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Karen Malone-Woodbury,MN

100% Recommend this agent
100% Recommend this agent

Luxury Travel Expert with Worldwide Experience

I've traveled to five continents and over 35 countries to best provide my clients with first hand knowledge and insider tips on their worldwide travels. Call or email me to make an appointment and discover the benefits of working with me. It will be the best investment you make in your vacation.

My Travel Specialties

Luxury Ocean and River Cruising

Cruising is my passion. i have been on over 35 different cruises and I can share the pros and cons of each itinerary and ship to you. Whether your are new to cruising or have sailed as much as i have, there are so many changes and enhancements to ships, that it is nearly a full time job to keep up...
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View of Parliament from the Danube

Cruise and Tour Specialist

Hi my name is Karen Malone and I have been a travel consultant since 1996. My interests are many but one of my first loves in traveling is cruising. I have been on more than 40 cruises all over the world including river cruising and trans-Atlantic crossing. I hold two certificates with Cruise Lines...
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South Pacific and Asia Experiences

One of my favorite parts of the world are Asia and the South Pacific.. I have been to the elephant camp in Thailand and watched the elephants paint original artwork. My travels through China gave me insight in the culture and how to navigate through a country where English is not widely spoken. I...
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Famous Jumbo Restaurant in Hong Kong Harbor

Making Disney Dreams Come True

Whether it's a Disney cruise vacation, or an exotic trip with Adventures by Disney; let me be your guide to a magical experience. I've recently travel to Disney World and Disney Land to share the joys of these parks with my grandchildren. You need a Disney Specialist to help you navigate through all...
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Magic Kingdom Castle

Europe for First Timers

Traveling through Europe can be complex but I am here to help. Together we will explore regional itineraries or panoramic overviews, that will bring into focus all that you want to see and do in Europe. Whether you want to experience Europe via a river cruise, ocean cruise, guided tour or on your...
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The Famous Chain Bridgein Budapest

Island Hopping in Hawaii

Let me help you plan your Hawaiian Adventure! As Certified Hawaii Destination Specialist, I have traveled to Hawaii many times. In my travels, I have visited 4 of Hawaii’s islands, the Big Island, Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. Hawaii is a scenic, natural wonderland and each island has incredible unique experiences...
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My Travel Albums

Aussie Adventure
Clipper Ship Sailing Spain to France
Royal Clipper

My Travel Stories

Finding the Pandas

During my stay in Beijing i did the typical tourist tours to the Great Wall, Forbidden Palace, and the Houtongs. But I had a free day and wanted to go to the Beijing zoo and see the pandas there. Being a Jersey girl born and bred, I heard that you could take the subway to a stop near the zoo. And...Read more.

My Reviews

8 of 15 people found this review helpful
First European experience - Italy!
As inexperienced travelers, Karen knew the questions to ask us to tailor the right trip for us. She identified a tour to suit our destination and timing wishes. The Trafalgar tour was interesting & fun. The transportation from the Rome airport, during the intense Roman rush hours (considering that traffic rules seem to be suggestions rather than rules) was arranged a head of time by Karen. Thank goodness. This was a terrific stress reliever. And finally, the pre-trip discussion covering what to expect, when, how much to tip, ask for the bill, tips to navigate the trip, etc helped to makes use feel comfortable, well less confused, as we stepped into a new country. Great trip assisted by Karen guidance and coaching.
By  Kate C.   from  St. Paul, MN
Traveled to  Rome ~ Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Karen Malone responded:
Kate I'm so glad I was able to make your European trip as hassle free as possible. It was my pleasure helping your family to make lasting memories of their adventure together. Thank you so much for those kind words, Karen

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8 of 15 people found this review helpful
Great trip!
We love working with Karen Malone. We use her for all of our travels. Recently we went to Costa Rica. We absolutely loved the trip and would recommend it to others. It is in the same time zone and a 4 hour flight from Minneapolis. It is very tropical and really feels that you are in a foreign country.

Our favorite trip was a tour to Nicaragua by bus. An experience of a lifetime seeing the lava from the top of a volcano.

Karen does a great job. I would recommend her to everyone!
By  Jane  from  Minneapolise, MN
Traveled to  Costa Rica ~ Central America
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Karen Malone responded:
Thanks for the kind words Jane. I love working with your family too! I'm so glad you had a great time in Costa Rica. It's one of my favorite destinations as well.

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7 of 14 people found this review helpful
Great working with Karen
We've always had a great experience working with Karen. Her knowledge of the staggering number of cruise ships & options has been extremely helpful in planning our cruise vacations.
By  John  from  Woodbury, MN
Traveled to  Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Karen Malone responded:
Thanks for the kind words John. It was my pleasure working with your family for that amazing wedding in St Thomas.

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful
See the World
Karen is the best!

Now that we have some time to travel, my wife and I have greatly enjoyed working with Karen. Once we have decided on a destination, Karen is a wizard at finding the best prices, the most discounts, and the most convenient airline connections. Need a guide to tour Pompeii? Not a problem. Stay an extra day in Athens? Not a problem. Find a connecting flight out of Sorrento? Not a problem. Karen is very knowledgeable, always friendly, always eager to help. She knows what she's doing!

Five stars, at least!
By  Ron S.  from  Maplewood, Minnesota
Traveled to  greece
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Karen Malone responded:
Thank you so much Ron for the kind words. And i must say you and your friends are a dream to work with, i have fun planning your trips, as you always go to the neatest places.

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful
Alaska
Very helpful, good attitude. She did a great job on our Alaska trip! I would
not hesitate to use Karen again or refer a friend to her. We had a wonderful
time with no worries, she had everything covered.
By  Jeanne  from  IGH, MN
Traveled to  Fairbanks ~ Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Karen Malone responded:
Thanks for the kind words Jeanne. It was my pleasure to serve you and i'm so happy this was a great experience for you two. Karen

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Destination Expert:

  • Australia
  • Spain
  • Hawaii
  • Caribbean
  • East and Southeast Asia
  • Europe
  • Ireland
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii Island
  • Italy
  • Fiji
  • Kauai Island
  • Thailand
  • France
  • Germany
  • Maui Island
  • Hungary
  • Florida
  • Oahu Island
  • South America

Travel Specialist:

  • Beach Vacations
  • Cruises
  • Escorted Tours
  • Luxury Cruises
  • Arts & Culture
  • Honeymoons
  • Luxury
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Adult Only
  • River Cruises
  • Theme Parks
  • Family Vacations
  • Luxury Hotels

Top Travel Partners:

  • Avalon Waterways
  • Disney Cruise Line
  • Funjet Vacations
  • Globus
  • Alexander & Roberts
  • Delta Vacations
  • Monograms
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Classic Vacations
  • Hurtigruten
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Princess Cruises®
  • CIE Tours International
  • Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Holland America Line
  • MLT Vacations

Certifications/Awards:

  • Certified Travel Specialist
  • Acredited Cruise Counselor CLIA
  • Master Cruise Counselor CLIA

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