Dianne Cordell, DS, LS

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Dianne has been with Central Travel for 26 years and takes advantage of every opportunity to travel. She has a destination specialist certificate from The Travel Institute for Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, and North America and holds a lifestyle Honeymoon Specialist designation. Dianne has completed the following industry courses; Azamara Platinum Globe Travel Professional Program, Celebrity Cruise Line's Five Star Academy, Royal Caribbean Expert Plus Program, Kauai Destination Specialist, Globus Specialist, Sandals Specialist, NCL University, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises Specialist Program. She is a graduate of the Disney College of Knowledge and an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. She has first-hand experience with Ireland, Cancun, Jamaica, Hawaii, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Princess and Carnival Cruise Lines.

Dianne has achieved prestigious Commodore status in Princess Cruises’ Academy training program, certifying her as an expert cruise professional. As a Commodore, Dianne joins an exclusive group of travel agents who are now recognized by Princess at the Academy's highest level for their unique qualifications and knowledge as a cruise planning professional. Dianne has been a fan of Princess for many years and has sailed on the Crown Princess in the Eastern Caribbean, the Star Princess in the Mexican Riviera, the Sea Princess in Alaska and visited the Sea, Grand and Crown Princess on ship inspections.

Dianne is a graduate of The Globus Tour Expert program specializing in custom touring. She is also a graduate of the Monograms Booking Agent (MBA) program and Avalon Waterways Specialist program. Located at the Heatherdowns location in Toledo.

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As an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, Dianne Cordell is your source for a Disney Vacation! To say she's earned her "ears" is an understatement! Dianne will help you sort through the many options of a “Magical Gathering” and custom design your Disney Vacation to create memories of a lifetime. She has visited Disney many times over the last several years and has personal knowledge of the resorts, activities, dining venues and more. Would you enjoy La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil or the Hoop-dee-do musical revue? Should you stay at the Grand Floridian or the Yacht and Beach Club? Where is the best place to view the fireworks at Epcot? Should your “Magical Gathering” include a Disney Cruise Line component? So many choices! Honeymoons, anniversaries or family reunions, Dianne has first-hand experience of making a family vacation special. Ask her children! Check out the new Adventure by Disney River cruises here!

Dianne has completed an in-depth training program with Tauck joining than 1% of the company’s worldwide network of travel agents who have successfully completed the program. She completed Tauck Academy, and by successfully completing its curriculum, she becomes a Tauck Certified agent who qualifies for special benefits and other exclusive opportunities provided by the company.

Tauck is a 90-year-old leader in premium quality guided travel, with over 120 land journeys and cruises to more than 70 countries and all seven continents. The company was recently named the “World’s Best River Cruise Line” by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine for the second consecutive year, and Tauck has also been on the magazine’s list of the “World’s Best Tour Operators & Safari Outfitters” in each of past 17 years.


Dianne Cordell Rocky MountaineerOur trip was from Salt Lake to Denver so the flights from our area were easy and non-stop on Delta. I arrived in Salt Lake early and used the Airport TRAX line which is the train from the airport to the hotel that we were staying in for the first night which was the Grand America. The TRAX line is very easy to use and easy to find once you claim your luggage. The cost is $2.50 each way and you purchase the tickets right there. The Grand America was at the Courthouse station which was about five 5 stops.

Hotels are really nice in Salt Lake and Denver, but they are not 5 star in Moab or in the Glenwood Springs areas.
In Salt Lake they use the Grand America hotel – The rooms are amazing and it was a great way to kick off the tour. The rooms were great and they offer several dining options on property. They also use the hotel across the street the Little America and you can dine and use the amenities at both locations. https://www.grandamerica.com

We then had a city tour of Salt Lake and there is so much to see and do that adding an extra day for some is a must do. https://www.visitsaltlake.com/things-to-do

We then left Salt Lake and headed to Moab and this is a 5 – 6 hour motor coach ride. The first several hours were just highway so it’s not the most scenic route. We did stop in Price Utah for a lunch stop and they gave us the link to pre order our lunch when we were on the Salt Lake City tour. It was really good food and it supported local business. (which Rocky Mountaineer likes to do) https://www.tangerineeatery.com

We arrived into Moab and we stayed at the Element Moab, and the location is just outside of town (it’s about a 1.5 mile walk from the city center). The rooms are nice and this is where clients could start if they want more time to explore. I would fly guests into Moab and add an extra nights because there is so much to see and do. Rocky Mountaineer partners with Moab Adventures so they actually do a pick up for the train at the Adventure center for the train itself. This area is really good for any family that is adventuress but depending on the time of year they need to plan what they want to do and the temperature during the day. We were there in early June and it was 103 so for hikers they need to include an extra so they are not hiking in the heat of the day. We had two nights here and some families may want two additional nights so they can hike and kayak. https://www.moabadventurecenter.com

From Moab we then got on the train and the train only offers silver leaf and silver leaf plus – there is NO gold leaf as the gold rail cars are too tall to enter the tunnels. Service was amazing on the train they really go out of their way to make it special. When reservations are made the system it will assign seats and those are for both days of the trip. This day we had dinner and drinks on the train and they give you several options for meal choices and can accommodate most meal requests. They did say that if someone is vegetarian or Vegan to make sure they are aware so that a meal can be ordered specifically for them.

We arrived into Glenwood Springs about 6:00pm (this time can vary as the train shares the tracks with freight trains and we ran into about 45 minute delays) In Glenwood Springs they use a couple of hotels and I was at the Hotel Denver. This is where in my opinion travelers need an extra night. There is so much to see and do in the area but the train leaves the next day at 9:00am so you really don’t have much time see the sights. We did make the hike up to see the cemetery where Doc Holliday was buried but many people were disappointed that they didn’t have more time to enjoy the hot springs themselves. (They closed at 9:00pm)

We then took the train the next day from Glenwood Springs to Denver and they offer both breakfast and lunch on the train. The meals are served at your seat and drinks are also included with these meals. This part of the trip is a little slower because of the elevation of the train into Denver. 

We arrived into Denver and they have coaches that pick up and move passengers to the different hotels again they use multiple hotels for Denver. I was at the Oxford and it is a really unique hotel. Found at the intersection of timeless elegance and modern luxury, The Oxford Hotel stands today as an iconic Denver landmark, rooted in its unique history and groundbreaking beginnings of 1891. In the bustling heart of downtown, guests step through our doors and feel taken back to a simpler, quainter point in time. From the classic artwork hung on our walls to the custom, tailored service reminiscent of the Gilded Age, The Oxford offers guests a truly unique Denver hotel experience. The hotel offered a speak-easy which was really fun and we enjoyed dinner there. https://www.theoxfordhotel.com

Getting to the airport from downtown Denver is usually pretty easy they say, and you can take the train. (Oxford hotel is a two block walk to the train station) We were getting ready to purchase our ticket you can purchase them the day prior so you have it. We were advised that the train would not be running because they were doing maintenance on the tracks. The train is $10.50 per person one way and takes about 30 minutes to arrive. Some people tried to use Uber and the cost was $53.00 for a car for 2 people. I booked mine through the hotel and it was $65.00 for the one way and was a Cadillac SUV and could accommodate four people. https://www.denver.org/about-denver/transportation/denver-airport-rail

This trip is not for people who can’t climb at least 5 steps; this is for the train and also for the motor coaches and the national parks do not have ADA accessible walk ways in all parks. The parks try to have paths that may be gravel or paths that are smoothed out but some have larger stones and may not allow for easy walking even with a cane. They do try and advise how far someone could walk with a cane if they think they want to try a path.

The scenery was beyond amazing and pictures don’t do it justice!

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