Judy Matthiessen

Kennewick, WA

Ocean Cruise Specialist

I have sailed on many ocean cruises around the world, on numerous cruise lines and love this form of travel. Experiences on Azamara, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess, Holland America, Windstar and the Paul Gauguin have all left me wanting to keep cruising.

My Travel Specialties

Ocean Cruise Expert

I have sailed the Caribbean on, of course, Royal Caribbean as well as other lines.

As a lover of Europe I have undertaken several Mediterranean cruises including an amazing Azamara cruise. One Mediterranean cruise included ports in Spain and a visit to Marrakesh, Morocco.

The Greek Isles...
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The Paul Gauguin

Western Europe Custom Vacation Specialist

I was bit with the travel bug at a young age.  My father was from Denmark and my mother from Scotland, so I spent many years as a child living in Scotland and Denmark until my family moved to Washington State. Growing up in Europe, travelling at a young age, I began to appreciate the many different...
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Eileen Donan Castle, Scotland

My Travel Albums

Ocean Cruising
Wind Star Breeze
Luxury in Jamaica 2017
Margaritaville Water Trampoline
Experience Iceland!
Snorkeling in Iceland
A Spring Visit to Scotland and London 2017
Scone Palace

My Travel Stories

Exploring French Polynesia-Paul Gauguin Cruise

In January of 2019 I was fortunate to get the opportunity to cruise French Polynesia, in the South Pacific on board the outstanding luxury ship, the Paul Gauguin. This amazing vessel hold 300 passengers. The crew was the best I have ever encountered on a cruise.

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My Reviews

29 of 52 people found this review helpful
Great Trip
Judy planned a trip to Ireland and Scotland for my husband and me. Despite a brief description, Judy planned a great trip using her personal experience and knowledge of the area. She booked us into really great hotels--retro, boutique and historical hotels and a B and B. In Edinburough she booked us into a Holiday Inn which I was not excited about. The location could not have been better in relation to what we wanted to see. We felt safe and it was quiet. We were pleasantly surprised at the price of the entire trip. My husband and I felt we got a lot of bang for our buck. We recommend Judy highly and would not hesitate to work with her again.
By  Happy Retirees  from  Kennewick, WA
Traveled to  Ireland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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31 of 57 people found this review helpful
Top Rated Travel Expert
My husband and I have been using Judy as our travel agent for many years. We would not think of going to anyone else for our travel needs whether it be a vacation on the Oregon Coast or travel to Europe. Judy has traveled extensively, offers suggestions to make our journey seamless and always puts her clients needs first.
By  Retired Vagabonds  from  Pasco WA
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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33 of 63 people found this review helpful
Awesome Alaska cruise & land journey to Mt. Denali
Helpful, informative, handled all arrangements, friendly, took time to answer all questions, and promptly see us even if just a drop-in visit. As a result, the trip went very smooth. Even with all the transfers we knew what to expect.
By  Mac  from  Richland, WA
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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34 of 66 people found this review helpful
Great Family Cruise
It is always a pleasure working with Judy. She goes out of her way to answer our questions, find the best deal and communicate well.

The latest trip that she helped with was a family cruise to Alaska in August. She had to deal with four families, lots of questions and some last minute health issues with one of our daughters. She could not have been more helpful. I think "therapist" should be part of her title!

Though we didn't have to use it, we were very happy that we had trip insurance. Things happen and for the cost it certainly helped with our peace of mind.

Thank you so much!
By  Barb  from  Richland, WA
Traveled to  Alaska ~ USA
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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28 of 55 people found this review helpful
Cruising Made Easy with Judy
We rated Judy a 5, but she really is a 10! Judy is the best travel agent we have ever worked with. She is professional, cares about her clients and meeting their likes and needs. We wouldn't want to plan a trip without the expertise of Judy, especially for our cruises (5). From the time we first sit down with Judy to plan a trip, we know we are in good hands to take care of everything for us. She is amazing, delightful, and knows the travel biz.

Thank you for the opportunity to say how we feel about Judy! She's the Best!

Marsha and Gary Brehm
By  Marsha and Gary  from  Richland, WA
Traveled to  Caribbean Sea ~ At Sea ~ At Sea
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • Caribbean
  • Europe
  • Scotland
  • France
  • French Polynesia
  • Spain
  • Hawaii

Travel Specialist:

  • Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Luxury Cruises
  • Small Ship Cruises
  • Escorted Tours
  • Beach Vacations

Top Travel Partners:

  • Azamara
  • Globus
  • Avanti Destinations
  • Paul Gauguin
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Windstar Cruises
  • Pleasant Holidays


  • Hawaii Destination Specialist Aussie Specialist
  • Oceania Specialist
  • Seabourn Specialist
  • Windstar Specialist
  • Viking River Specialist

Languages I Speak:

  • English
  • German

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