Meet Cruise Masters of Minnesota
Meet the owner: Evi Thompson, ACC, MCC, ECC.
Elite Cruise Counselor and Group Escort
Evi knows the ships, the type of passengers that would be happy on each ship and most important, how to match our clients to a particular ship and cruise line. She truly believes there is the right ship and cruise vacation for everyone! Most agencies sell cruises like they would hotel or airline tickets. Evi believes that cruising is more complex than that and requires an agent that knows the industry and is familiar with all cruise lines and their ships. Did you know that many agencies that specialize in cruises do not even have an industry accredited cruise counselor on their staff? The title cruise specialist is a self-given title that means very little. The only way you can be sure that the person serving you is a cruise expert, is to make sure that they are "CLIA" (Cruise Lines International Association) credited, by either the "entry-level" designation of "ACC" (Accredited Cruise Counselor), the advanced level of "MCC" (Master Cruise Counselor), or its highest designation that currently only 300 Cruise Counselors hold worldwide "ECC" (Elite Cruise Counselor). When it comes to planning your cruise Evi is one of the best choices you will make plus she is fun to work with.
Evi has sailed on over 80 cruises worldwide including Amazon Amatista, Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, Cruise West, Cunard, Delta Queen Steamboat Co., Holland America, Norwegian, Nile Royal Lotus, Mekong Pandaw, Princess, Regent Seven Seas, Royal Caribbean, Viking River Cruises, Volga Konstantin Korotkov, Windjammer Barefoot Cruises, Windstar and in addition, has "inspected" over 75 ships as they were in port.
Evi has been to over 90 countries and has traveled all over Europe and has been to exotic places like Nepal, Tibet, Mt. Everest base camp, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South America, Machu Picchu, Easter Island, Galapagos, the Amazon, Africa (Morocco, South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Victoria Falls in Zambia, Gorilla trekking in Rwanda), Polar Bear watching in Churchill Manitoba, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Mexico, Cuba and many more places. As a native of Germany, she loves to send people to Europe!
Meet the other owner (Evi's husband): Jeff Thompson ACC.
Accredited Cruise Counselor and Group Escort
Jeff has made United Parcel Service his career for over 40 years. During his vacations from UPS he escorts groups together with Evi and is responsible for luggage and transfer logistics. He has been on as many cruises as Evi and has accompanied her on almost all of her trips. Jeff knows his way around the world and just about any airport worldwide. He is also a heck of a nice guy to travel with.
Meet Dawn Turner, ACC, MCC.
Master Cruise Counselor and Group Escort
Dawn specializes in escorted groups and packages to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii and Las Vegas, to name a few. She is an Accredited and a Master Cruise Counselor and has been in the travel industry for over 25 years. She has lived abroad in Germany with many travel adventures across Europe and has traveled extensively across the United States. She has also added Egypt, Mexico, the Amazon, Machu Picchu, Australia, New Zealand, China, Vietnam and Cambodia to her list of adventures. She is an avid skier and also knows what it takes to make the ski package complete! Dawn enjoys seeing someplace new every time whether by land or sea; there is a world of exciting destinations and she wants to see them all!
Meet Kathryn DeMaris, ACC.
Accredited Cruise Counselor, Administrative Assistant,
Media Technician and Group Escort
Kathryn is relatively new to the travel industry, but is being trained by the best and learning quickly. She has traveled to Alaska, the Caribbean, several European countries, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and both the Amazon and Machu Picchu in Peru. Her cruise experience has taken her with Princess Cruises, Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Viking River Cruises and AMA Waterways. Kathryn is enthusiastic about traveling and can not wait to see where her travels take her in the coming years.