Rob Clabbers LCS, MCC

Chicago, IL United States
Travel Specialties
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising
  • Escorted Tours
  • Independent Tours
  • Hotels

  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • China
  • France
  • French Polynesia
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Selling Travel Since
  • Dutch
  • English
  • German

My Background

Chicago-based globetrotter, cruise, expedition and travel specialist

Would you rather have an agent "who has been selling travel for 25 years" plan your vacation? Or someone who has personally lived, worked and traveled on all seven continents, and who has experienced over 90 ocean and river cruises?

A hotelier by trade and raised in the Netherlands, I lived in Macau, Hong Kong, Paris, the Caribbean. My role for a luxury hotel company took me to Asia, Australia, Europe, South America before settling in Chicago.

There I opened the leisure travel agency that became Q Cruise + Travel.

  • Member of Virtuoso Cruise Committee 2018, 2019
  • Virtuoso Cruise Ambassador of the Year 2018 Nominee
  • Virtuoso Most Innovative Cruise Advisor 2017 Finalist

What I love in travel?

  • Expedition Travel: exploring Antarctica, Africa
  • Ocean Cruises: smaller ships, Mediterranean, Asia, Scandinavia
  • River cruises: Rhine, Danube, Provence & Burgundy, Cambodia, Vietnam, Bordeaux
  • Western Europe is still my "home"
  • Asia and Australia: I lived in Asia, and am a certified Aussie Specialist
  • Great hotels & resorts: as a hotelier, I love historical grand dames and modern boutique hotels
  • Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea: picture perfect tropical islands
  • Travel in comfort: business, first class airlines, lounges, seats

Places I Have Traveled

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Always ready to help!

By: Sandy

Reviewed on: 28 Feb 2017

Rob always goes above and beyond to help with any problems or questions. His staff is also very willing to assist and very competent!
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HC Reunion Cruise

By: Chris

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

Never worked directly with Rob who set up our cruise itinerary which was amazingly wonderful! Corresponding with Ben and Kevin was most helpful. They answered my questions promptly and thoroughly. Assisted me with computer skills and in general were GREAT!

Our trip

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 27 Apr 2017

It's always a pleasure working with Rob. He has never steered us wrong. His experience and knowledge in the industry makes deciding on the details of a trip much easier.
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Great Advisor

By: Betts

Reviewed on: 25 Apr 2017

Rob and his team were the best to work with. They made all arrangements and made us feel secure about our bookings. They kept in touch to the last minute as well as when we returned. I would recommend them in a second.
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River cruise

By: L&K

Reviewed on: 12 May 2017

Rob is very easy to work with and always very responsive, as are the team he works with, Ben and Kevin.
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Castles on the Rhine

By: Mike and Lisa

Reviewed on: 02 Jun 2017

He is a pleasure to work with. He is very helpful, efficient, friendly, and knowledgeable!
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Another great trip.

By: L&K

Reviewed on: 08 Jul 2017

Rob is easy to work wit

Excellent service and knowledgeable advisor

By: E&H

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

Responsive, well-informed and friendly.
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Great trip

By: Judy

Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2017

Very comprehensive with details. Have worked with Rob for over 11 years. He has always been very successful in fulfilling all of our wishes for our trips.
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Rome and Greece Holiday

By: Don

Reviewed on: 13 Oct 2017

Great; always prompt with requests and covered details and excursions
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Jamaica Famly Trip

By: Asheville Alan

Reviewed on: 25 Dec 2017

Rob is great, as well as his back-up guy, Ben. This is the third trip that Rob has handled/advised/guided/booked for us this year. (also, South East Asia and Canada, which we had to cancel due to illness). Rob travels extensively himself and really knows his stuff. Despite that, he is easily accessible.

Great office and staff!

By: Sandy

Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2018

Rob and his staff did everything I asked and gave me suggestions when I didn't know how to coordinate some transportation. Working with people at the Blue Train wasn't exactly easy but Rob's office handled all the situations. Trip came off with no problems thanks to all!
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Not Recommended

Not a travel agent for everyone

By: Gaipiedusa

Reviewed on: 20 Sep 2018

Rob travels extensively and is often out of the office. He is good at email. They are often long, unhelpful and often only could be described as BS. His support staff (Ben) is great. Rob has trouble connecting with clients needs. He is always trying to promote more expensive Virtuoso packages rather than helping to stay within a budget or crafting special travel itineraries. Suggesting alternatives to him within ones' budget gets responses like, "we cant guarantee their reliability" etc, He is also unwilling to admit mistakes and a lack of knowledge about travel and creates smoke and mirrors along with CYA responses. We do not plan on using him any longer.


By: Mike

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2018

Working with Rob is a pleasure. He is very knowledgeable about places and is able to set up most any kind of trip you want to take. When there’s a hiccup that occurs, he is able to get things worked out

Great time in NYC

By: Judy

Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2018

My husband and I have been working with Rob and his staff for over 12 years. The attention to detail and getting us great deals at wonderful places is why we have continued to book our travel with Rob and why we recommend him to our friends.

Excellent in Every Way!

By: Jane

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2018

We are extremely happy to have been introduced to Rob Clabbers as our new travel advisor. His knowledge of all things to do with travel is limitless, and he apparently has great sources for all kinds of information. He and his team are very efficient, and make our trips overall so much more enjoyable. We look forward to planning many more adventures with him!
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By: Alan

Reviewed on: 20 Apr 2018

Rob does a great job. He personally knows destinations around the world and is hands-on in helping us plan vacations and journeys. And, he is always available and proactive. So far, he has sent us to Southeast Asia, Greece, Canada, and Jamaica -- oh, and a quick trip to NYC.

Danube River Cruise

By: M & L

Reviewed on: 28 May 2018

Rob has a wealth of information and advice. HE is well-traveled and offers excellent recommendations and suggestions for trips, accommodations, and tours.

Greece-Croatia-Venice Trip

By: alankellam

Reviewed on: 21 Jul 2018

Rob is a great agent. He is almost always available -- even when he is visiting sites around the world. He has first hand knowledge of many diverse locations, and that his resulted in great trips for us.


By: Pete

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2018

Very helpful in determining appropriate ship and tours

Rob Clabbers - Travel Agent For All Time

By: Hal

Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2018

I can never say enough wonderful things about Rob. He is both an excellent travel advisor and a go-to person when something goes wrong. I recommend him constantly and will continue to do so.
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Great office to work with!

By: Sandy

Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2018

All thru the planning stages & any time I had a question, Rob and his office staff were there to help. Really appreciate that someone besides me can pay attention to the fine details!

Another Great Trip

By: Alan

Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2018

Rob is an extremely knowledgeable travel consultant. He knows many destinations well, and has excellent contacts around the world. He's also very accessible and fast in responding to questions and requests. We just completed our 4th trip with his guidance.
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Using a Virtuoso Agent Makes the Difference

By: Carlos

Reviewed on: 09 Nov 2018

We are extremely pleased to be working with Rob Clabbers and his team at Q Cruise & Travel. His contacts are invaluable, and his recommendations are always very good. He and his team are efficient, and make us feel that we are truly getting the 'personal touch' with all of our travel plans. He takes any of our complaints seriously, and knows exactly who to contact if there has been any problem at all. This has made a huge difference in our recent travel experiences, and I think we are now solidly 'hooked' by the Virtuoso level of expertise.
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Rob Clabbers of Q Travel

By: Ben's Gma

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2018

Rob is so thorough, knowledgeable and professional that working with him is very easy. He anticipates every possibility and makes certain that everything is perfect for our trips.
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Great trip

By: Betts

Reviewed on: 17 Dec 2018

Rob and his team always make planning a trip go so smoothly. I have total confidence in their advice and planning.

Recent trip

By: Hal

Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2019

Rob and his team were great, as always.

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