Welcome to Cruise Talk!

Hi! My name is Suzanne Klasen.  I am the Owner / Travel Advisor and CLIA Master Cruise Counselor (MCC) for my CruiseOne Vacations by Suzanne Travel Agency. This site is a collection of my personal travels, thoughts and recommendations. The map above represents the cruise travel (based on embarkation port) that I have posted so far (more to come). Click on a map point to see the cruise itinerary and details.

2021 Ultimate Southern Caribbean Cruise: Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Destinations/Ports Series: 2021 Ultimate Southern Caribbean Cruise Our stay in Ft. Lauderdale was a familiar one, as we stayed at the Hilton Ft. Lauderdale Marina, which, if you have rooms in the upper towers facing south, offers views of the ships as they arrive in port in the morning. One of my favorite things to…

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River Cruising – Is It for You?

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River cruising can be the perfect way to experience the countries of Europe! Guests travel along rivers that were the thoroughfares of culture and commerce for thousands of years and dock right in the heart of these lovely cities. There are pluses and minuses when comparing the river cruise experience to ocean cruising, with the…

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“Zoomin” Through the Pandemic and Beyond!

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In March of 2020, I attended my last in person event for the year. Ironically, it was a CruiseOne/Dream Vacations training event held in Long Beach, CA. We were supposed to conclude our training and have a tour of one of the Carnival ships that was in port. On Friday the 13th, 2020, all cruise…

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2021 Danube Dreams River Cruise: Avalon Envision Ship Review

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Destinations/Ports Series: 2021 Danube Dreams River Cruise Most river ships have similar layout and design of their public spaces, but it is the Panoramic Suites that makes all the difference for guests when they sail the Avalon Suite Ships. Avalon introduced this innovative design in 2011 and in just a few years started sailing in…

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2021 Danube Dreams River Cruise: Avalon Envision Dining Review

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Destinations/Ports Series: 2021 Danube Dreams River Cruise I really liked the food on Avalon. Probably the aspect I enjoyed the most was that most meals featured several options that were local cuisine like Goulash in Hungary, Wiener Schnitzel in Vienna, and Bavarian sausages in Germany. Avalon also embraces the concept of fresh, locally procured provision…

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