Vacations by Design @ Hartford Holidays Travel, Garden City, N.Y.
Kertes has sailed on every major cruise line, allowing him to give clients a comprehensive analysis of boats, itineraries, rooms, activities, and more. He’s especially good at explaining the fine print behind all-inclusives: he’ll tell you how much that “free” pre-cruise hotel night really costs. Along with vacations for couples and families, Kertes designs group and themed cruises, such as a classical-music trip to the Baltics, Scandinavia, and Russia organized in conjunction with the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS charity.
Excited about: There’s an increase in Alaskan cruise bookings as baby boomers cross the destination off their bucket lists. Kertes recommends the Regent Seven Seas Navigator, an all-suites vessel complete with marble bathrooms (and most with private balconies), and the Regatta from Oceania Cruises, which is fresh from a multimillion-dollar renovation.
Specialties: Luxury cruising, Group cruising