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My name is Carrie Finley Bajak I am glad you are here.  I focus on answering this question: Does the cruise lines’ website or travel brochure match the experience? 

One of my goals is to report live from the ships sharing information about the overall experience under the Blogger-at-Large series. I want to make sure that what you think you are getting is actually going to happen. I first started doing this in 2006 when I was in sales and wanted to make sure my customers were getting what they expected. Managing expectations and making sure that the cruise line’s made good on their marketing promises made my customers happy. Now, I am not in sales but I can help more people find the right cruise line, cruise ship, and cruise itinerary through my insider tips, advanced sales training, and travel agent knowledge that the travel suppliers don’t tell you.

Carrie Finley Bajak

I am on the quest to decipher fact from fiction.

Discover what’s buzzing from the ships, and ports. I am dedicated to adding value to people who love the cruising lifestyle. I aim to cut through the hype and get to the real story.

I am a former travel agency owner, vlogger, blogger, freelance writer, author, and marketing consultant. CruiseBuzz.net is an integral part of a dedicated digital footprint that includes syndication of information on social media channels like TwitterGoogle+YouTubeFacebookInstagramLinkedInPinterest, and Tumblr.

If you are still reading this bio about me it means that you and I probably share the same passion: a love for cruising and enjoying the many benefits of traveling at, on or by the sea.

I am the Chief Experience Ambassador at Cruise Buzz, which I started when I owned a cruise travel agency in 2006. While working in cruise sales, I earned the ranking of Accredited Cruise Counselor (ACC) from Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), and I received certifications from Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Princess Cruises, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Holland America Line and Crystal Cruises. Attending these rigorous training programs gave me the ability to match people with product, which has always been my goal.

After the recession and because I wanted to work in marketing and media relations,  I switched gears from sales and moved into marketing and public relations. The jump from sales to marketing was an easy one for me because my passion has always been storytelling.
What I learned along the way is that as a small business owner, you need a champion working on the technology forefront who is able to sift through vast amounts of data, best practices, and information to help save you time and money.
Yes, there is no shortage of information and recommendations available to help you plan and purchase a cruise vacation, what I offer is the “voice of reason.”  Does the brochure or brand promise match your lifestyle and vacation budget? What will you actually do in port? How will make sure that what you think you are buying in terms of your cruise vacation is actually what you will get? How about port: what will you do in port with limited time?

Think of me as your personal cruise concierge

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I develop content for apps, websites, printed materials, blogs and social media. I spend a lot of time researching, reporting, and engaging with consumers, brands, suppliers, bloggers, and travel agents. Chances are, if you have questions, then I have answers.

Full disclosure

Although we enjoy travel benefits like discounted or complimentary travel, we go out of our way to make sure that what we write is truthful and accurate.  As a brand journalist and former travel agent, Carrie is knowledgeable about what consumers want. In addition, Carrie has completed advanced level training from leading cruise lines, which separates her from other travel writers.

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