Gayle Takashima 

Seattle, WA United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Family Travel
  • Escorted Tours
  • Independent Tours
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

I fell in love with travel while in college. And I continue to believe that travel plays an important role in our lives. In addition to teaching us culture and history, it opens our minds. (My favorite quote: “The world is a book, and those that do not travel read only a page.”)

With close to 20 years in the cruise industry, I’ve seen a lot of the world and sailed with a number of cruise lines; among them: Seabourn, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Crystal, Holland America, Princess, Silversea, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity and Paul Gauguin. I’ve also explored the Canadian Rockies by train, river cruised through Europe, and traveled extensively throughout Alaska and the Yukon by ship, car, motor coach and train.

Needless to say, I’m well-versed in all modes of travel, especially world cruises, luxury cruises, river cruises and niche market cruises.

The way I work: It’s very important to me to develop a relationship with each and every client. I look at every trip I plan as though I were the one taking it. Consequently, I don’t take NO for an answer. I will exhaust all avenues to solve problems and resolve issues (whether obtaining difficult-to-get visas or dealing with foreign consulates). I’ll also use my close relationships with the cruise lines to maximize your vacation experience.

Places I Have Traveled

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good service

By: sunshine

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2015

Very good service, we have a good time.


By: Boca

Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2015

See my blog. very detailed I booked another cruise with Regent, can you hold it till I decide what to do with it? Thank you. Just home and rec'd your check.

Mediterranean cruise

By: Renee44

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2015

Had a great trip. really really hot weather. Would not go at that time of the year again. Otherwise everything was great.

Wonderful service

By: Hobo Rog

Reviewed on: 06 Dec 2015

I have worked with Gayle for the last 10+ years and have had nothing but exemplary service


By: Tango

Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2016

Gayle is very accommodating and willing to go the extra mile to answer our questions. Friendly and always available.
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Helpful service

By: JH8491

Reviewed on: 15 Apr 2016

My wife and I have used Gayle for over four years, primarily for cruises and sometimes to book Virtuoso properties. She gets a good price for us, and clearly explains options available to us. We have recommended Gayle to other people we meet on our travels. Even if Gayle is out of the office, she has competent, knowledgeable backup available (thanks Marie-Paule!).


By: agcutler54

Reviewed on: 15 Mar 2016

As always Gayle steered us in the right direction. Her advice was right on target.

Great to work

By: Marty

Reviewed on: 29 Apr 2016

Gayle is a real professional. She responds quickly and effectively. We continue to use Cruise Specialists because of. the service that Gayle has provided.

wonderful, friendly and expert service

By: Joan

Reviewed on: 11 May 2016

Gayle is great. I depend on her so much and she takes such good care of me. Very efficient and always returns calls as quickly as possible. I know I can call her and she will fill out forms that I cannot do, etc. I appreciate her so much and want her to know how much I value her, both professionally and personally. Thanks Gayle for everything.

Had fun on the excursions.

By: Sue

Reviewed on: 14 May 2016

The cruise hosts were very friendly and made everyone feel welcome. Henk and Lucia, a warm and fun couple, quickly knew everyone's name.. The Italian dinner on board and all the cocktail parties were perfect! It was fun getting "mail" to these events.. The gifts, jacket and bag, a bonus!! -- and appreciated as well. I went on 2 excursions, Funchal and Kusadasiu. The Funchal tour of Madeira was wonderful and the meal at the Reid's Palace was delicious. The guide on the Ephesus and Terrace Houses in Kusadasi was great, also the sites chosen to visit. The lunch was just so-so, as I expected a meal comparable to the one I enjoyed in Funchal. Maybe chose a different place for lunch. The prices of the tour wee fair and activity levels were accurate.

Greatest vacation ever

By: honey

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2016

The was the best trip that we have ever taken. It all started with Gayle helping us plan every stop down to the hotels that we stayed in. The cruise was incredible and the staff on the ship was super. They were friendly, knowledgeable, and more that willing to help with any and all our needs. After the cruise, we went on the land tour which was incredable to say the least. The sight were breathtaking and guides very knowledgeable and able to point out interesting sights and points of interest. We have already started planning our next Alaskan vacation so we can do side trips that we didn't do on this trip. All we can say, is thank you Gayle for all your help and information about this vacation.

Very helpful

By: Riqui R

Reviewed on: 27 Jun 2016

Since 2006 Gayle has been our exclusive agent for all of our cruises. We are very happy with Gayle. Regarding this last cruise, sadly we had to cancel it due to health problems. Gayle was most helpful with the cancellation and insurance matters. All the best



Reviewed on: 07 Jul 2016


Fantastic trip

By: Frankly

Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2016

Great trip , ship was excellent , places visited fantastic . Couldn't have been treated better .

Great service

By: Joe 19

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2016

Splendid Whole family had a great time.

Wonderful friendly expert service

By: Roger & Eileen

Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2016

You just can't get any better person to help you with a trip. She is experienced, prompt and thorough. I have worked with her for over 12 years on two trips per year.
Not Recommended

A one time cruise .

By: Grateful,

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2016

I had a great cruise. The deluxe cabin was small,with a view of the promenade deck .The only overnight city I like was my own NY.The ship board credit was very helpful .Alaska cruise is much more interesting . We saw pole a bears . The captain saw the wales . THis is a one time cruise . I would not do it again . For the money I would do a world cruise again . Crystal Cruise treated very good .Gayle how was your cruise ?

Efficient, super friendly assistance.


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

We've been using Gayle and Cruise Specialists for some years now for both very long cruises and week long trips. We couldn't be more satisfied. Keep up the good work.

Expert friendly service

By: Bill

Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2016

Gayle is a very knowledgeable, committed and friendly agent. She has always been very helpful to us and our family. We plan to continue using Gayle as our travel adviser for as long as we continue to travel

Great responsiveness

By: Scubagirl

Reviewed on: 27 Oct 2016

Gayle and her team did a fabulous job putting together a 12 day cruise with airfare on Holland America from Venice to Barcelona. Even got a last minute paid upgrade to a Neptune Suite which I would highly recommend. Everything was perfect. Really appreciate that she kept us informed every step of the way. Love Holland America!

Great Service

By: Duke 2011

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2016

Gil always give her best for my holidays, every thing runs smoothly

Great As Always

By: Potomac Travelers

Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2016

Gayle consistently beats the best fares and makes sure we are always in the best available cabin. I can't say enough wonderful things about her and Cruise Specialists.

Knowledgeable, expert and helpful!

By: Golfermary

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2017

Our Holiday Cruise through the Panama Canal was wonderful. Ms. Takashima was extremely efficient. Her expert advice helped save us some money and her recommendations were appreciated.


By: Bunni

Reviewed on: 28 Jan 2017

Always professional

Tauck Africa Trip

By: Tanzania/Kenya Safari

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2017

Gayle did an outstanding job with our arrangements. She was so helpful with an insurance claim of my daughters. We love her.

Lucky Cruise companies

By: Keith

Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2017

As always , through the years Gayle has always been the best.. We have without reservation referred her to many people, friends and acquaintances all of whom have remained loyal customers through the years. Those people have also referred Gayle to their friends. Cruise companies are lucky to have this person represent them.

HAL to Yucatan

By: Janny

Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2017

Great! Gayle is always very responsive and has our best interest at heart.

March 2, 2017

By: Larry Saphier

Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2017

She has been my Cruise consultant for many years and has always gone out of her way to provide excellent and responsive service. I have recommended her to several of my friends and they have born very satisfied with her.

Holland America

By: Wild Bill

Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2017

Excellent......Always helpful.....

Gayle Takashima is great!

By: Marion

Reviewed on: 03 Mar 2017

Gayle is a dedicated professional who always goes above and beyond to make sure we have a great trip.

A gem of a Cruise Specialist!

By: Myrtleskid

Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2017

Working with Gayle over the past few years has been wonderful. She is always pleasant, confident, trustworthy, and competent. I have repeatedly recommended her to many of my friends and fellow cruisers. She is an asset to both Cruise Specialists and the various cruise lines. I look forward to many more successful cruises with Gayle's assistance!

To Patagonia and a bit beyond

By: Ahab

Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2017

Gayle is always wonderful to work with; she cares about our experience, recommends good ideas to follow, and always knows how to get answers we need. Wonderful advisor to work with.

I'm not the typical customer. No problem for Gayle

By: Rod

Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2017

I'm not a difficult person but I do have unusual requests. Some of these are caused by the fact that I will not fly but love to travel. My travel often involves trains, buses, ferries and some other odder means of getting from place to place. Gayle is undaunted by all these sometimes complicated requests and has always come through with solutions and options that made some very complex travel arrangements come together seamlessly. Her willingness to research alternative methods of getting from point A to point B has been very helpful.

Caribbean 2017

By: LairMair

Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2017

Outstanding and easy to work with. Works for the best deals.


By: chelsea

Reviewed on: 08 Apr 2017

professional and excellent

Gayle Takashima

By: Joyce Sykes

Reviewed on: 02 May 2017

Bob & I have used Gayle for years, and she has always been very informative, thorough and helpful. Gayle is a true professional and a pleasure to work with


By: Mr. T.

Reviewed on: 07 May 2017

Always very helpful!


By: Jan

Reviewed on: 20 May 2017

I have said this many times and will say it again----- Gayle is a pleasure to work with. She is knowledgeable, always patient, listens, and is enthusiastic over your plays whether it is a week or a month Working with Gayle is, as always, a pleasure. It's been over ten years that I have been booking cruises with her and find her knowledgeable, patient and charming. She is part of the fun of cruising!


By: Sparty

Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2017

Gayle was recommended by friends. She was friendly, courteous, prompt, and very knowledgeable. We will use her again to assist in our travel plans

Super Easy and no Headaches

By: Dave Rucker

Reviewed on: 02 Jul 2017

We worked with Gayle to plan our cruise to Norway. She was recommended to us by my parents who have worked with her to plan their trips. She was great to communicate with and took care of all of the work for us, it was great to let her know what we wanted and sit back and not have to worry about anything. She was very responsive to emails, I never was left wondering if she was going to get back to me. She made the trip as stress free for us as she possibly could. Thank you Gayle


By: Riqui

Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2017

Gayle is our Cruise Advisor from Jan 1996. We are very happy with her and all their suggestions are OK for us.

Family Cruise-11 passengers

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 15 Jul 2017

Excellent,handled all the inevitable details efficiently and with positive results.

Being Looked After Well

By: Passion for Travel

Reviewed on: 26 Jul 2017

It was and has been a very pleasant experience working with Gayle. It is rather rare in these times to receive the time and personal attention she has provided. Knowing I have her assistance to count on, I am more encouraged to plan longer and more complex voyages.

North to Iceland

By: Jan

Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2017

Gayle is always fabulous to work with. Bee using her and Cruise Specialists for years.

Another great trip with Gayle's help

By: Florence west

Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2017

Gayle answered dozens of questions we had regarding the Oceania programs. Very helpful in making special arrangements for our included air flight from NJ to Iceland.

River Cruise

By: Roger

Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

Great as always

Great Trip!

By: Janet

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

Gayle was thorough and knowledgeable. She was able to advise us as to cruise choices and all the decisions we made. She took lots of time patiently assisting us.

Excellent cruise specialist

By: Ann

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2017

Gale was easy to work with and helpful in coordinating our trip.

Great Travel Agent

By: Judy

Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2017

Very helpful in procuring air and hotel reservations for our planned cruise. Also was on top of deadline dates, etc.

Gayle Takashima

By: joycie

Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

We have booked cruises with Gayle for many years, and it' s always a nice experience working with her.

Advisor Review

By: Suz

Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2017

I have worked with Gayle for several years. She is always very professional, prompt, and always will ing to be very helpful.

cruising royal

By: suzieq

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2017

Gail is always great at answering any questions and getting back to me promptly.

Cruise advisor

By: Rh

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2017

Always listens to our needs/wants and gets us amazing deals.

Holland America South America 34 day cruise

By: Maddy

Reviewed on: 12 Nov 2017

Amazing, and was available by email or phone. She provided vital information about the visa process. I have a tendency to be seasick and she guided us in our selection of an appropriate suite that fit our needs. I have given out her business card to special friends. We are looking forward to her assistance in planning our next trip.

Cruise Specialists (Gayle Takashima) & Regent Seven Seas Cruises

By: Stan & Kathy

Reviewed on: 28 Nov 2017

We recently took a cruise to the Western Caribbean on the Regent Seven Seas Cruises SS Mariner. I can highly recommend Regent and the SS Mariner. The ship was small enough to have an intimate feel without feeling lost like we might have been on a larger ship. The all-inclusive nature of Regent also let us enjoy the cruise and it's amenities with worrying about what we spending. The service was very attentive and if I have any complaint is that it was maybe too attentive bordering on hovering, but that's just me. The trip was made possible through our excellent agent Gayle Takashima at Cruise Specialists. We were perhaps overly nervous since this was our first cruise and we had an innumerable number of questions which Gayle answered without complaint. Now that we know the ropes, so to speak, we don't have to be nervous Nellies before our next cruise. And yes, there will be a next one and we will return to Gayle and Cruise Specialists.

Cruise Review

By: Elly

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2017

Gayle was a pleasure to work with. She was very helpful, though at times it was hard to connect because of our being in a different time zone.

Cruise on HAL

By: Helen

Reviewed on: 11 Dec 2017

Gail has been my long time agent, she has never disappointed me in my arrangements, things have always gone smoothly, she knows my tastes.

Makes the whole process easier.

By: Laura

Reviewed on: 22 Dec 2017

It can be very confusing and frustrating , finding the right deal or situation while booking a trip and Gayle is there to help us. She always responds to all our questions in a timely manner and is very friendly and genuine. I look forward to meeting her in person before the World 2018 cruise.

Gail. From werner

By: Werner

Reviewed on: 22 Dec 2017

It is pleasher working with gail.i just wish she cann get me on the woldcruis.ewerner

My long time Travel advisor and friend

By: Bebe

Reviewed on: 31 Dec 2017

Great! She’s been helping me for I guess 1015 maybe more years and I’d go to no one else

Gayle Takashima

By: Doug

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

Friendly, informative, easy to work with, returned calls or emails, enthusiastic

Asia Cruise

By: Buster

Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2018

No Issues. Good to work with.

Friendly and very competent travel advisor

By: Jack Feldman

Reviewed on: 18 Jan 2018

I enjoyed working with Gayle. She is friendly, responds promptly to my requests and she has always provided the best value and a little extra. It has been a pleasure dealing with her.

Happy Cruiser

By: Cruisersfive

Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2018

Gayle did a great job putting our trip together. She was able to quickly and easily make changes when our group had cancellations and then additions. I think she did a great job working under pressure with last minute changes.


By: Larry

Reviewed on: 05 Feb 2018

Great job. Booking went well.

Miami to Miami

By: rjk

Reviewed on: 07 Feb 2018

Great as usual

Review of Gayle

By: jayjay

Reviewed on: 12 Feb 2018

Wonderful as always. Gayle is a great agent and responds to all my requests very quickly. I depend on her completely when booking my cruises.

Our Cruises Advisory


Reviewed on: 15 Feb 2018

Gayle has been a great help in planning our cruises from 2005. We apreciate her expertise and all their Know How in this very hard market. For us, plan a new cruise is call to Gayle only. All the Best.

Israel Trip

By: Bob Fisher

Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2018

Courteous,friendly,helpful. Always prompt and responsive to inquiries. She has arranged at least 10 of our overseas trips,cruises,etc.

Our Cruise Advisor

By: Torie

Reviewed on: 16 Mar 2018

My husband and I have been working with Gayle for about 10 years now and have been very happy with all the cruises that she has helped book for us! She is always happy to talk with us, to answer our questions and to give us as much information as possible on cruises that we're considering. She will call us back right away if we have any questions for her and will patiently talk to us for as long as is needed. Her recommendations about various cruise ships, ports of call and travel information is always valuable, as I know that she has been on quite a lot of the ships and has visited many ports of call. I will continue to consult and work with Gayle for as long as we continue to take cruises, and I know that the service she gives us will be excellent!

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