Rhonda Tomlinson

Columbia, MD

Cruise and Land Tour Specialist

Sunset from the deck of my cruise cabin
Sunset from the deck of my cruise cabin

I LOVE travelling! It is my passion.  Meeting new people, exploring new locations and sometimes just finding a place to rest and relax!  I enjoy working with my clients to help them plan their dream trip and make their own memories and stories to tell. Working with a travel professional who has firsthand experience in vacation planning and who understands the detail requirements, can definitely make a difference as to how well your vacation turns out – whether it be an ocean cruise, river cruise, family reunion, an all-inclusive getaway or group vacation.

I have been personally travelling for years and I have planned vacation trips for friends, family members and a private aircraft fly-in group for over 10 years.  I have also worked with a Women in Business group (about 10 years), organizing monthly events, providing opportunities, to help women succeed.

Some of the places that I have visited or trips that I have planned:

  • Baltic Ocean Cruise – Castles, statutes, windmills - St. Petersburg, Berlin, Visby, Riga, Tallinn, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Copenhagen (have you seen the Little Mermaid?).
  • Paris, France – Watch the lights twinkling on the Eiffel Tower at night, visit Normandy and taste a chocolate croissant!
  • Caribbean – Hard to pick a favorite. St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Grand Turk, Belize, Cozumel, Roatan, Bahamas.
  • Alaska – Whether cruising by glaciers or riding an Alaska railroad or visiting the Denali National Park, the views are breathtaking.
  • Hawaii – Explore these islands of paradise. Stunning sunrises and sunsets at the sacred summit of Haleakala Volcano, beaches of Waikiki, waterfalls.
  • Bar Harbor, ME – Planned a group trip. Traveled on a trolley bus through Acadia National Park, ate lobster at a local lobster pound. sailed on lighthouse cruise.
  • Resort packages at Universal Studios (Retirement celebration for a friend) and Disney World. (personal trips)
  • Upper Mississippi River Cruise – Relaxing on a steamboat as you sail along the lazy river with friends.
  • Africa – Photographic safari (personal trip).
  • Cities in my own backyard - hop-on-hop-off buses and location sites (Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Mackinac Island, Nashville, Captiva Island, Kiawah Island, Chicago, New York, Washington, DC, New Orleans).

You never know what you will find on a vacation. My family and I cruised in the Lesser Antilles last year. We met relatives from one of the islands that we didn’t even know that we had. Those memories will live with you forever.

I’m a CPA and my other passion is working with small businesses to help them establish a solid accounting system foundation.  When working with my clients, the skills that I learned in auditing – analysis, organization, attention to detail – help me to cover all the aspects of planning a trip.

Whether you have specific plans or if you are looking for a new adventure, I will use my contacts and itinerary planning tools to work with you to craft your memorable vacation. There are so many ways to travel – ocean or river cruise, railroad, steamboats, all-inclusive resort - each one will provide a different type of experience.

Remember - I sell experiences and memories, not travel. I look forward to becoming your Travel Agent.

My Travel Albums

Bar Harbor & Acadia, ME Photos
Sunrise view from our room

My Reviews

4 of 7 people found this review helpful
Our first travel agent experience!
My husband and I took a trip to Orlando in 2019. Our experience with Rhonda was the first time using a travel agent. It was an excellent experience. Rhonda was personally invested in insuring that we would have a great time. All we did was say to Rhonda, "This is where and when we want to go." and it was like magic from there. She provided detailed and knowledgeable information, the various options about everything and recommended choices based on our feedback to her. We were also given invaluable travelers tips that included the best way to get to get to and from the airport (since we did n't want to rent a car), great places to eat and how to negotiate the Universal theme parks to make the best use of our time,
Once everything was mapped out for us, by Rhonda, we received a detailed proposal based on our choices before confirming. One of the most amazing perks of working with Rhonda was a personalized powerpoint presentation that had us excited to be on our way.
By  A & R  from  Columbia, Maryland
Traveled to  Orlando ~ Florida ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Rhonda Tomlinson responded:
Dear A & R, It was such a pleasure working with you and sharing your excitement as the trip plans came together. I am so glad that you had such a great time and shared your experience with me as you travelled. I look forward to working with you to plan future trips. Best and thank you for your kind words. Rhonda

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The Best Cruise Planner Ever!
Rhonda is the perfect travel agent! We asked her to plan several cruises for us with different cruise lines and every cruise was a gem. She has sailed on many different cruise lines and has personal knowledge of their ships and ports, so she guided us to the very best for our trips. We had the best onshore tours, the best at sea schedule, and were able to sample everything the cruise had to offer, while also allowing for rest, relaxation and pampering. We couldn't have done it without Rhonda's help.
By  Cathy  from  Columbia
Traveled to  Bahamas ~ Caribbean
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Rhonda Tomlinson responded:
Cathy, it was a pleasure working with you to plan your wonderful cruises. I love get feedback that you had fabulous experiences. Thank you so much for all your very kind words. I look forward to our next planning adventure.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Expert handling of travel plans vs. COVID-19 !
I have been on a trip organized by Rhonda in the past. Simply put, she does all the work. Rhonda planned an exciting cruise for my husband and me for 2020. Then COVID-19 shut the world down. Even before the cruise was officially cancelled Rhonda was monitoring the situation and researching options. Once the official word came, Rhonda handled everything. She kept us in the loop every step of the way. When we needed to do something, she told us exactly what, when and how, even though we know that she, like everyone else, was worried about managing thru COVID. Our original trip has changed several times but each time Rhonda handled everything or walked us thru. Rhonda has our new cruise planned and I can only image how much time she has devoted this. Our excitement for the new trip has remained because all of the stress of the process has been expertly managed by Rhonda!
By  A North  from  Columbia, Maryland
Traveled to  England ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Rhonda Tomlinson responded:
A, It definitely has been a challenging time these past 18 months but I believe that three times, is the lucky number. It is hard to believe that we started this planning journey in December 2018. Having you as friends and clients has definitely helped to relieve the stress that we all experienced as we navigated through 2020. Thank you very much for your kind words and here's to more travels.

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Destination Expert:

  • Caribbean
  • Bahamas
  • Puerto Rico
  • London
  • Bermuda

Travel Specialist:

  • Cruises
  • Groups
  • River Cruises
  • Universal Parks & Resort Vacations
  • Rail

Top Travel Partners:

  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Hilton
  • Enterprise
  • Marriott Hotels

Certifications/Awards:

  • Certified Meeting and Events Consultant
  • Celebrity Cruises Five Star Academy Graduate
  • American Queen Steamboat Academy Certified Agent
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

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