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Barry Guttormson

Headingley, Manitoba Travel Agent
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Barry Guttormson

Barry Guttormson

Headingley, Manitoba Travel Agent
HotWinters.ca Travel, a TL Network affiliate agency
15 Reviews | 100% Recommended
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Snowbird Ocean & River Cruise Consultant

I help Snowbirds, Winter Texans, and retired couples arrange cruises from their summer or winter homes.  Also cruises for those travelling with children.

Having been a Snowbird & Winter Texan for 9 years, and with 18 years of cruising experience, I know the opportunities and challenges that come with snowbird season and can help you choose a great vacation.

Granted Elite Cruise Counsellor designation by the Cruise Lines International Association.  I can simplify the many cruise lines and thousands of itineraries to find the one that will provide the experience you want.  I also have special certification in Accessible Travel.

Cruises are a convenient vacation since you can often drive to a cruise port from your winter home, avoiding the hassle of airports and hotels.  Canadian snowbirds can usually book in Canadian dollars, avoiding bank fees for exchange. Individuals and groups aren’t limited to winter getaways.  I can help you cruise oceans and rivers around the world any time of year.

I also work with snowbird parks & communities to help them form cruise groups. Consider helping to organize a group - you could earn a Tour Conductor credit!  We have experience with groups approaching 200 guests.

Even experienced cruisers may be missing out.  Some get stuck in a rut by choosing a budget cruise line when they first start and are unsure if they’ll like to cruise, then later find themselves trapped by loyalty points.  Preferences change, or you may look for a different experience when you bring guests with you.  Let me help you assess your cruise personality to ensure you enjoy every moment of your cruise.

My Cruise Highlights

Cruising is my passion and I love to share it with people.  Whenever I book a cruise, it's almost like I'm going along with my client!

Any cruise is a good cruise but it can be a lot of fun to travel with friends.  If you're a Snowbird or Winter Texan this is easy.  There's always  someone who wants to go.

One of our most interesting cruises was on the Mekong River.  An experience I'll never forget.  A completely different culture & friendly people.  River cruising is intimate & you get to know many people on board.  It's surprising how many rivers there are to choose from.

CERTIFICATES & AWARDS

Elite Cruise Counsellor & Accessible Travel - CLIA
Viking Travel Agent Academy graduate
Princess Cruises Commodore certification
Royal Caribbean Master & Holland America graduate
Norwegian Cruise Line Freestyle certified

My Reviews

Rating: 4.8 15 Reviews | 100% Recommended

Best travel experience to date

Reviewed By Lidoplagepool - Winnipeg | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Barry was well prepared to compare various cruise lines by having a detailed spreadsheet at his fingertips with all the features of each line.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Barry Guttormson responded:
Thanks, Greg!
1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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Anniversary Fun!

Reviewed By Deb - Winnipeg | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Barry was very professional from start to finish. He took the time to find us the best deal for our group, as well as making our travel arrangements for our return flights.
Barry provided insight into the different cruise companies as well as cruise ship age and renovation dates.
Would highly recommend Barry for your travel needs.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Barry Guttormson responded:
Thanks, Deb!
8 of 20 people found this review helpful
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What Great Cruises!

Reviewed By Maureen - Calgary, AB | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
There were thousands of cruises as options. For two cruises, Barry helped to choose the cruise line and itinerary that provided the experience we wanted. Everything went smoothly both times and we had a wonderful vacations. It was so much better than trying to book a cruise by ourselves
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Barry Guttormson responded:
Thanks, Maureen!
10 of 24 people found this review helpful
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Cruise with Kristi - Join us!!

Reviewed By Kristi Collier - McAllen, Texas | Traveled to Galveston ~ Texas ~ USA
Barry is a delight to work with! We work with large groups and he is not only incredibly attentive to the individual needs of our group members but extremely organized and knowledgeable. And, he's got a quick wit and we love working with him. We trust Barry with all our travel needs!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Barry Guttormson responded:
Thanks, Kristi!
7 of 18 people found this review helpful
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Cruise with Kristi

Reviewed By Dave - Alamo, TX | Traveled to Caribbean
Generally attentive to needs of group members. Process needs improvement for checking into hotel and distribution of excursion tickets. Felt comfortable with Barry's leadership style.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Barry Guttormson responded:
Thank you!
6 of 17 people found this review helpful
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great trip

Reviewed By mango - winnipeg | Traveled to Alaska ~ USA
Everything was done in a friendly and timely fashion,we were notified quickly of any issues that aroused
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Barry Guttormson responded:
Thanks!
7 of 19 people found this review helpful
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Eastern Caribbean Cruise

Reviewed By Barry - Winnipeg | Traveled to Roatan ~ Honduras ~ Central America
Very thorough with timely updates on our cruise bookings. Barry researched travel health costs and obtained best rates for my wife and me. His vast experience in the travel industry is obvious when we sought advice and asked questions regarding Air, Hotel, Cruise ships and Port excursions. He has become a most valuable asset in all our travel plans. We wish we had learned of his service many years ago. Barry was recommended to us by friends and we have passed on ours to others as well.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Barry Guttormson responded:
Thank you very much! Barry
7 of 19 people found this review helpful
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Wonderful Cruise!

Reviewed By Karaoke Don - Runnymede, Sk. S0A 1S0. Winter in Weslaco Tx. | Traveled to Carabean
I would and have recommended Barry to others....
Throughout the Cruise Barry checked to see how Don and I were making out . Don is is a W/C so all assistance and concern was Greatly appreciated.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Barry Guttormson responded:
Thank you!
5 of 16 people found this review helpful
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Hassel Free Travel

Reviewed By CP - Harlingen | Traveled to Cozumel ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Guttormson for a number of years. Booking a trip with his agency has been a very easy experience and they are always looking out for my best interest. I would not hesitate booking a cruise or any type of vacation with his agency. It is so much better than trying to figure out how to book everything on my own. Thanks for your great service!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Barry Guttormson responded:
Thank you, Cheryl!
8 of 22 people found this review helpful
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He got the cruise we wanted at the best price. The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Reviewed By Alaska - Winnipeg | Traveled to
Thank you for your help in planning our trip. Great job!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
10 of 26 people found this review helpful
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Our cruise with Windstar

Reviewed By Dave and Karen - Winnipeg, Manitoba | Traveled to Greece ~ Europe
This was our first cruise ever so we didn't know the procedures. Barry provided us with lots of options and discussed different ways of cruising. We ended up going with Windstar on a cruise of the Greek Islands. Everyone said that for our first cruise, we picked the very best. Although we have nothing to compare it to, it was probably one of the best trips we have ever had. 148 passengers and 100 crew - needless to say the service was excellent. The food was absolutely the best I have ever had - no exaggeration!. Windstar is rated as the top food for small ship cruise lines. The boat was steady even in one day of higher winds. Facilities were superb and the shore tours were very good. Even though the ship was great, we had difficulty getting all our documentation ahead of time from the Windstar head office in Seattle - computer problems supposedly. Barry took hold of the issue and got it resolved pretty quickly. All was well.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Barry Guttormson responded:
Thank you! I'm looking forward to doing the same cruise.
6 of 19 people found this review helpful
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Worry Free Travel

Reviewed By Mommy and Daddy - Winnipeg | Traveled to Caribbean
Barry and his staff are very knowledgeable. We appreciated his guidance when we booked our first Cruise with him and now our second. We know that we can call him anytime with a question regarding our travel plans. We have always sought his expert advice when purchasing travel health insurance so our time away from home is worry free. Thanks for the great service!
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Barry Guttormson responded:
Thank you!!!
7 of 21 people found this review helpful
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First cruise good memories

Reviewed By Joy - Weslaco Tx | Traveled to Caribbean
We met Barry at the meeting in Dec. it was informative but he did have trouble hearing the answers to the question that were being asked.
When we had questions I called Maria in Wpg. As she is the one that made our reservations. She was very helpful.
The bus came to our park Ranchero which was great.
The only time we had any experience with Barry was on the bus and we had a few questions for him . Also just visited with him his wife and sister-in -law .
As it was our first cruise we got a lot of info regarding the ship ext.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Barry Guttormson responded:
Thank you!
4 of 16 people found this review helpful
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First cruise good memories

Reviewed By Joy - Weslaco Tx | Traveled to Caribbean
We met Barry at the meeting in Dec. it was informative but he did have trouble hearing the answers to the question that were being asked.
When we had questions I called Maria in Wpg. As she is the one that made our reservations. She was very helpful.
The bus came to our park Ranchero which was great.
The only time we had any experience with Barry was on the bus and we had a few questions for him . Also just visited with him his wife and sister-in -law .
As it was our first cruise we got a lot of info regarding the ship ext.
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Barry Guttormson responded:
Thank you!
4 of 17 people found this review helpful
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Anything I haven't seen before or done

Reviewed By Sheri - Wpg | Traveled to Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
Approachable, knowledgeable easygoing, professional
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
Barry Guttormson responded:
Thanks, Sheri!
4 of 19 people found this review helpful
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