Sheilah Benoit CTC

Houston, TX United States
Travel Specialties
  • Safari
  • Family Travel
  • Escorted Tours
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

  • South Africa
  • France
  • Netherlands
  • French Polynesia
  • Switzerland
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I am a 37 year veteran in the leisure travel industry. I specialize in Ocean cruises, River Cruises, International travel, honeymoons and travel to Hawaii.. I made the trip of a lifetime in 2017...traveling to South Africa and Botswana. I am happy to help you with any travel arrangements to East Africa as well. I would love to help you plan a special trip to the islands or your next romantic getaway. I also have experience planning family trips and multigenerational travel. I am a Tauck Specialist and 4 time Hawaii Five-O recipient.

I can also help you with guided tours or custom travel plans. We have wonderful Virtuoso partners that allow us to help you plan that perfect itinerary. Whether it’s for one person or a large family, I find it incredibly satisfying to plan trips that will be unique experiences for my clients.

If you’re interested in a cruise, I have cruised over 25 times on 12 different cruise lines and I will share my knowledge and experience to help you decide which cruise is best for you. I am also one of the Virtuoso Voyages Host and will be hosting a group on the beautiful Regent Seven Seas Explorer in July 2018 in the Baltics.

Please contact me and tell me where you want to travel and I’ll help bring that dream to life.

Places I Have Traveled

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Very thorough and good follow up

By: Ms. Kitty

Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2015

Sheilah took over for another lady who I booked my cruise with months ago. She was so helpful in answering all of my questions.


By: ljn

Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2015

Everything went so smoothly, wonderful trip, Transportation from and to Airport was just as planned.

Excellent Service

By: Sport48

Reviewed on: 18 Dec 2015

Excellent service from beginning to the end. Very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in preparing the airline, transfers and hotel accommodations. The Virtuoso upgrades were a major plus to our vacation. The Hyatt Regency Palm Beach Aruba hotel staff very friendly. We will recommend you to our friends. Thanks for making this trip one of our best travel experiences.

Great trip

By: Streak

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2015

All went well. Cruise was great and the hotel in Rio was first class. Virtuoso connections helped us get an upgrade and late checkout. Sheila did a very good job .

"Once in a lifetime trip."


Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2016

Sheilah Benoit created an amazing and, according to our employees, "a once in a lifetime trip" for our company award trip. She handled every little detail with care as if she were planning this trip for herself. She told me that she was bitten by the travel bug years ago in the same place we went - and it shows. Everyone had an amazing time. From the flights, transfers, amazing St. Regis experience in Punta Mita, the expeditions she set up for us and, most amazing, the award ceremony and dinner by the beach watching the pacific sunset. We had such an amazing time that I've already booked Sheilah to plan our trip for next year. Thank you Sheilah for creating such beautiful and heartfelt memories for everyone on our team.

A Fine Job

By: H

Reviewed on: 18 Feb 2016

So far she has done a fine job.

Upgrades appreciated!

By: ad3

Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2016

Sheilah was very helpful in booking our hotels in Barcelona and Madrid. Early arrival and a room upgrade were both greatly appreciated. Our reservations also included breakfast-- incredible spreads with so many options, always delicious!


By: Drda

Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2016

Great planning on a wonderful Disney cruise. Made everything easy!

She Made Everything Easy

By: Tknutson

Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2016

Sheilah was the first travel agent my wife and i have ever used. We typically book everything directly ourselves. After working on our trip to Costa Rica with Sheilah I doubt we will ever plan our stuff on our own again. She made everything easy. Took time to answer all of our questions and the accommodation were all great.

Excellent service! A pleasure to work with!

By: Margaret

Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2016

Some good friends highly recommended Sheilah Benoit to us. And after our recent 3-week trip and cruise, I am delighted to be able to confirm what a wonderful experience it is to work with Sheilah. Her expert advice, professional manner, and her many contacts made our trip richer in many ways. We felt very secure throughout the planning, booking, and travel process, knowing that Sheilah had everything in hand, communicating quickly with us when input was needed, and her extremely capable and efficient work produced such a satisfying experience for us. We are eager to start planning another adventure, and contacting Sheilah will be at the top of the list. I have already recommended her to several friends. Thank you, Sheilah! It was a true pleasure!


By: Jenny

Reviewed on: 20 Aug 2016

To whom it may concern, Sheilah, what can I say, from the first phone call till the last one. She has always been very helpful, knowledgeable, friendly. I will be cruising in 2017 and 2018, I am looking forward to Sheilah, take care of all my needs. Woodlake Travel is lucky to have such a wonderful employee. As a matter of fact all of the staff team are amazing, Thank you

Great service!

By: Gino T

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2016

We decided on a New England leaf-viewing trip somewhat late, and Sheilah was most helpful in planning the trip for us. Housing was most difficult to find, but she did a great job of finding it everywhere (except in South Burlington, VT, where the only thing we could find was in a Travelodge that was below even Travelodge's standards). Other than that, the trip was without fault! Great job, Sheilah!

Bora Bora trip

By: Molly and Matt

Reviewed on: 30 Jan 2017

It was great! She was very helpful and responsive to any questions or problems we had.

Exceptional Service

By: Sport48

Reviewed on: 19 Dec 2016

Sheilah planned a wonderful trip for us to Puerto Rico. She is professional and knowledgeable. The airline, transfers, hotel accommodations and recommended tours could not have worked out better. Thank you Sheilah for making our travel experience a memorable one. Looking forward to working with her on our 2017 vacation.

Cruise to Asia

By: ofilbert

Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2017

Sheila did an excellent job helping us put together a combination of land trip (Japan and New Zealand) with the cruise from Auckland to Beijing, China. Total trip was about 10 weeks which included on ship time of 55 days. We will continue to use her services for our future overseas travel.

Atlantic Crossing

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2017

Sheilah is great. We have used her for multiple cruises and she goes out of her way to optimize our travels while reducing expense.

A very positive experience

By: Lee Ankeny

Reviewed on: 18 Apr 2017

Sheilah was extremely knowledgable, and helped us set up a trip four days away in only six hours, from first phone call to writing the check. Our list of possibilities ranged over Cuba, Central America, Mexico and Europe (and maybe cruises) and included plenty of waffling on our part. A lesser person would have let her frustration show, but she did great. We were lucky to find her. She found us a great package, and her advice was spot-on.

Sheilah Benoit

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 26 Apr 2017

Sheilah was very professional. She worked very hard answering all of our questions, arranging the cruise details, and especially the land segments (tours, hotels, travel arrangements, etc.) that were extra to the base cruise package.

Very thorough and pleasant to deal with

By: World Traveler

Reviewed on: 05 May 2017

Sheilah is a delight to work with. She complied with every request on a timely basis, and was very thorough in providing us with all the information we needed to enjoy our trip.



Reviewed on: 12 Jun 2017

Ms. Sheilah always setup and coordinates our trips without a hitch. She's knowledgeable, very easy to work with and always add an unexpected touch to our accommodations that makes it extra memorable!

River cruise

By: Streak

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

She was traveling so I was referred to another rep

Highly Reccomend

By: Murphy

Reviewed on: 05 Jul 2017

Sheilah is great to work with and does a great job planning, identifying the right trip and activities while making it all seemless. Thank you!

Beyond helpful!

By: Aim

Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2017

Sheilah has helped me with many trips-- her attention to details and devotion is incredible! Very please with all that she has booked for our family!

Fist Review


Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2017

Sheilah is understanding and very helpful

Best Travel Agent Ever

By: Gran

Reviewed on: 01 Aug 2017

It is always a pleasure working with Sheilah. She never lets me down. A true professional that cares about her clients.

Family cruise to celebrate landmark family events


Reviewed on: 15 Aug 2017

It was a pleasure to work with Sheilah . She has a lot of experience in the travel business, is very professional and planned and organized a wonderful holiday for us . Although we were a group of 15 ranging in age from 85 to 10 residing in different parts of the country , she coordinated all aspects of the holiday perfectly. We were all completely satisfied with all the arrrangements and would heartily recommend Sheilah to anyone planning a holiday or travel abroad.

Great Travel Agent!

By: Charlie

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2017

I love working with Sheilah, she gives great advise and recommendations. She made sure I had distilled water for my CPAP and Diet Dr Pepper for my wife. I will continue working with her on future vacations.


By: Karen

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2017

Fantastic! Sheilah is responsive, articulate and pays close attention to detail. She offered recommendations based on our needs and desires and offered advice on making our trip easy, affordable and perfect for us.

Laura Henson

By: Laura Henson

Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2017

Shelia is the best of the best ! I love her ! I highly recommend her ! Laura Henson

Seabourn Fall 2017

By: Lisa C

Reviewed on: 06 Nov 2017

My husband and I have been working with Sheilah Benoit for over six years and think the world of her. She is a true professional! Her attention to detail, sincerity, care and knowledge truly stand out. Sheilah's knowledge in travel and cruising is superior. This was our longest trip away and it was perfect.

Call Sheilah Now!

By: Irish One

Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2017

On a scale of one to ten, I do not give tens. Except for Sheilah! She is an eleven.

Japan Trip

By: Ray

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2017

We enjoyed working with Sheila. She was very professional, helpful and responsive. The only problem we encountered was reserving a private car from our Hiroshima hotel to the Hiroshima airport. Sheila thought we did not require a car because she thought the hotel was near the airport, even though we were departing very early in the morning. In fact, the hotel was about 30 miles away from the airport and we had to arrange our own ground transportation to the airport.

Right On Point

By: Sport48

Reviewed on: 21 Dec 2017

Sheilah has been our travel advisor for the past three years. We have faith and confidence in her recommendations when planning a trip. She is right on point, thorough and pleasant to work with. On our recent trip to Honolulu, she provided excellent service, booking the right package to fit our needs. She was very helpful with making transfers, hotel and airline reservations. She makes your traveling experience a memorable one. We highly recommend her if you are planning a trip. Thanks, Sheilah!

The Perfect Travel Advisor

By: Granny

Reviewed on: 03 Feb 2018

Perfect as always. She always listens and knows exactly what I want.


By: roberto

Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2018

she is very professioal,friendly and competent

Recent trip to Denmark and Sweden

By: Forrest

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2018

Great as usual! Have used Sheilah for years. She knows my travel preferences and never fails to deliver.

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  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

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