About Us

Our agency was originally founded in 1996 under the name “Lighthouse Cruises & Vacations, LLC” by Doris Kuzminski. During this time, we were affiliated with The Cruise Emporium, Inc. When the owner retired, we purchased The Cruise Emporium and merged our businesses, changing our name to The Cruise Emporium in January 2014.

Our agency is affiliated with the following: CLIA (Cruise Line International Association), International Association of Travel Agents Network (IATAN), licenses for the city of Leesburg and Lake County, Florida, and is a registered Seller of Travel with the state of Florida.

About Doris

I have owned and operated my agencies since May 1996. Prior to starting the agency, I was in dentistry for 18 years. My husband Caz and I went on our first cruise (Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s Sovereign of the Seas) on October 7, 1995 and that was it – I was hooked … big time! Four months later I formed my own cruise agency.

During the first three years, I remained at the dental office full-time, and grew the agency working evenings and weekends. I immersed myself in the world of travel, attending education courses at University of Miami and Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) earning my Accredited Cruise Counselor (ACC) and then Master Cruise Counselor (MCC) accreditations.

Since the first cruise in 1995, and currently (August 2015), I have sailed 146 cruises! Many of them escorting groups, assisting with on-board weddings, anniversary vow renewals, multi-generational reunions, church groups, and more. My forte is group travel, but I very much enjoy planning dream vacations for all.

My wonderful family has been my rock. Many of you have spoken with or met them. When I’m “at sea,” my daughter Amy assists with phones and client needs, while my husband Caz assists clients. My daughter Jen creates my newsletters and website content and design. I wouldn’t be where I am today without their support!

My credentials: I am a CLIA MCC; Princess Cruises and Cunard Cruise Line “Commodore”; Royal Caribbean Cruise Line “WOW” Expert; Norwegian Cruise Line “Platinum Expert”; Disney Destination Specialist; Sandals Specialist; Holland America Expert; and have earned many other accreditations.

I am proud of the agents affiliated with The Cruise Emporium, Inc. They are all highly professional and take pride in their relationships with their clients. We are all pleased to assist everyone’s clients and “cover” for one another as necessary.

I truly enjoy each interaction with every client and strive to assist them with planning their dream vacations. I love to describe the various ports of call, offering suggestions and recommendations.

Thank you for your support of our agency. Our primary goal is creating memorable and affordable vacations for each of our valued clients. We appreciate your patronage.

About Judy:

I have been affiliated with Lighthouse Cruises & Vacations and The Cruise Emporium since 2001. I reside in Miami, Florida. I have been cruising for over thirty years and have traveled extensively throughout Europe, Alaska, Caribbean, Bahamas, etc., and definitely consider myself a “cruiseaholic”!

When I started as a “Cruise Agent”, I decided my specialty would be “personalized service” because before getting into this line of work, I always became frustrated when trying to book a Cruise, since I could never seem to find the perfect agent who was able to answer all the questions that I always had concerning the various Cruise Lines, Ships and Itineraries.

When I go on vacation, I want it to be as “stress free” as possible and that is what I always try to accomplish for my clients as well. With my “personalized service”, I work seven days a week so that I am always available to my clients and provide them with as much detailed information as possible so that they can start their planning from beginning to end before they ever get on the ship for their Cruise. My motto is “no question is too small that it should go unanswered” and if I can’t answer it, you can be sure I will research the question until it can be answered!

I love what I do and even though I have not personally met all of my clients, since many of them live outside the State of Florida, I have formed many close friendships which I will always treasure.

Who could ask for more… a job that you love so much that you end up working seven days a week, meeting wonderful people, and enjoying every minute of it!

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