Get in touch with Mary LouInstagram Facebook Office Phone: 757.253.2700
Address: 27 Yeardley's Grant
Williamsburg, VA 23185
My passion for travel was ingrained forever when I turned the first page of my fourth grade geography book. National Geographic was a door to the world and Rand McNally was the source for the plotting of idyllic cross country journeys hopefully in the future. As a Navy captain’s wife, those long ago dreams of faraway places became realities. Living in Spain and the Philippines offered the opportunities of travel. A brand new world deliciously opened. Now, just what if I could help people to discover and enjoy that world? What IF I became a travel advisor? And so it was.
In 1977 I entered the industry. In 1981 I established Royal Travel Center in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 2006 I closed the store front and went home based. Soon thereafter, I made the fortuitous decision to affiliate with McCabe World Travel.
What do I enjoy most? Custom planning. In particular the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, the rest of Europe, Australia, South Pacific and all types of cruising. All right. If you get right down to it, probably anywhere.
I love finding that special cruise for that special celebration. Families. Affinity groups. Great fun were the two South America Celebrity cruises where I created tours in Buenos Aires and in Chile with Santiago and the Wine Country.
The numbers of Scotland, England, and Ireland tours I have designed for individuals and groups with all interests are countless. In 1985 I planned Voyage of the Godspeed for the Jamestown – Yorktown Foundation. One hundred of Virginia’s leading citizens spent a week in London for the event. Members of the Atlanta Old White Rugby Club still thank me for the planning of its Scotland tour. More Scotland with Clan Macfarlane’s 25th reunion. Moving across the world was Japan, with my Kiwanis International group.
I believe that training and learning never stop. There is no substitute for personal destination knowledge. My motto is “When you want something special, you see a specialist. Your vacation is no different.”
Mary Lou holds certified specialist designations from the tourist boards of Austria, Holland, Scotland, Ireland, England, Australia, and Fiji. Further she has achieved Cruise Lines International Association’s rank of Master Cruise Counsellor. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia with a specialization in Radio-Television, Theater and French. Memberships include the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mayflower Society, Society of Sponsors of the US Navy (sponsored and christened USS Wichita AOR1).
Visit my website: www.royaltravelcenter.com
Call me: 757-253-2700