Matt Caplinger 
Matt Caplinger
Matt Caplinger
Cruise Consultant
With a love for both land and sea, Matt’s travel industry career has taken him off the beaten path to more than 75 countries and 150 ports of call.
Having well over a decade of experience working aboard cruise ships in multiple roles, Matt brings a unique perspective to his Cruise Specialists clients. His onboard experience, with Holland America Line in particular, includes positions as shore excursion staff, entertainment staff, as cruise director and as an onboard cruise consultant. Due to these varied roles, Matt is especially knowledgeable about cabin selection and ship layout – and how that can enhance a client’s vacation. He also offers keen insight on dozens of ports of call around the globe since he has personally experienced them. Knowing what it is like to be aboard ship for weeks and even months at a time, Matt is adept at assisting clients plan for longer and more complex voyages.

Matt has also made the most of his opportunities to experience a range of other cruise lines, from small and intimate, to large and innovative, including Crystal Cruises, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, Windstar Cruises and Viking River Cruises.

Matt looks forward to putting his experience to work for you as he helps you plan the cruise of a lifetime!
Cruise Specialties:
  • World Cruises
  • Active Traveler Cruises
  • Grand Voyages
  • Luxury Cruises
Destination Expertise:
  • World Cruises
  • Alaska
  • Asia
  • Europe
  • River Cruises
Customer Testimonials
Matt, Your knowledge of subject and great personality goes far and beyond. You are a credit to the travel Industry. As Wanda and I travel, we will recommend you to all who want good travel advice and service. Thanks again.
- Wanda and Garry
Matt was exceptional in assisting us with planning this vacation. He was attentive to detail and able to answer all of the questions we had and point us in exactly the right directions we wanted. I would highly recommend him to anybody!
- Jim
Matt is very professional & personable & a total delight to work with. He went above & beyond to help our organization in preparing for our 2018 reunion cruise to Alaska. He made himself available as much as possible to answer cruise questions from start to finish. I would recommend Matt highly to any person or group working to plan a memorable cruise. Matt is deserving a of a 5 star rating for his competency, customer service and attitude in delivering a quality, exceptional cruise experience. I would be very happy to recommend Matt to anyone who wishes to plan a cruise & will personally ask for him on future cruises aboard Holland America Line.
- Bonnie
Matt was great to work with. Very responsive to any questions we had a proactive in checking on fare changes and any updates from the cruise line. He was very helpful in helping us choose both a cruise line and itinerary for our first European wine river cruise. I would highly recommend Matt and will work with him again on a future cruise.
- Cruise Specialists client
Matt was exquisite to work with! Knowledgeable about the ship, details, and getting things done his input and direction made our event wonderful. His easy going personality and ‘can-do’ attitude were exceptional. I highly recommend him as an agent and event coordinator. Thank you Matt! Well done!
- Cathy