Linda Allen-Speer MCC

Harrison, AR United States
Cruises by Linda, an independent affiliate of Brownell Travel
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Travel Specialties
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

Linda has been advising families and cruisers since 1994 and loves creating experiences for her clients, whether aboard a luxury cruise liner or river cruise.

She is a Master Cruise Counselor and ranked as the top consultant for affordable large ship cruising by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine.

A great deal of Linda's business is in family reunion and multi-generational cruises. "When a family does a cruise rather than a land vacation, everyone has a vacation, including mom!" says Linda. Her expertise has helped thousands of families strengthen bonds and create family legacies.

"I truly enjoy matching my clients needs and want the perfect cruise for them. Every client has unique qualities that I take into consideration when planning their vacation." says Linda.

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Wonderful job and agent.

By: Ms stitch

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2014

Linda has set up many cruises for my stitching groups. Always a fine job. 

Very highly recommended

By: jojobda

Reviewed on: 29 Apr 2014

Don't know what I would do without Chanda.  She is just the best!

Simply the best!

By: sandycape

Reviewed on: 25 Apr 2014

We now have had Linda Allen's assistance in planning 8 or 9 cruises and she consistently delivers more than expected.  I turned to Linda after finding her name in a Conde Nast travel magazine about six years ago. She consistently responds promptly to any inquiries, provides wonderful ideas to enhance our travel experience, and has earned our respect and trust with her candid and knowledgeable observations.  She knows cruise lines and cruise ships, and takes the time to know what we want - and what we don't want.  Are the bathtubs too high to get in and out easily?  Does the band play on the deck above the cabin we've eyed? Is there a better value, a better itinerary, a better time to visit the destinations we have in mind?  Linda effortlessly provides all information and does so in an easy-going manner that makes you wish she could be your neighbor.  We can't imagine planning a trip without Linda!

Best of the best

By: FT

Reviewed on: 25 Apr 2014

anybody can book a trip;the best of the best help you plan the trip.....and the difference is what makes it special.

Great Agent!

By: arted

Reviewed on: 26 May 2014

We have been acquainted with Linda for many of years.  During that time she has booked numerous cruises for us.  Linda is not only a very fine and competent agent, she is also a great person.  Although we have never met in person, we consider her not only an agent but a true friend.   Last Nov. she assisted my partner in booking both a surprise flight and cruise to Panama for our honeymoon.  She and her staff were especially helpful to him in making the last minuet arrangements within a very narrow time travel period.  He generally does not make our travel arrangements and I doubt if he could have pulled it together if it wasn't for Linda's help and assistance.   It was a wonderful cruise.  We were very pleased and surprise to find a dozen red roses in our state room from Linda and her staff.    We highly recommend Linda. 

Highly Recommended

By: Beach Girl

Reviewed on: 14 May 2014

Linda, Toby, Natalie and Chanda did an amazing job planning our cruise as always!! 

Highly recommend

By: KJ

Reviewed on: 10 May 2014

I was very happy with the cruise that was booked for us   The people that work at Linda's are very helpful and know what they are doing. I will use them for my next cruise too. They went above and beyond to help us. 

The Best in Her field

By: Eduardo

Reviewed on: 11 May 2014

Every detail of our trip was handled perfectly by Cruises By Linda. Linda and her people are super knowlegeable and 100% efficient. We travel a lot and, for the most part, we make all our own plans. The only exception is cruising where we always use Linda because she and her people are so good that we can't match them. Cruises by Linda is tops. We recommend them to everyone.

Always Great Service

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 15 May 2014

We've had great service and responsiveness from Linda and her team. Would recommended them highly to anyone planning a trip that requires the assistance of a travel agent.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 05 Jun 2014

Highly recommended. Very helpful and knowledgable. Very pleasant and nice

Koningsdam March 2017

By: Dimont

Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2017

Everyone - cannot remember who all helped us, Toby, Chandra - was helpful and good to work with.

Great time had by all

By: Tricia

Reviewed on: 03 Apr 2017

Will never go on a cruise again without the help of Linda Allen and her amazing staff.

Great Alaska Cruise

By: Mel & Helen

Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2014

We have traveled to Europe numerous times but this was our 1st cruise.  We were celebrating an anniversary and we couldn't have picked a better trip.  Alaska is a beautiful place for a cruise because of the sea life  and the glaciers. The entire experience was wonderful.  We first went to Denali Nat. Park then took a 7-day cruise from Seward to Vancouver.  The Holland American ship was perfect from the service to the food.  Linda did a great job down to the last detail.

Highly recommend


Reviewed on: 08 Jun 2014

Took my niece and nephew to San Francisco and Napa.  Accommodations were 5 star in both places.  The view from the 31st floor at the Grand Hyatt looked out onto Alcatraz and the Trans America building.  The kids reaction to our room was priceless. Thanks!

Recommended plus

By: BuffaloJim

Reviewed on: 23 Jun 2014

The trip was very nice.  Only disappointment: the island of Mykonos, which did not impress us.  The train rides you scheduled through the Alps were very nice, though it was overcast and rainy for part of the Bernina but still beautiful.NCL did their usual fine job though their laundry spilled something on a shirt which they falsely claimed was already on it.  Returned soiled.  With stain remover and bleach we got it clean here.Almost couldn't take the train from Ventimglia to Nice because of French rail worker strikes.  Our scheduled train was cancelled; fortunately we were able to get last one of the day, which ran in fits and starts.Caution;  we got off train in Lucano sub Paradiso,where was our hotel.  But could not have reboarded train there next day for Milan.  The hotel staff referred us to the proper bus.Hotels fine bu Best Western Titian, Venice  moved us to another hotel.  we don't know why.  Thanks for extensive help.

Highly recommended

By: Moxiemom

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2014

We had a wonderful vacation.  The ship recommended couldn't have been better.  Our teen girls fell in love with the boat and staff.  We created lasting memories.

I would highly recommend Linda, she is exellent

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2014

Good Travel Agent

By: VATC5637

Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2014

We recently took our third cruise using Linda and her team to help us make all of the necessary arrangements. Her team flawlessly handled all of the details and occasionally made suggestions regarding details that we had not considered. They were efficient and processed all of the paperwork correctly. The were pleasant and easy to work with. Will definitely use them again.

Herding Cats


Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2014

Linda Allen is a genius at herding cats or even herding 16 family members from the age of 24 to 95 on a family reunion cruise without loosing her equilibrium.  We've booked through her before and will certainly will book with her again (if she'll have us)! She's able to understand the diverse needs of a multigenerational family cruise and come up with a solution to please everyone.

Highly Recommend

By: RetireeBob 17412

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2014

If you want a travel agent that is extremely knowledgeable about cruises go with Linda - she does an outstanding job.   We have used her on several occasions and she never disappoints.  A big thumbs up!!!!

Cruise consultant

By: Marcia

Reviewed on: 26 Jan 2019

Very easy and she was great

Travel agency

By: Sue

Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2019

I mostly worked with Linda's staff, but Linda was the one that recommended the cruise, which unfortunately I had to cancel.

aus and nz are ok

By: monty

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2019

really easy-peazy

Very knowledgeable, great staff, lots of experience!

By: Amitvisual

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2014

I've been benefiting from Linda's experience and great staff for our last few cruises, and wouldn't go on a cruise without the benefit of her expertise. She (and her crew) asks questions to understand what we're really looking for, knows our preferences, and finds us the right cabins every time, whether its a cheap spring break cruise for our college kid or a multi-generation one for the whole family. I'm an experienced traveller and book all our flights. hotels etc, but when it comes to cruises, there are lots of nuances. Unlike hotel rooms, you book a specific cabin, and you can't just go to the front desk and ask for a different one! Not only do her services not cost you anything, her connections with the cruise line get you benefits you wouldn't otherwise - we got upgraded from an inside cabin to a balcony when she intervened (after a small price drop within the cancelable period).

Experience pays

By: Demanding but not Pushy

Reviewed on: 28 Jul 2014

What I value most from Linda is two things:  her vast travel knowledge and experience along with the strong team she's assembled.  Questions are answered with confidence and accuracy, the advice that is given is always worth taking, the service is practically 100% in terms of action and follow-up, and hidden beneath it all is this "southern charm" and pleasantness that helps keep me calling back trip after trip.  Linda and her team have received some really high ratings from travel insiders and our experience suggests they're well earned.  My first call for any trip is to Linda's office.  That's the best reference I can give.


By: Molly

Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2014

Thanks for planning our family get together; your staff was very helpful and knowledgeable in regards to planning our cruise trip to Alaska. You were very prompt in answering my questions. We had a great time. Thanks again.

Wine Cruising

By: Clairemu

Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2014

Fabulous Wine Cruise, food inconsistent but service terrific

What a great trip!!!

By: Shaun

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2014

Linda planned a cruise to Alaska for our group of 13. We had a wonderful time!!. Her advice on cabins was spot on. She made wonderful suggestions about excursions and meals. We could not be more pleased.

Amazing first cruise on Crystal Symphony

By: rferin

Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2014

I was thrilled to see the elegant reception area as I entered the ship and felt pampered and welcomed from the start. The room was comfortable and well appointed, food was great and I met wonderful people. All the public areas were clean and inviting and the entertainment was good. The only thing that bothered me was the expense for long bus rides. I enjoyed the destinations and the countryside but felt that I spent too much time (at least of couple of times) on the bus. One of the best excursions was the voluntourism. The gardener was passionate and didn't let us work. We (only six guests) enjoyed the gardens. I'm looking forward to my next cruise.

Best travel planners ever!

By: Suzette

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2014

Linda and her knowledgable assistant Toby recently planned a trip for us in NYC. We said we want a month in NYC. We had the most amazing time, 1st class accommodations with a concierge level for morning coffee/ breakfast or late night desserts and champagne. We have so far done an Alaskan cruise through Linda and are looking forward to 2 river cruises back to back next fall in France. Although I am a retired international flight attendant I could not organize these trips. Lindas team is very thorough, pays attention to detail and follows through. We have recommended them to many friends.

Excellent Service

By: Tom-Wis

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2014

I always receive great service from Linda and her staff. She suggested a different stateroom than my original choice and it turned out to be a great location. She provided information on Alaska and where to get more. She and her staff provided monthly rate checks and other information. Just before I sailed, her staff received word of an available upgrade; however, since it was at the last minute I declined. I had a great time on my cruise. I look forward to working with Linda and her staff in the future.

"The Trip That Was Meant To Be"

By: The Lady Across the Street

Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2014

If it hadn't been for Cruises by Linda, this trip could have turned out very differently. They identified our family's need to get our son to Washington, D.C. to reunite with the doctors who gave him a miracle, a new life just ten years ago. Linda convinced me that our son needed this trip, because he might not ever get this chance again. From booking our air tickets to booking a hotel within close proximity of the hospital and even finding a tour guide who could accommodate our son's wheelchair so he could see the sites of D.C. Cruises by Linda took care of every detail. The doctors were so happy to see our son. More importantly, they delivered to us information of new technology that could significantly improve the quality of our son's life. What a wonderful gift we received. The trip was more than perfect. It was "The Trip That Was Meant To Be!" Thank you Ladies for all you have done to ensure this dream might be his second miracle....

Excellent service

By: L & C

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2014

We are always very pleased with the efforts of Linda and her fine staff in the planning of our cruise vacations. She is always available and informed. We have confidence in her recommendations and appreciate her efforts on our behalf. We highly recommend Linda.

Great service!

By: MaureenD

Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2014

Holland America cruise from Quebec City to Fort Lauderdale - October 2014. Thank you for helping us plan our cruise down the Atlantic Coast! The Eurodam is a beautiful ship and staff was wonderful. Our verandah cabin and its location was nice. We appreciate your assistance in helping select the cabin location.

Always accurate, helpful, friendly!

By: Sandy

Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2014

Linda and her staff never fail to deliver the best - advice, service, and product. Although we've traveled several times on ocean cruises she and her staff arranged, a recent river cruse was the first she's booked for us in that category. She's a wealth of information, the staff carefully follow-up on any questions or requests we have, and responsiveness is always superb. We were do-it-ourselves travelers for many years, but Linda and her group have shown that a good travel advisor ensures a better experience all around. Thank you, Linda and staff!

Helpful friendly service.

By: Linda & Ron H.

Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2014

Everything went according to planned and was impressed with the special touchs added to our trip by Linda and her agency. We were informed of the pros and cons of our trip so there no real big surprised. We appreciated the patience with all our questions in the beginning stages of our trip planning. We didn't find NCL to be our favorite cruise line thru no fault of Linda and her staff. We were spoiled having cruised other cruise lines on previous trips thru Linda's agency. We found NCL cabins and balconies on the Pride of America to be slightly smaller than those we had on another cruise line. In the main dining rooms and buffets we didn't see a real big variety on the menus along with a lack of seafood choices.

Thanks for a great experience

By: Sally5

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2014

Overall, excellent!!!! 3x3x3 - easy, slick trip. The "intra transit" staff gets you back on to the ship less than 40mins and takes care of each step. I asked for and paid for upgrade to a "suite" and well worth it. Learned a great deal, was able to make "Elite status" and was treated so well and got my card right away thanks to the "Captains Circle Manager". Only thing that I noticed about the Sauna and Steam is poor location and under the sitting bench in the Steam Room was mold!! This was not kept up well and no accomodations for towels, foot wear - very few people went and if someone went in, they did not stay. Excellent entertainment, never got bored and food was great. All and all, I'm already booking another cruise and the 3 day cruise was just enough to get you to want more. Thanks to Brownell Travel for the memories.
Not Recommended

adequate service

By: judy

Reviewed on: 01 Dec 2014

Connection from ship to airport arranged by Linda did not show up and it was prepaid. HAD to pay $90 for cab to Miami airport from Ft. Lauderdale. This did not make us happy.

Excellent Service

By: Susie

Reviewed on: 12 Dec 2014

This was our 4th cruise with Linda Allen. She and her team have always been very professional and helpful in helping us plan our cruises. We have not been unhappy with any of our cruises.

Wonderful and extremely helpful

By: Heidi

Reviewed on: 12 Dec 2014

We booked a cruise with Royal Caribbean and Linda Allen and her staff were wonderful at helping us book the perfect vacation for us. They were patient with all of our questions since this was to be our first cruise. Three months before departure, we had a family crisis come up and had to cancel our vacation. They were wonderful at helping us and it was stress free, which was great, because we did not need anymore stress. We had no hassle and got a quick and full refund. We are looking forward to booking our next, and still to be first cruise with Linda Allen! I wish I could say more about the experience we didn't have, but it's good to know that when something comes up, you still get excellent service and compassion! Instead of an irritated email for cancelling, we received well wishes and great help. Thank you!

new great changes on STAR

By: sally

Reviewed on: 23 Feb 2015

Princess has a new Pier 27 send off fast, friendly, really a pleasant experience. Also, the daily "Platter" has less pages. easier to read and a better format. You see time changes, weather, ports at a glance. They did "BOGO" on new drinks and had more activities and and lots of offers for the 50Th Anniversary All and all, booked another trip and my travel agent put another smile on my face.

The Very Best!

By: Drlarry

Reviewed on: 25 Feb 2015

Just completed my third trip through Linda and, as usual, it was perfect in every way. She and her people are always very meticulous with every detail and deliver excellent results. If you are looking for an agent who will provide superior service and reliability, look no further.

Top Notch First Class Cruise

By: Mike and Pat

Reviewed on: 18 Mar 2015

The Riviera is a beautiful ship and the service is first class in every aspect. The employees were so friendly and very helpful. We wouldn't have chosen this line if not recommended by Linda, and we were very pleased with her recommendations and suggestions on how to get the maximum enjoyment out of our trip. Linda and her staff routinely go above and beyond to make a trip worth waiting for.

Wonderful agent and staff

By: rebburr

Reviewed on: 11 Apr 2015

Linda and her staff were very helpful. As new to cruising I had lots of questions. They were answered quickly and thoroughly. We booked the cruise for our children about a month before sailing. They were able to get everything handled efficiently. I have been recommending Linda to many of my friends and acquaintances. I will be planning and booking our next big vacation to Ireland with her soon. I know she will work wonders for me.

My go to for cruise advice.

By: Trevor

Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2015

Linda has always been able to get me the cruise and the specific cabin, (one of only 2 onboard I believe), that I wanted. I especially appreciate the table for just my family of 4 for dinner that she got for us on our last cruise. Would never book a cruise without a travel agent, and Linda's been just great.

Recent Celebrity Silhouette cruise

By: Chris

Reviewed on: 11 Apr 2015

Celebrity did a great job as always. My only "complaint" this trip was the evening dining room service was slower than normal.

Excellent Service

By: Randy & Nancy

Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2015

Excellent service & suggestions. Linda made some excellent suggestions as to the direction of our AK Cruisetour. Very happy with the tour we selected and the way we went. We really appreciated the time she & her staff put into the details and keeping us informed. Have booked with Linda in the past & will in the future.

Helpful and friendly service

By: Barb

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

Great Alaskan cruise. Spectacular scenery, interesting excursions, great stateroom with veranda which was used many times just taking in the beautiful scenery. Your office was always helpful answering my questions about cruise itself and pre-cruise stay in Vancouver and Victoria. Wonderful trip!

Alaska tour was great!

By: Tigerfencer

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2015

A group of us went to Alaska for two weeks. One week was a land tour and the next week was a cruise. Linda and her team handled all of the details starting from when to go to Alaska to calling when we got home. Her team coordinated with each couple in our party and no question was left unanswered. I will use Linda Allen and her group again. All of the advice from an expert was appreciated!! We had a wonderful trip for a lifetime of memories.

Delivered everything we wanted

By: KK

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

Our group decided on the things we most wanted to see and do on our trip to Alaska. Linda and Toby were easy and efficient to deal with and delivered what we wanted plus more. (Poor Toby had to hold my husband's hand on more than one occasion) The escorted land tour was excellent. Randy Shinn was an excellent guide and saved us so much worry. He was quick to jump in if anyone had a problem and didn't rest until everyone was happy. We felt petted and pampered! The excursions on the land tour were excellent. The cruise ran into a little rough weather on the first 2 days but the Captain took pains to avoid as much tossing as he could. The staff was friendly and helpful and the ship was clean and sparkling. All the excursions booked through Princess were of a high standard.

Fantastic service, deep expertise!

By: Amit

Reviewed on: 04 Jul 2015

We are repeat customers, and have dealt with Linda and all of her staff. They are all very personable, friendly, and know what they're doing. We've been gradually expanding our use of their services to include hotels and airline tickets. But they're second to none when it comes to cruises - they have deep knowledge of the cruise business and are very willing to respond any specific requests we come up with. We've already recommended them to our friends and family, and would unhesitatingly recommend them to anyone who's considering a cruise vacation.

Very successful first river cruise

By: Cruisin22

Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2015

First river cruise. Everything went exactly according to plan, there were no surprises. Avalon cruising was great, food and wine was spectacular, excursions were enjoyable. Linda answered all of our questions along the way and we felt very comfortable that we knew what to expect, which as it turned out, we did.

Highly Recommend!!

By: Catfish

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2015

Our experience with Brownell Travel was wonderful. Toby especially went above and beyond to make this a very special trip. I cannot express enough appreciation for all that she did for us!! The rest of the staff from the airline tickets to trip insurance were absolutely great to work with also. I have and will continue to highly recommend Linda Allen and Brownell Travel!

Consistent high performance

By: Visual

Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2015

We have been using Linda's crew for all our cruise planning for several years now, and when we decided on taking my mother-in-law on her first cruise, we of course went to Linda again. We got her trademark service and had her folks handle almost everything this time - hotels in multiple cities, airline tickets, the whole shebang. As a frequent business traveler I'm used to handling most of my own reservations, but there is no substitute for expertise, especially when it comes to a complicated trip across multiple countries. Linda, Toby, and the rest of the crew took great care of us, and we pulled off a fantastic graduation trip for both my daughters!

Perfect Trip

By: JamesA

Reviewed on: 04 Sep 2015

The itinerary and all services were excellent.

Helpful and friendly service

By: Jan1577

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2015

This is our 4th cruise with Linda Allen. Linda and Toby Snyder, and the all staff of Cruises by Linda have always been great to work with. They give us lots of information about all the ports and suggestions about making the best of our travel experience. They are professional and always available to help.

You all did it again!!!

By: Bill & Wanda

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2015

Well, you have done it again!! We had another GREAT cruise thanks to you & your expert staff; especially TOBY. She is an amazing lady! Everything about our vacation was effortless. This is nothing unusual for a trip planned by you and your staff. Every Cruise planned has been so "smooth" that all we had to do was show up! The hotel Toby recommended in San Juan was wonderful right down to the friendly staff that seemed to go out of their way to anticipate our every need. Thanks again for helping us make some memories of a lifetime

Great service

By: Babette

Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2015

Linda was very accommodating and always got back to us. As far as the cruise ship, the Oosterdam was great. The only complaint I have was that our cabin (we had a verandah, 5th level) was extremely noisy. There was a lot of door slamming (verandah and cabin) and also a lot of late night noise (talking) in the hallway. One evening the cabin next door had a party (really?). Why aren't these people somewhere else on the cruise ship having their party? I'm not sure what anyone could have done about this. We ate dinner every evening with different guests and most of them stated there cabins were quiet. I'm not sure if our cabin was located in a section that was with a particular tour group. Because of the noisy cabin, I'm not sure I would cruise again, if this was extremely abnormal or what. If this is abnormal, is it possible to request another cabin?

Knowledgable and thorough


Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2015

Linda and Toby have helped my husband and I plan numerous trips from a simple week in NYC to back to back river cruises in Europe. Their expertise is crucial to planning a smooth, stress free trip. All of the i's are dotted and the t's are crossed. Everything is considered from transfers, drivers, train trips, luggage restrictions etc. Couldn't do it without their help nor would we want to!

Review of Alaskan Cruise

By: Linda

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2015

Had a grand time with the exception of the rain. The stateroom was great but was a little tired looking. Service and food great. Junneau was not that attractive of a town although people that went on some of the tours had a great time. Skagway was a cute town-loved the boardwalk throughout the town. Ketchikan at the port was not all that attractive, but a great restaurant for crab right off the ship Bar Harbor. Tthe actual shopping area was a distance away so a cab or shuttle would be necessary. I would recommend the ship and the itinerary. Thanks for the flowers and all that you did to prepare us for the trip.

The Ryans


Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2015

Our trip was fantastic from begining to end. Hotel, flights,transfers, the criuse all moved along without a hitch. Our weather was unusually perfect for 18 days and we're still trying to figure out how Linda and her crew managed that. We recomend and will be back for more soon.

Efficient, friendly and always spot on!

By: cape sandy

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2015

From the first contact about this trip, Linda and her associates managed everything with efficiency and effectiveness, always accompanied by their friendly and helpful manner. Linda knows cruise lines and ships. She always recommends the cabins that are just right for us and her staff makes sure we have the information we need for transportation to/from the cruise, visas (when required), resources about the ports to be visited, and arrangements for specialty dining. No question is too difficult - or too simple - for them. We always feel as if we have a good friend working to be sure all goes well. Linda is particularly good about following up after a trip to learn what worked or what might have been tweaked a bit. We have been working with her for about 9 years now and can't imagine cruising without her guidance.

Linda and her team are the best!

By: ShellyS

Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2015

Linda and her team have booked all our cruise travel for several years now and have also been great partners in land-based travel plans. They have taken the time to understand how we like to travel and provide good advice about what we should consider and perhaps even more importantly what lines, hotels, and experiences we will not be happy with. They proactively monitor pricing changes to get us the best fares. They respond promptly to all our requests and are patient with multiple requests. They demonstrate a real interest in our experiences and in us as individuals. They value our feedback. Their hotel recommendations are always spot on! The hotel they booked me into in London could not have been more perfect for me! They make sure that I don't miss any deadlines for deposits, bookings, insurance, or visas.

Great Service

By: Tom-Wis

Reviewed on: 16 Dec 2015

Great service from Linda and her team. They helped with room and deck selection. Most importantly, they continued to do a monthly rate check that resulted in a savings of almost $140. I always thought that those monthly rate checks were "eye-wash", but if a cruise cost reduction is available, then Linda and her team will get that for you. I will continue to use Linda and her team for future cruises.

Incredible adventure!

By: Don S.

Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2015

My wife and I purchased Celebrity's 7-night Galapagos Outer Loop Itinerary and opted for the 4-night post-cruise package to Machu Picchu. This was my retirement present to myself and it lived up to all of our expectations. Our travel advisor, Linda Allen was fantastic to work with. Not only did she and her team stay in contact with us nearly every week during the 14 months in advance that we purchased this South American adventure, but also when we had a slight, unexpected medical emergency in Cuzco, Peru she was there for us and assisted with contacting the travel insurance carrier. It's a wonderful feeling to travel on such an adventure as the Galapagos and Machu Picchu, but it's also a great feeling and peace of mind knowing that a true expert like Linda Allen with Brownell Travel has made all the arrangements and is immediately there should any medical or other emergencies occur.

Trip of our lifetime!

By: Kristen2713

Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2015

We had the most fabulous honeymoon planned by Linda Allen and her team. Neither my husband nor myself have done much traveling prior to this, so we probably required a little more TLC than many customers with some silly questions, but the team was wonderful! From my first call, I was guided about what cruise would be best for us after a few questions about our lifestyles, and she was absolutely dead on. The trip was amazing, the ship that was chosen for us was right up our alley and the ports we went to were fabulous. We can't imagine traveling any other way after this! Thank you, thank you, thank you!! We will be calling again to do another trip in the future!

Perfect cruise

By: Becky

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2016

I'm so glad we booked this trip through linda and her team. They made everything easy. We had ten in our group and everyone had a great time!

I wish we had found Linda & her team 10 years ago!

By: Tim & the girls

Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2016

Wow - what a great and knowledgeable agent and office! Linda spends the time to understand your preferences and then applies her vast knowledge and experience to make recommendations that would fit your travel disposition well. It is very enjoyable and synergistic to work with Linda, and I like that she is candid on her advice regarding options available. After working with Linda, you then interact with her team to be sure everything is smooth up until the sailing. They are all great, and I like working with Toby, Chandra, and Natalie just as much! We can't wait to book the next!

Fabulous experience

By: movieslovercz

Reviewed on: 25 Jan 2016

Just got back from my first ocean cruise, everything went as smooth as it possibly could, had fantastic time from start to finish, cannot wait to do it again .

Wedding at Sea

By: MitchellM

Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2016

Linda and her staff planned a wonderful wedding cruise for us with 24 friends and family members. We couldn't have been happier with the entire experience. I highly recommend Cruises by Linda. We will definitely utilize Linda's knowledge and expertise for all of our future cruise needs.

Great value

By: Marcia

Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2016

Linda was able to get us a great price on a mini suite. This was our first cruise and we loved it. she provided trip insurance and made sure we had a room that was in a quiet area and in between floors of cabins. She seemed to know the location of the good rooms so we had a great room with a great view. We also have a daughter with autism and Linda helped us choose accommodations and dinner arrangements that would meet her needs. She was always available by phone and was also available at the last minute (and during the evening after hours) to help us make emergency changes in our reservation. Highly, highly recommend.

Nice ship

By: Lucky1

Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2016

The newer class of Princess ships (Regal and Royal) are a big step up for them. The traffic flow is much smoother, especially the Horizon buffet area which, with the pastry and bistro, is really well done. Zero waiting in 10 days with lots of quality choices. On the other hand, even though the anytime dining had no waiting, unlike previous trips where this was a big bottleneck area, we thought the menu choices for the standard dining were not that impressive and it might have explained to some degree why there wasn't any waiting. We had a suite, starboard side just aft of mid ships and while the location was perfect we were surprised at the narrowness (depth) of the lanai. The rear suites would be an obvious better choice if this is a priority. The casino is larger than the older class ships and was much busier as a result. One impressive feature - cleanliness. The cleanest trip with Princess in the 10+ trips we've taken with them. Overall we were very satisfied,.

Expert advice with a smile

By: Hal

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2016

Linda and staff did an excellent job for us! We have used Linda's agency twice and both times we had great experiences. They never get tired of our phone calls and "what if" questions....They do what they say they will do and are always available to answer questions and make recommendations......worked with Toby and Natalie as well as Linda.....all do a super job....will use again and again...thanks to all for helping us have enjoyable vacations....

Exceptional Service

By: Bertman

Reviewed on: 28 Feb 2016

We have consistently had top-notch service from Linda and her team at Brownell. Finding the right cruise, giving recommendations on cruise lines and itineraries, and providing expert service leading up to the cruise are hallmarks of the experience with Linda. I have recently recommended Linda to a friend who is going top tip her toe into the cruising experience.

professional and friendly

By: rmcg222

Reviewed on: 07 Mar 2016

Linda and her team are great to work with. They all are professional and friendly and make you feel valued as a customer. We have booked with Linda previously and will continue to do so as well as refer her to our friends who might be considering a cruise. Linda and all of her staff are the best.

Top Travel Service

By: Tom Traveler

Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2016

Linda and her staff were very helpful with our Caribbean cruise. This was our first cruise with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Linda and her staff's experience with this cruise line help us with stateroom selection, event planning, and onboard ship activities. I am looking forward to working with Linda and her staff on future cruises.

knowageable service, all questions fully answered


Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2016

Linda and her staff kept us informed of what needed to be done, and when. Best part was finding everything as expected on the ship. We had a wonderful cruise, and will be checking in with Linda when we are ready to plan our next travel adventure.

Experienced trip planner

By: Diane58

Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2016

We had a great trip and Linda was great in helping us when we were making our arrangements, and making sure we knew how to coordinate all arrangements before our trip, so we could just sit back and enjoy our vacation. I will be calling her again when I am ready to plan my next trip.

Great Service!

By: Melissa

Reviewed on: 14 Dec 2016

This was our second time using Brownell Travel, and we highly recommend this travel agency. They take a lot of vacation prep off our plate, from helping us buy the best travel insurance to reminding us when it's time to fill out online waivers, Linda and her crew are prompt and helpful. I will say that even though I love their service of monthly checks to make sure we're getting the best possible deal on our cruise, we had a 'hiccup' this time. The agent's assistant thought she was getting a better deal that would save us $130-ish and so updated our contract. But it turned out that the new deal erased all $400 of our onboard credit. As soon as we pointed that out to the agent's assistant, she was able to reverse the changes and reinstate our onboard credit promptly, but if I hadn't been paying close attention, we would have lost a lot of money. But honestly, that's a pretty minor hiccup compared to all the benefits. We've already booked another cruise through this agency.

Great service

By: Susan56

Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2016

Great service, boarding was easy, mini suite aft was the best ever! Food was not as good as other cruises. Shows were ok, the cirque dee Sola was the best. The music in the mall was so loud, every evening it was difficult to be in the mall area and enjoy coffee or the event due to the loud music. Enjoyed the hot tubs, slides, ping pong and other activities. Was hoping to participate in dance lessons, ballroom or the like. The only lesson I was able to find was Salsa, just not our style. Princes cruises has an adult only area, the sanctuary. For a small fee you would receive a wonderful double lounger, head phones, fluffy towels, fruit infused water and tea time treats. Princess also has a self serve laundry with iron boards to freshen your things as needed. This was a wonderful trip, we have not experienced a bad cruise. By nature we compare one with another. Although RC has a prettier ship, I believe we prefer Princess. It's all good, just personal choice.

Windstar cruise to Panama

By: Beth

Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2016

I love working with Linda - she always gives us great plans and our trips are amazing. We won't use anyone else!


By: Joey

Reviewed on: 06 Jan 2017

Everything was handled very well on our last cruise vacation. We especially loved the chocolate covered strawberries in our room as well as bottle of wine. Linda did plan a complimentary dinner in Chops Grille for us which was great! Would definitely use her again for our next cruise.

Oceania Cruise

By: Racko

Reviewed on: 18 Jan 2017

All went very well. Everything went as planned. We are most appreciative of your guidance.We have a friend in the travel business.

Great job!

By: Windsurfer

Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2017

This is not the first time that I have used Linda Allen. Like every previous trip, it was well-planned. She and her staff made sure that every detail was covered with all documents in order.

BDAY Cruise

By: Byron Lowe

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2017

Very good in all aspects


By: friend

Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2017

seemless and professional assistance

Caribbean vibes

By: Alacruiser

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2017

We've worked with Linda and her staff for several years now and she and they are top notch. They offer helpful advice while picking your destinations and accommodations.

Knowledgeable and Helpful

By: Globofox

Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2017

Linda knows her way around cruise ships. We've booked twice with her and each time she steered us to the right ships and accommodations. She supplies good backgrounders on the places we are visiting. Her operation is fast and reliable.

Norweigan Cruise

By: Ron

Reviewed on: 19 Mar 2017

Ms. Allen and her staff did a great job booking our 5th. cruise. Questions were answered immediately and there were no issues with any of the trip planning.

Cherry Blossoms Everywhere

By: Saguaro City

Reviewed on: 30 Apr 2017

We have worked with Linda for a long time -almost ten years. She has become not only our travel agent , but our friend. We live in AZ, she is in Arkansas but you would never know it. Linda and her staff work seamlessly to provide the best service we could want.

Great Job, Great Cruise

By: Melissa

Reviewed on: 25 Apr 2017

This was our third cruise booked with Linda Allen's travel agency, and we've already booked two more! We value Linda's team's expertise, personal service, and commitment to making sure our travel experience is the best it can be.

Adventure of the Seas Southern Caribbean

By: Happy to Vacation

Reviewed on: 06 May 2017

Linda is a professional that keeps you informed in order to have the best experience.


By: paul mcnamara

Reviewed on: 15 May 2017

very easy to work with and very efficient..


By: X

Reviewed on: 23 May 2017

excellent communications


By: Billyb

Reviewed on: 30 May 2017

Very well done, mostly done thru our travel companions. She found some significant savings for our group of 6. Everything worked as advertised.

Simply the best

By: Kelly

Reviewed on: 13 Jun 2017

I have worked with Linda for years now and I recommend her to everyone who wants to cruise. She is warm, personable, and is exceptionally good at her job. She knows these ships and she knows cruising. Do not hesitate to call her. You will not be disappointed.


By: Traveler

Reviewed on: 11 Jun 2017

It was great working with Linda and her staff. They continually monitored the stateroom pricing and, in the end, were able to reduce the cost of my stateroom. Also, Linda continually sent me information on the areas that I was to visit, helping me understand the areas better.

Always a great help

By: NDDoc

Reviewed on: 21 Jun 2017

Linda and her dedicated staff always do a great job! They are easy to get in contact with, and quick to respond. They also provide excellent insight on selecting the right cruise and rooms.

Knowledgeable and helpful

By: FL

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

Linda made preparing for our cruise easy. We got reminders about what we needed and were well prepared for a wonderful trip!

Bermuda cruise

By: Lenn

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2017

It was very easy to make the arrangements,all our questions were answered.

Above adnd beyond

By: Jento

Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2017

Linda's group was very helpful as things changed, went wrong, and got complicated. They continued to work with me to make this trip happen. I cannot thank them enough because the trip turned into a fabulous time instead of the nightmare it was shaping up to become.

Fabulous Experience!

By: 17MediterraneanAZ

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

Linda and her team at Brownell Travel were great to work with -- informative and responsive to our questions and communicative about the trip status during planning. It was obvious they are experienced because no detail was overlooked. We gave them a general wish list for our trip and they pulled together everything, from flights to transfers to tours to a fabulous cruise. They selected perfect accommodations within our budget that were very accommodations and centrally located. They gave us a comprehensive, well organized packet of travel documents that guided us thru three major cities and a wonderful cruise in between. Everything went very smoothly & was stress free! Highly recommend Linda & her team.

Hope springs eternal

By: Hope

Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2017

Just delightful

Cuba & Beyond

By: Cruise Gang

Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2019

It went very well. Linda's team is always very helpful.

Linda Allen-Speer

By: Grammy

Reviewed on: 25 Jan 2019

Fantastic. We have worked with her on several occasions and always have a good experience. Highly recommend.
Not Recommended

Deeply Disappointing

By: JennBo

Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2017

This was my 3rd time working with Linda. Based on a very good first experience, we used her again for a Panama Canal cruise last year. It was fine but nothing special. Despite that, we used her for a Viking Cruise July 1. I can not express enough how disappointing this experience was and which I have full email documentation of as proof. Because her office did not respond to email questions, excursions in 3 ports sold out of our top choices. To add insult to injury, because apparently this was an itinerary that Linda's office knew little about, they were unable or unwilling to provide any information other then what I could easily find myself on google. They would not or could not reach out to other agents for better information. They refused to answer this question in terms of what exactly they were able to do. I have email PROOF of all that I am saying. Linda and her staff phoned this in and took us, as clients, for granted. Again, I can back up this review.

Attentive to details

By: Karin

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2017

Excellent cruise agent. I especially appreciated the monthly price watch, which resulted in a lower cost and enhanced benefits. Very thoughtfully had a bottle of champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and chocolates waiting for us in our cabin.

River Cruise

By: Cruiser

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2017

Linda and company continue to provide excellent travel advice. The American River Cruise on the Snake and Columbia rivers was great. They helped to find my missing complimentary hotel voucher. I will continue to work with this agency.

Alaskan Cruise

By: Kathy & Howard

Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

It was great working with Linda and her team. They are very thorough and caring! They made me feel like they cared and only wanted the best for us. We had never been on a cruise before and the choices she made for us was perfect!

2017 Avalon Cruise

By: 2017 Avalon Cruise

Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2017

Great. She and her staff were very helpful.

The time of my life

By: sally

Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2017

I work mainly with Toby who is the best! Never want to loose that girl. Toby is patient knows when I'm indecisive and sets me off on the right path. Got me from a bad experience on a cruise to already booking 3 this year! Toby and the staff think of everything down to the smallest detail and checks up to ensure I always have a great time. There are a lot of choices out there but I'm sticking with the best. Thanks for all you do

Trip advisor

By: cwhzog

Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2017

With the outstanding travel arrangements from Linda, Toby,and all the folks at Brownell, we could not have had a more enjoyable time.

Recent Trip was a Surprise

By: HC

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2017

Linda had been suggesting a Cruise with American Cruise Line and we did not think we would enjoy it. To our surprise, it we did and we booked another trip with them. Linda and her staff are always available to answer questions - even in the evening or week-ends, Linda will get back to you. Linda and her staff keep us up to date on our trips' status, prices, and anything else they think could be of interest. Working with Linda and her staff is easy; its dealing with people who have become our friends. We know we can rely on them to do the best for us.

Linda is fabulous! I would never book a cruise except through her.

By: Shelly

Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2017

Linda spends the time to get to know you so that she can recommend cruises that fit your travel style. She is extremely knowledgeable and provides excellent advice. She knows which cabins are best in your category, best for you, and best for a specific cruise. One example - she knows I love to be outdoors in all kinds of weather and so always want a balcony. But she knew that on one of the cruises we were on a balcony would be of little value and use. She counseled me not to get a balcony and it was absolutely the right advice. We have been able to take advantage of some amazing deals and get credits through her that we could not get on our own because she is so responsive, values long term relationships over immediate commissions, and has such deep relationships with the cruise lines and other travel providers. Her recommendations for hotels have all been excellent. And her team is equally responsive, knowledgeable, and goes beyond the call.

Disney Fantasy Cruize - western

By: Barb z

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2017

The best experience ever! Linda and her staff were very helpful in planning a great cruise!! Very friendly and helpful!!

Thank goodness for Linda

By: mary kosmal

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

We have used Linda for a number of years. Time and again she has proven to be the best. The most recent example of her skill was help us return from Quito Ecuador when we became ill with food poisoning. She and her team coordinated with our Travel Guard insurance and made sure we got home safely and in a timely manner and in the class of service for which we originally paid. Linda followed up several times after we returned home to make sure everything went well and we were feeling better. My husband and I have come to rely on Linda and her team to help us in our travel decisions.

The Best

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 11 Nov 2017

Great. Always helpful and creative.

Above and beyond.....

By: Cape sandy

Reviewed on: 13 Dec 2017

Linda and her staff consistently go above and beyond one’s expectations to do all they can for a superb travel experience.

Fabulous Cruise

By: Denise M

Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2017

Linda has been planning my cruises for years! I would not work with any one else! She a professional, extremely experienced and knows how to make all her customers feel special!


By: Jen

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2018

great! however, being a first time cruiser, I wish someone had called me to tell me the following: *EVERYTHING is an add on *PACK small, there is NO room in the cabins, and when you have 4 ppl in the there, even more the reason to pack small * arrival/departure (what is it really like when you board and get off) otherwise, she is did a great job ship was perfect for us.

Cruise by Linda

By: Tamman

Reviewed on: 12 Jan 2018

EXCELLANT Linda and her staff were responsive and helpful in all aspects of this family cruise out of San Juan.


By: Tom

Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2018

Always a pleasure

Another home run

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

As always, Linda set us up with a great cruise. Linda's knowledge of itineraries, ships, shipboard activities and even staterooms makes booking a cruise with her worry free...everything has always been ideal!

Time of my life

By: sally

Reviewed on: 17 Feb 2018

It gets easier every time for me. From the moment I call to the day of my return Brownell(Linda) truly delivers the term "vacation" No worries, no hesitation every detail is taken care of and lots of wonderful surprizes are in store. I always had lots of questions and her staff would take the time to answer each and every one. They have built a trusting relationship that would give each and every one of us a knowledge that we get the best service every time. I look forward to my next adventure

1st timer

By: 1st timer

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2018

Actually Natalie Briscoe helped us with excellent recommendations ( Linda was out of country ). Celebrity Silhouette gave superior service, outstanding cleanliness, and provided much fun. Cant wait to do it again.

Hurtigruten Cruise

By: Paul & Debbie

Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2018

Linda was great to work with. Very attentive to details and always available to talk. We look forward to working with her and her team on our next cruise.


By: Kracken

Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2018

smooth professional caring

Knows what the traveler need

By: Pat

Reviewed on: 25 Feb 2018

This is the 3rd time I have used Linda Allen. She and her team are great. They know what questions to ask before you have even thought about situations. The team can help you with any request and the communication between them is outstanding. Anyone who answers the phone call can pick up your file and assist. Highly recommend this travel agent!

Cruise experts

By: Dog lover

Reviewed on: 07 Mar 2018

Linda Allen and her staff are always helpful with cabin selection, hints on travel to destinations, and answering all questions. They are a full service agency that take care if their customers!

A pleasure to work with the best!

By: Don S

Reviewed on: 14 Mar 2018

Linda and her team are incredible to work with. So much happens behind the scenes that most travelers don't know about; which product is the best for the individual client, being aware of the date that the specific product is becoming available so that the best stateroom can be reserved, being aware of which product is the best for solo travelers, having personal knowledge of hotels, transfers and pre/post excursions are all factors that can greatly affect a cruise or land tour. The chance of something going wrong on your adventure is minimized when experienced travel counselors are doing all the up-front leg work on your behalf. And if something does go wrong, Linda and her team are just a phone call away to help resolve the problem. Finally, if you add the international clout and respect that Brownell Travel commands, you have an unbeatable team that is a true pleasure to work with.

Great Cruise

By: crewser

Reviewed on: 31 Mar 2018

I really enjoy working with Linda and her staff. They provide you with their experience on what areas to cruise to, what to do on the cruise, the type of stateroom, and other benefits of any particular cruise. They also continue to monitor the cruise price to ensure you are getting the best value.

Great Job Again!

By: SoCal2Paradise

Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2018

We love enlisting the help of Linda and her team when planning our cruises. They always do a great job and give us a lot of personalized service.

Bucket list .. Panama Canal crossinmg

By: VW's

Reviewed on: 19 Apr 2018

WONDERFUL AS USUAL!!! We love Linda Allen!!!

Trip on NCI Breakaway

By: Judy

Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2018

Excellent - both Linds and staff very responsive

longest cruise

By: sally

Reviewed on: 29 Apr 2018

as usual the best travel begins with Linda planning out your adventure Taking a cruise for 28 days means lots of details. Every step of the way Linda will guide you and ensure every day is full of great experiences that go by so fast you end up wanting to go again. Everyone talks about the adventure and our travel companies and compare notes. I always feel lucky to have Linda plan mine.

Celebrity Solstice

By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 07 May 2018

I worked well with Linda's group. They were quick to answer every question that I had and there were a lot of those. I really enjoyed the flowers that my roommate and I found in our stateroom and I was excited to be upgraded to Aqua Class. The only complaint I have is in regards to my question regarding spin classes on board the Solstice. I specifically asked how much the spin classes were and the assistant only confirmed that spin class is available. There is so much more involved than just showing up and if I had known how the system worked I would have signed up for the classes as soon as I had gotten on board. Once on board the Solstice, I found out that the class was full and only by fluke of cancellation was I able to participate in that class. The demand for that class was so high that another class had to be scheduled for later in the day. I would have appreciated more research into this topic prior to leaving on my trip. Otherwise, everything was great and I enjoyed my trip

Constant Travel

By: Constance

Reviewed on: 22 May 2018

Great ! Her team is right on top of all details. It takes just a short time for answers to questions that they don't know. Very reliable.

Trip Advisor

By: rgdskr

Reviewed on: 08 Jun 2018

Efficient, competent, excellent communication

Holland cruise

By: Nikki

Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2018

Wonderful to work with. Goes above and beyond to ensure your trip is a great one.

Princess cruise 7/2/2018

By: Bunko

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2018

Very good working with Linda. Good follow up

Another great experience with Brownell

By: Tfencer

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2018

Great! She and her staff made our arrangements and answered all of my detailed inquiries. When we reviewed the trip after returning home, Linda was very interested and appreciated our feedback.


By: LV

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2018

It was so helpful working with Linda. She had great ideas for what would work for our group and made sure we had all the information we needed. This was our first cruise, and we were a little worried traveling with small children. Linda made it easy. I was most impressed with our dinner reservation table in the back corner where the kids could move around and be kids without disturbing other dinners. We will definitely ask Linda for help on our next cruise.

Alaska Trip

By: Frank

Reviewed on: 11 Aug 2018

Great!!! Linda was very responsive and did a wonderful job arranging our trip. Linda was easy to with and gladly answered all my stupid questions.

Another fabulo

By: zorio

Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2018

Once again we had an incredible cruise that Linda's group helped us plan. Everything was perfect. Linda's group is super responsive. It is so nice to take a long vacation feeling secure that, while there were no problems, if there had been we would have had someone helping us take care of any issues. Her group has great recommendations on what will work best for our family of 4 and kept us up to date with price discounts when available. We will definitely be using them for our future cruises!


By: Jeanie

Reviewed on: 05 Aug 2018

The agency was easy to work with. Answered our questions in a timely manner.

Thumbs up

By: 1st timer

Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2018

Linda and her team did a great job walking us through the process and telling us what to expect.

We keep coming back to Linda!

By: Becky C.

Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2018

We have worked with Linda Allen for years on many different cruises. The advice and expertise of Linda and her staff is very helpful. They have all cruised many times and have personal experience and can answer questions and concerns easily. We have never been disappointed. They keep checking prices even after booking and there is always a follow up call to find out how the trip went. Once we found Linda we haven't needed any other travel agency.

Linda is always the BEST!

By: Beth Haney

Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2018

We have used Linda for years and every adventure we go on through her is top-of-the-line. She is the best and works hard to make sure everything is perfect. I will not use anyone else!

Lina Allen

By: Rank

Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2018

We have used Linda for multiple cruises. She has always been helpful and knowledgeable. She always answers the telephone calls , no matter how many times I call and how foolish the questions.

50th in Alaska

By: Dwight

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2018

Linda and her team were easy to work with, very knowledgeable, and responsive. The trip they helped us plan went off great and it was a memorable 50 th celebration in Alaska.

Great trip

By: Dickie

Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2018

Terrific. Only problem was the ground transportation in Amsterdam, Viator, which used local companies.Both Dennis and I were picked up late due to confusion as to the "meeting point". They were not outside as we exited customs and were quite a distance away. The following morning, they sent one small vehicle to take 8 of us plus luggage to the ship.


By: DM

Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2018

I have been working with Linda and her staff for many years! I try to cruise at least 1-2 times per year. Linda has always done her best to make each vacation a memorable one! Her vast experience is truly a benefit when looking to book that special vacation!

We love booking with Linda!

By: Christy

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2018

I am always extremely pleased with the service I receive from Linda Allen and her staff. We’ve never been on NCL before, but I’ve trusted Linda for 4 other cruises, and she’s never steered me wrong, and this trip was no exception. Thanks Linda for all you do to make our cruises very smooth sailing 😉

Seamless and flawless service

By: Don S.

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2018

Linda Allen and her team at Cruises By Linda were incredible! Linda's personal recommendation of Crystal Cruise Lines "Treasures of the Danube" on the Crystal Mozart ship couldn't have been better in any way. Truly a five star experience from start to finish. Add to that a pre-cruise itinerary in Prague and Warsaw, plus her recommendations for hotels and you have a wonderful journey with no worries or inconveniences.

Travel agent par excellence!

By: Amit M

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2018

We have been working with Linda and her team for several years now, and have always benefited greatly from her service-oriented and knowledgeable team. Cruising is not like other forms of travel - there are a lot of nuances - each ship has unique traits, and she and her team do an excellent job of matching us up with the right rooms, itineraries and ships. We tried an online agent (before we found Linda) and trust me, its a huge difference. I am a very frequent traveler (100,000 miles a year, 50+ hotel nights), and cruising is the one area I always use an agent - it would take decades to accumulate the knowledge Linda has, so use it to your advantage! She and her team are very patient (even with me being analytical and asking dozens of questions), and invariably prove to be right!

azamara cruise to greece

By: JoeDog

Reviewed on: 24 Oct 2018

great experience. practical advice and expert follow through .

Another very comfortable trip

By: Eduardo

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2018

Everything went smoothly, as usual plus we had the most comfortable and suitable cabin in our price range.

Mixed Review

By: Iris and Jon Fox

Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2018

This was our third booking with Linda, but we felt she oversold the Azamara cruise. Also when we ran into problems in-cruise, Linda was unavailable to help and her staff was out of depth.

Always helpful

By: WellHithere

Reviewed on: 17 Nov 2018

Love working with Linda and her crew. They have great insight into the whole experience.

New Zealand/Australia

By: Carolyn

Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2018

Linda was very helpful in planning our bucket list trip. She went the extra mile and made sure we were welcomed when we went to our suite on the cruise ship. We have used Linda several times and she knows hers ships and has always helped us get rooms in the best part of the ship. We appreciate her hard work and desire to make each trip the best it can be.

Excellent service!

By: Becky C.

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2018

We have planned several family cruises with Linda and a few with just my husband and me. We love working with Linda and her office and would never try to plan or book a cruise without her help. She is experienced, knows the various cruise lines and is able to answer our questions accurately. They check prices after you book so if there is a price drop they will get a credit or upgrade, whatever is available. They know about all of the discounts and specials. We are very pleased to work with Linda and her team. She even gives a call after the cruise to be sure everything was as planned. I can’t say enough good things about the services provided. Well done, Linda and team!

Cruise help

By: John

Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2018

Would always use her on any future trip. Her staff was also great.

Cruising with Linda

By: Traveler

Reviewed on: 13 Dec 2018

Linda and her staff work very diligently to get you the best rates possible. If an upgrade is available, they also work to get that for you. I got the best rate plus an upgrade on my Australia cruise. That was greatly appreciated. I will continue to work with Linda and her associates.

Gives me security!

By: CharlieY

Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2018

Now, I have worked with Linda for over 10 years, mostly for the many cruises that I have taken. But she has also been great in helping me with tours to various parts of the world. My just completed tour of India, Nepal, Tibet and Dubai/Abu Dhabi turned out to be the best tour ever. Alas, it could have crashed before it began, if it were not for Linda’s patient and persistent work with the representatives of Abercrombie and Kent. From my perspective as a management consultant, that company needs a major overhaul of their India management group. What a hassle to have to work with them to get what I wanted on this tour and after all their “promo” protestations that they would be happy to adapt their suggested tour to my wishes. It was like “pulling eye teeth”! Over and over, I would have to make the same corrections to what they sent to me. And their lack of attention to detail was appalling for a supposedly professional organization. Thankfully, Linda kept them on track!

Attention to Detail

By: Jeff D

Reviewed on: 22 Dec 2018

Always attentive with a staff that accommodates your every need. Linda’s accessibikity and responsiveness is second to none.

Travel guru

By: Linda too

Reviewed on: 22 Dec 2018

Linda is the BEST.!!!!!
Not Recommended

No pre paid tips as advertised

By: Doctor C.

Reviewed on: 01 Jan 2019

We never worked with Linda directly. First we were assigned to Toby who agreed to pre- paid tips and suddenly retired. Then we were transferred to Lorie and Natalie and had to supply same passport information repeatedly on multiple occasions. When we looked into booking a trip for next year on board the Ship’s manager said that the advantage of using our agent, as part of Virtuoso advantage is pre paid tips!

Holland Cruise

By: Jay

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2019

As always working with Linda is a pleasure. She provides great advice, and ensures we are well taken care of.

Fine, travel arrangements were great

By: Drew

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2019

Quickly narrowed down cruise options based our requirements. Fight arrangements and ground transfers were phenomenal.

Great CUBA trip

By: Boater1577

Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2019

We have worked with Linda for over 6 years. She is always very helpful.

Panama Canal/Costa Rica

By: Sue

Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2019

I would not go on a cruise, of any size, without going through Linda. Her numerous awards and accolades throughout the travel industry are well earned and respected. Linda takes the time to get to know her clients and places their needs and requests above all else. I have utilized her expertise on several cruises and it’s “always” a pleasure to work with her.


By: Steve

Reviewed on: 23 Feb 2019

Absolutely wonderful.

Cruise 2019

By: Susie

Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2019

Excellent. We have worked with Linda for over 10 years. She always makes sure we get the best experience.


By: Tarketto

Reviewed on: 07 Mar 2019

everything went well and Linda and her crew paid attention to details

Excellent cruise advisor, travel agent

By: Visual

Reviewed on: 16 Mar 2019

We've used Linda and her group for every cruise since our first mistake with a large online agency, and have always been delighted with her service and advice. She really knows her business - the cruise lines, the ships, the itineraries, the result of many trips she and her staff have taken and the relationships she has with the cruise lines. And no matter how nit-picky I get, her folks always react with poise, which really helps when we're planning family trips with lots of nuances.
Not Recommended

Stranded on the ship and your tour coordinator does not return your call

By: Disappointed in the edge

Reviewed on: 22 Mar 2019

Working with Linda and her team was an absolute disaster. We booked with another family and we were booked at different class levels. We were asked to leave a specific area due to our lack of access this was incredibly embarrassing. We immediately contacted Linda and her team. They did absolutely nothing blamed the mistake on a team member who was no longer with the company and then did not return our calls or emails to date. They suggested that we book infinity balcony adjoining rooms with our teenage children. We have never been on a cruise before and we figured they were giving us the best advice unfortunately not. We now know from taking to others we should have been advised as our friends had been to book an interior room for the kids and a suite class balcony for ourselves. There would have been a significant savings for the children and we would have been happy to spend the extra dollars on a larger room for ourselves plus to have a compatible access with our friends.


By: Maxie

Reviewed on: 02 Apr 2019

Working with Linda Allen and others in her office is always a pleasure. Over the course of many cruises, we have found her office to be very reliable, responsive, and helpful. We find comfort in those qualities. We believe that Linda's office gives thorough thought to ensure that any cruise we book through her is as well thought out as it can be and is based on our stated wishes and financial goal for a particular trip.

Very helpful

By: marianne

Reviewed on: 17 Apr 2019

Have used Linda several times for cruises. Because she has been so helpful and knowledgeable about cruises, will continue to use her in the future

Crystal River Boat Cruise

By: s

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2019

Linda Allen-Speer is a professional and extremely knowledgeable travel agent specializing in cruises. Her suggestions were right on target. Not only was she able to price match a very special offer from Crystal but she was able to get an additional discount plus more onboard credit.

The best trip I ever experienced!

By: Charlene

Reviewed on: 23 May 2019

Absolutely fabulous. No question went unanswered. This trip was more than I dreamed.

Trip booking

By: Queenie

Reviewed on: 10 May 2019

Great.... very knowledgeable and well organized

Consistently incredible service!

By: Becky

Reviewed on: 04 May 2019

We have worked with Linda and her staff for years. I'm not sure how many cruises we've booked through her but it's around ten. She knows every cruise line, every ship and anything you'd want to know about any port you can think of. She's personally cruised all over the world so her advice is from personal experience. She has become familiar with our family and has made great recommendations for us time after time. We'd never consider booking a cruise without her help.

Two fabulous weeks in the Caribbean, April 2019

By: Jon

Reviewed on: 14 May 2019

We were introduced to Brownell by our very good US friends with whom we went on this cruise with. Being UK citizens we had previously used a UK based agency or direct with a cruise line. What a difference this time! Not only was Brownell’s price better than we could find in the UK, they also included extras like gratuities, beer & wine beverage package and a nice little touch, a basket of fruit in our stateroom upon arrival. But it didn’t end here. Their communication was the best – we were kept up to date with useful advice and information. Finally, one of the ships excursions was fully booked and of course, as always, it was the one that we really wanted to do. Brownells came to the rescue; they put us in touch with a third party who matched the ships price and whose excursion was just for the four of us!

Linda Allen review

By: Winnie

Reviewed on: 10 May 2019

Linda gets to know you, so you needs are met, rather painlessly.

HAL Transatlantic Cruise April 21-May 7

By: Maureen

Reviewed on: 16 May 2019

Linda and her staff are great to work with - they are prompt to answer email messages/questions, return phone calls, and helpful in securing the best reservations. Recommend!

Thank you!

By: Kathy M.

Reviewed on: 27 May 2019

This is the second time that we have worked with Linda. This was a special trip for my husband and me - Linda listened to what we wanted and helped us decide on the perfect vacation. From start to finish, she and her staff were there to answer any questions that we had - they made the planning of this trip so easy! I have recommended her to several of our friends!

Danube River Cruise & Prague

By: Billy

Reviewed on: 29 May 2019

Great. She & her team were very attentive, efficient, knowledgeable, & easy to work with. Their experience was very helpful with regard to the excursions. Overall,all our exoectations were met. We would highly recommend Linda & her team.

Taste of Alaska

By: J.Lynn

Reviewed on: 08 Jun 2019

Linda and her team were amazing. We orginally booked an alaska cruise four years ago and every summer something came up (a surgery, a death in the family, etc.). Linda was fantastic helping us move the booking and getting us a wonderful stateroom. We are so grateful to her for sticking with us to make this honeymoon trip we never got a reality.

RC Family Cruise

By: Alarover

Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2019

Excellent. We've been working with Linda for our cruising needs for any years and have complete confidence in their service.

Great trip to Alaska

By: Bobby & Jan

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2019

Very easy. She was very professional and also very personal and helpful to people like us who were taking our first cruise and had many questions. Never pressured us to do things that cost more but really sought to find out what we wanted and then to match our desires with the options.

Best of Japan trip

By: Andrea

Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2019

This was quite a complex booking, which technically wasn't supposed to have been done via a travel agent, so there needed to be special permission obtained. Then, the tour people would sometimes email us directly, or just Linda's team, so I felt like the communication didn't always go as smoothly as it should have. But that wasn't Linda's fault -- it was the nature of having her involved in a transaction that normally only takes place between the tour operator and the client. The reason we wanted her to be involved was because she'd always been so helpful to us in the past.

Wouldn’t book a cruise with anyone else!

By: Shelly

Reviewed on: 04 Jul 2019

Excellent. Very knowledgeable, experienced and responsive. Linda selected a cabin that was just perfect for us! It was a great itinerary, too. The team at Cruises by Linda is great!

Highly Recommend

By: Jenny

Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2019

Our experience working with Linda and her staff was excellent. They were always available for questions and if they didn't know the answer, they found out and provided quick responses. We were provided with email follow up notifications concerning our land/cruise trip. Linda is a seasoned traveler so she was able to offer advice on everything from luggage to land excursions. We very much appreciated the expertise and insight offered. We have recommended her services to friends and family.

Russia and Baltic

By: SueS

Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2019

Working with Linda, Natalie and Lori was a professional experience. Linda was knowledgable and recommended a number of different excursions and places to see.

Alaskan cruise

By: Natalie

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2019

Linda is very knowledgeable and helpful. I always had many questions about the cruise ship or itinerary and she was always very patient. Thanks for planning my trip Linda!


By: Marj

Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2019

Linda and her team provided many options pre and post cruise.

Timely and Exceptional Service

By: Regina

Reviewed on: 10 Aug 2019

Linda answered my questions, was encouraging, snail mailed me our boarding passes when we couldn't down load them. What wonderful surprise to have a dinner in one of the best dining rooms, gifted from Linda and chocolate strawberries at the end of out cruise. She put us in the best rooms for viewing . Linda k " as her job, an expert. If you want too go to Alaska go to Cruises by Linda!

Great Service

By: CruiserWI

Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2019

Linda and associates always provide great advice to me when I select a cruise. I have always had a great experience.

The Benefit of Experience

By: Jo

Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2019

Linda Allen-Speer has the knowledge of an excellent travel agent with the benefit of much travel experience of her own. She willingly shares travel tips, gives helpful advice, is "hands on" with her help, and she has a strong core of staff and contacts. I have, and will continue to recommend her to friends who are thinking about a cruise. I consider her a gem!

Always wonderful!

By: cape granny

Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2019

We've been traveling with Linda's advice and assistance for more than 10 years. We stay with her because she listens, she advises, she is efficient and is always there if we have questions or concerns. Details are handled well; communication is excellent. She's the best!

Last Carnival cruise

By: Linda

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2019

Always excellent. Always enjoy working with her.

Great Service

By: WITraveler

Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2019

I always get great service from Linda and her associates, Heather and Natalie. They are always checking to ensure I have the best price possible for my cruises. They offer sound advice when I need it for something that may be unfamiliar to me. Their experience with their travels has helped me and others to decide on: where should I go and what excursions should I consider. I really have done well by booking with Linda.

Recent cruise

By: Linda too

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2019

Great advisor. Have used Linda for several years.

Wonderful trip

By: Tubahero

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2019

Linda was great. She or her staff were always available to answer any questions we had.

Excellent service and support, as usual

By: Visual

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2019

I worked with Lorie in her team for the most part, and she was responsive and helpful as well as detail-oriented, which is crucial in planning third-world trips.


By: jm

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2019

Outstanding, knowledgable, & dependable.

2019 European Cruise

By: DeeDee

Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2019

Linda’s company was always willing to assist with booking excursions, transfers and tours. They always got back with me concerning all my questions, they really put my mind at ease.


By: Len

Reviewed on: 25 Oct 2019

Linda was very helpful and very professional. She answered any and all questions. If she didn't know the answer to a question, she gave us the name and contact information of someone who could.

Wonderful Person

By: Nelson Cook

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2019

Apparently, you did not get info that we had to cancel our trip because of some money issues. Working with Linda is always good and we appreciate her understanding and caring. We will definitely use her for all future trips.

Great trip planned by Linda

By: Kathy

Reviewed on: 09 Nov 2019

Linda did a fantastic job of making sure we got the best deal and had a fantastic cabin on Regal Princess.

Perfect cruise! Great advice every time from Linda Allen.

By: Becky C.

Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2019

We have worked with Linda for years to plan cruises for our entire family and also just for my husband and me. Linda knows all the ins and outs of the cruise industry, the cruise lines, the ships, which rooms are best and more. She calls after each cruise to see how it went and to follow up on our satisfaction. She and her staff are on top of all of the details and are consistently helpful with details like dinner times and our requests for dining table size. We feel like we are always in great hands with Linda and her staff. We wouldn’t think of booking a cruise without consulting with Linda first!


By: JA

Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2019

Nice working with someone who knows the business. She and her Staff makes cruising easy and fun. Her knowledge of the cruise lines and the location were went was so help full. Who definitely use the Agency on our next trip.

50th Anniversary Cruise

By: Alarover

Reviewed on: 11 Dec 2019

working with Linda and her staff has always been excellent. they keep us up to date on any issues and help whenever we need it.

Best Cruise Ever

By: Dee

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2019

Linda is responsible for my love of cruising! Always picks the best in ship, price and ease!

Cruising expert for every taste and budget

By: MikeM

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2020

Linda is great. After retaining Linda for several cruises, I’m convinced there is no one better. Her support staff stays in close contact with the client and report frequently with updates and price reductions of your cruise. Family members and friends who have now also become her clients are sailing the Far East.

Great Service

By: Ralph

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2020

As in the past, working with Linda and her staff has been a great experience. They always are responsive and provide great advice and insight. Will continue to use Linda to book our trips.

Linda Allen-Speer is the BEST

By: Sheepdog14

Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2020

From when we started to plan for this trip 19 months ago, Linda and her crew have been there for any question that we had and willingly helped us. This is not the first time we have booked with Linda and every time she has done an outstanding job.

Antarctica 2020

By: Antarctica 2020

Reviewed on: 06 Feb 2020

Linda and her staff are exemplary in their service and assistance. The trip was planned and all services were performed beautifully. My wife has some medical issues and Linda and her staff assisted us in getting special foods and other items delivered so that we could enjoy our cruise. She and all her staff were at all times helpful and courteous.

Azamara Pursuit January 5, 2020

By: Jan K

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2020

Linda and her staff are very easy to work with. They pay attention to details and always answer my questions. We have been using Cruises by Linda for about 8 years now, she is our go to travel professional.


By: H & G

Reviewed on: 06 Feb 2020


Far East cruise

By: skinman

Reviewed on: 01 Feb 2020

Linda and her assistant,Heather were invaluable. Because of their attention to the fare changes. we were able to upgrade to a suite which entitled to us a lot of extra benefits. In the future, I would only book cruises with her.

Great way to travel

By: Lee

Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2020

Linda and her staff have Always made our booking a trip simple and easy experience. Appreciate their knowledge and assistance.

Koningsdam cruise

By: mschris

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2020

As always, Linda selected the right cruise within our parameters and attended to every detail. After booking, we had extensive follow-up from either Linda or her associate.

Always the best

By: BobC50

Reviewed on: 17 Mar 2020

We have been working with Linda Allen-Speer for over 24 years. She (& her staff) are the best. Very personal service & regular updates. We always recommend her to our friends and will continue to do so. If you want an extremely knowledgeable cruise agent call Linda!

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