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Bridget H.
Concord, NC
He blessed me twice that day - once to have a room (though it meant a cancellation for someone else) and a second time when Lori was there to provide fantastic service! Because of this, I WILL book additional trips with your company. Hopefully, the first will be a retirement celebration with my sister this year or next. I wanted you to know because this whole situation was righted so quickly and we had the most wonderful weekend. It was absolutely amazing! Thank you for organizing an amazing event where everything happened like clockwork from the buses to the concerts to the farm….I could go on and on…. but also THANK YOU for employing great people like Lori!
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This message is long overdue! I attended the Amy Grant Tennessee Weekend this past October with Inspiration. I purchased the weekend pass only, as the hotel + weekend package was sold out. I made a separate reservation with Embassy Suites in Franklin, one of the two host hotels. When we arrived at the Embassy Suites in Franklin, TN, I was informed that the hotel had overbooked rooms even though I received a confirmation several weeks beforehand. We were told that we would need to relocate to another hotel property. The desk manager (cannot recall his name) was quick to hand me a letter to take to the overflow property he had made an agreement with. It was a quick conversation and I felt as though he was quickly trying to shuffle us off. It only took about 10 minutes for it to sink in and I was not very happy, particularly since we had not received any communication prior to our arrival that there was a problem. I went back to the desk and asked for the Hotel Manager. His first name was Wade and I must say throughout the rest of our conversations, he was extremely nice and professional. He explained that typically on bookings, the hotel plans for some cancellations from the non-tour groups, but in this case that just did not happen, thus causing the hotel to become overbooked. Though I understood, I explained that we would need to get transportation to the Embassy each time there was an event and be sure that we planned accordingly as to not run late. Additionally, with the cost of the trip, this was just not acceptable. His hands were tied and he assured me that we would get transportation and that there would be no room cost due to the inconvenience. I have never had something like this occur with a hotel. I was so upset! After a few more minutes, I thought well, Inspiration is the travel agency so I am going to their table to see if by any chance there has been a cancellation. I am so glad I did! I met your employee Lori, briefly relayed the situation and she said I believe we may have a room! Indeed, someone had to cancel which left a paid for room available for us! She quickly went to work and with 10 minutes she had everything set! The story doesn't end here though. She walked with me to the desk and when a female staff member at the front desk tried to help us, she was quickly moved "out of the way" so the desk manager I had originally dealt with could help us. Lori handled the situation beautifully and told him that she had a cancellation and wanted me to have the room. He was basically rude and argumentative. He then said I'll be right back and left us at the desk for several minutes alone. At this point, we both clearly understood this manager was doing this on purpose and had simply left us to wait. Wade, the Hotel Manager, walked up and wanted to know if everything was being taken care of and Lori pointed out that we had been left alone at the desk and that the manager seemed to have an attitude problem. Wade went to the back and I would guess had a conversation with him because my room was squared away in 5 minutes :). This is a long recollection, I know, but I have never experienced something like this from within the hotel industry. Wade was great and made sure the room was squared away and we chatted later that week. He agreed that a simple communication to someone who books a room is all that it would have taken to let us know there was an issue. Lori's handling of this very difficult situation was extremely professional and was in every way great customer service. Not only was she kind and helpful, but also acutely aware of the manager's poor attitude and games he was beginning to play because he did not want anyone overriding his decision. She handled him professionally but firmly when we approached him with the open room and he informed her that we couldn't do that! She knew we COULD do that and I was so glad she was there beside me to handle him! Lori said, God has blessed you when I first asked for her help, as she was aware of the cancellation. But He blessed me twice that day - once to have a room (though it meant a cancellation for someone else) and a second time when Lori was there to provide fantastic service! Because of this, I WILL book additional trips with your company. Hopefully, the first will be a retirement celebration with my sister this year or next. I wanted you to know because this whole situation was righted so quickly and we had the most wonderful weekend. It was absolutely amazing! Thank you for organizing an amazing event where everything happened like clockwork from the buses to the concerts to the farm….I could go on and on…. but also THANK YOU for employing great people like Lori!
Trina Massengale
I was able to do street evangelism which absolutely touched my life forever
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This was my first mission trip as well as my first cruise. I can not tell u what an awesome time my mother and three friends had. I was able to do street evangelism which absolutely touched my life forever
Neven and Eileen L.
Aurora, CO
There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think about our wonderful cruise!
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There isn't a day that goes by that we don't think about our wonderful cruise! Jeremy Bloom's Wish of a Lifetime worked with your firm to arrange our trip with Gaither Homecoming. We really want to thank the person or persons responsible for arranging our trip. We had a great time and we certainly enjoyed the concerts and our ocean view cabin. Neven gained 8 pounds so the food must have been great too! Thank you for a wonderful cruise!
Erika Smith
El Salvador
I’ve never been farther than the states or central America by myself, so Israel was like a big thing for me and [Inspiration] made it really comfortable and it was really easy to get to.
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[Inspiration] managed the whole thing and organized the whole trip was really great because from day one they were really professional and really organized. I received my package like a week after I purchased it. I’ve never been farther than the states or central America by myself, so Israel was like a big thing for me and they made it really comfortable and it was really easy to get to. The hotels were really organized, everything was really great, the tour buses were awesome and the guides. It was a really good experience. Some of the things they did to make it comfortable was explaining every detail, like the instructions on the package were awesome. They also gave us a book to read before going to Israel so they prepared us for the things that we should expect, what to pack, what would be the things that we would be encountering along the way so that was something that was really a big benefit. I made a lot of great friends in Israel that believe the same thing and when we got back and showed them all the pictures and all the places we went and how organized it was and how professional they were they were actually excited for next year. In a way they make you feel like you are in a little bubble. You’re part of a class and you feel comfortable. They actually did a good job making my nametags and also different tags for your bags, so they kept everything really organized with the lists. For me personally what made this trip so special was that it was unplanned—it was spontaneous. I think a lot of people sometimes like to plan everything in their life and live by a schedule or just live by expectations, but this was something that just came up…and I just kinda was brave enough to buy the ticket with the money I had saved. Not knowing where I was going, who I was going with, I wasn’t part of a church or anything—I actually just got myself out there. Just walking where Jesus walked is awesome. It was a great experience that you don’t get to enjoy every day.
Johnette L.
I loved everything about this trip and the life changing experience that is so hard to explain. I think one of the things that changed me was being baptized in the Jordan by Tobin. Whenever I read scripture of John baptizing Jesus, I think "wow" I was baptized there too. Changes the heart.
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Everyone has asked me what place I loved best. I always answer it depends where I was at the time. I loved everything about this trip and the life changing experience that is so hard to explain. I think one of the things that changed me was being baptized in the Jordan by Tobin. Whenever I read scripture of John baptizing Jesus, I think "wow" I was baptized there too. Changes the heart.
Dana Mackey
Just seeing the souls that came to Christ made the trip well worth the sacrifice.
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I just want to take the time to let you know that I was so blessed being a part of Cruise With A Cause. Just seeing the souls that came to Christ made the trip well worth the sacrifice.
Bill and Lynn W.
Columbus, GA
Inspiration does everything first class. The travel arrangements, preparation info for tour, arrival, tour guides, buses & bus drivers, hotel accommodations, teaching ~ absolutely everything was perfect!
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We wanted to drop a note and tell you once again what a wonderful experience we had on our recent trip to Israel. We traveled with Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale; this was our second trip to the Holy Land with them. Our experience 2 years ago was wonderful, but we must confess, this was even more meaningful! This truly was a "pilgrimage" for us! Inspiration does everything first class. The travel arrangements, preparation info for tour, arrival, tour guides, buses & bus drivers, hotel accommodations, teaching ~ absolutely everything was perfect! A very big difference this year was the use of "whispers"...excellent addition! No matter where you were in the group, every word was heard! We were totally connected with our tour guide at all times and through his voice! We remain amazed at the knowledge level of the guides you use; knowledge of the land itself and its history, as well as remarkable knowledge of the Bible! We have had the opportunity to be with two different guides and each gave us personal knowledge and a different perspective. We hope to return again! Thank you, Dave, and the Inspiration team for all you did in making this journey so special for us! Truly a blessing beyond words!
Tara Roberts
Vancouver, WA
It wasn’t just a tour, it wasn’t a vacation, it was an experience where Jesus loved me so much [that] He wanted to show me where He was born and where He grew up and where He taught and where His friends were and where miracles happened and I got to see all of that and He kept on showing me all these things. I was able to delight in His life in a very intimate way.
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[My husband and I] both wanted to pursue God more than just a nominal Christian life; we wanted more. I knew that I wanted to go to Israel and had been invited by different parties but I was waiting for just the right one and it came along when I decided to go to Philadelphia to see Joel Rosenberg. We had planned [to see Israel] for the next year—bought tickets for myself, my husband Jeff and my daughter Savannah 11 years old—and we went on a trip of a lifetime. It wasn’t just a tour, it wasn’t a vacation, it was an experience where Jesus loved me so much [that] He wanted to show me where He was born and where He grew up and where He taught and where His friends were and where miracles happened and I got to see all of that and He kept on showing me all these things. I was able to delight in His life in a very intimate way. I know there are many vacations people can go on, many places they can visit. Go to Europe and see history there [or] go to Hawaii and go surf—but ultimately if you’re a follower of Jesus Christ and you have the opportunity and the Lord calls you to it to see His intimate life and how He grew up and how He died for you and where He died for you and where He rose for you and where He’s going to come back again for you, [then] I hugely recommend this opportunity. And I hope to see you there because I will return.
Lisa M
California
A piece of heaven on earth. Music, fellowship and lifetime friends have developed.
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I've been on all the MWS cruises. Each one has been special in their own way. A piece of heaven on earth. Music, fellowship and lifetime friends have developed.
Kimberly Bishop
Birmingham, AL
I’ve been exposed to cultures and music that I didn’t know existed in the body of Christ.
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The experience was wonderful and it was without a doubt the most diverse group of Christians I’ve ever seen. I’ve been exposed to cultures and music that I didn’t know existed in the body of Christ.
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