Halcyon Cruises has continued to grow since 1996 with the help of our wonderful clients! A goal from the beginning has been to make sure each person receives personal and professional service for their travel needs. We look forward to working with you! Karen Hughes - Interests and Specialties - Luxury Leisure and Group Travel Specialist; Western Europe; French Polynesia; Honeymoons Karen spent her early working career as a Professional Engineer at Bellsouth after graduating from Georgia Tech in 1973 with a degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. But her interest in travel began much earlier when she became proficient in speaking French in high school and studied at the University of Dijon while at Tech. Karen began working in the travel industry after graduating from Omni School of Travel in December 1988 and created Halcyon Cruises & Adventures in 1996. Karen has always had a love of travel. From her first trip abroad she realized what a wonderful life changing experience travel can be for those who embrace it. When asked about her favorite destination - the normal answer is the last place she visited! To be successful as a leading travel consultant in today’s world, Karen believes that nothing beats personal experience. Her travels have taken her around the world. When traveling to new and exotic destinations, you will find Karen visiting and exploring quaint inns, luxurious hotels, and wonderful restaurants so that she can assist clients in creating their dream trips. First hand knowledge about properties all over the world allows Karen to tailor the trips for clients to ensure they are always experiencing the most enriching aspects of travel - wherever they go! Karen has sailed on over 30 luxury cruises throughout the world. She knows the details that make each ship unique and she enjoys assisting clients in choosing the ship that best suits their lifestyle. What better way to see the world than from the verandah of your cruise ship stateroom. “There’s a cruise itinerary and ship for anywhere you’d like to go, whether alone, with a spouse or friend, or a family reunion. The excellent onboard lectures prepare you for each stop along the way; unpack once; the world awaits at each port of call!” Her personal love – adventure travel – has certainly led to unique experiences in the U.S. and abroad. Walking on a glacier in Alaska; scuba diving in Hawaii and the Caribbean; shark and ray feeding in Bora Bora; Nordic walking in Diavolezza, Switzerland; a day hike amid the vast archchaeological site on the island of Delos reaching the crest of the Sanctuary of Zeus and Athena where one has a superb view of the Cycladic islands around Delos….to name a few. Travel is Karen’s passion and she delights in helping clients plan a memorable trip. You can definitely benefit from her attention to detail. Certifications - Certified Travel Counselor; Elite Cruise Counsellor; France Destination Specialist; Tahiti Tiare Agent; Barbados Elite Club; Switzerland Network Certified Specialist; Ireland Specialist - The Shamrock Club; Certified Sandals and Beaches Specialist; Alaska Destination Specialist.