John & Karen Gawne
(757) 962-5813
(888) 470-6787
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Veterans of over 85 cruises on Azamara, Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Holland America, MSC, Norwegian, Oceania, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Star Clippers, and Uniworld, we have also traveled to the Far East, Europe, the Mediterranean, Ireland, and the Isle of Man. John lived in Greece for three years while in the Navy.  We have cruised the Eastern, Western, and Southern Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Tahiti, Canada/New England, Mexican Riviera,  Baltic & Russia,  Mediterranean, and Burgundy/Provence in Southern France.  We also handle land vacations and all-inclusives.  

Retired from the Navy, John spent 20 years in banking as a training and management consultant, and as a university faculty administrator, before joining the travel industry in 2004.  He was named "Rookie of the Year" his first year.


  • Princess Cruise Line Commodore
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines Freestyle Certified
  • Royal Caribbean Expert Certification
  • Sandals & Beaches Certified Specialist
  • Israel Specialist
  • Panama Specialist
  • AMResorts Master Agent (Zoetry, Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now, and Sunscape Resorts)

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Client Testimonials

John helped me keep this as an anniversary surprise our wedding anniversary.  He has my highest excellent!  He kept me well informed, helped me find out things I didn't know or wasn't sure about, explained things to look for in the ports and what to do.   

Grace & Edwin Morgan, Chesapeake, VA (Disney Magic 12/05)


Our agent was patient and took the time to explain and answer all of our questions.  This was our first cruise, booked as a honeymoon.  What could be better than waking up and going to the pool, grabbing a bite to eat, and then continue to lie and sun by the pool.  Returning back to our room to get stuff for the beach and your room is cleaned.  Life is great on a cruise.

Buddy & Veronica McGuire, Chesapeake, VA (Explorer of the Seas 3/06)


Here we are back home again after a fabulous and most enjoyable anniversary cruise. On behalf of our group and especially ourselves we would like to thank you for your marvelous arrangements and multiple courtesies.  Once again, our gratitude for making it so enjoyable.

Eusebio Morales, Panama City, Panama (Holland America Amsterdam 07/06)


My limited patience for the internet was running out quickly when I found - the first line reads, "To speak with an agent call...." Real people associated with a web page? Unheard of! But, after 15 minutes on the phone with John Gawne, I had all the info I wanted. Here in the age of e-mail, I'm often reminded that human-to-human contact really is better, even if it's just a phone call. We booked that afternoon to spend 7 days on a 1000 foot long, 12-story tall floating city called the Carnival Conquest headed to Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and Cozumel.

Lans Taylor, Spring, TX, 12/06


John was great!!!  We got married in St Thomas and we had no worries.  It was all taken care of by a wedding provider that John recommended.  He really pointed us in the right direction.  Now we have stories that we can tell that will last a lifetime.  We will be telling everyone about John and what a specialist he is!!!

Mary and Bill Gaines, Ohio, 11/07


Thanks to John Gawne I had a smooth journey from the moment I left home until I arrived onboard the Freedom of the Seas. He explained the entire process of cruising to me including onshore excursions. It was a great week with my daughter.

Cindy Martin, Georgia, 06/08


Travel agent is awesome - we have used him for 4 years for our school travel to Grenada - each year he is great - immediate responses and follows through with everything!

Louisa Zirkle, Virginia 07/10


John Gawne is a superb Travel Agent. He is always available, and is so knowledgeable with regard to any quesations I pose. A truly wonderful person to work with on my family's travel plans!

Lawrence Greenberg, Florida 12/10


John Gawne was probably the nicest and most knowledgeable agent we have ever dealt with. We will certainly use him again!

Pat Rehr, Florida 06/11


Hi John--Thank you for taking such good care of us during our Liberty of the Seas Carribean tour returning this morning to Ft. Lauderdale! Our room was in a perfect location, the wine was such a nice thought and a complete surprise, and our dinning table couldn't have been better. We both thank you so much for being the best!  The trip was fantastic!  We all thoroughly enjoyed the ship with all of its amenities--what a great place to spend five glorious days. 

B. Dianne Aucamp and Ed Mahoney (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) 03/12


John Gawne was a GREAT cruise consultant.  He was responsive and attentive, with just the right amount of interaction during the cruise selection process and leading up to our vacation.  Very helpful and knowledgeable on options related to the cruise itself, pre-cruise accommodations, shore excursions, etc.  He always jumped in to get us past road blocks when it came to scheduling things, making an extra call to shore excursions or NCL concierge desk without me even expecting it.  Great service all around, and we won't hesitate to use him again!

Heath Marcus, Virginia, 12/12


John was wonderful....he got us an upgrade and found a cabin for Ian one floor down from us....Thank you for suggesting I call him....It is much easier working with someone that has experience and expertise than trying to do it online by myself.  I feel confident that he got us the biggest bang for our buck.

Midge Woods, Virginia 02/13


We had a nice 11 night Alaska cruise aboard Celebrity Century. Everything was perfect and familiar as I think it was the same ship we took our very first cruise with you on. 

We appreciate your excellent customer service, attention to detail and personalized suggestions for excursions.  Celebrity is still our favorite cruise line and you are the best cruise specialist.

Larry and Cherie Eyer, California, 09/13


We love working with John Gawne and will plan many
more cruises.....and possibly other vacations......with him in the future.

Margaret and Cliff Inge, Virginia, 10/14


My planner provided all the necessary information upfront which in turn ensured a STRESS FREE pre-planning and embarkation experience. The ship EXCEEDED my expectations and actually has made it hard for me to cruise on any other cruise line or ship. The atmosphere aboard the Oasis Of the Seas is like no other, as it provides an environment that almost makes one forget they are actually afloat. AWESOME experience and I would most assuredly recommend this ship to others. If I had to change anything, I would ensure that the ship's scheduled accommodated more or different port

John Toomer, Virginia, 11/14


Lonnie Johnson, Virginia, 11/15


Lynelle Wilkey, Virginia  12/15


Lawrence Greenberg 2/16


William J Lassiter 7/16


John is very knowledgeable and kind. I can't wait to have Cruises Inc plan my next vacation.

Tammara Reed, Colorado 11/16


Philip Stoll, Virgnia 12/16


Teresa Hicks, Virginia 2017


I would refer John Gawne and Cruises Inc to anyone who wants to go on vacation. John is very good about finding the exact cruise that fits your needs and helps out with what to do when you get there.  There link to Shoretrips is definitely worth booking. Every booking we have done through them has been extraordinary!! Then once everything is booked and you finally get there he finds ways to make you feel special and that is a great feeling. This has been where I have come each and everytime I plan a vacation and it has been so very worth it. The knowledge he has and shares make the vacation the dream you have been dreaming of.

Lynelle Wilkey, Virginia, 11/17


Just wanted to thank John and Karen Gawne for helping us book a great Princess Cruise! Our family had a great time! It was our first time booking via an independent travel agent, rather than directly through the cruise company. It was well worth it, and I do recommend it! John has a great knowledge of the cruise industry and can help you decide what resort/cruise line or ship will be the best fit for your family! Also, as a travel agent, he has access to some good perks like on-board credit or specialty dining! It's really worth it booking through them!  Also, we are thankful for acknowledging our birthdays and anniversary. Chocolate covered strawberries were a pleasant surprise! 

Iryna Kutsevol Conwell, Virginia, 1/2018






Lisa Iorio, Massachusetts, 8/2018


Joyelle Sprenkle, Virginia, 1/2019


Cosette Woods, Virginia, 7/2019


  This is our 3rd time booking a cruise through them. John was always there to answer our questions. I highly recommend Cruises Inc. to anyone who's seeking a worry free vacation planning.

Upeksha Gunawardena 7/2019


John took care of all our vacation planning needs.  Excellent service.

Sam and Melissa Howard    Aug 2019

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