Sharon Whiting 

Seattle, WA United States
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Travel Specialties
  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

  • Australia
  • United Kingdom
  • Afghanistan
  • Antarctica
  • France
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

After graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in linguistics I entered the travel industry after teaching English to foreign students.

Cruising is my focus, both ocean going and river and the smaller adventure lines in particular. 


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Fabulous experience.

By: Sylvie14

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2014

This adventure in the Viking cruise was lovely. We saw gorgeous views, cities, and met very nice people on board and in the tours. The staff was very accommodating and entertaining. It is good to be home. Thank you for your call.

Cruise Specialists are always great!

By: Judith

Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2014

As usual Cruise Specialists did an excellent job. The team are real pros. Sharon is so well informed and responsive.

Very nice.

By: emm

Reviewed on: 09 Mar 2015

Except for the room mix-up it was fine.

Super Service

By: Gracelight

Reviewed on: 11 May 2015

Cruise Specialists and Sharon Whiting were recommended to us in 2008, and we've been relying on her ever since. The whole team is terrific, and I can't imagine cruising/spending all the bucks without her/their guidance. While in Beijing in fall of 2014 they went out of their way to find us a helicopter flight over the Great Wall, even tho it was not part of their tour program. Great value, great people.

Outstanding Service

By: Ed

Reviewed on: 04 Jun 2015

Sharon has helped us plan multiple cruises. She always handles even the smallest detail in a timely manner. We couldn't be more pleased with her outstanding service. We give Sharon the highest possible recommendation. We keep coming back to Cruise Specialist because of Sharon.


By: Darby

Reviewed on: 09 May 2015

Good service, easy to reach, pro active. Will use again for another cruise.

Flawless Planning

By: Julie24

Reviewed on: 08 May 2015

Our vacation was planned exceptionally well and was better than expected.

seated at Captain's table

By: Madelynn

Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

We had planned to travel on Crystal's "Symphony" along the California coast with another couple but unfortunately the husband was in a fatal accident a few weeks before departure. Our early seating assignment for dinner was cancelled and we thought we might be dining alone. Fortunately I mentioned our situation to our Virtuoso hosts and they talked to the maitre d' and we were seated at table 60, the Captain's table, with eight lovely, interesting dinner companions for the week. Bravo, Virtuoso!

cruisin' on the Ohio River

By: Madelynn

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2015

Sharon got us the room we wanted on American Cruise Line's "Queen of the Mississippi" and arranged for a gallon of distilled water to be in it for my CPAP machine -- she has always done an excellent job arranging our travels.

Beyond the Call of Duty

By: Nannie's Crew - Jim

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2015

We were more than pleased with Sharon Whiting. She went beyond the call of duty. Because of her personal attention toward our family, we had an even more enjoyable time than what one would normally expect on an Alaskan cruise. It was great. Thank you, Sharon!

Helpful expert cruise specialist

By: CV

Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2015

Sharon is most capable. We would not know how to plan our cruise effectively without her help. Will likely think of, and discuss, our next cruise with her. She knows our cruise budget limitation. She knows our other travel companions and we do not even need to send her the passport numbers of our relatives cruising with us. She is invaluable.

Excellent coordinator

By: Jay

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2015

Sharon has coordinated over 10 trips for us since 2002. One trip included 22 family members spread over 7 staterooms. We keep coming back to Sharon because she is knowledgeable, experienced, and reliable.

Great Service

By: Woodie

Reviewed on: 29 Nov 2015

Love working with Sharon. And she handles all of our requests. Thanks

#1 - Expert Agent - The Best

By: Big Charlie

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2015

Sharon is number ONE in our eyes. She is gets the job done with ease. Always answers our questions quickly and efficiently. A pleasure to do business with.

Excellent service,wonderful staff,very professional!

By: PJH 17

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2015

My first cruise was wonderful. Friendly people, great food, super entertainment!!!! PJH 17

Always first class service.

By: hctech531

Reviewed on: 06 Dec 2015

The trip was outstanding! Sharon's recommendation to use Tauck for the river cruise was spot on. The shore excursions were terrific and several were exclusive to Tauck. If we do another river cruise, and we likely will, we will definitely have Sharon plan it and will use Tauck.

Doesn't Get Any Better!

By: Joe and Jo Anne

Reviewed on: 06 Dec 2015

Sharon helped us plan a trip to the South Pacific in 2015 with another couple to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversaries. It included a ten day Paul Gauguin cruise and stays at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora and the Hilton in Moorea. Sharon made it seem easy, although we knew better. Thanks to her planning everything came off very smoothly. We had worked with Sharon on several cruises before this and she has always been great to work with. We plan to use her on any future cruises and would highly recommend her for any one else planning a cruise. At this point she seems like an old friend. She always has good suggestions and seems able to keep things within reason pricewise, without sacrificing quality. Her pleasant demeanor compliments a professional work ethic and deep knowledge of the world of travel. Go Sharon!

Expert, Friendly, Helpful, Knowledgeable

By: Dennis46

Reviewed on: 09 Dec 2015

We have worked with Sharon on more than one occasion. We always ask for her because she can be counted on. She is extremely helpful and makes good suggestions. She works with us for all our needs. We have never worried about the detail as we know that Sharon will take care of them for us. She is a professional and represents her business proudly. We highly recommend Sharon and will use her again and again when our travel needs arise.

Great service

By: Pitt#1

Reviewed on: 19 Dec 2015

Sharon is always very informative and helpful with planning our trips.

Great service

By: Bob

Reviewed on: 02 Mar 2016

We're home from a 40 day cruise on the ms Rotterdam. We had a wonderful trip and as always received great service from Sharon Whiting.

Easy to work with

By: Steve 27

Reviewed on: 21 Mar 2016

Sharon is most efficient and pleasant. Always returns calls or emails promptly, and does the best she possibly can for the client. We have used Sharon for many years and have yet to be disappointed.

Just great, over the top

By: Donnar2

Reviewed on: 13 Apr 2016

Sharon is always careful, researches questions, and is always goes out of her way to make our experience perfect. We love working with her because we know everything will go perfectly if she made the arrangements.

Expert friendly service

By: Renee

Reviewed on: 24 May 2016

I enjoyd the cruise and the services provided. I will continue to use Cruise Specialists as my agent.

Sharon Whiting

By: Ken

Reviewed on: 30 May 2016

Sharon Whiting is an amazing travel agent to work with. She took all the guess work out of our cruise and land travel. And while it cost us a little extra for her to arrange our air travel, it was well worth it. Our hats are off to her.


By: Dr. Rulon

Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2016

Sharon did an outstanding job of arranging our Alaska cruise in SE Alaska. Sharon has been our cruise travel agent for many years and we have continually been impressed with her service and knowledge of cruise vacations. We were also most satisfied with the ship, the crew, the naturalists, the food and the daily schedules aboard the SEA BIRD.

Canada/New England cruise

By: Shortie

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2017

She was very helpful, no matter the type of question or inquiry.

Great Lakes in great style

By: M. Johnson

Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2016

Our first cruise on Pearl Seas "Pearl Mist" around the Great Lakes was very similar to those we have taken on American Cruise Lines, the sister company. W/almost 200 passengers and 70 crew, we were taken care of very well and it did not seem crowded -- even with everyone dining at the same time. I estimate 10% of the guests were under 65 but the everyone was very congenial and spry. The docks at Toronto and Chicago were a distance from the city but shuttles were available. I understand the 10 cruises in 2016 around the Great Lakes are sold out, which speaks for itself as this is the third summer they have been offered.
Not Recommended

Not again.

By: George

Reviewed on: 04 Jul 2016

The Viking river cruise was everything I expected. The high water had me a little worried but everything worked out OK. A couple of the 4 hour city tours turned to all day events because the boat was behind schedule and long bus trips were required to get to and from the cities. I should have scheduled Amsterdam to Budapest with the 2 extra days before the cruise. The air travel arrangement were poor. A 5 hour layover in Frankfurt on the way over and too many stops on the way back. If I had know that by changing days I could have a non stop return from Frankfurt I would have changed days.

Expert, attentive and friendly service

By: Dohan

Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2016

As always Sharon looked after my booking and my requirements in an expert fashion. When HAL reduced the price of my cabin, I was immediately advised and it was looked after. When requesting wheel chair service, it was attended to. The cruise, as always, was great. The Zuiderdam, although lovely, is a bit large for me and my mobility issue. I prefer to smaller ships. However, I had a good time and look forward to my next cruise this coming X-mas.

Expert Travel Advisor

By: JamesNYC

Reviewed on: 15 Jul 2016

Sharon Whiting of Cruise Specialist is an expert travel advisor. She has provided me with expert advice on more than 10 cruises, has been honest regarding choice of itineraries, ships and services. Her friendly and professional approach puts one at ease and allows the joy of 'vacation' to begin at the time of booking.

Great Service. Love the Train.

By: Wayne

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2016

Our family has depended on the services of Sharon Whiting at Cruise Specialists for our cruises to Alaska for many years. She has helped us plan great vacations on Holland America Lines. In July 2016 we cruised from Vancouver to Seward aboard the MS Noordam. We also booked the land package continuation up to Denali National Park for two nights. All aspects of the cruise were superb but we were most impressed with how we were treated during the land portion of the trip. All transfers were handled well allowing us to move from ship to motorcoach to hotel to train to bus to hotel with ease. The train ride from Denali back to Anchorage was the highlight of the trip. Thanks Sharon!

Expert Friendly service

By: Stuart

Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2016

Sharon handled all accommodations perfectly.

Great Service and Wonderful Trip

By: wander

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2016

As always, Sharon did an excellent job of our reservations and plans for a thirty five day cruise this summer. I have always enjoyed working with Sharon and Cruise Specialists over many years and hundreds of days of cruising.

Professional, thorough and extremely nice

By: Ken

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2016

Sharon is the consummate travel agent. She asked he right questions and made sure we would be met and housed appropriately. We've used Sharon in the past, and she has always provided me with the best of care and does those thousand and one things I would never remember to do.

Travel with confidence

By: Steve

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2018

Always a pleasure to work with Sharon Whiting. She is always willing to assist, and always answers her email promptly

Uniworld scores high!

By: Ron

Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2016

Our second trip on UniWorld and we couldn't be more pleased. I can honestly say that there was nothing that was left undone to make our trip a pleasant experience. Every member of the staff was always very courteous and alway very helpful. They did everything they could to make our trip a wonderful experience. We can't find enough superlatives for the quality of a UniWorld Cruise.

She's Great

By: Jan0760

Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2016

Please address this survey to me (not Michael who died in June). Trip was great and Sharon did excellent job in helping me. She has been my travel professional for many years.

Crystal mozart fabulous

By: Cruise fan

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2016

Mozart fabulous. The boat it was self was wonderful. The food superb. The service excellent. The itinerary beyond wonderful. Just note that the rooms on the first deck are very small. Not enough vanity space in the bathroom. But it is so state of the art appointed that makes up for everything else. A wonderful trip. Only comment is be sure upon getting to the boat that your driver knows exactly where it is. It is not next to the other riverboats and it was difficult to find. but bottom line is I can't wait to book my next riverboat trip on Crystal

Expert friendly service

By: Sony

Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2016

Loved the Baltic cruise, HAL & Delta!

Helpful and Efficient

By: DisneyFan

Reviewed on: 07 Oct 2016

My family and I took a Disney Cruise and absolutely loved our experience. Can't wait to cruise with Disney again! We will never cruise another cruise liner again. Sharon was helpful and informative. She assisted me with valuable information that helped me plan our vacation. Thank you Sharon.

Fantastic service for a fantastic trip

By: Happy cruiser

Reviewed on: 20 Oct 2016

We had the most fantastic trip made possible by all of the efficient expert assistance of Sharon. Sharon is always quick to respond to my email and questions and always happy to add her expertise and thoughts and recommendations to assist us in making our trips the best. I have used Sharon for years and will continue to do so and recommend her to my friends.

Rollin' down Snake and Columbia Rivers

By: MJ

Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2016

We took this trip about 9 yrs ago when Majestic America owned "Queen of the West.," a small paddlewheel with 100 passengers. Now American Cruise Lines has added "American Pride" to the run and it holds 150 passengers and is 4 yrs old. The scenery along the Snake and Columbia rivers is wonderful -- dry to the west of the Cascades and lush to the east. We were on a cruise with a local food and wine theme and everything was delicious with lots of information. We met most of our group in Spokane to overnight and were bussed to Clarkston to embark on the ship and travel west on the rivers to Portland in one week. Very relaxed, laid back style of cruising.

Sharon Whiting - excellent

By: Barb

Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2016

Trip went very well....good company....would travel with them again.

Ship is Outstanding

By: Chuck 277

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2016

The Koningsdam is a state of the art cruise ship. Everything was wonderful. Stateroom bathroom could have been a little larger. The crew was out standing. Food great...Did not like having to pay for our Ice Cream Cones. Don't like being nickeled & Dime to death.

Always the best

By: Tim

Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2016

As usual, her services were the best.

Completely satisfied

By: Tosca

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2016

Great cruise the ship has been refurbished. But we understand it is up for sale

Viking Ccruise

By: Rolf

Reviewed on: 22 Feb 2018

Very good and we are well satisfied

Working with Sharon Whiting

By: PatJ

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2018

Very easy, by email and phone.

Regent's Explorer does everything outstandingly well!

By: MJ

Reviewed on: 08 Dec 2016

Our Atlantic crossing cruise was excellent--what we've come to expect from Regent. Their new Explorer is a delight to be aboard. And the entire staff--from the Captain to the least senior person--are alert to one's every need. We felt pampered. The ship and the life aboard is magnificent, so it will come as no surprise that the tours are equally excellent. We felt something like British royalty when "taking afternoon tea" at the lovely Reids Hotel on Madeira--as precisely and formally served as it was to Sir Winston Churchill, himself. Afterwards, it was amusing to learn from another fellow cruiser who some 40 years ago had taken tea there that this event was more special than we realized. You see, she said, back then the only people who could enjoy tea were those staying at the hotel. None of this inviting in "outsiders". What a hoot! I must add that the special tour Virtuoso gave us out of Barcelona was simply amazing! The wine at the alfresco luncheon was superb! Thank you Sharon

Australia & New Zealand

By: Owen

Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2017

Her & her assistants were great. Our requests & concerns were handled expediently & to our expatations, which made our trip very enjoyable .

Great service

By: Bertandernie

Reviewed on: 27 Dec 2016

Excellent service. Always available by phone or email. I have enjoyed working with her this year.

The BEST in town

By: Dave2

Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2016

Would not use anyone else. She is extremely helpful and gets us the best cruise price in town. Booked a cruise when I was on the Amsterdam last month. When the listing was transferred to Sharon, she took the time (plus, she cares) and saved us over $2000 off the booked HAL price (plus, of course, the cruise specialists discount). Amazingly thourough, and as I said, "she cares".

Expert service

By: Larry

Reviewed on: 29 Dec 2016

Excellent service as always. I have been with Cruise Specialists for over 20 years and the expertise of agents like Sharon is the reason why.

HAL's Ms Westerdam

By: Mrs. J

Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2017

Sharon is always very helpful and pleasant

Recent cruise

By: JD

Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2017

Knowledgeable & easy to work with

Southern Carib

By: Sweet Lips

Reviewed on: 09 Feb 2017

Effortless. She did all the work. She just made me pay for it.


By: Richa

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2017

Really good to have someone as savvy and reliable. A pleasure to work with.

Sharon is great!

By: Wennie

Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2017

Sharon is very helpful in planning a trip and making sure all is well.
Not Recommended

No personal interaction

By: lucky

Reviewed on: 13 Feb 2017

We were booked with her by friends who have used her services often before. She seemed completely disinterested in us, but was very attentive to them. She offered them things that were not mentioned to us. I felt she was an "order taker" only, after we decided which trip we would select. There was no personal interaction on her part at all. When I phoned her on a couple of occasions, she seemed disinterested or bothered by the call. We will not go through her again.

Sharon will take care of it!

By: Tim

Reviewed on: 18 Feb 2017

Sharon has handled all of our cruise and hotel bookings for many years and we have never had a problem. Even our minor requests have always been completed.

Always on Top of Things

By: Steve

Reviewed on: 27 Feb 2017

Very easy to work with--very dependable, pleasant, and knows her stuff. I would highly recommend her, as I have in the past to many people.


By: Shamus

Reviewed on: 03 Mar 2017

Loved the followup to insure that all went well and we were ready for the unique nature of the Antarctic trip.

Sharon's a Great Agent

By: Sidney

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2017

Sharon cares about her clients and makes sure that we get exactly what we want and more on the ships. I'm glad we switched to her about seven years ago and have referred several friends to her.

Rhapsody of the Seas Cruise

By: RS

Reviewed on: 13 Apr 2017

Everything perfect as usual.

Great trip

By: Pat

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2017

Most of the planning was done with Kelli Surdell


By: Bibi

Reviewed on: 15 May 2017

Without a hitch

understands what we want

By: MJ

Reviewed on: 12 May 2017

We have worked w/Sharon for years and she understands what we want and like

Cruise to the Danubio

By: Susana

Reviewed on: 19 May 2017

I have know Sharon for many years and her help and interest are always very valuable. She always makes things easy for us, travelers

Great trip

By: East Coast Traveler

Reviewed on: 23 May 2017

Sharon made it happen for us! She arranged our cruise as well as our pre-cruise Princess hotel and transportation She was so easy to reach and she followed through on all our requests. Sharon took the extra step and let us know when Princess offered special deals and gave us a choice as to whether we wanted to use them. She even surprised us with a Specialty Restaurant dinner for my birthday. This was the second trip Sharon arranged fro us and we will be continuing to use her services. We feel we are in competent hands with her.

Sharon Whiting is very easy to work with!

By: Beth

Reviewed on: 29 May 2017

Sharon is always great to deal with. She is responsive and timely in her replies, and has great experience. We trust her advice!

Panama and Costa Rica

By: T

Reviewed on: 28 May 2017


Love Sharon!

By: Betty

Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2017

Fantastic --she even got us a wonderful price on airfare. Always helpful & knows what we like

Another great cruise

By: GrandadinAZ

Reviewed on: 09 Jul 2017

Working with Sharon is an absolute delight. She thinks of everything and thinks ahead. She makes it her mission to ensure that your trip is worry free and all your needs are taken care of. Then, she'll go beyond and do something to thrill you. We will always use Sharon and recommend her highly.

Review of Sharon the Great

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 13 Jul 2017

Fantabulous, she is Great

Sharon , our Advisor

By: Rod

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017


Everything went smoothly

By: Matt

Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2017

Sharon was very helpful throughout the planning process All our flights were on time Airport transfers easy Our cabin was upgraded too Very pleased

Review of Cruise Specialists Advisor - Sharon Whiting

By: Orlin Stansfield

Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2017

Sharon is good to work with. She responds rapidly to email or phone call requests for info or travel actions. She reminds us of approaching deadlines for payments or need to make decisions. Sharon is part of the Cruise Specialists travel organization and she always makes sure we get the maximum perks for Cruise Specialists and the Cruise line we are booking with. Typically we book with Holland America and she knows that cruise line well.


By: Rod

Reviewed on: 24 Jul 2017

Exceptional support both prior and after the cruise. A great agent with in-depth knowledge and exemplary follow through.

we love to cruise

By: Mrs J

Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2017

Sharon knows that we love to cruise and now prefer to stay in USA and discover our country. American Cruise Lines provides great destinations like the Mississippi River, Hudson River, New England Coast, and Columbia River -- we have even done some of their cruises twice ;-) We're willing to pay extra for good food and service.

Oceania cruise

By: Linda

Reviewed on: 17 Aug 2017

Mostly handled by email which is more efficient than phone. Quick responses

Azamara Cruise

By: AZ cruiser

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2017

Sharon on a nearly last minute found a series of 3 cruises with good itinerary at price I accepted.

Pricess Cruisse

By: Susie

Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2017

I have been working with her since she started in Cruise Specialists. She is fantastic

Great trip ruined by cruise company

By: M

Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2017

Sharon helped put together a great itinerary, however the cruise ship and the crew were awful

Great help and service

By: CV

Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2017

It was great working with Sharon Whiting. She was thorough. She helped us obtain a cabin for our disabled daughter. She suggested that we might consider booking cabins with virtual balconies which is cheaper than those with actual balconies. It fitted the budget for the 8 of us that cruised together. She suggested other options and several cruise routes so we could pick the cruise line and the dates and the ports of call.

excellent review

By: Wennie

Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2017

excellent cruise

Canada cruise

By: Hugs

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2017

All my expections were met


By: Chris

Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2017

Wonderful working with her


By: Betty

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2017

Sharon has always been excellent to work with. She anticipates your needs and strives to accommodate them. I was afraid when I called her so late (May) for this particular cruise she would not be able to make the arrangement I wanted for myself and my daughter but everything was taken care of. She also secured us a wonderful upgrade in cabin.

Cruise Specialist Rep.

By: gypsies

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2017

Wonderful as always.

Great Voyage of the Vikings - Aug-Sep 2017

By: ChinaDick

Reviewed on: 18 Sep 2017

Sharon arranged everything we needed for the cruise excellently, and we had no issues. She was friendly and helpful as always.

Voyage of the Vikings

By: Mary Lou

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2017

Very Easy-There was no need to contact her on board I have used Sharon many times

Fantastic Support

By: World Traveller

Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2017

Sharon was wonderful in working with the Cruise Line to get me the best deal possible. Without all her work behind the scenes I don't think I would have had either of the wonderful trips I took. I highly recommend her as she works for you and in your best interests, not the cruise lines.

Oceania Marina September 2017

By: Don

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2017

She was pleasant and accessible---got back to us promptly. Sharon has been our Cruise Specialist consultant for several cruises and we have been pleased with her advice and assistance.

Sharon Whiting review

By: Marge

Reviewed on: 27 Sep 2017

Sharon was very helpful with all aspects of my Viking Adventure. I would highly recommend Sharon.

Sharon Whiting review by ccs

By: ccs

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2017

Sharon is a consummate professional and extremely personable and proficient at her job. She is a wonderful listener and follows through with any questions you may have. She is thorough and knowledgeable about the subject matter (cruising) and I can't think of anything more we could ask of her that she hasn't already done. She is an exemplary travel/cruise specialist and I wouldn't hesitate to work with Sharon again - in fact, I eagerly look forward to working with Sharon again!

Sharon Whiting at Cruise Specialists

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2017

Sharon took over our account after our previous advisor left the company. She was easy to work with, prompt in returning calls and messages and accurate in her information.

Very helpful

By: Chuck

Reviewed on: 10 Oct 2017

Sharon was responsive and helpful.

Very helpful!Sharon has

By: Rattlesnake

Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2017

Sharon has seen to my various requests in a very helpful manner. I appreciate her diligence in supplying me with the best of everything I need on my cruise.

Cruise review

By: Tom

Reviewed on: 04 Nov 2017

Fantastic, she really takes great care of us. We are repeat customers.

she is helpful

By: snooze

Reviewed on: 09 Nov 2017

answered questions in a timely manner and found the answers if she didn't already know them.

Excellent advisor

By: judy

Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2017

I've worked with Sharon for a number of years and always found her to be knowledgeable, efficient, and helpful. I can rely on her to provide answers to my questions and give suggestions to ensure the trip goes as planned.

No worry reservations

By: Steve

Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2017

Dealing with Sharon is a breeze. She figures it all out which makes for a care free reservation. She is extremely timely with her information, and always answers call or emails within a reasonable. In short, she is a pleasure to work with.

Princess Cruise

By: Rolf

Reviewed on: 02 Dec 2017

Perfect as usual

Excellent travel advisor

By: I've been traveling

Reviewed on: 16 Dec 2017

Sharon is an excellent travel advisor specializing in Holland America. Tries to match most deals out there.


By: Diana

Reviewed on: 15 Dec 2017

Sharon is very good, she responds to calls and emails promptly. She has made traveling for us easy. Thank You Sharon

An experienced and very competent travel agent

By: Judy

Reviewed on: 17 Dec 2017

Sharon is a definite expert in tracking ongoing discounts even after the initial booking- I feel confident that I am getting the best rate possible. She is also patient with my many questions throughout the time between the booking and the travel dates!

Sharon whiting is the best

By: Happy cruiser

Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2017

Sharon is fun and easy to work with, always quick and responsive to our travel needs. Would recommend highly

Fun trip

By: Tom & Tami

Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2017

Great Great GREAT!!!

The best travel agent

By: Tim

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2018

Worked with Sharon for many years --- would use no other

All was well

By: Debra

Reviewed on: 24 Jan 2018

Everything was done as we needed

First Class TA.

By: Minerdude

Reviewed on: 10 Jan 2018

We have been taken of by Sharon for the past 4 years. She is always attentive to our needs and always gets back to us if she is not readily available when we call. I would recommend her to anyone wishing to form a lasting relationship with a travel professional.

Sharon Whiting

By: Doc

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2018

Sharon is easy to work with. Courteous, well-informed, efficient, prompt responses and follow-up and a good communicator. I have worked with her for many years.

Sydney to Auckland Holiday Cruise

By: Cyril and Evelyn DeGryse

Reviewed on: 21 Jan 2018

Sharon acting as our Cruise Advisor has always been a real helpful relationship. We have recommended Cruise Specialists and in particular Sharon to other fellow cruisers. Thanks for your help Sharon.

goes to bat

By: mrs j

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

I had booked my HAL cruise before perks were offered and Sharon contacted HAL and got me some ship credit

Travel agent

By: Pointsey

Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2018

Always on top of things

Great Cruise Specialist

By: HCTech

Reviewed on: 28 Feb 2018

I have been working with Sharon for several years and several cruises, both ocean and river. She is very knowledgeable and helpful regarding all aspects of the cruise experience. She responds to all correspondence in a timely manner and I am very pleased to have her as my "go to" agent for any cruising needs.

Always thoughtful

By: Tim

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2018

Sharon understands the problems and concerns of travelers and readily accepts what has to be done to take care of the situation. Her knowledge of the industry and the contacts she knows in the right places are a real asset to her clients. The best!!

excellent travel agent

By: Beachgirl

Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2018

Sharon took care of all aspects of the booking. It was a pleasure working with her and not having to worry if I forgot anything. Would work with her again and recommend her to friends.

Out to sea

By: Out to sea

Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2018

Very good met all my needs

A great travel agent

By: Donna

Reviewed on: 15 Mar 2018

Sharon Whiting is top of the line. She is proactive in solving potential problems before I even have to think about them. She has organized our travel for many years and has never made a mistake. I wouldn’t think of using anyone else.

Hawaii Cruise

By: Bonac Girl

Reviewed on: 15 Mar 2018

Great. Answered all questions within a timely fashion and made good suggestions.

Sea days

By: Lee

Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2018

Sharon was very responsive and helpful. One recommendation I have for improvement is better information on expected climate for sea days. The trip to Hawaii was unexpectedly cold and there was no helpful information on this point. No one seed to know including someone at Holland America. I could have used heavier wool sweaters to stay comfortable. The best info I could get on conditions between San Diego and Hawaii was a recommendation to google it which proved to be unhelpful.

High praise for Sharon Whiting

By: Mary

Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

Sharon was right on top of everything related to our 2 most recent trips through Cruise Specialists -- a 10 day Silversea Western Caribbean cruise with my husband and 2 nieces, followed shortly thereafter by my solo 2 week Western Pacific Zegrahm expedition on the Caldonian Sky ship to Papua New Guinea, several Micronesian islands, ending in Palau. She took care of all the paperwork for both, checked regularly on details, and answered all my queries quickly and helpfully. When I realized a few weeks after I'd returned home from the Caribbean cruise that I'd left a favorite jacket in Silversea's hotel in Panama City, Sharon was especially helpful in communicating directly with the hotel personnel who quickly located the jacket and arranged to ship it back to our home in Maryland. Hats Off to Sharon!!!


By: maggie

Reviewed on: 01 Apr 2018

sharon was extremely helpful in arranging our trip at the last minute. She managed to get us a good deal on the suite as well as on board credit. We were not at all sure we could do it so close to sailing time but with Sharons help we managed it Thank you Sharon

Visiting Cuba

By: Cuba Visitation

Reviewed on: 26 Mar 2018

Fine as always. Eager to help, and responds quickly.

13 years of Travel Planning

By: Mick Brown

Reviewed on: 04 Apr 2018

We have worked with Sharon for over 13 years planning on multiple continents and numerous trips. It has been a very pleasant experience and we feel we have received good advice. An upcoming trip is Vienna where Sharon lived for a few months awhile ago.

Family Getaway

By: Ancient Mariner

Reviewed on: 07 Apr 2018

Working with Sharon for the first time was ok, not as good as HAL's rep, but we got the cruise for a better price than through HAL, plus $50 on board credit & a bottle of sparkling when we boarded. Nothing from HAL when we booked with them last. Sharon answered all of my questions pretty promptly, and satisfied our wishes for such things as dining room seating, etc. I'll work with her again.

ACL cruise

By: Jim in Sterling

Reviewed on: 14 Apr 2018

For over 20 years, Sharon has given me outstanding service for my 33 cruises.

American Star March 30-April 7

By: LA Gossett

Reviewed on: 16 Apr 2018

Sharon - took care of all our needs and my family and I would definitely recommend her to anyone searching for the need of a cruise specialist.


By: Carol

Reviewed on: 21 Apr 2018

Fine. Everything was taken care of.

Working with Sharon Whiting, you will have access to:

  • - Special perks and extra amenities
  • - An experienced travel guide whom you can rely on before, during, and after the trip
  • - Exclusive luxury resorts and properties
  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

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