“As more and more information is available on “the web” for travel advice, the more complex travel can be. Whose opinion do you trust? Who has actual hands on experience in the trip you are looking to take? Who understands your budget, your expectations, are thinking about things you should be thinking about that you haven’t thought about?
Our solution for travel ease came when we found Shawn (and Nancy) Power. They ask probing questions to be sure they recommend the best options. They
work within your timeframe for travel, since
we are still working a long cruise currently
can’t be fit into our schedule.
Our current 2016 trips, seamlessly planned by Shawn are: Silversea Expedition to the Galapagos Islands and an Avalon Waterways River cruise from Paris to Normandy and the beautiful Paris countryside. Two totally different types of travel. As we were planning both of these Shawn was there answering questions, even when he and Nancy were off enjoying their own travel experiences. No question is too simple, he has always given us the peace of mind to make the right decision.
I don’t easily recommend but in this particular case I can emphatically and passionately say, for your cruising needs go to Shawn and Nancy Power!”
Carlene & Cliff
“We met Shawn and Nancy last year as fellow travellers on Tauck Tour’s A Portrait of India trip (fantastic trip, by the way!). As we chatted along our adventures together, it became immediately clear how well-traveled and informative they both are. It was amazing, actually, to learn the extent of their travels and how well informed they are about the cruise and travel industry and how willing they are to share their knowledge and expertise. We were very impressed.
Once home and thinking about our next trips, we thought we’d give Shawn a ring to see how he could help. We wanted to book an Alaskan cruise, a Panama Canal cruise and a safari in South Africa. He guided us patiently through our options, the pros and cons of the various cruise lines and companies and which would best match our requirements and preferences. We booked all three trips with him and just returned from our Alaskan adventure. It was great!
Shawn is so responsive to emails and phone calls and so knowledgeable about so many destinations because he and Nancy have no doubt already been there. He is also a straight shooter, honest and lets us know what is good value and what is not. In addition to all his expertise and help, he is able to get discounts and credits that we would not get otherwise. We will ALWAYS call Shawn when planning a trip. Do not hesitate – you will not be disappointed!”
Shelly and Mick Hosken
“Shawn and Nancy are heroes!
Workaholic here… I realize many people don’t approach their travel this way, but this is my testimony ☺
I randomly found Shawn and Nancy’s website while researching the endless vacation options out there. I confess, I never liked travel agents so it was odd that I even called. However – Shawn is not like the others. He is amazing! Outside of work related issues I was incapable of making a decision. He listened to me babble and knew exactly how to guide us. Sure, there may be others who have experience – but Shawn does more than just provide information. He’s like the travel doctor! A good doctor listens to the patient, diagnoses the problem and determines the best solution to bring healing. This is what Shawn did for me by expertly “prescribing” the perfect vacation. AND – to sing his praises even more – he got us a better deal on a suite class cabin than what I could have found for a balcony!
My focus for over 10 years has been on NOTHING but running my business. Any attempts at a vacation were unsuccessful. I always ended up working. I was beyond burned out. A mental ward was looking like my perfect vacation. Finally, with perhaps just 1 or 2 brain cells left, I was turning it over to a new owner. My husband and I desperately needed the perfect vacation to help us transition into a normal life. Where do you even start?
I contacted Shawn at the end of December and wanted to travel the 2nd week of February. He “prescribed” a 14 night cruise that started in Hong Kong and ended in Singapore. I am a skeptic by nature. Shawn VERY patiently explained anything and everything as often as needed. Even when he was traveling overseas he made himself available. I am now a believer. I always thought that people could do their own research to find the best deals. NOT TRUE! The right travel agent can do better. I would 100% recommend Shawn and Nancy and can’t wait to book through them again!
Pic of me and my husband (haha – just kidding)”
Mark and Carrie
“Last year we were planning a cruise to the Mediterranean and the Dalmatian Coast when our daughter referred Shawn Power to us. We booked that trip on Azamara and Shawn got us a great deal and guided us through the process, including travel insurance. The first time I spoke on the phone with him, I knew this was the agent for us. While on board the ship, there was a discrepancy as to on-board credits and I emailed Shawn. He quickly replied that it was just a timing issue and that he had contacted the ship to clarify the situation. Sure enough, two days later, everything was properly accounted for. This year we booked a cruise to Bordeaux on AmaWaterways with him, and again he got us an excellent deal and gave us some great advice. Our flight to begin a pre-cruise extension was changed by the airline at the last minute, and we were to arrive very late at night causing us to miss the initial meeting with the cruise director. From the airport I emailed Shawn, and within 20 minutes he answered with the name of the cruise director and what time we needed to be ready for the next morning’s tour! Shawn is simply the best! We’re already planning next year’s trip.”
Raúl & Nidza Busó
Once again, your travel advice was right on regarding our recent Maritimes Tour with Tauck; eleven days in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island with tour director, Tom McCarron, and driver, George Green. They were professional with every detail planned for our enjoyment, caring…available and listening, and fun (see attached photo when we were at the Anne of Green Gables location).
We didn’t particularly plan this trip to coincide with Canada’s 150th birthday, but were glad to celebrate with them where it all began in P.E.I.
Thank you for promptly responding to all and any of our concerns, and making timely suggestions on aspects of the trip. It was truly one of our best adventures!”
Don and Sandra
“Thanks to Shawn and Nancy for another great cruise – this time a Panama Canal Crossing on Celebrity. I found Shawn through another website and have been taking advantage of his excellent service since then. I had used several very large agents before, and the delays in response time were particularly frustrating. Shawn has booked both ocean and river cruises for us. The first time I booked a river boat cruise. Shawn recommended a different line than I had been looking at because they had better prices for better rooms. He has been a great source of advice and information over the past 4 years since that first booking. And he has given great prices and perks on a number of cruises. I also like that he is not pushy or aggressive – too many agents these days are. We have 5 cruises on various cruise lines coming up over the next 18 months, all booked with Shawn’s agency.”
Marie & Bob Reeve
“Shawn provided us much needed advice when it came to selecting our first river cruise for a milestone anniversary. No matter how many times we posed questions, he responded quickly with valuable answers about accommodations, included tours, and many other details that we wanted to dive deeply into in order to feel comfortable making the right choice. The videos of the stateroom categories he pointed us to were tremendously helpful. We felt at ease making our choice and enjoyed our travel experience thoroughly.”
Genie & Doug Bachert
“We have always planned our vacations on our own. Figuring if we took our time doing research online we would put together the best trip for our budget, time, & desired activities. That is until we decided we wanted to try out river cruises and discovered Shawn Power.
Having personally been on 60 cruises, Shawn knows the itineraries & ships of all the major ocean & river cruises. He has been able to match our travel objectives with the best deals available. His insights and deep knowledge of the industry has been super helpful.
Whether it’s advice about itineraries, cruise lines, best deals, staterooms, or excursions, Shawn knows it all. With 60 cruises under his belt, he’s probably “been there – done that” and loves to share his knowledge & insights via phone or email. His turnaround time to respond to questions is always short, even when he’s on vacation! Shawn’s responses are invariably helpful & accurate.
On a recent Mekong River cruise with AMA Waterways, Shawn was able get us a great deal AND a free upgrade to a suite for us. It made an amazing trip even more special.
When our vacation involves a river or ocean cruise, working with Shawn Power is a must for us.
Thank you for making our dreams come true, Shawn!”
Colleen & Don Baumtrog
“My husband and I were ‘anti-cruise travelers’ until we booked an Alaska cruise on Regent last summer as recommended by Shawn.
And surprise! We LOVED it – and just booked another Regent cruise for next spring. We have come to trust and appreciate
Shawn’s knowledge and experience in finding us just what we are looking for. Give Shawn and Nancy a call to plan your next cruising
adventure. We highly recommend them.”
“We had a fabulous time on our France river wine cruise! We would never book a river cruise with anyone else. He is beyond patient with all our questions, and is extremely knowledgeable. Thank you Shawn for everything you do for us.”
Sheila & Scott Robertson
“We’ve both traveled a lot in Europe, both for business and pleasure, both through travel agents and on our own. River cruises sounded like they might be very special. So should we try one?
Enter Shawn and Nancy. It was love at first phone call. Their knowledge of cruise lines and destinations is personal as well as professional. With their guidance, we booked a Fall Danube tour of Eastern Europe with AMA Waterways on their beautiful ship Sonata, starting in Bucharest and ending in Vienna.
Shawn offered great ideas, responded instantly to every question or issue, arranged and later re-arranged travel plans to suit our changing needs, and always made himself available before, during, and after our wonderful journey. We would recommend him in a second to anyone contemplating any form of cruising because he and Nancy are genuine cruise specialists.
Without question, they are the finest travel agents we have ever dealt with. Personable. Knowledgeable. Practical. Creative. Responsive. And nice! Just like personal friends. You won’t be sorry when you engage them.
Looking Forward to Our Next Power Trip!”
Jim & Jeanne Morey
“Nancy & Shawn did such a good job guiding us through our first cruise that we’ve turned to them for several more since. They answers all our questions and give us great advice about how to make the most of the cruise. We got great deals and have recommended them to friends and family. They even helped me decide what to pack and what to leave at home!”
“Smooth sailing with Shawn at the helm . . . After making our own booking with Regent, we decided that working through a travel consultant would be a real value added. We found Shawn online through Avoya Travel, and he was a perfect match for our needs. Shawn gave us remarkably rapid responses to all of our questions, calmed our nerves when we had concerns, and through various promotions significantly increased our shipboard credit and determined that we were eligible for a post-cruise bonus. When he and Nancy were going to be away, he provided names and numbers of his back-ups in various locations; so we never felt that we couldn’t get answers when we needed them. He was extremely knowledgeable about all things Regent but also checked with individuals within the company to confirm which we greatly appreciated. Shawn is personable, organized, and attends to every detail with care and good cheer. He is definitely the travel consultant that we will call in the future.”
Ellie Lynch & Patrick Harrison
“It was so great to meet you on our Azamara Cruise. Our good fortune! You are both so knowledgeable and well traveled. And so professional. Thank you…
… The Oceania cruise you recommended & booked for us was spectacular. The best cruise ever. The food was extraordinary. We actually got tired of all the lobster. Went to the buffet because some folks we met said we just had to try it. UNBELIEVABLE. The best ever. The four specialty restaurants, what can I say. WONDERFUL. The grand dining room, again, what can I say. WONDERFUL. The decor was bright and airy. It was a pleasure not to be hounded by photographers, not to have waiters marching around the dining room waving their napkins at the end of the cruise. The very first cruise where I actually liked the art work. The ship was beautiful in every way. Can’t wait to go again in January.
Had lunch today with some tennis friends and raved about the cruise and you and Shawn.”
Barbara & Ron
Just wanted to send a review about our two latest cruises.
Cruise on the Duoro in Portugal October 2018
This was our second cruise with Uniworld and again it was amazing. Everything went off again without a hitch. Thank you so much again.
We were delighted that we had the same cruise manager – Kirsten – on this cruise as on our first one on the Rhine.
We loved Portugal and thoroughly enjoyed the day in Salamanca in Spain.
This was definitely a bucket list trip for me and it exceeded all expectations. From being met as soon as we got off the plane by a Uniworld rep who walked us through and obtained our visas for us to being delivered back to our plane on departure by the same rep, the experience was all we could ask for.
We saw so much and thanks to our Egyptologist – Sameh- learned so much.
The first picture is sunrise over the Nile from a hot air balloon. The second is us outside the Sandeman winery near Porto.
Again Shawn we thank you and want you to know that we will refer you to anyone we know that wants to take a river cruise.
Your expertise and help make river cruise travelling so easy and so enjoyable.”
Peter and Heather
Williams Lake, B.C.
“I found Shawn and Nancy’s website when researching Nile River cruise reviews. In addition, I came across Shawn’s name when researching ocean cruises. I could tell from reading their reviews, and then from speaking to Shawn by phone, that we were like-minded, when it came to travel styles and preferences.
I didn’t hesitate to ask Shawn to give me a quote on Uniworld’s Provence cruise. I was spending time at Disney’s food and wine festival when he sent me a Labor Day Special. The price was great, so I booked it while on vacation.
About 5 weeks before embarkation, Shawn called me urgently, and when he couldn’t reach me, sent me an email. Our cruise had been cancelled. We talked through the options that Uniworld provided him. Neither was a good fit for us, as we already had airfare booked, and our vacation time couldn’t be changed. Shawn quickly checked the Paris Normandy itinerary, and grabbed the final two cabins. Uniworld agreed to allow us to “jump ship,” so to speak. Shawn continued to work endlessly as time passed, getting us an upgraded cabin. When our docking location changed, he was quick to send an email to us, and confirm we received it. He checked on us while on the cruise, and again on our return.
In addition to this one completed cruise, Shawn has provided invaluable information regarding different cruise lines, times of year to travel to certain destinations, and has watched our booked cruises for fare drops, and taken care of getting us those lower rates.
Shawn and Nancy truly enjoy what they do, and clearly love sharing their love for travel with their clients.”
Robin & Marcus Warner
“We had a wonderful trip! Starting with two nights in an overwater bungalow at the Tahiti Intercontinental. The overwater bungalow stay was a bucket list stay. As Shawn suggested, we went to the Polynesian show at the Intercontinental the night before we boarded the M/S Paul Gauguin. The next day, transfers to our ship went seamlessly. The rooms Shawn suggested had very nice balconies and as he predicted, away from noise. There is plenty of room for storage, a good size bathroom with a full tub. There are 3 restaurants on the ship, the main one for breakfast and lunch is the La Veranda. There is outside seating available. The theme changed daily, Italian, Asian, American, etc. For dinner, we went with Shawn’s suggestion of reservations the restaurant Le Grill on the evenings we were overnight in Bora Bora and Moorea. Le Grill has a great menu, alfresco dining on the deck. On Polynesian night they even had lobster on the menu. Some of our excursions were the 4×4 tour of Huahine where we went out to a Pearl farm. We went on “LeTruck” tour on Bora Bora and the Lagoon tour where we were able to snorkel with Sharks, Rays and tons of colorful fish. On Moorea, we went on the E-Bike tour to Belvedere. All of the tours were amazing! We took Shawn’s suggestion and went to a store for Tahitian Pearls on Moorea. Pai Moana on Moorea had a great selection and offered really great deals on their Pearls. We have worked with Shawn on 3 trips so far, his knowledge of tours have been indispensable. We have followed his recommendations and look forward to many more adventures.”
“Just returned from our Uniworld River Cruise on the Douro River in Portugal with a pre-Cruise trip in Madrid, it was wonderful and surely the most beautiful scenery we have ever seen!
We just returned home from one of the most memorable vacations we ever experienced. The towns, locations and other activities that were chosen for river cruise was much more than we ever expected. I’ve been to Europe several times but we discovered places that I could never dream of. We could not be more satisfied with the Avalon crew and the guides that escorted us through our trip. One night a lock door was broken and delayed our arrival at the morning’s destination, but due to the expert handling of the situation by our cruise director and other crew members, the day was completely saved and we didn’t miss out on a single planned activity. We could not have asked for anything more on any trip.
We like to thank you for the prompt responses to our questions and concerns even when you were away on your own trip you always replied within a few hours. It has truly been a pleasure and we are looking forward to booking another trip with you in the future.
I have hundreds of photos from the trip but two that really impressed me was the Eiffel Tower at night and one from the American Cemetery in Luxemburg of General George Patton’s grave which I am attaching.
Thank you again for everything.”
Domenic & Edna Coia
West Warwick, RI
I am finally getting around to writing you and Shawn this note to let you know just how much we and our friends loved the Windmills & Tulips Uniworld River Cruise.
The river boat was beautiful, our stateroom was comfortable and inviting, the food delectable and the ship’s staff couldn’t do enough for us to make sure every aspect of our vacation on and off the boat met or exceeded our expectations. Uniworld takes river cruising to a new standard of quality.
Working with Shawn to plan this special trip was a delight for us to experience his level of professionalism, efficiency and warmth.
Because of his broad knowledge and cruise experience he answered all of our questions and gave us practical insight to get the most enjoyment out of our cruise.
I have attached 3 photos/memories of our marvelous trip.
David & Eileen Kaufman
“Shawn is such a pleasure to work with. He was our agent through Avoya Travel. He provided outstanding customer service with rapid response to my telephone calls, e-mails and any questions about our Italy Po River Cruise with Uniworld. He is extremely professional and it is evident that he is knowledgeable and highly experienced in cruise planning, which benefited us greatly. We appreciated his keeping us apprised of discounts and bonuses, and recommendations about the trip that would serve us well. He was highly attentive to all of our needs. Moreover, he and Nancy are organized, detail-oriented and provide excellent follow-through to their customers. Often, he would contact me, keeping me apprised of trip details and information, rather than my having to contact him. Everything went smoothly and we had a most pleasurable and memorable trip. We would definitely recommend Shawn and Nancy Power to anyone seeking outstanding travel consultants.”
Howard and Bonnie Carey
“Our Castles on the Rhine river cruise was great. Shawn and Nancy did an exceptional job of arranging everything we asked for. They were quick to respond to our questions throughout the planning process and kept in contact with us before, during and after the cruise. We highly recommend them.
The cruise took us from Amsterdam, up the Rhine through Germany, ending near Basel, Switzerland. We saw many lovely sights including, of course, the castles.”
Gil and Bonita Reynaga
“We just returned from our river cruise on the Danube River with Avalon Waterways. Shawn arranged everything from transfers, insurance and the cruise. We had a wonderful time and loved the tours, great food and meeting people. We would recommend both Shawn and Avalon for their help and service.”
Don and Kim, Minnesota
Connie and I would like to thank you for helping us plan our river cruise with Avalon from Amsterdam to Budapest. Everything went perfectly from our flights to our extra days in Amsterdam. The cruise was relaxing without being boring, we did a few extra excursions but the included excursions were wonderful. We would totally recommend the Night Lights of Budapest for anyone doing this cruise. The cruise director on the Avalon went out of his way to make this trip truly a wonderful experience. We met a lot of really wonderful people and made some new friends. We do have one complaint, we both gained some extra pounds as the food on the Avalon was top of the line. Thanks again Shawn we will definitely be using you for our next vacation.
Thank you for all of your help to make our trip so memorable. We appreciate the great job you did getting us the best price possible. When Uniworld canceled the initial cruise , you stepped up to the plate and got us even a better deal on a most memorable itinerary.
We also want to thank you for your communications. Whenever there was a any kind of change you made sure we were in the know. That is so important, especially when traveling out of the country. It was great hearing from you during the trip to make sure everything was going well.
Again, thanks for your help and support.”
Candy and Joe Dahrea
“We just returned from our cruise which Shawn set up for my husband and I, along with 2 other couples. He was so helpful and professional throughout the process of booking until we left on our trip! I would highly recommend Calling Shawn for any cruise you are looking to take. He can answer any questions you may have and get you booked on your cruise voyage with great ease!”
Rick and Lori
(Our picture is from Taormina, Italy! :-))
Dan and I just returned from the HAL 14-day Alaska cruise, and I want to give you a big THANKS (!) for recommending the balcony room for Alaska. You were right: there is a gorgeous view nearly all the time out our stateroom window. And I could watch Hubbard Glacier go by without competing with the chatter of 500 people out on the decks for a good view. The weather was sunny almost every day and our captain said that this was the best Alaska cruise, weather-wise, that he’s ever seen. (Unfortunately, this itinerary will change for next year, and the Amsterdam will be sent elsewhere.) Thanks for helping make this our best vacation ever!!!”
“Thank you Shawn and Nancy for your patience and assistance in setting up our first Uniworld River Boat cruise starting in Basel, Switzerland, and continuing up the Rhine and Mosel Rivers for 13 nights to Luzembourg, to Cologne and ending in Amsterdam. The room you helped us select, Shawn, was an excellent choice. We had a wonderful time and met many pleasant and enjoyable people on the cruise, including Lucian and Bruno, the two crew members in the picture with us. There were many other crew members who went above the normal call of duty to make sure we had a wonderful time. The food and staff members were incredible on the cruise. Even while I had a cold, they went out of their way to help me feel better. We highly recommend you, Shawn Power of Powerventures Travel Services, Uniworld River Boat Cruises and the River Queen for anyone who would like to take a River Boat Cruise.”
Vance & Tiny Tillman
“Here we are on the Celebrity Constellation in Barcelona, relaxing on our balcony.We want to thank Shawn and Nancy for making our cruise an unforgettable experience.
We definitely recommend having Shawn and Nancy use their experience and expertise to book your next cruise. Shawn and Nancy have lots of cruise experience which makes booking with them a very pleasant and hassle free experience.
We have another cruise booked with Shawn and Nancy for Christmas and New Years In the Caribbean.
Thank you Shawn and Nancy for all your help in making our cruise experience memorable and smooth.”
Cindy and Rick Pater