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Cliff Bainum
Cliff Bainum

Cliff Bainum

Seattle, WA Cruise Specialist
Years of Experience: 25+
21 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Luxury Cruise Expert

Planning a vacation should be a fun and rewarding experience, and it’s even more special when you have an expert at your side who is willing to put their knowledge and skills to work for you. As a luxury cruise consultant with Cruise Specialists, I partner with my clients to create dream vacations and I am with you from the initial planning stages of a vacation until the day you get home. I arrange cruises of varying lengths and to a multitude of destinations on every major cruise line, including Holland America Line, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Seabourn, Viking, Oceania Cruises, and more. I do the research and make the reservations, and I’m there for you if questions or concerns arise. I have personal relationships with every cruise line I do business with. With me, you have an extra layer of knowledge, insight and advocacy if it is ever needed. You can read more about my specialties of World Cruising and Hosted Voyages in my specific bios on these topics, below.

My Travel Specialties

Luxury Cruise Expert, Putting My Clients First

Silk Kitchen & Bar, Crystal Symphony
My passion for travel was ignited as a graduate of the International Aviation & Travel Academy in Arlington, Texas.For the past three decades, I have been dedicated to serving travel clients in a variety of roles — and for the past… Read more from my Luxury Cruise Expert, Putting My Clients First bio.

World Cruise Expert

World Cruise clients in South Africa
A World Cruise takes you to dozens of destinations around the world on one seamlessly organized vacation. You are treated to special events and theme nights, dine on the finest cuisine, enjoy enrichment programs developed for the cruise and enjoy the… Read more from my World Cruise Expert bio.

Hosted Cruise Expert

One of our hosted cruise groups in The Netherlands
On a hosted cruise, there is a hand-picked Voyage Host who cruises along with our guests and is there to serve as an extra resource. They host a welcome reception, arrange times for the group to get together and chat, host… Read more from my Hosted Cruise Expert bio.

My Areas of Expertise

Destinations

  • World Cruise
  • Europe
  • Trans-Atlantic
  • Netherlands
  • Australia
  • Asia
  • Alaska

Interests

  • Cruises
  • Luxury Cruises
  • World Cruises
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • River Cruises

Suppliers

  • Holland America Line
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas Cruises
  • Seabourn
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Viking Ocean Cruises

My Reviews

Rating: 5 21 Reviews | 100% Recommended
  • Very helpful cruise consultant

    Reviewed By Todd - Atlanta, GA | Traveled to Mediterranean
    Cliff was on top of things from dealing with cruise line to reminding us is of trip requirements and deadlines. While we made many arrangements, tours, etc online, Cliff was a good sounding board.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    303 of 351 people found this review helpful
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  • Review of cruise

    Reviewed By Patrice - Fall City | Traveled to Canada
    Cliff answered all of our questions quickly and presented us with many options. He was helpful getting us through the process of shore excursions and cabin perks. Working with Cliff was easy.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    313 of 378 people found this review helpful
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  • Crystal Symphony Alaska

    Reviewed By Julie - Miami Beach | Traveled to Alaska
    Cliff was very helpful and patient with all my questions and was able to get us a good deal.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    256 of 316 people found this review helpful
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  • Best Agent Ever!

    Reviewed By Kathy - Palm City | Traveled to Japan
    Cliff is very thorough and efficient. He finds the best deals out there! He follows up and answers emails and calls ASAP. WE will definitely use him in the future.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    248 of 303 people found this review helpful
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  • Angel

    Reviewed By Oswald - Saint Cloud | Traveled to Trans-Atlantic
    Cliff and Annie were top notch. Everything from start to finish perfect! I would highly recommend "Cruise Specialist". They and the people representing this company are a "class act".!!
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    245 of 349 people found this review helpful
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  • Cliff is great

    Reviewed By Nolan - Pompano Beach | Traveled to Scandinavia
    Cliff is great to work with. He's thorough and responsive.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    131 of 176 people found this review helpful
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  • Working wifh Cliff

    Reviewed By Katharine - Birmingham, AL | Traveled to Europe
    Cliff was very professional and helpful.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    164 of 252 people found this review helpful
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  • Fabulous!!!

    Reviewed By Lyse - Liberty | Traveled to Canada
    Cliff was responsive and knowledgeable about all of his cruises. Great to work with!
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    51 of 94 people found this review helpful
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  • He is professional

    Reviewed By Damilia - Austin | Traveled to Hawaii
    He always is ready to listen and to do what it will take to make your travel experience the best that it can be. We normally work with a low travel budget, but that has never stop him from doing his very best.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    51 of 94 people found this review helpful
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  • Regent cruise

    Reviewed By Rhonda - Las Vegas | Traveled to Alaska
    Excellent in all regards.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    54 of 103 people found this review helpful
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  • Best there is

    Reviewed By Douglas - Breckenridge | Traveled to Panama Canal
    Always great travel agent
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    50 of 96 people found this review helpful
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  • Cliff Bainum - Excellent Advisor

    Reviewed By Monika - Nokomis | Traveled to Danube
    Cliff responded to my emails and my calls quickly, answering my questions and connecting me to others when he did not have the answer. All my arrangements were made flawlessly. In that I live on a different coast, our times would not always match, but his responses were always within a couple of hours. He even got my Global Entry numbers tagged to Viking and all appropriate airlines without any problems. He was knowledgeable, making excellent suggestions,and easily available with a pleasant demeanor.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    62 of 120 people found this review helpful
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  • Agent Review

    Reviewed By Alger - Los Angeles, CA | Traveled to South Pacific
    I have never met Cliff in person. We live in different parts of USA. He was recommended by a friend. We emailed or talked by phone. Cliff was very pleasant and professional. We have booked with him since.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    52 of 102 people found this review helpful
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  • Professional, thorough and extremely nice

    Reviewed By Jean - Las Vegas | Traveled to Europe
    Cliff is the consummate travel agent. He asked the right questions and made sure we would be met and housed appropriately. We've used Cliff in the past, and he has always provided me with the best of care and does those thousand and one things I would never remember to do.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    51 of 100 people found this review helpful
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  • Norwaycruise

    Reviewed By Cindy - Chattanooga, TN | Traveled to Europe
    Cliff picked up this reservation from a prior agent who left the company. It was thence handled without problems and he was solicitous of our satisfaction. We had no issues with the assistance he provided.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    52 of 103 people found this review helpful
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  • Travel Consultant

    Reviewed By Ursula - Stillwater | Traveled to Caribbean
    Cliff does a great job of handling all our cruising needs.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    43 of 89 people found this review helpful
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  • Cliff Bainum

    Reviewed By Dirk - Layfayette | Traveled to Australia
    Cliff has always been very thorough with my cruising reservations and provides excellent suggestions on the best cruise line to recommend for the specific destination I want to see. When the reservations need to be revised for whatever reasons, he handles it with great care and expediency. Cruise Specialists provides some excellent credits to save money on the cruise and offers additional "gifts" to enhance the cruise experience. I would recommend Cliff to anyone who is planning a cruise and wants to work with a very experienced cruise specialist.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    52 of 109 people found this review helpful
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  • Antarctica cruise

    Reviewed By Melissa - Cocoa Beach, FL | Traveled to Antartica
    Excellent. He is very knowledgeable and helpful.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    48 of 102 people found this review helpful
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  • Cruise Specialists and Cliff

    Reviewed By Nanette - Scottsdale | Traveled to South America
    Very fast response to questions. Willing to investigate pricing on cruises and insurance. Appreciate the service.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    55 of 125 people found this review helpful
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  • Cliff

    Reviewed By Murray - Chicago, IL | Traveled to Caribbean
    Cliff and cruise specialists was great throughout booking the cruise.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    249 of 525 people found this review helpful
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  • Seabourn Cruise

    Reviewed By Jody - Santa Ana | Traveled to Mediterranean
    Cliff is excellent to work with. Takes care of our every concern.
    I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
    65 of 373 people found this review helpful
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