Pavlus Travel

Jul 7th, 2011, 11:33 AM
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Pavlus Travel

Has anyone used Pavlus Travel to book a river cruise or other vacation? Their rates are discounted to book on Viking so am looking to make sure they ar reliable.
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Jul 8th, 2011, 01:28 PM
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Never personally used them but

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Pavlus Travel & Cruise, Inc.
(505) 889-36782033 Wyoming Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112http://www.cheapertravel.com
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Jul 8th, 2011, 05:56 PM
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I've never used them myself, but a neighbor recommended them to me a while back. They'd used them and liked them very much.
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Jul 10th, 2011, 10:12 AM
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We have used them about 10 times for land tours and cruises and have been very satisfied with the service as well as the price. Once, when I was trying to get a cabin with a balcony on Celebrity's Xpedition for a particular month, Celebrity told me they were unavailable for the entire time. I contacted my agent at Pavlus and she got me one. I use Mindy.
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Jan 26th, 2013, 08:26 AM
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Yes have used Pavlus Travel over the years. They continually offer the lowest prices on the tours and cruises that our family have taken. Have dealt with Donna and Rose. They also price match. What can I say I'm a fan as I have shopped others with no success. Find them at chepaertravel.com tell Donna or Rose that SanFranJoe sent you.
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Jan 26th, 2013, 08:27 AM
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Darn it, I'm not a great typist. Pavlus Travel's website address is cheapertravel.com
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Feb 5th, 2013, 07:30 AM
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Pavlus Travel was recommended to me on one of my first cruises and I haven't used anyone else since then. Very, very happy with their customer service (always answer my many questions) and their low prices. Looking forward to taking my first river cruise this year!
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Oct 5th, 2014, 10:53 AM
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We were referred to Pavlus Travel Agency (specifically Annette) by someone we met on a Regent cruise who suggested we use them/her for future cruise bookings. We contacted her regarding a Caribbean cruise on Seabourn. Annette booked us on the cruise and was quick to email us an invoice. Within a few days we received a packet in the mail with a stack of Annette’s business cards and our name on the back because a referral would give us a $150 credit. Clearly her business is booming because of this but she is incapable of servicing her clients. During the booking call, we asked her for input on properties for our pre-post cruise stays and she said she would research that and get back to us. We did not hear from her and ended up sending multiple e-mails and leaving voice mail messages in the course of a few weeks asking for that information along with other questions we needed answered. After some time, we finally called and spoke to the owner (Craig) who told us she was his top agent and very overworked. He was addressing the problem and assured us our questions would be answered. It took over 3 weeks to finally get the answers we needed. The whole experience honestly soured us on even going on the cruise. Fast forward several months, and we recently received an e-mail from Annette telling us that our cruise was cancelled and gave us 3 options we had regarding the cancellation (new booking, refund, etc.). We called her to discuss the situation and were told someone chartered the entire ship. I told her we would cancel the cruise but I was worried about my airline tickets (non-refundable). I told her I was glad I bought travel insurance (through Travel Guard – recommended by Annette) to include the airline tickets. No comment from her. I called Travel Guard and was told that a cruise cancellation was a policy exclusion and our first class tickets were not covered. I called Annette back and got voice mail. Knowing how she responded in the past, I called back and spoke directly with her assistant, Marcia. She was shocked and said she would follow up directly with Travel Guard. A few hours later she called me back and said she spoke with both Travel Guard and Seabourn and the cancellation of the cruise was an exclusion and nothing could be done. She added that she would refer the issue to their owner because there might be something he could do. After a sleepless night, I called Seabourn to vent, if nothing else. I spoke with a supervisor who told me our “out-of-pocket” expenses would be covered and to send copies of our airline tickets and insurance. I have no idea why Marcia did not find that out from Seabourn (did she ever even call them?). I also find it hard to imagine that Annette and/or Marcia would not know that the cruise line would refund such expenses given that they advertise they are “cruise specialists”. I never received any follow up call from the owner, Craig Pavlus. I am posting this so the public can be aware of the poor customer service at this travel agency.
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Dec 23rd, 2014, 12:02 PM
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I think the quality of the Pavlus service depends on the individual. However, part of the problem is that the agents are soooo busy because they offer larger discounts than any other cruise agencies, so in many cases, they have more clients than they can handle. I was working with a Viking River Cruise booking for 2 cabins, where it just got too hard to get in touch with the busy Pavlus agent who previously quoted me some great fares. Fed up with the inability to get timely service, I went to another cruise agency, asked them if they would offer us the same price, along with a promise to return phone calls on a timely basis. And they did, so we moved on to a different cruise agency.
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Dec 24th, 2014, 02:33 AM
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I just compared their prices for a cruise I have booked with
another agency & they are cheaper by $50 BUT my agency is giving me a $50 OBC so it really is a wash.
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