(33 Reviews)
100% Recommended

Ted Blank

Woodbury, MN
Tailor-Made Journeys

You understand that extraordinary vacations aren’t simply a function of dollars and cents, and you know that they certainly aren’t just pulled off the shelf. 

Journeys of a lifetime are carefully designed with imagination, creativity, atten...
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Enjoy Intimate Luxury on a Small Ship Cruise

Up Close and Personal on a Tall Ship Cruise
Up Close and Personal on a Tall Ship Cruise

For me, cruising on a boutique small ship cruise is like enjoying a fabulous meal at that local gem of a restaurant - the one that is just off the beaten path enough that it's never packed with tourists, but serves amazing food!

As a Boutique and Small Ship Cruise Specialist, I help seasoned travelers discover unique destinations without the crowds and hassles that can characterize the large, mass market cruise ships.

Small ship cruising combines the best of cruising - gourmet food, superb wines, and luxurious accommodations - with a high level of personal service and amenities only available on small ships. Imagine diving into the Adriatic, directly from the stern of your ship anchored in the scenic Croatian Islands. Or, truly seeing Alaska's wildlife up close rather than from a bus or the distant decks of a mega cruise ship.  How about enjoying a private Champagne Beach Party on a remote beach in the Caribbean?

Contact me to schedule a complimentary planning consultation, and we’ll get started choosing the right option for you!


My Travel Albums

Croatian Coastal Cruise
Korcula, birthplace of Marco Polo
Alaska Inside Passage and Denali
Totem Pole Museum in Ketchikan
Rhine River Cruise
The Canals of Amsterdam
September Cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean
Beautiful Korcula in Croatia
Barging in Burgundy
Hotel barge Luciolle on the Canal du Nivernais
Venice and Milan, Italy
La Scala Theater in Milan
Royal Clipper Mediterranean Cruise
What a great place for a glass of wine!
Exploring Southern France by Luxury Barge
Comfortable accommodations on a French hotel barge
Rollin' on the River with UnCruise Adventures
Deluxe cabin on UnCruise Adventures' SS Legacy
Escape from It All in Greece
A lovely beach on the Greek Island of Symi.
Views of Portugal
Alcobaca Monastery in Portugal
Two Days in St. Petersburg, Russia
One of the many canals in St. Petersburg.
In Queen Victoria’s Footsteps
Queen Victoria's desk at Osborne House
By Barge Along the Nivernais Canal in France
Canal barging is an authentic French experience
An Introduction to French Canal Barge Cruising
Dining room on a French Canal Barge
Seeking the Harmony of Terroir
Dining with a view
A Day in Skagway, Alaska
White Pass & Yukon Railroad, Skagway, Alaska
Yachtsman's Caribbean by Small Ship
Beautiful Caribbean Sunset - Windstar Cruises
Amsterdam: A Great Place to Start a River Cruise
Windmills near Amsterdam
A Day in Alsace, France on a Rhine River Cruise
Riquewehr, France near the Rhine River
Onboard a Tall Ship Cruise
Under sail on a tall ship cruise
Five Surprises on an Alaskan Cruise
There's lots of wildlife in Alaska!
In Search of the Holy Grail
The Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
On the Trail of Michelangelo in Rome, Italy
The Ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, Rome, Italy
A Day in Venice
The Grand Canal in Venice
Discover Greece by Luxury Cruise
The Temple of Apollo at Delphi

My Travel Stories

The Magic of a Tall Ship Cruise

Imagine exploring the most beautiful parts of the world on an authentic tall ship cruise.  A memory of the distant pass?  Nights spent in a teeny cabin?  Absolutely not! 

Today, sailing enthusiasts, passionate explorers, or the curious traveler can embrace the romance of sailing the world's...Read more.

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My Reviews

119 of 188 people found this review helpful
Un-Belizeable Vacation!
Ted listened to what we wanted in a vacation and gave us a few options to choose from with different price points to meet our needs.

Our trip and itinerary was laid out perfectly . Everything went smooth and we had a very relaxing get away without any worries. Ted thought of everything. The resorts were fabulous, our excursions were personal - no big crowds and our experience was priceless.

As a seasoned traveler himself, Ted knows the ins and outs of how to get an exceptional vacation that is worth every penny.

I am a believer that you get what you pay for and I will not take another vacation without Ted's assistance.

If you are planning a vacation, contact Ted. You will be glad you did!

By  Jenny V.  from  Forest Lake, MN
Traveled to  Belize ~ Central America
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip, and I'm so glad you had such a wonderful time!

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76 of 124 people found this review helpful
So much fun we didn't want to come home!
Ted was always proactive and on top of everything. He willingly and ably met our every travel request finding us great hotels, transfers, rail tickets, guides and air fares.
By  Rebecca  from  Ft Collins, CO
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ted Blank responded:
It was a delight to work with you, and I look forward to helping with your next voyage!

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66 of 106 people found this review helpful
An amazing scenic and gastronomic experience
I’d give him more stars if it was possible. Ted has the unusual combination of being detail oriented as well as an easy going unflappable personality. The best travel pro we have worked with in years! On our AmaWatwrways cruise from Amsterdam to Basel Switzerland everything was about as perfect as possible. We had a wonderful cruise manager who ensured everyone had an amazing experience! And the food was like eating in a five star restaurant every night.
By  Tim&Nan  from  Edina, MN
Traveled to  Basel ~ Switzerland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to work with you, and I'm grateful that you enjoyed the river cruise as well as the Swiss adventure!

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89 of 155 people found this review helpful
Great trip
Ted did a great job with our trip. He went above and beyond with his help and tips. I won't use anyone else. Alex
By  Alex  from  Forest lake mn
Traveled to  Seattle ~ Washington ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ted Blank responded:
I was happy to help, and am glad you had a great trip!

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54 of 86 people found this review helpful
Great Adventure Down Under
Ted was very responsive to our requests for a trip to New Zealand and Australia that included 8 flights, a car rental, and numerous hotels. The itinerary packet we received from Ted before we left was comprehensive and invaluable to make our adventure run smoothly. Everything went off without a hitch which is unusual with a complicated trip so far away from home. New Zealand is stunningly beautiful and our Australian visit included adventurous scuba diving and a home visit in the Outback. Ted helped us make it happen.
By  Karen  from  Fergus Falls
Traveled to  New Zealand ~ Australia & New Zealand
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ted Blank responded:
It was a pleasure to help you plan your trip, and I'm glad you had such a great time!

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Destination Expert:

  • Mediterranean
  • Alaska
  • Europe
  • Greece
  • Croatia

Travel Specialist:

  • Luxury Cruises
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • World Cruises
  • Cruises
  • European Culture

Top Travel Partners:

  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Seabourn
  • UnCruise Adventures
  • Windstar Cruises

Languages I Speak:

  • English
  • French

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