Client Testimonials

Mark & ShuShawn’s knowledge about the world of travel is vast. He enthusiastically shares his experiences and insights so that your next trip will be a success. We have planned with Shawn several cruises and a land tour and have always felt comfortable with the process. I appreciate his thoroughness, promptness and research and am confident I work with one of the best travel agents out there. 

Mark & Shu
California

Jody & CharlieHi Shawn, thank you for planning the most amazing river cruise for our group. I’m not sure we can ever just go in a regular cabin after the first class service from Tauck. We will definitely go again on another adventure and I would recommend you to all my friends. The scenery, the tour directors and tour guides to the wait staff the very best. 

 
Please feel free to share this on your website. I’m sorry it took so long.

 
Thank you again,
Jody & Charlie Simmer

The mean side of me doesn’t want to share Shawn, but the world should know that he is the BEST. He listens, is available and responds immediately. 

Susan & Glenn Shea “Those HNL Sheas”
Honolulu, HI
This selfie was taken at Palais Pallavicini in Vienna, Austria

We planned on taking this beautiful trip back in 2019 for our retirement.  A good friend recommended Shawn to guide us through it.  Shawn answered all of our questions and we originally were scheduled to go in 2020.

Obviously,  that did not happen and he was able to get us rebooked in 2021.

We started to panic in the Spring of 2021 and asked Shawn to move this trip to 2022.  He even found us a spot that was less expensive!! 

We had a fabulous time and an epic trip and will definitely call Shawn for our next adventure!!

Karen and Byron Cluckey
Plainfield,  IL

Hello Shawn,

I would like to mention that I am remiss in telling what a spectacular time we enjoyed on our European trip with your recommendation to Tauck.  This is simply the best level of travel we have been privileged to enjoy and thank you for your kind encouragement. The flights went well, the hotel was spot on set in the heart of the city in Prague, an easy walk to the copious historical sites and museums; it was perfect.  The hotel staff was quite nice, helpful and we enjoyed our stay in Prague tremendously.  Wow did we need more time to visit as there is so much we wanted to see and explore.  Next time perhaps?  The local tour guides were well chosen and truly enjoyed their jobs and our many questions.  The amazing constant tour guides we had, Monica, Kamilla and Sineade were fountains of information, marvelously skilled in managing a group visit and we loved each day with them. From (we personally found too little, we will be smarter next time!) time in Prague and onward toward the river we found the coaches with top notch drivers and great comfort, truly delightful.  

Our time on the Danube River trip aboard the Savor was simply spectacular, everything a person could hope for and more.  What a magnificent boat it is!  Every smiling face was a pure joy to meet each day and the arrangements were simply deluxe. From the moment we boarded we were beset with broad smiles, treats, fresh towels, an aperitif, what ever, it was there and always a delightful surprise!   Our expert captains kept us safe and comfortable the entire time and we tip our hats to them!  There was only 4.5 meters of water beneath us in Budapest and we did see a fleet of larger, heavier boats tied up at the docks along the way.  Lucky us, Onward we sailed and we thoroughly enjoyed the visits and tours planned along the way, the itinerary was delightful and we never missed a guided tour at all.  Our learned guides kept us well informed and in great spirits.  The breadth of history is simply awe inspiring and we felt quite small in this world.  

Our local guides in each place and especially Budapest were top level and a delight to spend time with.  Our 12 days literally flew past!

The very capable crew wined us, dined us, entertained us, danced with us and we enjoyed it all as well as they, it showed.  We were thrilled with our third deck cabin and found it delightfully comfortable in every way, we found not a single thing to wish for. Fortunately, we are not fussy people but we are quite appreciative of fine accommodations and fine care so thank you deeply to all involved.  The level of guests traveling with us was quite lovely, all were smart, conversational,  polite, accommodating and fun to spend time with.  We made so many new travel friends whom we hope to see again on other tours.

I do believe we are now Tauck-ees for life and Shawn, you are our agent, always. Your expertise, ease, immediate answers to our many questions put us completely at ease and we thank you deeply.

Most Sincerely,

Jeannie and Gary Decker

“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
Pennsylvania

“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
Sacramento, California

“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
Hawaii

“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
Puerto Rico

“Hello Shawn and Nancy,

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
Washington State

“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
Florida

“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
Westford, MA