Karan Cowden-Cave 

Sarasota, FL United States
Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Food & Wine
  • Escorted Tours
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

  • Ecuador
  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • United Kingdom
  • France
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I joined Landings Travel with 23 years of professional travel experience including travel agency management, ownership, meeting planning and tour escorting.  In addition to being a Luxury Travel Specialist and a Southern Europe Specialist, I also specialize in luxury cruises.

Since joining the Landings Travel team in 2004, I have been actively involved in the Virtuoso Voyager Club program.  My husband Bob and I have had the pleasure of hosting numerous cruises, having sailed aboard the Silversea Silver Shadow, Regent Mariner, Seabourn Sojourn, and the Crystal Serenity.  One of our most memorable hosting experiences was aboard the Crystal Symphony sailing from Auckland to Melbourne, enjoying the "once in a lifetime" thrill of being in Sydney Harbor for their famous New Year's Eve celebration!

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Highly recommended

By: Janet

Reviewed on: 31 Oct 2013

Karen was very helpful in arranging a guide for our recent trip to Moscow. I gave her vague thoughts about what would be addressed and she obtained price quotes and assisted in finalizing the priorities to be seen. When Karan was not available, Nancy W. stepped in smoothly, as if prearranged by Karan,and assisted with a few final matters.

most knowledgable, unflappable, experienced

By: docslip

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2013

Knows what she is doing. Most competent and helpful.

When Only the Best Will Do

By: GorbaJB

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

I have been fortunate to have Karan as my travel advisor for nearly ten years now. She is simply the best. She cares, she's interested, she immediately responds to any and all of my quirky questions, and she handles adversity well as she proved when I had to cancel a trip due to a medical emergency. I hope she's not planning to retire soon because I'm certainly not through traveling. In short, there are none better in the industry.

Extremely Highly Recommended

By: Beemer

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

We have used Karan for years and have recommended her to numerous friends and all have thanked us for the recommendation. As very experienced travelers we know what we want - but Karan consistently amazes us by coming up with great ideas.


By: Jan

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

Cruise was an excellent learning experience. We did what we wanted to do whenever we wanted to do it. No pressure. We needed to relax and we did. A very restful--yet fun-filled trip

highly recommended

By: kay

Reviewed on: 07 Nov 2013

Karan got us flights we could NOT find to Glacier NP

Karan always goes above and beyond what is expected!

By: Glitzee-Gram

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2013

I have never been disappointed in a trip that Karan planned for me. Karan is always professional but adds her personal touch. She is definitely an asset to Landings Travel.

By: Mairsey

Reviewed on: 01 Dec 2013

We had a wonderful cruise aboard the Crystal Symphony. Flights and everything went smoothly. Thank you!

Outstanding Experience

By: Jim & Ann

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

Karan has done an outstanding job over many trips and cruises. Everything that Karan arranged came about without a hitch and we highly recommend her and can't wait until our next cruise.


By: Cali

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

Karan is always one step ahead...always thinking of the important thing that we might have forgotten. She is a joy to do business with!


By: Sally

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

I will say in as few words as possible that Karan is excellent, I will use her again and I have recommended her to others.

Very Highly Recommended

By: Queenie

Reviewed on: 12 Dec 2013

In the years that we have dealt with Karen, she has been top notch in our book. Karen will give 150% to you weather you have a small or a big trip to plan. She makes you feel like your her only client,and really goes all out. I wouldn't have any other agent do my bookings for me. Thanks Karen for all your help in that last 12 years.

Highly Recommend

By: General

Reviewed on: 02 Jan 2014

Karan gave us her full attention in putting together our visit to Disney world , taking us through each aspect of our trip,When it became time to take the trip we were confident , comfortable, relaxed and enjoyed ourselves very much .

Superb Professional

By: Gorba

Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2014

I have been using Karan for my travel needs for several years so I was not surprised at all when the latest booking went perfectly.  She is the consummate professional and a definite credit to Virtuoso.

Karan made sue we had a problem free cruise. Her suggestions and arrangements were A+

By: Ron and Joan

Reviewed on: 12 May 2014

We look forward to working with Karan on our future travels around the world.

Perfect venue

By: PapaT

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2014

Needed suggestion on short notice for getaway. Perfect venue recommendation. Quick service. Karan's involvement prompted hotel to add to the experience. Also Virtuoso package provided nice amenities.

Wonderful service

By: Nita

Reviewed on: 26 Dec 2014

Love dealing with Karen

Friendly and Professional service

By: eileen39

Reviewed on: 09 Jan 2015

Norwegian Cruise was great. Great friendly staff and wonderful service. Especially liked the "free style dining". Would absolutely go on another Norwegian cruise. The only draw back was getting from Sarasota to the Miami Port. The 6 hour bus ride was too long with no a/c on the bus going to port and the six hour bus ride returning to Sarasota when the driver got lost. Would take another Norwegian Cruise only from a different port closer to Sarasota.

Very professional and helpful

By: Gorba

Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2015

We wouldn't consider using another travel agent! Karan has helped us with our travel needs for several years. She is consistently expert in her field, tolerates our sometime change of direction, and remains friendly and helpful throughout. Top drawer! None better!

Joy to work with

By: Carol1952

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2015

American Airline changed our return trip home which was going to make it impossible for us to arrive in Atlanta in time for a meeting that was scheduled before we booked our trip to Canada. Karan tried her best to find a flight that would get us back to Atlanta in time for the meeting but was unable to do so. Karan is very pleasant and professional and we will use her to make arrangements for our next trip.


By: bjl

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2015

Always a pleasure to work with her! She's quick and efficient! always taken care of!

Very good

By: Rojo

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2015

Extremely good service witty all aspects of the cruise and land tours given an A+.

Couldn't have been better!

By: GorbaJB

Reviewed on: 10 Dec 2015

From start to finish our trip was flawless! Our Virtuoso agent, Karan Cowden-Cave, is simply magnificent! This is our fourth, maybe fifth, cruise we have booked through Karan and we will never go elsewhere. She combines exact professionalism with her caring nature and the combo can't be beat. Ole! Ole! Ole! Go Karan!

Our flights worked out great. Thank you!

By: Kathy

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2016

Thank you for getting our flights to work out best for our time line. Perfect!

Great Lakes cruise

By: Rion

Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

Karen has always taken care of us down to the last little detail. Ever since the first trip that we planned with her with our oldest grandson, we have turned to her and sent many of our friends to her as well. We couldn't ask for someone better. She is so kind and caring about us and our families.

Special trip

By: Floridian

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2016

Karan patiently and professionally directed us to the right hotel at the right location at the right time -- continuing her record of fine service to my wife and me. The NY Palace provided us amazing accommodations and service.

The example says it all - "Expert, Friendly advice"!

By: Sherri H.

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2017

Karan helped us plan a Caribbean cruise that exceeded all our expectations. She recommended Crystal Cruises, we have cruised with them in the past, and our trip was wonderful. She sent flowers to our room, which was a lovely surprise. She knows her stuff and I highly recommend her to others - in fact, I have done so several times already.

Trip of a lifetime

By: Rion

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2017

Karan has been wonderful to work with. From the first time she helped us with our Tauck Bridges tour with our oldest grandson, through this wonderful trip to Antarctica, she has taking care of us like I never thought we could be taken care of. She not only gets us the best deals, but she make sure that we are very comfortable and looked after. She got us the best cabin you could imagine. She knew exactly what she was doing and how much we would enjoy it. We have recommended her to many of our friends and relatives .

Nothing but the Ritz

By: bdh

Reviewed on: 12 Jul 2017

Karan is very easy to work with...she also responds on Saturdays which can be very helpful. Karan looks closely for the best price and quality of travel that is available.

Nice Job!

By: Jacky

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2017

She was great. She was always ready to help.

Seabourn Med Cruise

By: Bill and Irene

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

Good and very helpful

Columbia River


Reviewed on: 30 Oct 2017

She is friendly, polite and very helpful. We enjoyed working with her and will use her again

Travel Advisory

By: Abe & John

Reviewed on: 08 Dec 2017

It was very easy, she was very knowledgeable about the cruise that we took. She was able to answer all of our questions and kept us informed all along the way, Will not only recommend her but go back again.

First cruise - we're hooked!

By: blackrabbit

Reviewed on: 30 Dec 2017

Once we told Karan what our main criteria were, she did a great job of narrowing it down to a few excellent choices for our Panama Canal cruise. Since it was our first cruise ever, this was very helpful considering the vast number of options available. She is very knowledgeable and on top of things. Look forward to working with her again.

The Miracle Worker!

By: Kay and Rion

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2017

Karan has planed some wonderful trips for us and has been able to get us excellent accommodations! This last trip, she proved to be a real friend as well as a miracle worker. We had trouble with our ATM card and she contacted our credit union and got things straightened out. But the very best and most unbelievable thing that she did was to rebook us when our flight had been delayed from Bergen Norway to Amsterdam. There we’re 170 people ahead of us in the KLM lounge in Amsterdam waiting to be rebooked. I contacted Karen by WhatsApp and within the hour she had us rebooked! We have recommended her to many of our friends because she is not only competent, but caring. She’s always so considerate and mindful of our wishes and goes the extra mile to make sure that we have a wonderful trip. We used to plan trips on our own, but after working with Karan, we will never do that again!

Great advisor

By: BW

Reviewed on: 29 Dec 2017

What a wonderful resource! On top of every big and little issue.

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