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Mary P.
Williston, ND
It felt as if we were in their living room sharing in a family gathering
TRAVEL EXPERIENCE WITH INSPIRATION:
We were totally amazed with the whole experience. The cruise FAR exceeded our expectations. The Gaithers put on two programs a day but they made each concert special for the group attending. It felt as if we were in their living room sharing in a family gathering yet each performance was so professional. Do they ever need to practice? The pianist was fantastic and NO music! All the performers were so down to earth and gracious. The highlight for me was Angela Primm's rendition of Days of Elijah at the Farewell Concert. The statement "No God Like Jehovah!" will forever bring tears to my eyes. We can't wait for our next cruise!
Rachel M.
St. Paul, MN
Now that we know what we’ve been missing, it will be hard to consider any cruise opportunities without a spiritual emphasis.
TRAVEL EXPERIENCE WITH INSPIRATION:
My husband and I deemed this our “Best Vacation Ever.” The Gospel Music Celebration Cruise to the Caribbean was like stepping on the shores of heaven for a week! Thank you so much for the opportunity to board early and receive a “sneak preview” of the entertainers we were about to enjoy that week. What a blessing! It was great to also meet some of the Inspiration Crew who traveled with us and made the event flow so smoothly. This was cruise #7 for Roger and me, but the first coordinated by Inspiration. Now that we know what we’ve been missing, it will be hard to consider any cruise opportunities without a spiritual emphasis. And we are busy promoting your next offerings of the same type of cruise to all our friends!
Maxine B.
Tim Timmons led a powerful prayer while other worship leaders laid hands on the band members.
TRAVEL EXPERIENCE WITH INSPIRATION:
This was the most memorable, special moment of the whole week. We had just had the opportunity to listen to their new CD and the band shared why each song had been written. At the end, Tim Timmons led a powerful prayer while other worship leaders laid hands on the band members. Top highlight of a week with many highlights!
Clarence L.
WOW we truly enjoyed ourselves.
TRAVEL EXPERIENCE WITH INSPIRATION:
This was my wife and my's first MercyMe at Sea cruise. WOW we truly enjoyed ourselves. All three Christian groups (Tim Timmons, Hawk Nelson and definitely MercyMe) were fantastic. The personality of each group was very welcoming to take photos with our camera phones. GOD blessed each and everyone of them. Thank you Inspiration Cruises & Tours for showing us such a good time.
Gerald & Nelda B.
Fresno
We will always remember the excursions and the unimaginable aqua waters.
TRAVEL EXPERIENCE WITH INSPIRATION:
Tahiti with Charles Swindoll... We eagerly looked forward to our fourth trip with Chuck Swindoll and Inspiration Cruises. The attention to detail has always been evident and this trip was no exception. The choice of WindStar cruises was excellent and they provided a high quality staff and service...as well as a great destination of French Polynesia. We will always remember the excursions and the unimaginable aqua waters. The Wind Spirit was a beautiful ship...definitely a home away from home....and the surprise meals and experiences were a thrill to behold. The entire vacation was a wonderful memory and we look forward to another adventure with Inspiration Cruises.
Roland & Heidi R.
Fresno
Our spiritual lives came into very clear focus.
TRAVEL EXPERIENCE WITH INSPIRATION:
Our cruise with Dr. Chuck Swindoll to Tahiti was an adventure worthy to be experienced. The ministry offered each evening was very inspiring for us as a married couple. We benefited from this time together in that our spiritual lives came into very clear focus. We would recommend anyone who would like to experience a change in their lives to come along on a journey with Inspiration Cruises. You will be enriched greatly.
David H.
Great soul food!
TRAVEL EXPERIENCE WITH INSPIRATION:
Thanks to God for Hawk Nelson making much of God and His promises to us. ...Great soul food!
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!
Patrick and Tricia S.
How Inspiration and the Swindolls take over 600 people to Israel-feed, lodge, teach, encourage them in their faith is truly amazing!
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Believers study and hear about Israel and that "there is nothing like going to the Holy Land". Then, our brains kick in and we start thinking of all the reasons why we cannot go-time away from work, finances, fear of travel for some, and other responsibilities that we all have-the list can go on and on. Once over the "going" decision and the commitment to go (it is a commitment, but what in life worth doing is not?) what organization do you trust to lead you on potentially the greatest travel experience of your lifetime? And, whom do you go with? Dave Peterson our tour director for Inspiration Cruises & Tours led our Israel tour in March 2012 and confidently reminded us to relax and enjoy the experience. We did! Insight for Living led by Chuck and Cynthia Swindoll have cast the vision for years to allow others to experience Israel together. How Inspiration and the Swindolls take over 600 people to Israel-feed, lodge, teach, encourage them in their faith is truly amazing! But then again, so is He who planted the seed in our hearts to take the risk to go. I'm so grateful we did.
David and Joyce F.
Guelph, ON, Canada
It was an unforgettable experience.
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I want to let you and Landon know how much we appreciated your help in getting a balcony room on the Eurodam for Jan 19 to 26. I did take Phil Collingsworth a can of Canadian Tim Horton coffee in appreciation also. The program was wonderful--20 plus hours of music in one week. The visits and testimonies were most encouraging to all. Then, getting to know the various groups and chatting with them was the extra. The food was good and the staff most helpful. Our table assignment for the 8 pm evening meal was great. From the first evening together the eight of us had a wonderful time. Other nearby tables came over following the meal to ask us why were we having so much fun and laughter and they were so surprised to learn that we all just met there the first night. It was an unforgettable experience. So thanks to all your staff and the many hours that go into planning these trips. We are now looking forward to another one.
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