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A-List: World's Top Travel Agents 2011

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Special Interest

Cruises

Claudia Gordon
Insider Clout: For clients on a luxury Mediterranean cruise, Gordon set up a rendezvous with a top Tuscan winemaker who created a special batch of wine for them.
Years as Agent: 31.
Other Specialty: Space travel.
Fee: Varies.

Scott Kertes +
Excited About: The new Oceania Marina, which takes the cruise dining experience to a new level, according to Kertes. “If you’re a foodie, you won’t be disappointed.”
Years as Agent: 21
Other Specialty: Small-ship cruises.
Fee: None.

Lois Moran
Top Tip: The little-visited port city of Khasab, near Dubai, is almost unchanged from a century ago: You can still spot men hauling in their catch with handmade nets.
Years as Agent: 38.
Other Specialty: Private-jet travel.
Fee: Varies.

Betsy Patton
New Favorite: Patton just returned from a preview of the new Seabourn Quest. What impressed her most? The Winter Garden suites, each with a private, glass-walled solarium.
Years as Agent: 33.
Other Specialty: Celebrations.
Fee: Varies.

Liz Sutton **
Insider Clout: For a small group on a cruise, Sutton arranged for their ship to be greeted by the staff of the hotel Cove Atlantis.
Years as Agent: 34.
Other Specialty: Family.
Fee: From $150.

Ruth Turpin
Excited About: The growing popularity of river cruises in Southeast Asia, in particular AmaWaterways, with two ships on the Mekong River.
Years as Agent: 33.
Other Specialty: Family.
Fee: Varies.

Ecotourism

Joan Weber +
New Favorite: On a recent trip to Guatemala, Weber loved the six-room Laguna Lodge Eco-Resort & Nature Reserve, overlooking Lake Atitlan.
Years as Agent: 33.
Other Specialty: Educational.
Fee: Varies.

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** T+L’s Travel Agent Advisory Board, 2011
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