snowmobile. The leader of the group of 7 snowmobiles was very kind and attentive.

These tours were booked through Viator since they tend to be much less expensive and smaller groups than the tours from the ship, but you really have to make sure they will get you back to your ship on time. We have never had a problem, but it could happen. Since we are in our late 70s, I’m not sure we will do another cold-weather cruise, but we really enjoyed this one. And I have to give thanks to Tom Baker, who responded to my call for help with a problem with our final payment. He was able to work it out—and to our advantage! Thanks Tom.

My husband and I just returned from a trip to France and England, neither of which we had visited. Our initial goal was to visit the Normandy beaches. When I reached out to Wendy about the logistics of the trip, she recommended we go through her WOW expert Tom Baker who specializes in cruises of all types, as this would be a great way to see the French countryside and get us to our destination with ease. Little did we know this year is the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasions and river cruises were mostly booked! But Tom was able to find us a cabin on an Avalon river cruise ship in early May, which we highly preferred due to crowds and better weather.

We decided to take a three-day extension to London, via the Eurostar train after the cruise, all booked through Avalon which made every transfer seamless. While many may not be interested in a river cruise, we absolutely loved it. The boat held 130 people and we were able to meet and mingle with so many wonderful people from all over the US, Canada, and Australia. The daily excursions were well planned and educational, the scenery from the Seine River was breathtaking and gave me exactly what I wanted — a true feel of the French countryside. While we spent three great days in Paris on the front end, I always love the countryside of any place I visit. One of my favorite spots occurred after a steep hike to the former fortress of King Richard the Lionheart. The views were spectacular and one can see why the fortress on the bluff was a strategic location with expansive views of the river valley below. Our local, expert guides were absolutely spectacular and I enjoyed every one of them immensely. I highly recommend a river cruise, or “floating hotel” as I like to describe it, as an efficient way to see new sites, cities, and countries. Tom Baker is the guy for you if you want to look into it. He has a wealth of knowledge about cruising and will help facilitate almost anything you dream of. He is such a pleasure to work with.

We have loved food tours ever since our first experience in Rome, when another of Wendy’s WOW experts arranged a private, walking, food tasting. We have always been impressed with the historical education we get, not to mention tasty, local treats. In London, we were treated to a special walking, historical food tasting with Doris. Doris was so knowledgeable and took us to the famous Fortnum and Mason to start the tour — I would never have even known about this place if it weren’t for Doris. We then wandered around Piccadilly Square and SOHO for over three hours, with stops at various shops that were all established over 100-300 years ago! We tasted local cheeses, meat pies, charcuterie, chocolate, gelato and coffees, all of which are English-established.

Thank you to Wendy and Tom for arranging a truly memorable trip.

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