Val Kittson & Jane Munzell - The Waterway Travel Team at Connoisseur Travel

We’re focused on getting you places.

Val Kittson and Jane Munzell share a passion for travel and in September of 2012 they came together as The Waterway Travel Team. Val and Jane are customer focused purveyors of fine travel on oceans, rivers and land. Let their expert knowledge work for you to get you where you want to go. They handle all aspects of your travel experience from start to finish including transfers, excursions and air and will provide you with high-touch individualized service. Val and Jane are group travel experts, managing both small and large groups with their expert planning services. Whether it's a family or friend reunion, or a group of travelers who share a love for almost anything you can imagine (wine, golf, food, history, health and wellness, crafting, etc.), they take care of every detail while simplifying the process for you. Women Wandering the World is a travel group organized by Jane and Val that brings inquisitive, knowledge-seeking women together who enjoy exploring with other like-minded travelers. If you’re interested in traveling with a great group of women, you can get more information here. They can also take your business meeting and incentive travel to a new level. Take your team to fabulous destinations to experience team building and educational seminars or reward your sales team or clients with a luxurious trip they won’t soon forget. Val and Jane will find the perfect venue and handle all aspects of the travel experience from start to finish. We customize each trip to meet your company’s needs while offering the utmost in customer service to you and your travelers. Working with Val and Jane provides peace of mind in knowing your travel plans will be seamless form the planning stages right through to the return home. Have an idea for a group? Don't hesitate to get in touch with us and we’ll explore the possibilities together! We’re looking forward to working with you!

Why it's still OK to take a cruise amid the coronavirus outbreak

Great article on the state of cruising amid the coronavirus. If you're feeling a little skeptical, take a few minutes to read it through. Amid mounting concerns over the spread of novel coronavirus, many would-be passengers are asking whether it's still safe to embark on a cruise. We talk to experts about whether or not travelers should be changing their plans or taking extra precautions.

Ama Means Love Integration

If you're looking for a unique way to renew vows or just want to find out what river cruising is all about, AmaWaterways serves up an amazing experience!

If you are looking to travel more in 2020 or have a special occasion coming up that deserves an unforgettable trip then setting sail on AmaWaterways is just ...

The Travel Magazine Online - Jan/Feb 2020

Check out our newest online travel magazine - lots of fascinating places to discover! Check out our new online travel magazine - lots of fascinating places to discover!

Why You Should Use a Travel Agent, Now More than Ever

Great article on why travel advisors are more valuable than ever! From the perks, to the protection, to the help in case of an emergency, here’s a list of reasons why everyone should use a travel agent — good information to pass along to your clients.

AmaWaterways™ River Cruises

Have you been thinking about jumping into the world of river cruising to see what all the buzz is about? Now is a great time - AmaWaterways is offering Free Air on many of their 2020 sailings. Offer ends on December 31st - still looking for a great Christmas present anyone? Click on the link below for more details and call us with any questions. 866.595.3667

How to Prepare for a Long Flight | REI Co-op Journal

Great article on preparing for long haul flights - don't forget the snacks! Traveling abroad brings new experiences and adventure, but first you have to get there. Learn how to endure a long flight at the REI Co-op Journal.

The Travel Magazine Online - Sept/Oct 2019

The Travel Magazine Online - Sept/Oct 2019

Have a peek at our new Travel Magazine Online and get inspired for your next vacation! Sept/Oct 2019 Teaser Video

Good morning beautiful Vancouver.

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By far, the highlight of the trip was taking a helicopter to Mendenhall Glacier to a sled dog camp. We all had a turn standing on the sled, playing with the pups and learning from an Iditarod finisher. Amazing experience.

Princess Cruises Island Princess Webcam for Smartphones

It's such a beautiful day in Glacier Bay National Park, we want you to come along. Check back throughout the afternoon and evening by clicking on the link below for some amazing glaciers as we transition into the park. We have rangers on board narrating. Youre seeing livecwhere we are now. Thank you Princess Cruises for a great experience. Live Island Princess bridgecam for smartphones

We sailed Hubbard Glacier yesterday. It's a wonderous, seven mile long, 600 feet tall (350 feet exposed above the waterline) ice formation from a mountain 76 miles away that cannot be seen from the bay. See the photo with a thousand foot long cruise ship next to it for perspective. An onboard naturalist did a beautiful job narrating. Only one excursion is available to 125 people to get up closer on a smaller ship. Our friends who took the trip saw the calving glacier up close. They also saw sea otters and bears along the shore of the bay. Next up, Glacier Bay. Did you know that only select cruise lines are permitted to sail into Glacier Bay? If you're thinking about a trip to Alaska read more at

Christmas Market River Cruises | AmaWaterways ™

Have you always wanted to do a Christmas Markets river cruise? AmaWaterways is offering great savings and promotions for sailings in November and December of this year. Click below for details!

The glass-domed train between Talkeetna and Whittier was wonderful. You can spend time in the lovely little town before you depart. Talkeetna is a small town with some shops and restaurants and an airport hidden behind the shops! Go to the Roadhouse if you're looking for breakfast. It was a great day seeing more of the land from Mt. Denali to Whittier.

Win a Caribbean Getaway for Two!

Win a 3-night stay for two at Belmond La Samanna in St. Martin! Indulge in elegant European cuisine, sip champagne at sunset and sample world-class restaurants. Click below for details! Indulge in elegant European cuisine, sip champagne at sunset and sample world-class restaurants at Belmond La Samanna, a stylish private beach and spa oasis that embodies St. Martin’s classic French spirit.

Bears, moose, caribou, Dall sheep - we saw them all. We chose to upgrade our Denali experience to go to the end of the road, Kantishna, 92.5 miles into the widerness. It's a 12 hour venture on the only road into and out of Denali National Park. There are three options for seeing the park. One that will give you a brief overview, a second that will bring you into the tundra, and the third that brings you as far into the park as you can go on the road. The full tour is so rich in history and wildlife. It's a long day, but worth it. Most people don't know that in order to do the longer tour you must spend at least two nights at Denali if you are on a pre or post cruise land tour. Stay tuned for more information and packing tips for a trip like this.

Traveling now is the perfect time to view the Aurora Borealis from just north of Fairbanks. Our travel mates did the late night trip into the darkness to get a view on a beautiful night. The weather is perfect. Mid 60's during the day. Today we hope to see moose, bears, other wildlife and Mt. McKinley as we venture deep into Denali National Park!

Come along with us on Facebook as we visit Alaska, from Fairbanks, deep into Denali then 7 nights aboard the Island Princess finishing up in Vancouver. Learn some things you might not know if you don't use a travel consultant who's well versed in Alaska. Fairbanks is a small city but what a great time meeting locals and taking a Chena Riverboat cruise where we had a bush pilot take off and land in the river right next to us (just for us). We stopped and saw the home and kennels of the late Susan Butcher, four time Iditerod champion, and visited the Chena Indian Village. What an amazing place Fairbanks is. If you have questions about Alaska, just let us know!

Trip VS Vacation: How to take an actual vacation // The Holderness Family

Are you already thinking about your next "vacation" with the family? Spring Break perhaps? Watch the video below to see why cruising is a great option for families.

Thank you to Princess Cruises for helping us take an actual vacation. Go to to plan your vacation. #ComeBackNew See Penn’s perfor...

The Travel Magazine Online - Jul/Aug 2019

Browse through the new edition of our online travel magazine and get inspired for your next vacation!

The AmaMagna is Redefining the Luxury River Cruise Experience

Check out AmaWaterways brand new ship - the AmaMagna. Click on the video below to discover all she has to offer. Get in touch with us to plan your next adventure!

From the spacious balcony suites to the expansive Zen Wellness Studio, the AmaMagna is redefining the river cruise experience. With five bars, four unique re...

From our friends on their first AmaWaterways river cruise - celebrating 50 years of marriage!

"Raining today, but we were so excited to hike the steep Ravenna River Gorge in the Black Forest! We are amazed by all the ways Ama finds to make this trip extra special!"

and about the second photo: "Happy guy....took this right after we got to cabin....We LOVED Switzerland....first evening on ship was lovely! ❤️"

If you're looking for a special trip that's crafted with you in mind, have a look at what our clients are saying about their vacation. They currently are in Greece on a trip we created just for them!

"Just wanted to share with you what an incredible time we are having. It is so beautiful - I feel as though someone should pinch me. Accommodations and transfers have been perfect. The itinerary is wonderful. "

and today we heard from therm again...

"The trip continues to be incredible. The itinerary that you created has been perfect. What a beautiful country with warm, gracious people. And the food!!!"

Interested in a special trip? Give us a call at 866-595-3667.

The Best Trips to Take in Your 60s According to a 2016 study derived from the most recent U. S. Census, by age 63 nearly half of United States workers have retired. That leaves quite a few 60-somethings still at work in either full-time or part-time jobs.

The Travel Magazine Online - Mar/Apr 2019

Check out our new Travel Magazine Online and get inspired - where are you going on your next vacation?

Women Wandering Key West

A great day in Key West. A little rain didn't dampen the spirit.

A great day in Key West. A little rain didn't dampen the spirit.

Women Wandering the World in Cozumel

It was a perfect day in Cozumel. Some went ashore and snorkeled, others toured ruins and chocolate factories, some went into town and others stayed on board and relaxed or visited the spa. It was a great day!

It was a perfect day in Cozumel. Some went ashore and snorkeled, others toured ruins and chocolate factories, some went into town and others stayed on board and relaxed or visited the spa. It was a great day!

Women Wandering the World

Twenty two women came together for a Spa Cruise aboard the Celebrity Infinity. What a great and interesting group of women. We did keep the spa staff busy!

Twenty two women came together for a Spa Cruise aboard the Celebrity Infinity. What a great and interesting group of women. We did keep the spa staff busy!

AmaWaterways™ River Cruises

Join travel expert and television host Samantha Brown aboard AmaWaterways magnificent new ship, the AmaMagna. Click below for details and call us to reserve this amazing sailing for you! AmaWaterways™, A Luxury River Cruise Line celebrating 15 years on the river, offers travelers unforgettable river cruises in Europe, Asia & Africa. For a list of our 2017 & 2018 itineraries and promotions, please contact your travel agent or call us.

Your Journey, Your Way | Save up to $1,500 on Rive

Now is a great time to book your AmaWaterways river cruise - call us for details. Let AmaWaterways introduce you to a world where dramatic sights are met with innovative and luxurious ships — your beautiful home away from home. Savor our award-winning, chef-prepared cuisine with the freshest local ingredients. Enjoy included shore excursions, guided hiking and bike tours and ex...

Norwegian Encore - Activities & Entertainment

If you're looking for some family fun, check out this video of the Encore, Norwegian Cruise Line's ship that will debut in 2019 sailing the Caribbean out of Miami, then will move to New York in the spring of 2020. A Haven Suite for the family and grandparents and non-stop adventure for the kids! It's not too early to start planning graduation or holiday cruises for 2020. It's a bonus that you can drive to the port in NY. Give us a call at 866-595-3667 or visit our website at


10 Reasons You Should Use a Travel Agent in 2019

Great article on why travel advisors are more relevant that ever! It’s a year of more ships, more flights and less legroom. And some say 2019 is also the Year of the Travel Agent. We asked some professionals why they think that is.

Win a New York City Vacation for Two!

Enter to win our newest sweepstakes offer! Enjoy luxuriously appointed accommodations at the crossroads of culture and commerce. This package includes a 3-night stay in a One Bedroom Suite at The Benjamin Hotel and $150 Food and Beverage Credit at The National.

Ultimate Experiences Online - Jan 2019

Have a peek at our new Ultimate Experience Online Magazine and get inspired. Where will your next journey take you?

A bright and sunny picture from some of our clients on a catamaran excursion in St. Lucia - those Piton's never fail to impress! Not to mention this happy family getting away from the cold and ice! Call us to book your next getaway!

Val Kittson & Jane Munzell - The Waterway Travel Team at Connoisseur Travel's cover photo

The Travel Magazine Online - Nov/Dec 2018

Check out our newest online magazine!

The Travel Magazine Online - Nov/Dec 2018

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Have you heard of Uniworld River Cruises? Uniworld offers a luxury experience and is now offering their "Best Offer," with 30% savings on select sailings. Here's what Holly and Rich E. of Germantown, MD have to say about their Uniworld experience along with their Barcelona visit after their cruise to Provence:

"We had the most wonderful vacation - thank you so much for helping us with this. The SS Catherine and the crew/staff were wonderful and attentive. We so enjoyed all of our meals and the wines pairings. The waitstaff were entertaining and attentive. Interacting with them and learning where their homes were was interesting and fun. The excursions offered were so wonderful. We learned about each of the villages/towns/cities we visited and the guides, well they were beyond wonderful. The stories told about the history of the area and the commentary that went along was at times hilarious! Our guide in Viviers, Frances, was the best - not only did she live in the village, she opened her home to us to allow us a glimpse of the homes that have existed for hundreds of years. What a treat. We did participate in some of the additional excursions and had the pleasure of seeing a chateau built in 1190 and still operating as a vineyard. The Comet's family is living in the chateau and gave us the history of how it had grown and changed over the centuries. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch of boeuf bourguignon with cheesy potatoes paired with his family's wine. Such a wonderful experience.

Barcelona is a really beautiful city and we toured the Picasso Museum, the Sagrada Familia - this was unbelievably beautiful and something not to be missed. The Park Geull, the public area only - we missed being able to tour the park itself because of the timed entries requirement but something to catch the next time we visit. The area around the Picasso Museum was fascinating and we wondered around for hours - having paella on La Ramblas and wondering through the market. So much to see and do. We had dinner at a waterfront restaurant - had to see the Mediterranean Sea!

We are definitely going to do another river cruise with Uniworld! We just need to determine the when and the where."

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Call us at 866.595.3667 and ask about our additional special offer if you book now for 2019.

The Edge is a beautiful ship. We had a great evening and morning. More information to come, but we wanted to share with you her most unique feature - The Magic Carpet. Situated on the outside of the ship it is raised and lowered to become an extension to various decks. On Deck 5 it becomes an open air extension of Raw of 5, a fabulous seafood restaurant. Use it to board a tender on Deck 2. It has a full bar with comfortable seating. It's a destination unto itself!

Sailaway out of Port Everglades on the new CELEBRITY EDGE. Join us over the next two days as we experience all she has to offer!

Have you been considering a river cruise? We are offering almost 30% off current pricing on a few more cabins on the Enchanting Rhine on the May 20th, 2019 sailing. Cruise from Basel to Amsterdam aboard the beautiful AmaKristina. This is an incredible value that doesn't often present itself. Call us for details at 866-595-3667 or visit

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