Maria Karmiris MCC

Toronto, ON Canada
Travel Specialties
  • Escorted Tours
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising

Selling Travel Since
  • English
  • French
  • Greek

My Background

My passion is cruising.  My expertise is travel experiences.

I thoroughly enjoy working with my clients to build cruisevacations with a pre or post component and customized shore excursions. It is all about experiencing the destination, culture and peoplewhile travelling in comfort and luxury.

I started my travel career planning special custom itineraries fortravellers to Europe, predominantly in Greece, Italy, Spain & theSwiss Alps and I had the opportunity to escort quite a few groups tothese destinations.

I have personally been on over 60 cruises and can consult on theintimate differences of each cruise line.

My most recent focus has been on Exotic Cruises to Asia, SouthAmerica and particularly Around the World cruises.

Let me be your Wikipedia of cruising.

Ocean Cruising: Azarmara, Celebrity, Crystal, Cunard, HollandAmerica, Oceania, Princess, Regent, Seabourn and Silversea.

River Cruising: AmaWaterways, Avalon and Viking

Adventure Cruises: Lindblad and Expedition ships.

Places I Have Traveled

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Reviewed on: 13 Aug 2013

We were very pleased with our trip to NY. The hotel was excellent and the flights worked out very well. I have been very happy with Maria as a travel agent and have recomended her over the past five years, to five other persons who have also used her efficient and knowledgeable expertise. Maria has organized ten cruises for me and I would not switch her for any other travel agent. I feel very fortunate to have found her through a Vision2000 advertisement in the Globe and Mail

Definitely Recommended

By: Happy Cruisers

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2013

We have just returned from a wonderful 14 day cruise on the Holland America Veendam to Canada and New England. The ports were breath-taking, the service on the Veendam was just as great as we have come to expect from Holland America and Maria was a treat to deal with. She never appeared to get annoyed at my silly questions and followed up on every one of them. She also worked hard to make sure we were getting the best deal we could. I look forward to working with her on our future travels.

Highly recommended

By: Foof

Reviewed on: 22 Sep 2013

Maria advised me well. She organized our trip in such a way ,that our time was fully maximised, and that everything ran smoothly. She returned emails and phone calls promptly

highly reccomend

By: Joan P.

Reviewed on: 10 Nov 2013

Our trip was well planned by Maria with great attention to every detail. The cruise on the Pacific Princess was wonderful, enjoyed the smaller ship and really good itinerary,many ports I had not visited before. Thanks Maria for another great travel experience!

Very efficient and thorough


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

I love to recommend Maria to my friends as they have been so pleased with the travel arrangements that she has done. She researches the best prices , whether it be a car rental with insurance, airline ticket or cruise. She had even Sorted out proof of payment on a transfer dispute with a cruise line while we were at sea. Just the best.

Exceptional tour with no hitches

By: Perry

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

The privately guided tours to Turkey and Israel were excellent. Our travel advisor, Maria tailored the 20 day trip exactly as to how we envisioned it. The hotels were clean, convenient and at the right "star" level for our taste and budget. The tour itinerary for both countries was explained clearly so we knew what we should see and do on a daily basis.

Highly recommended

By: Paul

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

We have used Maria Kariris as our agent for many years. Maria is wonderful to deal with. She goes the extra mile with the result that we always feel secure prior to departing on a holiday. We are batting 100% with our satisfaction thus far.

Very highly recommended

By: Ralph

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Typical of the care and attention Maria gives to clients, when a winter storm was threatening to affect our flight departure plans from Ottawa via Toronto last year for a cruise out of Florida, she called me to offer tips on what to do if my flight were to be weather-delayed or cancelled and assured me she would be available by phone or e-mail to assist if needed. Her attention to detail and her excellent advice on all of our vacation trips planning has been first-class.

Terrific Trip to Yukon and Alaska

By: carygrant

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Every minute was well used in this boat/train/coach trip from Vancouver to Anchorage. The most interesting stops were Skagway and Dawson City, so well preserved from the Gold Rush days. The ship was the usual satisfying Holland America experience. The land portion was accompanied by a sensationally efficient, kind, and funny young lady. Bravo to everyone.
Not Recommended


By: Dd

Reviewed on: 29 May 2017

First, the agent got the departure place wrong, then invoice was wrong, then missed our payment date; was rude to customers; experience was bad.

Fred Hur/ Baltic Cruise- Princess

By: opt

Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2017

Good, Fred Hur referred us to Maria for the booking and every thing was great. Fred was on the same cruise and he was a great representative for Maria and Vision Travel;

Knows her clients

By: Jdub

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2017

Maria is a very experienced agent who takes the time to learn her clients tastes, needs and wants. She really goes to "bat" for her clients. We were able to get a great deal on this trip because Maria worked with the cruise line. Maria is not afraid to make suggestions or to encourage you to try something new. I have recommended Maria to many friends and they have all been very impressed.

arranged trip to Winnipeg

By: caroline

Reviewed on: 18 Jul 2017

Maria is warm, friendly and competent. Whenever I go on a trip I immediately contact her and know that her advice and expertise are prime. I appreciate her and thank her for arrangements that take the pressure off me.

the best advisor

By: happy cruisers

Reviewed on: 16 Aug 2017

Always a pleasure

Best Travel Counsellor

By: A&P

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2017

Maria is Awesome. Very easy going and an expert with booking cruises. We booked the Harmony of the Seas for our Honeymoon and had the best trip.. I always book with Maria for Air, Hotel or any type of Packages or Cruises. I never book without Maria as she's there for her customers in need of an emergency or for any information. Thank you so much for booking our Honeymoon Maria. <3

Amazing Service

By: Jennifer

Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2017

Maria catered our tour with a Chinese tour company she uses (that comes highly recommended, and definitely lived up to their reputation) to exactly what we wanted. She also dealt with a last minute flight booking emergency in a professional and helpful manner.

Newfoundland with globus

By: Elizabeth

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2017

Maria always has the inside track on travel. She has traveled so much herself that she can speak directly to almost any destination. Maria always finds us the best price and any discounts we can take advantage of. She is knowledgeable, hard working and we have worked with her on many trips around the world. And we just booked our next trip to Europe with her...

Expert assistance

By: Valerie

Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2017

Maria is a gem. She is extremely knowledgeable about so many facets of travel, specifics that have never occurred to me like managing time needed to connect with ongoing flights or changing airports within a city. Maria is unfailingly helpful and goes that extra mile.

Cruise booking

By: DrJ888

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2017

Maria always does a great job, stays on top of things and provides a great experience overall.
Not Recommended

Review of travel advisor

By: Awesome traveller

Reviewed on: 16 Sep 2017

Always challenging to get info. Maria is more of an order taker so if i know specifically what i want she can book it. However if i am looking for info seldom get the answer. She does not seem to be readily available?


By: SenorG

Reviewed on: 10 Sep 2017

Maria has been our travel advisor for many years. We highly recommend Maria. You can conclude that we are happy campers with Maria as our advisor.


By: Paris

Reviewed on: 11 Sep 2017

It was excellent working with Maria. She was very organized.

Western European Cruise

By: KC

Reviewed on: 07 Aug 2018

It was a pleasure to work with Maria. Also got an opportunity to meet with her

Silversea Cruise around the Gulf of Bothnia

By: jdub

Reviewed on: 09 Aug 2018

Maria has been our travel agent for many years and has always been exceptional in both making arrangements and recommendations. This trip was perfect for us. Thank-you Maria.

South Africa

By: Seagull

Reviewed on: 24 Sep 2017

Excellent trip arranged for four women to South Africa. Every day was a new adventure. Game reserves were well picked. Saw all the animals. Interesting tours Cango Caves, Shark Cage Dive, Cape Town and Cape of Good Hope, wineries, bird and monkey/ ape sanctuaries, history around Johannesburg, Soweto and Victoria Falls. Our private guides were outstanding. Very knowledgeable and kept us safe. Never a glitch in our trip. Only thing I would change is when we finished at game reserve in Kruger, fly directly to Livingstone instead of back to Johannesburg overnight.

A wonderful Travel Advisor!


Reviewed on: 30 Sep 2017

Maria did it again! She works very hard to put together a vacation. She is accessible to answer any questions you may have and follows through with really good suggestions. Our trip went without a glitch! Thanks Maria.

Wonderful experience

By: Gill

Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2017

Maria Karmiris was perfect. She understood what we wanted and did everything she could to accommodate us as well as add other important details that we didn’t think of. She was also always available to answer our questions. I had worked with Maria before so I knew how good she was but my friend was very impressed with her first experience with Maria.

First trip planned, friend recommended Maria

By: Bettster

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2017

Great, made good recommendations regarding trip ideas. Carried plan through to an excellent trip.

A fabulous trip to Australia

By: Sooz1304

Reviewed on: 19 Nov 2017

I am SO glad I ask Maria to help with my travel plans. After trying for ages to book my own flights online, I was getting stressed out as I needed to include my daughter for some but not all of the flights and was worried I would not be able to do this by booking us separately online. Not only did Maria solve that problem, but she managed to get flights that left directly from Canada with minimal flying and transit times compared to what I was looking at online, and the cost was very competitive. Thank you Maria, we had a wonderful time and the flights you booked were perfect for us!


By: Tank

Reviewed on: 26 Nov 2017

Very good. That is why we continue using her as a trip planner and adviser. She is very proactive and delivers a quality product on time.

Cruise booking

By: How

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2017

Maria had been great in making reservations for cruises. Very helpful in following up all stages including visa and vaccination requirements.

Extraordinary Service

By: J-Dub

Reviewed on: 30 Nov 2017

Maria is a very capable travel agent who has the ability to understand what the client is truly looking for - even if they don’t know themselves. I trust her completely.


By: K

Reviewed on: 16 Dec 2017

Maria was able to get everything I wanted, but I would have liked it to be a little more organized.

an agreeable experience

By: anonymous

Reviewed on: 20 Dec 2017

Maria is great. Patient. Thorough.



Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

It was a pleasure as before working with Maria as previously. She is very knowledgeable of this cruise line and works efficiently and professionally. When we had a travel problem unrelated to the cruise she was quite helpful.

excellent service as always

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 04 Feb 2018

We have been working with Maria for over 10 years and her service and knowledge are always topnotch.

Review of Maria Karmiris

By: John

Reviewed on: 06 Mar 2018

Maria was terrific! We contacted her on very short notice so we could join our son's family on a trip to Mexico. Maria leaped into action and secured the very last flight tickets available together with a booking at the desired resort. Maria is friendly and very efficient. We would highly recommend her.


By: Son

Reviewed on: 08 Mar 2018

Was able to find a great tour in Peru last minute for my family and I! Was very quick with email replies! Very professional and courteous! I was not disappointed!


By: GC

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2018

exelend friendy servis

Consciencious Travel agent

By: MaryG

Reviewed on: 05 Mar 2018

Maria is always willing to answer any concerns and look for the best deals for her clients. She even works after hours to ensure you have all the info you need for your vacation.

Solving any problem with Maria!

By: PJ

Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2018

A delight! Fancy being totally spontaneous, which translates into trying to book everything last minute and Maria being totally accommodating in response. Her recommendations for locations, day trips and hotels have been spot on. Finally, she follows up to see how the trip went and if anything could be done to improve the experience.

Excellent Agent

By: Jen

Reviewed on: 25 Mar 2018

As always Maria offered us excellent choices for our holiday and we were more than impressed (with her and with the location).
Not Recommended

Not what I expected.

By: Cruise guy

Reviewed on: 02 Apr 2018

I had done a lot of research on this cruise and was very informed when it came to ammenities, features, etc. Maria was not able to answer some of my questions and she instructed me to call Royal Caribbean myself. I felt like I knew more about the cruise than she did. In my mind, the travel agent is supposed to save me from having to talk to the cruise company at all. Not sure if I would use her again.

review my travel advisor

By: ohannes

Reviewed on: 09 Apr 2018

excellent,she knew her job very deeply and doing fantastic solution.That is my opinum.

Maria is a fabulous travel advisor

By: HH

Reviewed on: 11 Apr 2018

Maria was just wonderful - we could not have had such an unforgettable vacation without her guidance and advice. This is the second time we've had Maria's help with a cruise and we will definitely be back a third time! Thank you, Maria!

Flight to New York

By: Bee

Reviewed on: 27 Apr 2018

She was very professional , Got me a good price very quickly. Would recommend her to my friends.

April 15, trans atlantic

By: retiree2001

Reviewed on: 09 May 2018

she was very responsive to any of our concerns

Our Travel Guru

By: Cruise Lover

Reviewed on: 12 May 2018

Maria always has our backs. We count on her for great advice and service and this trip was no exception.

Maria Karmiris, Vision Travel, Toronto

By: James M.

Reviewed on: 01 Jun 2018

Absolutely fine! Generous with her time and counsel, very helpful with all arrangements, and continuing helpful with post trip follow-up. Highly recommended...and not our first time having her cruise planning help.

Trip to Italy and Greece

By: Lynn

Reviewed on: 07 Jun 2018

Maria's expertise was incredible. The hotel she suggest in Rome was wonderful and the trips she organized were perfect for us. The cruise was fabulous and her advice about Venice was dead on. This is our third trip booked through Maria and I highly recommend her to anyone travelling.

Great trip to Europe thanks to Maria!

By: Sooz1304

Reviewed on: 14 Jun 2018

After trying to book a complex travel schedule for two people with different itineraries on line, and finding it overwhelming, I turned to Maria who had helped us in the past. She waved her magic wand and our trip was booked. She reserved perfect hotels for us, got our train tickets between four different European cities, got us flights that got us to the same destination from two different points--in short, she made it all happen. Thank you Maria!


By: BarbadosRob

Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2018

Effortless. Maria is very through. Everything fell into place. She straightened out a few issues with the airlines successfully


By: Stacer

Reviewed on: 18 Aug 2018

Excellent. She listened to our wishes and gave us great options eleven though we were really last minute. Always prompt and courteous.

Another Successful Trip.

By: Chaitas Family

Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2018

Maria has always booked our vacations. This time was my parents trip to Greece. Everything was booked perfectly. Thank you again.


By: Aviatrix

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2018

Maria is an exceptional travel professional. She can always be relied upon to deliver expert advice combined with excellent value. She’s also a thoroughly lovely person.

Britain and Ireland grand tour

By: Dougr

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2018

Excellent service from Maria

A Wonderful Travel Advisor!


Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2018

I have used Maria many times because she listens to what you would like to do on your travels and puts together wonderful packages. She always answers any questions I have and will give me the advice I need to make travel decisions.

With gratitude

By: Patricia

Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2018

Because of the recent death of a close friend in the west Maria once again rose to her usual professionalism and quickly arranged my flights. I appreciate her competence , understanding and empathy.

latest trip...Mexico all inclusive this time

By: Mike

Reviewed on: 15 Nov 2018

We have been working with Maria for approximately 15 years and have always been happy with her work. She recommmended our most recent resort when we decided to go all inclusive and gave her list of our requirements...and she nailed it. A great vacation at a resort that met our needs and exceeded our expectations.


By: Anonymous

Reviewed on: 14 Nov 2018

Easy! Friendly and she was quick to respond to any and all questions with patience

Wonderful trip to India and Dubai

By: JennyPenny

Reviewed on: 27 Nov 2018

Working with Maria, as always, was very good. She helped us plan our trip, was excellent with suggestions and advice. Our trip went smoothly, the accommodationis arranged were excellent as well as the transfer arrangements and tours. Another fantastic trip. Thank you Maria!

Another great cruise experience

By: Faye

Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2018

It is always a pleasure to work with Maria. She is concerned with making every trip better than the last and follows up with any schedule changes and amendments.

Great work!

By: Nick Gizzarelli

Reviewed on: 08 Jan 2019

Excellent as usual

Excellent Experience

By: Roving Retiree

Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2013

We recently did a 14 day round trip to Quebec city cruise on Holland America's Veendam. Maria was a wonderful advocate on our behalf, going to bat several times so that we got all of the amenities to which we were entitled. She was always quick to respond to any questions and concerns with good nature and a sense of humour that I especially appreciated. We are already working on two more trips with her help

Highly recommended

By: fkert

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

Maria has organized several cruises for me as well as both pleasure and conference trips and her knowledge, assistance and good-natured service has been OUTSTANDING. On numerous occasions she has gone above and beyond to ensure a connection or a service that has made a real difference to my travel experience. She is s pleasure to work with.

Great Job!

By: nick

Reviewed on: 21 Nov 2013

I have booked many trips with Maria and once again she has delivered a perfect client experience. Please keep up the great customer service.

Highly recommend

By: PJ

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2013

Every time I've contacted Maria, she has enthusiastically responded in a timely manner no matter how last minute the request. Her calm, flexible, reassuring and professional manner is so appreciated. She commiserates when flights or hotels unavailable, finds better alternatives and rejoices with you when everything falls into place. And my favourite thing is when she charmingly upsells, she's always right!

Highly recommend

By: Happy traveller

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Maria has been a very conciencious travel agent. She seeks the best for her customers. I have dealt with her for many years, and have never had any problems. If there are any additional features to a trip we are planning, she does not hesitate to recommend them to us. We did have a great added Virtuoso experience on one of our Carribean cruises, which Maria ensured we were part of. A great travel agent that we will continue using as long as we are able to travel.

Highly recommended

By: Valerie

Reviewed on: 22 Nov 2013

Maria is the consummate professional. Her expertise and pleasant manner made her a joy to work with. I had the opportunity to get to know her more personally and found her to be a thoroughly nice person and a pleasure to be with. I will return to her for her guidance for future trips and recommend her to my friends and family.

Absolutely best cruise so far

By: Harry129

Reviewed on: 24 Nov 2013

It was a wonderful trip in all respects. The ship and help could not be faulted. Over 28 days you meet a lot of people and some we now consider close friends. I cannot come up with words to describe the scenery. Donna got to go back and visit the beach Honolee where she camped for months as a teenager. Many thanks Maria it could not have been more perfect.

Best Vacation EVER!!!

By: Jdub11

Reviewed on: 16 Dec 2013

We don't plan our travel without the assistance of Maria Karmiris. Sometimes I think Maria knows us better then we know ourselves. In July we did a 3 week trip which included London for 4 days and the Land of the Midnight Sun cruise with Oceania. The flights hotel and cruise were perfect. Maria is one of the most experienced travel agent's I have ever dealt with. She cares about her customers and I wouldn't travel without her.

Would highly recommend.

By: Andre

Reviewed on: 17 Dec 2013

Maria was instrumental in the successful outcome of our vacation. Everything was prompt and accurate. Thank you, Maria.

Fantastic Trip Planner/Organizer

By: Vanessa

Reviewed on: 05 Jan 2014

Maria has planned several trips for me, my family and schools I work for. She is excellent, organized, keeps in mind priorities for budget and locations, and, all in all, is terrific.

Caring Travel Advisor

By: George

Reviewed on: 11 Jan 2014

Maria Karmiris has looked after my wife and I for over 10 years. We have cruised and traveled around the world and she has taken great care of us. She is a genuinely caring lady very sensitive and highly responsive.

RE: Varedero Cuba - Las Americas Golf Resort

By: Nick Gizzarelli

Reviewed on: 20 Jan 2014

The resort was very average as compared to others I have been to in Mexico. Golf was very nice and exactly what was promised was delivered. Overall Cuba is not up to the same standards as other destinations in the Caribbean.

Our best travel resource

By: Mr. G.

Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2014

We recently completed a 10 day cruise in the eastern Caribbean. Maria booked our flights, pre-cruise hotel, and cruise. Our bookings all worked flawlessly. Maria can assist you with all aspects of your vacation, including the hiring of excellent guides. We highly recommend Maria.

Best Ever for Cruise Vacations

By: D&H

Reviewed on: 02 Feb 2014

We were lucky enough to have Maria recommended by a friend on our very first cruise. We have now been on 9 cruises and Maria has come thru with flying colours every time. We would not plan a vacation without her. Thank you Maria.

Great Getaway!

By: Travel Fanatic

Reviewed on: 11 Feb 2014

When we retired last year we decided to treat ourselves to a vacation in Cuba with our adult children and their significant others. Maria was with us all the way. She conferred with her colleagues and came up with 5 great options for resorts in Varadero. We chose the deluxe (adult only) section of the Riu Varadero and it met our expectations brilliantly. The rooms were large, comfortable and very clean. The grounds and facilities were also beautiful and well maintained. The beach was outstanding. One thing though - both at the pool and beach, there were never enough lounge chairs. I guess that is not uncommon in resorts. The service was friendly and attentive at all times. The food was adequate although not particularly to our liking. I would definitely recommend this resort. Maria took care of everything in her usual efficient and friendly way. We look forward to our next trip with her guidance.

Very, very highly recommended

By: Valerie

Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2014

Maria is a great pleasure to work with. She delivers as promised, promptly, and with a genuine desire to please. Her customer service is exceptional. 

Highly Recommended

By: Paddy-Jo

Reviewed on: 26 Feb 2014

Highly Recommended

By: Lainey

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2014

I have been using Maria's services for  over 10 years and I have found her to be excellent,   Her knowledge and advise has been very helpful and when we had to cancel a trip due to a medical issue, Maria was very helpful in assisting us to recover our money.

she's fabulous

By: BW

Reviewed on: 02 Apr 2014

All arrangements made are thorough and accurate. Great ideas for young and old(er).

highly recommended

By: jimmy

Reviewed on: 04 May 2014

She did an excellent job of handling the trip for me and my wife. Everything was expected and more. We got everything we needed for the trip. Everything promised to us before the trip was delivered. Thanks and job well done.

Incas and and Islands: an extraordinary experience

By: travelling professors

Reviewed on: 14 May 2014

The 23 days consisted first of a cruise from Tahiti to Lima, Peru via other Polynesian islands, Pitcairn Island and Easter Island.  The Oceanic Marina passengers, like most ships¨passengers, could not visit Pitcairn, but the descendants of the Bounty mutineers boarded the ship to speak to us.  Bora Bora was magical and Easter Island fascinationg.The cruise was followed by a five day tour of Lima, the Sacred Valley, Custo, and Machu Picchu with a guide at almost all times.  Perfectly programmed by Maria and her Vision associates.  All the details were attended to.  A marvellous and sometimes strenuous voyage.

Highly Recommended

By: Laura

Reviewed on: 16 Jun 2014

Maria did a wonderful job of planning this cruise.  The boat was gorgeous.  Food fabulous.  Rooms with balconies marble bathrooms with both tub and shower.  The ports were amazing where we stopped.  Started in Barcelona ended in Venice.  Cities were spectacular and easy to go on your own if you chose that route.  We did two tours Rome and Florence and were happy to do the rest on our own as Maria suggested.  The hotels in Barcelona and especially Rome was fantastic as we extended our trip.  Could not have asked for a better vacation and I have travelled extensively. 

Highly recommended

By: Patricia

Reviewed on: 25 Jun 2014

Maria kept us well informed and started working on the arrangements immediately as we had made our decision only in late March to take this particular cruise.If we had any questions or concerns she handled them either by mail or phone and for our visa application we met with her in Toronto  to ensure it was done accurately.We are grateful for her assistance and advice about travelling in Russia. .

Highly recommended.

By: Zoji

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2014

Excellent !

By: Migs

Reviewed on: 26 Sep 2014

Reliable in all aspects of the trip. No surprises and as usual I always have confidence in Maria's advice.

Fantastic Trip

By: Vanessa

Reviewed on: 09 Oct 2014

Maria worked with my husband to create a 20th anniversary surprise cruise trip. The cruise was wonderful; the arrangements were excellent; the complementary excursion was superb. Maria also used to make all of the travel arrangements for my mother and was flexible, creative, thorough, and very easy to work with. I highly recommend Maria to anyone who wants an expert travel agent.

Above and Beyond!

By: Cruise Addict

Reviewed on: 10 Nov 2014

Our Holland America cruise to the Holy Land was amazing despite a horrific start. Due to a pilots' strike at Lufthansa our flight from Toronto was cancelled and we were not able to get out in time to meet the cruise in Athens. Maria spent the better part of two days working on getting us out in time to pick up the cruise in Alexandria. She arranged for an escort from the airport in Cairo to the Fairmont Nile Hotel and then to the port in Alexandria where we boarded the ship. The rest of the cruise was smooth and wonderful The places we visited in Israel were very moving and interesting. We enjoyed ourselves immensely. One thing we definitely learned was the value of going a day or two early to avoid the trauma we encountered this time. Maria has been telling us this for a long time and we should have listened!


By: Bobby36

Reviewed on: 08 Feb 2015

Hotel was first class. Room decor, grounds and food offered were all above average. Only drawback was long bus ride from airport to hotel.

Expert friendly staff

By: Ron

Reviewed on: 16 Feb 2015

We had an excellent trip! the cruise was great and the Marriott was a fine hotel. Thank you for putting it all together for us. ( also, the weather was perfect).

Very helpful, great advice

By: NeilW

Reviewed on: 24 Feb 2015

Maria is very helpful and knowledgeable and will continue to be our go-to person for travel.

Excellent Adventure

By: Cruise Addict

Reviewed on: 01 Mar 2015

Our trip was a cruise through the Panama Canal and it was amazing. Maria helped us plan every detail. The weather was perfect (how did she do that?). We had a half a day to get a taste of San Diego (beautiful city - would definitely go back) before boarding the Veendam. Our cruise took us through Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal itself and Columbia prior to disembarking in Fort Lauderdale. We have found Maria to be helpful and knowledgeable in planning cruises, resort vacations with family etc. I would definitely recommend her to anyone planning a trip. Indeed, we have recommended her to family and friends.

Professional, courteous, eager to make our vacation the best it could with last minute upgrades

By: RS

Reviewed on: 20 Jun 2015

Maria was very good in making changes to our cruise within 2 weeks of sailing (stateroom upgrade). Maria also surprised us with a free dinner in the pinnacle grill for my birthday, the 3 free wine bottle and soda cards were perfect. the added touches made the trip amazing when we boarded the ship, Thanks

Patient and Prompt

By: Cassis C

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2015

Maria was always available before and during the trip to answer questions that came up, and made every booking promptly and correctly. Maria also has the know how from years of experience to say what the best way is to get from, say, Toronto to the Queen Mary 2 to London to Paris. I really appreciated having all the bookings printed and so carefully organized for the whole trip ahead of time. I will use Mary for my future bookings. I don't know why anyone wouldn't, it's so much easier and costs no more than booking solo.


By: CE

Reviewed on: 08 Sep 2015

Maria did it again! Knowledgeable, courtesy and very patient, Maria planned our trip with us (for us...) and we know from past experience, her suggestions will be amazing! It is so reassuring to know you are dealing with a professional that cares about her clients and listens to what you are looking for. She isn't satisfied until you are and that's what makes the difference. Thanks Maria - we know our upcoming trip will be very memorable!

Viking River Cruise

By: BJ

Reviewed on: 13 Sep 2015

In a word-Excellent. The hotel in Prague was centrally located and contained all the amenities one could wish for. The Viking ship was well appointed and clean. Food and service were great. Excursions were well planned and the guides very knowledgeable. The stateroom was very small but I understand that is to be expected. Many lasting memories.

Great Service

By: Roula

Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2015

Maria was really quick to get back to me and helped me pick a good resort for our family vacation. Thanks again Maria!


By: Dana

Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2015

Thank you so much Maria. The cruise was fabulous and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.....we were especially impressed how you kept the rain away from us. The cabins were super and the service amazing. Thanks so much for all of your help. Dana

Outstanding Advise!


Reviewed on: 29 Sep 2015

Maria provided the best advise for a novice cruiser! She kept a look out for upgrade offers and got us a window cabin which made our stay on the ship so much better. Without the window we would have never been able to enjoy breakfast in our cabin. Thank you again Maria!

Prompt friendly service

By: Foof

Reviewed on: 02 Oct 2015

As usual Maria took care of every thing. I am always confident we will have a well planned trip Expert friendly service

Professional Excellent Service

By: Radar

Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2015

Great service - answered all questions and responded to e-mails quickly. Provided all necessary documentation quickly and all new requests quickly. Great service. Thanks Maria!!

Israel and Jordan

By: Jack S

Reviewed on: 16 Nov 2015

We booked a trip to Israel and Jordan with Maria. In Israel we were part of a small group tour (approx. 20 people). In Jordan we had a private guide and driver. The guides and drivers were excellent. Our hotels were tops, particularly the King David in Jerusalem. Transportation was great. We were picked up in Tel Aviv airport and transported to our hotel. After the tour in Israel we were picked up at our hotel in Jerusalem, driven to the border, crossed through a VIP service and met by our Jordanian team on the other side. Very smooth. We were very impressed with all the arrangements and the local tour company support


By: Nicol

Reviewed on: 06 Dec 2015

Everything went as we hoped it would.... no problems.

A royal trip!

By: Movie junkies

Reviewed on: 21 Oct 2015

This was a crossing on the Queen Mary 2 from New York to Southampton. Our travel agent wisely booked us on a flight from Toronto to La Guardia at a time that allowed us to arrive at the ship at a perfect hour for boarding. Totally stress-free. From then on, everything was smooth-sailing, both literally and figuratively for a whole week. The on-board service was exemplary. The activities were countless. We especially liked the lectures, the entertainers and the films. Though the ship is considerably larger than some of the other Oceania and H-A ships we have sailed on, it never felt too crowded. We were in a Deck 5 stateroom, which is not one of the classiest. But it was tasteful, comfortable and boasted s verandah. We felt that the price for all of this was very fair. Dinners in the luxurious Britannia Dining Room were excellent, but the cafeteria style King's Court could have made their offerings more appetizing.But how can one complain when there is Afternoon Tea!

expert friendly service

By: Maggie

Reviewed on: 26 Oct 2015

We enjoyed our trip! We did not have to worry about our many connections, ships, trains, air flights and hotel bookings as all were pre booked,so everything went smoothly.

Another Great Experience with Maria

By: River Cruise Rookie

Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2015

This was our first time on a river cruise and our first time in Paris. As usual, Maria was a great help from the first contact. When our friends asked us to go along on the Viking cruise "Paris and the Heart of Normandy" I contacted Maria and she went to work immediately securing the last cabin in our preferred category. I had some trouble navigating the Viking website and she helped me through that. We had a miscommunication about the date we wanted to leave but Maria fixed that for us as well. She went to bat for us with Viking in regard to the flight. She procured a Paris Pass for us which was useful for the couple of days we spent in Paris before the cruise. Maria's expertise makes her a vital part of all our travels. Thanks, Maria!

Excellent customer service

By: Cecile

Reviewed on: 05 Nov 2015

Maria is a very professional and experienced travel agent, she is also very helpful and solve the problem before we even know : for example requested a direct return flight back to Canada for us because of my friend's handicapped condition. We didn't even know there is a direct flight available and this saved us a lot of problem. She followed up a few times with us before our trip to make sure everything is OK. We love working with her and look forward to another trip arranged with her again! Thanks Maria for helping us!


By: Jean

Reviewed on: 16 Nov 2015

Boarded the American Queen in Clarksville TN, Our cabin was comfortable, opening onto Deck 3, right around the corner from the alternate dining Front Porch, where cookies, ice cream, and popcorn were available 24 hrs. a day, in addition to buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner. We had most meals in the J M White dining room and the service was excellent, free wine and beer with dinner, and a choice of 5 delicious entrees as well as two soups and salad starters, and at least 5 desserts. Ports included Dover TN, steamboating for a day, Henderson and Paducah KY, New Madrid, MI. and Memphis TN after traveling a total of 736 miles through 6 states on 4 rivers. The hop on/hop off bus is unique. Entertainment was exemplary, including country, blues and soul music by outstanding artists and crew members. The boat is delightfully appointed, the saloon a replica of the Ford theater where Lincoln was shot. The crew was most accommodating. Truly an unique cruising experience.

travel service

By: lady Re

Reviewed on: 28 Jul 2016

It was amazing, well organized, excursions were good, there were less entetainment on the big new ship than the older ones.

Exemplary Service!

By: iguy

Reviewed on: 01 Jan 2016

Overall, we were highly impressed by the top-notch condition of the ship. The food was consistently excellent. Service levels were also extraordinary, and even a level above past cruises. The staff was consistently friendly and helpful. The clientele is older and the pace is generally slow. The evenings end relatively early. This cruise was heavy on seas day. which we love. This is absolutely perfect for us; it may not be perfect for you. The pre-cruise safari option at the Botlierskop Private Game Reserve was an unexpected highlight of the whole trip. Excellent food and accommodations (in an air-conditioned a luxury-appointed tent away from the main lodge), knowledgeable and friendly guides, and an up close chance to see many animals in the wild. The Virtuoso tour of the Namibian desert was magical! Much better than the standard free excursion. We fully enjoyed this cruise on the Mariner and look forward to visiting her again soon.

Professional as always

By: Lois

Reviewed on: 04 Jan 2016

It was a great trip, thank you Maria for taking care of my plane reservations. You sure are a very knowledgable travel agent, and I appreciate that.

All the answers to all our questions

By: ChantaleM

Reviewed on: 02 Feb 2016

Maria was very patient. She took the time to explain everything to us. She felt our insecurities and made sure we had all information to ease our minds. She handled our booking as per our requests in a very profesionnal manner. I keep Maria as my contact for future vacation bookings. Thank you Maria!!

did a superb job and very friendly offering good advice

By: marco

Reviewed on: 03 Mar 2016

Maria did an excellent job again with our small group of 8. We will use her next time for sure

Friendly and helpful...

By: farnsy012

Reviewed on: 10 Mar 2016

Maria was friendly and helpful and answered my questions. I would only suggest she provide some additional "advice" on what to expect at the airport. I was provided many on-line receipts and wasn't sure what i needed to take with me, so i printed everything and brought it with me. I hadn't travelled for 6 years and found that I was researching more info on line. Many things have changed at the airport..kiosks for checking in, scanning passports etc. I learned on line that I could check in to Air Canada 24hrs prior to my flight..this was told to me by a friend! Little things like this could have really added to the experience. I would definitely use her services again.

High standards & friendly staff

By: eieio

Reviewed on: 26 Apr 2016

Comfortable accommodations, friendly well as the usual high standards in dining, atmosphere and entertainment on board. Our Corsica guide was excellent...very knowledgeable. For us, our Capri excursion should have included the Roman presence/ruins on the island.

Clients come first

By: Happy travellers

Reviewed on: 29 Apr 2016

Maria is a customer caring expert. We have dealt with her for about 20 years when planning much of our travels & all our concerns have been addressed with satisfaction. We just completed a 12 day cruise & loved every aspect of the cruise. The airports can be a hassle but Maria has no control over that. We thank & appreciate her continued service.

Friendly, efficient, and accurate

By: Michelle

Reviewed on: 03 Jul 2016

Maria was friendly, efficient, and accurate...everything that you need in an agent. Everything went exactly as she represented it, and our vacation was fantastic. We will definitely contact her regarding our next booking.

no pick up at Jeju airprt

By: yk616

Reviewed on: 04 Jul 2016

it was nice until at time we landed jeju island , no body come to picked us at airport and called head office 4 time , was told some one will come to pick up about 10-15 minutes, we waited about 1 hour, then take taxi to hotel , was told will reimbursed , but hear nothing from Hana tour

Train tickets - Venice to Rome

By: Ken

Reviewed on: 31 Aug 2016

This is Deborah Osmond on behalf of Ken Rotman. Maria booked 5 train business class tickets from Venice to Rome on August 26, 2016 for the Rotman Family. Ken said everything was smooth and he was very appreciative of having the tickets in advance. Maria's customer service was superlative. She helped me a great deal in explaining the travel in Italy and the best options. I will seek her counsel again! Maria is a travel professional with a great personality - she is in the right business.

Always Has Your Back

By: EdieD

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2016

It was Maria who brought this trip to our attention and she helped us every step of the way. I have recommended Maria to several of my family and friends as an agent who really goes the extra mile to help and always answers any questions or concerns.


By: Wayne

Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2016

The ship was beautiful. The meals were fabulous. The staff were amazing & very attentive. The day trips were great - very knowledgeable guides in small groups. Our state room was superb. Nightly entertainment was fantastic. We would go again with Regent in a heartbeat.

Friendly, knowledgable, professional service

By: Parksville adventurers

Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2016

We appreciated Maria's Care-Full attention to detail as we lived the experience of our first River Tour and tagged on small group exploration of Ireland. The "on your own" days in between even turned out as a memorable change of pace. This lady knows her stuff. Thanks Maria

Avelon River Cruise

By: Gtrotter

Reviewed on: 15 Sep 2016

One of our best holidays, beautiful ship,friendly helpful staff, fantastic scenery.

Weekend In Milan

By: Wesley

Reviewed on: 16 Oct 2016

Great visit to Milan from Toronto for 3 nights. Connections worked..BA tourist plus seats like business class..train from airport good.. Four Seasons super and in centre of fashion district. Maria did a great job.

A Queen Remastered

By: Two retired academics

Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2016

This was our second crossing on the Queen Mary 2, but the first since she has been "remastered". Once again, everything was perfect. The stateroom was the cheapest you can get - on the lowest deck. But it was spacious and had a verandah that the October weather kindly allowed us to use a few days. In spite of its attractive pricing, the cabin felt luxurious. The service throughout the ship is outstanding. Excellent lectures on board. The seven days just sped by. The dinners were imaginative and delicious. What was there not to like?

First travel advisor experience

By: DrJ

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2016

We have been booking our own travel, mainly online, for several years now. With Maria, we discovered the benefits of working with a talented travel advisor. She did a great job of lining up our trip, provided great money-saving options, and even got us a fantastic unexpected upgrade. Great work Maria, and Thanks!

Very knoweldgeable and accomodating.

By: M

Reviewed on: 13 Nov 2016

Maria is a very knowledgeable travel agent. She is able to individualize according to your needs and wants. With her help and guidance, we have had two wonderful vacations. We are looking forward to our next trip and will certainly contact Maria for her expertise.

Help getting us great NZ Air seats

By: NH

Reviewed on: 17 Jan 2017

Just a thank you again to Maria for securing us great seats on our Air New Zealand flights. Premium Economy was full and Maria secured us the perfect seats for our long 14 hour flight home. Thanks, Maria

The best travel advisor

By: Happy travellers

Reviewed on: 23 Jan 2017

Maria is a hard working travel advisor. She ensures that her clients get the best prices on their travels. If you have any concerns, she is willing to get an answer for you as soon as possible.

Flights and information re Puerto Vallarta Mexico

By: Don

Reviewed on: 02 Feb 2017

Maria is always a professional and makes no errors as she checked everything three time. Its a pleasure dealing with someone that knows what they are doing. Ask her a question that she does not know and bingo -she immediately gets the requested information back to her clients right away.

Panama Canal Cruise

By: Ron

Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2017

We like working with Maria. We have booked two cruises with her. She is very good and comes up with different options very quickly. She answers any questions very quickly We will book our next trip with her.


By: Wayne

Reviewed on: 18 Feb 2017

Maria is an excellent agent. She has planned many trips for us & we have been extremely happy with everyone. She always goes above & beyond to ensure your travel plans are perfect.

Australia and New Zealand

By: Fritz

Reviewed on: 20 Feb 2017

Maria has always done great job in planning our trips and making solid recommendations. She also presents alternative which give us a choice at different price levels.


By: Sharon

Reviewed on: 21 Feb 2017

It's always a pleasure She is very thorough and gives helpful information


By: Gizzoo

Reviewed on: 04 Mar 2017

Maria is a complete professional in every aspect of her position and her overall knowledge of the packages presented is second to no one.

Excellent Service

By: MB

Reviewed on: 28 Mar 2017

Maria was amazing booking a cruise for our group. She always has better offers/options than other companies. She answers all our questions efficiently and in a timely manner.

Hawaii trip

By: Hawaii bound

Reviewed on: 27 Mar 2017

She is very quick to respond and even made calls on the weekend.

Fantastic travel advisor

By: Ralph

Reviewed on: 24 Apr 2017

Maria Karmiris is wonderful to work with. I recently wanted to attend the centennial ceremonies for the Battle of Vimy Ridge in France and also combine it with a small holiday for my wife and me in Nice on the Mediterranean. I gave Maria an outline of what I wanted to do and she not only turned it into reality but also improved it through innovative suggestions which I readily agreed to because they were so excellent. She is fast, efficient, very knowledgeable and thorough and I highly recommend her to anyone planning a trip.

Fabulous Oceania Caribbean Cruise with the Family

By: JDub

Reviewed on: 16 Apr 2017

Maria has been my travel agent for many years and she never disappoints. This was a very special cruise for us as we were taking the entire family. Maria knows us so well that her choices and suggestions are amazing and perfect. Seven of us, in three concierge balcony cabins, sailed on Oceania Marina through the western Caribbean including Havana. This choice was excellent and well suited for all ages. Maria also arranged private tours for us that we really enjoyed. I recommend Maria to both friends and family all the time.

China by land and river

By: Faye

Reviewed on: 28 Apr 2017

Maria is the most helpful, pleasant agent to work with. She understands where I am going and the type of travel I enjoy and ensures that the itinerary matches my interests and accommodation preferences. She follows up and ensures that what we plan is what we get. She is always ready to answer questions and goes that extra mile to make a trip memorable.

Awesome Travel Agent

By: Agnes C

Reviewed on: 05 May 2017

Maria is very polite and very knowledgeable with booking all my vacations. All her recommendations were perfect and we always book what Maria recommends. All our trips that have been booked were perfect. We just booked our honeymoon for this summer and can't wait. She takes the time to know you, to perfect your trip. Thank you so much Maria for everything.

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