We get GREAT Deals for our friends!


Come along – and fall in Love with Cruising – like we did!

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We chose to represent the Cruises Inc. Brand because we had purchased our last three vacations from a Cruises Inc. Independent Agent!  Rob couldn’t figure out how he kept getting a better price from a secondary seller of travel than he could buying direct from the Cruise Line….  After purchasing the third cruise at a significant discount with added perks – we decided to look closer at why this was happening.  I guess it was the first stage in discovering that we would LOVE to add this business model to what we offer.  It is so much a part of the Belles VIBE!  Rob did his research, we talked with several secondary travel selling companies and settled on the Cruises Inc. brand.  It was so natural to add a travel business.  We have been cruising for years – and also sharing our travel stories with our friends!  All the time wishing that we could convince them to do what we do!  Travel means so many things to us….  Enjoy some other posts to learn how we do it!  By partnering with Cruises Inc. we are able to get the same GREAT deals for our friends that we had found for ourselves!

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Cruises Inc. is owned by World Travel Holdings as are many other recognizable brands.  What this means to you and to us is that they buy travel in BULK!  You know how it works ….. the more of something you buy, the better the price you can get from the supplier!  We chose Cruises Inc. because it is a brand centered on personal service!  The Cruises Inc. brand was a perfect place to start! We were able to use our existing Architecture Office located in our home to double as our Travel Agency Office, desks, phones, office supplies – check!  Cruises Inc. provides us with a website that we can customize, and where friends can shop to get a basic idea of what they might like to do and how much they may have to spend.  The pricing on our website is live pricing – it is directly linked to the cruise lines, through our Cruises Inc. headquarter business center!  All this info being readily available to you frees us up to do what we love – Teaching People to Travel Like an Architect™!  

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Architects are often thought of as being social peers to doctors and lawyers…   Although this is true in an intellectual sense – we just really don’t have the same earning power in the economy here in Rockford where we live.  So to keep up with Dr. Jones – we have learned to do more with less…  Not unlike our Architecture practice our Travel business will be centered on helping people.  So now you know the secret Architects aren’t RICH, they are CREATIVE!  Through our understanding of the travel industry we can help you find the best deals and make the most of your vacation budget!

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We actually can get friends a great deal! – – – AND if we aren’t friends yet – give us a call!  By the time we get your vacation planned you will be a friend with a great deal too!  We love to share our personal experience with old friends and new.  In doing so we become friends.  We even publish the next voyage we are booked on, and welcome friends, old and new to join us on our journey.  Click Travel WITH an Architect™ to see where we are off to next!  If we have available friends and family rates we are happy to book you in one for additional savings! 

Travel really doesn’t have much profit built into it.  There are many fixed costs like taxes and port charges.  The cruise lines keep a tight hold on their rates.  The best you can do will always be available through an agent because we can chip in our commission to win your business – by offering something extra like a bottle of wine or onboard spending money + our special expertise!  You will NEVER get any of that by buying direct or buying online.  This ability is built into our system through World Travel Holdings!

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