Shari Marsh – In the News

‘Get me out of here’: Harsh winter spurs cruise bookings

Johanna Jainchill, Special for USA TODAY     10:15 a.m. EST February 19, 2014

While much of the country has had enough of what has been an unusually harsh winter, polar temperatures and record snowfall have been a boon for warm-weather travel destinations…

A possible cruise casualty of the cold weather is Alaska, which travel agents say is not on clients’ radars as much as it normally would be as people book summer cruise vacations.

“Alaska is definitely not top of mind right now,” said Shari Marsh, owner of Cruise Holidays Land and Sea in Raleigh, N.C”

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Peak-season European river cruises mostly sold out

Johanna Jainchill, Special for USA TODAY     12:53 p.m. EST January 2, 2014

River cruising’s increasing popularity may mean anyone still hoping to ply Europe’s waterways this summer will have to wait.

According to a recent survey of 1,358 Travel Leaders Group agents, European river cruises were the third most booked cruise itineraries for 2014, besting Mediterranean cruises, and trailing only Caribbean and Alaska cruises.The result is that many of the most coveted itineraries are no longer available.

Shari Marsh, owner of Cruise Holidays and Land Vacations in Raleigh, N.C., said that 2014 peak season river cruises are “booked pretty solid.”

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