Ruth Turpin ACC, DS, MCC

Fort Worth, TX United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Safari
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • South Africa
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I opened the first cruise oriented agency in the Southwest in 1979. I am a specialist in luxury ocean and river cruises. I know the ships well and I can help you pick the perfect ship for your needs. I have sailed on over 225 cruises.

I am a graduate of Baylor University with a Bachelor degree in Education and a Master's degree from TCU.

I have been honored by Travel + Leisure for the past 17 years as one of the Top 125 agents and top 10 cruise specialists.

I am a member of several Advisory Boards including the Crystal Platinum Alliance, Regent Council, Seabourn's Pinnacle Club and A & K's 100 Top 100 Club. I have served on the Virtuoso Cruise Committee for 7 years and I currently serve on the Virtuoso Member Advisory Board. I have been on the Voyager Cruise Events Committee this year.

Because of our long time association with various cruise lines and our membership in Virtuoso, I can offer special benefits on most luxury cruise sailings. I also know these Luxury ships well and can match the client to the best category and cabin or suite.

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always seamless

By: brownie

Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2013

as always, our recent trip, planned by ruth, went off without a hitch. the alaskan cruise on silversea and our stays in anchorage and san francisco were among our most enjoyable ever.

Highly Recommended!!

By: LindaC

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2013

We have used Ruth and Cruises Etc. for several cruises and now have booked two land tours with her. She is excellent, very thorough and extremely knowledgeable. We do not have to worry about a thing after we are booked. She is always friendly and ready to answer our questions. Ruth and her staff take care of everything for us. I recommend her highly.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

Ruth Turpin is a wonderful travel advisor and has helped us with many trips abroad. She is a great resource and her associates are always helpful. We are lucky to be Ruth's clients.


By: GW

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2013


Excellent service. Great follow through!

By: Koz

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

We had an excellent experience booking an Oceania cruise with Ruth. When we were due a refund from the airlines due to their flight change her staff took care of it completely. We appreciated the great service.

Highly recommended

By: Mimi

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

We try to use Ruth, exclusively, at Cruises Etc. She has always been most helpful and knowledgeable about any type of trip we wanted to take. We first used her for a cruise, but now use her for most all our travel, especially Tauck trips.

Highly recommended

By: Charlotte

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2013

Ruth always makes it so easy for us. One time when our flight was delayed she got us rebooked enfore we even landed in Newark. She advocated for us with Crystal cruises and got the flight paid for by Crystal. She is always there when we have needed her and responds immediately. Her office is very efficient in sending us the necessary documents and invoices. We won't book with anyone else!

By: samron

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

we have taken our family on many cruises with ruth's help and really appreciate all she does.


By: Jean

Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2013

The tour in Charleston was mainly walking on narrow, uneven sidewalks. Difficult to hear the guide,the group, we were toward the end,she began speaking as she reached the location she wanted to point out. The dinner was adequate, but there was no "private tour of the mansion" afterward. Trolley/bus tour of Savannah was much nicer, the bus drove slowly,hear the commentary very clearly,look out the large windows and enjoy the beauty of the old homes. (Also, air-conditioned!)

A great travel agent

By: bestnana

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

A two category upgrade and sitting at the captain's table made my cruise on the Crystal even more special. Thank you Ruth for arranging both.

yes, still highly recommended

By: tired

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

we haven't had a recent trip planned by ruth. we did send a high recommndation for our trip to alaska planned by ruth in august.

By: Not provided

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

Ruth Turpin has arranged successful trips for us for many years. We have the utmost confidence in whatever Ruth recommends. Her attentiveness to detail and her responsiveness to any of our concerns keep us coming back to Cruises Etc. Travel. You cannot beat her combination of high professional standards, with a warm and friendly personality. Although we live across the country from Ruth Turpin, we consider it a stroke of good luck when we connected with her.

Highly Recommended


Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2014

Ruth is always very helpful.  This Tauck trip was amazing!! We did, however, have some transportation issues and Ruth stayed on top of it and helped everything go smoothly.

Best travel agent

By: bella

Reviewed on: 30 May 2014

Ruth is the best travel agent ever. She is meticulous and does an incredible amount of follow up on every detail of every trip.

Oasis of the Seas, handled the large crowd of people very well

By: Jaybo

Reviewed on: 07 Mar 2015

Handled the large crowd of people very well. Food could have been better. Very family-friendly. Loved the Central Park deck. Glad that we travelled with another couple on this cruise. Making our reservations for the shows online prior to cruising was difficult because they continued to change the times. Also, they were unable to send a reply back to my email address so we had to use another email address. The shore excursion on St. Maarten, which was recommended by Cruises Etc., was excellent. Glad that we experienced this ship, don't know that we would return, though.

Great trip

By: gt

Reviewed on: 22 Jun 2015

Great trip with no surprises. Everything was taken care of!

Absolutely the best!!

By: Steve

Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2015

Ruth is the best agent we have ever had. She is always on top of things and does her best to insure our travel experience is smooth and stress free. Always ready to help. I have recommended her to several other friends who feel the same.

All arrangements were perfect including Cruise, insurance, airlines schedules

By: Bobbie

Reviewed on: 25 Aug 2015

Ruth's information regarding tours, insurance and airlines schedules was the best.

Norwegian Fiords spectacular

By: Don and Sue

Reviewed on: 03 Sep 2015

Some of the most spectacular natural beauty that we have ever seen. Holland service and food were exceptional. On top of that, the weather was great.

Excellent service as always.

By: Stu

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2015

The cruise with Holland America along the Norwegian coast was a memorable experience. Our travels went just as planned, thanks to Melissa at Cruises Etc.

4 Day Cruise on Princess Line

By: Nell

Reviewed on: 16 Nov 2015

We had a great time and Melanie with Cruises, Etc. was very helpful as there were five of us in different places. We were impressed by the friendliness and courtesy and "wanting to go the extra mile" of the crew on the ship. They were fabulous.


By: BK

Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2016

My husband and I can and do recommend Ruth Turpin and her staff to all our friends. All questions from us are answered in quick time. If Ruth is out of the office she is sure to have another point person ready to handle things. Her knowledge of the ships and vacation spots are well appreciated. Her helpful hints are always welcome. She has influenced us in many of our tour decisions. Thank you, Ruth Turpin and Cruises Etc.

Thorough planning!

By: VPJack

Reviewed on: 16 Jan 2016

Ruth did everything possible to make our trip wonderful!

Great Cruise to Caribbean!

By: collier7

Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2016

We recently took a Regent Seven Seas Cruise to the Eastern Caribbean. This was our first time on Regent, although we have had friends who had sailed previously with them. This cruise lived up to its reputation. Everything was included! It was great not being charged for something every time we turned around. So we enjoyed that aspect of the cruise. I can take or leave the Caribbean Islands, they all seem to be the same, but we took this cruise to escape the winter and that worked beautifully. Weather was beautiful and warm. We took several of the offered excursions and they were also fine. At least we got to see the islands. We also had a tour of Tortola and lunch at a beautiful hotel courtesy of Virtuoso. This was a highlight and thanks to Virtuoso for that. We will definitely take Regent again!

Outstanding service!

By: Lonny66

Reviewed on: 23 Feb 2016

Excellent service in all aspects of booking our cruise on Crystal Cruises. She also helped book a river cruise at Christmas which I surprised my wife with on the Crystal cruise. Her efforts on my behalf helped me keep this a secret for nine months and totally surprised my wife her birthday. Excellent job!


By: My main man

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

Very professional and knows her business. Able to offer helpful suggestions and hunt for the best packages and prices. Takes a personal interest. One of the best.

Still The Best

By: RaleighRay

Reviewed on: 15 Oct 2016

Like all our other trips planned by Cruises Etc, this one was perfect. Ruth and her folks do an outstanding job of taking care of my wife and me. This is especially important to us as I travel with difficulty due to medical limitations. Once again, Thanks to Ruth and all her folks.

professional service

By: lsutiger

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

Very professional and experienced. Gave great advice, and she is there to help you all the way. Well known on Crystal, our only cruise line of choice because of Ruth. Treats you with personal interest and gives very timely service.

Fantastic cruise expertly planned by Cruises, Etc.

By: Bobbie

Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2016

Thank you for helping us plan such a great trip.

Excellent service

By: Kat and Bud

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2016

We had a great time. Service was excellent and food was delicious!! We met some interesting people from Ft Worth and surrounding area. The shipboard credit afforded us by Ruth Turpin was greatly appreciated. What more could you expect from a cruise!! We are happy that we have already booked another cruise for August, 2017. Thanks for all the extras you planned for us.

Fabulous trip Advisor

By: pteri

Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2017

This was our first time working with Ruth and I can't say enough about all she did to make planning our trip go smoothly and efficiently. She is on top of every detail and her recommendations are excellent. She truly cares about her clients and works hard to ensure everything is done on time. She takes all the stress out of planning a special vacation!

trip advisor revue

By: sally

Reviewed on: 03 Mar 2017

ruth is top quality: she is knowlgeable, efficient, helpful, and decicive. we've dealt with ruth for years and will continue to do so.

Simply the Best!

By: Pteri

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2017

Ruth is on top of everything. She takes care of every detail of your trip and works diligently on your behalf, from beginning to end. She responds quickly to any questions or concerns you may have.

Panama Canal

By: Tillie

Reviewed on: 28 May 2017

Fantastic! Great working with Alisa.

My Travel Agency

By: Raleigh

Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2017

Working with Ruth was, as always, a pleasure. We met her and her husband on a trip - 12 cruises ago. Since that time she and her folks have done all our travel arrangements, and done them in outstanding fashion. Everything just works as it should. And when something like a flight delay happens, even in the middle of the night, there is always someone on the phone when we need them to fix things. Ruth, and the folks in her agency, are a class act, and we highly recommend them for any travel.

British Isles crystal cruises

By: Kat

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2017

Great!! Melissa was our contact person and she could not have been more helpful!! I look forward to working with her again. Everything happened as she told us. Excellent trip!! Kat

Our angel

By: Bonnie

Reviewed on: 12 Oct 2017

Ruth is thorough and does an excellent job. Everything went smoothly and we appreciated all her suggestions.

tauck rhine river cruise

By: zebra

Reviewed on: 24 Oct 2017

Excellent as always.

review of trip

By: pancho

Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

ruth is always pleasant and positive and plans are always without problems


By: tigerman

Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2017

Outstanding! Best agent we have ever had! An asset to your organization. Very professional and personable. Quick response to our needs, and knows her profession well.


By: blondey

Reviewed on: 30 Nov 2017

I actually never dealt with Ruth , rather Michelle Harvel , who was quite nice , prompt & efficient.

Pride of America

By: Roy

Reviewed on: 14 Jan 2018

We have worked with Ruth and her staff for years. Melissa Turpin-Marcos was our advisor for this trip and did a perfect job. She arranged for a private tour for our group of 14 in Honolulu and it was excellent. We always recommend Cruises Etc. travel to our friends and family. They are the best.

Archetype Travel Agent

By: Sybarite

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2018

Great! Prompt, professional, knowledgeable.


By: TC

Reviewed on: 14 May 2018

Ruth did a great job and set us up for a wonderful trip. The hotels were fantastic. The flights on Air Emirates were as nice as advertised.

ACL Cruise

By: Kingair

Reviewed on: 19 May 2018

Excellent. Extra service of driver to and from the airport was unexpected and greatly appreciated. We will always use Ruth for our vacations.

Always there for us!

By: Charlotte

Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2018

We have worked with Ruth since 2003 and she has always made us so special. She knows how we like to travel and suggests various things. She has worked overtime to get us substituted travel routes when our flight connections were messed up by the airline so we wouldn’t miss our ship. She makes us feel like friends and her only clients!!!

She's the Best!

By: Pteri

Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2018

From just thinking about a trip to the actual completion of a trip, Ruth works so hard on our behalf. She takes care of every little detail in a timely manner. Questions are responded to quickly. We can't say enough about Ruth.

Cruises Etc

By: Wayne

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2018

Great, she was very experienced and helped pick the right tour, she also helped our friend join us. a Professional.

Crystal Review

By: TJ

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2018

Ruth was well organized, personable, knowledgeable and in tune with our needs. She has long experience in the cruise industry and knows the details and tips about booking cruises. She was very responsive to our questions and in fact proactive in determining our desires and preferences. She helped make the cruise a great experience.


By: billy

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2018

Always a pleasure and she never forgets any details!



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By: Gl

Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2018

Great. So wonderful to work with.

Azamara-Cuba Cruise

By: Stu

Reviewed on: 22 Jan 2019

We worked with Melissa and were very satisfied.

They don't get any better than Ruth!

By: Pterie

Reviewed on: 22 Apr 2019

Ruth is always one step ahead of us looking out for our best interests in the smallest and largest details. She makes traveling flow seamlessly. All we need to do is pack our suitcase. She is responsive in a timely manner and knows everything that needs to be done!

Ruth Turpin

By: Wayne

Reviewed on: 01 May 2019

Very Good, knows her clients well.


By: Hank

Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2019


Creme' de las creme'

By: gator

Reviewed on: 09 May 2019

Outstanding and very professional. She is the best agent we have ever used. Ruth is an asset and knows the client's needs and works hard to insure your travel experience is flawless.

Best I ever saw!

By: Viva Las Vegas!

Reviewed on: 13 May 2019

Effortless... questions anticipated and handled before they ever showed up!

Transatlantic Cruise


Reviewed on: 26 May 2019

I’ve worked with Alisa for a number of years now and as usual she had everything to us for our trip. It’s so nice to know we are taken care of when we’re traveling far away from home.

The best

By: Ted C.

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2019

Ruth was so helpful with all aspects of this cruise. She found ya the best rooms, assisted with the excursions, arranged on board activities, made restaurant reservations, and gave us advice with all aspects of cruising. She couldn’t have directed us more accurately when she recommended. Crystal.

Hawaiian Cruise on Norwegian Spirit of America

By: Linda

Reviewed on: 01 Jul 2019

Wonderful. Cruises Etc. is great. Everything is taken care of and we have no worries that we will have any problems. Highly recommend them.

19 day Mediterranean Cruise

By: Andrea

Reviewed on: 29 Jun 2019

Ruth is an amazing travel consultant. She listens to your wants and needs and makes suggestions that perfectly fit. Her follow-up and follow-through is impressive and always timely.
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By: Robert

Reviewed on: 30 Jun 2019

Wonderful! She is so helpful and resourceful. The best and does what she says.

Viking River Cruise

By: Tasha

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2019

She is very detailed and knows all the answers to your questions. Great problem solver.

Trip to Alaska

By: Cynthia Perry

Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2019

Ruth Turpin is an amazing travel advisor and knows exactly what I like. She is so prompt with all inquires which shows she truly cares about her clients. I would never go anywhere without her advice. Her staff is also up to her standards. Hi Ruth if you get this Sic Em Bears.

Fantastic Experience

By: AJ

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2019

Excellent. Ruth knows the business inside out and is very familiar with Crystal Cruises with whom I sailed. She is very responsive to questions and offers suggestions and alternative comparisons when deciding on booking a cruise.

Ruth Turpin review

By: Sky

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2019

Always great, prompt service!

Great On top of our trip. Kept us informef

By: Old Blue

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2019

Great. On top of everything and kept us up to date throughout the planning process


By: Wayne

Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2019

Great Excellent Service

Extremely knowledgeable

By: Charlotte

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2019

It is always so easy to work with Ruth. She is always available by email to answer any question and comes up with suggestions that only an experienced traveler would know.

Great service!

By: Jerry

Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2019

Ruth Turpin is a master planner of cruises and has great attention to detail! Highly recommend.


By: Bon bon

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2019

She is amazing! So knowledgeable and helpful!

Trip on Crystal Symphony

By: emory sigler 4713 green oaks colleyville

Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2019

Ruth was very good to work with.

Best in the business

By: Rhine19

Reviewed on: 16 Nov 2019

Seamless; a breeze; highest quality effort and results

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