Dianne Cordell, DS, LS
Interests & Specialties
Dianne has been with Central Travel for 20 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 in the Central Ave location in Toledo.
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.
MY RECENT TRIPS
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience in Paris and visited several hotels. One of my favorite properties was Sofitel Paris Baltimore Tour Eiffel. This hotel has a great location, only a 10 minute walk to the Arc de Triomphe and also a 10 minute walk to the Scène. This hotel offers 103 rooms of those rooms 30 are suites, 53 are Deluxe and 20 rooms are Classic rooms (these are much smaller only 161 Sq. feet ) so I would upgrade to the Superior room (161/194 Sq. foot) or deluxe category (these rooms are 215/269 sq. foot have a small French balcony)
This hotel was completely renovated in 2017 the hotel used to be an MGallery hotel and in 2017 it went through a 50 million Euro renovation and emerged a Sofitel. The hotel was not only upgraded in the standard sense but also technology. They offer very high speed Wi-Fi and also an interactive board in the lobby that will allow you to map out your daily plans with a touch of a screen. They also have an extensive wine cellar on site. The service levels were amazing and they will do anything for your special occasion. They can do traditional things like champagne and chocolates but can also do some special things like embroidery on a bath robe. They focus on customer service and being the best they can be.
General thoughts on Paris:
Our tour by Walks (which is a Signature Travel Network preferred supplier) of Notre Dame, Saint Chapelle (stain glass is a must see) and the Concierge was excellent. Violet, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable, personable and funny. We all learned so much on the tour and would recommend it to anyone. Walking tours are great way to see the sights and plan ahead! Max on this tour is 15 and have headsets to hear the guide.
The metro is easy to use for major tourist sights, but difficult to use for smaller areas. Uber was relatively inexpensive and much easier to get around. A private transfer to Charles de Gaulle is the ONLY way to go. The traffic was crazy and our driver was great. Allow every bit of 3 hours with security tight and it does take time to get through it all.
Stop and enjoy a pastry and coffee. Taste Paris and take in sights that are like no other!
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My Delta Vacations educational trip to Maui was excellent. I visited several resorts and have up-to-the-minute information on the island, properties and activities. If you have not visited Maui yet here are a couple high level observations:
• Golf – Some of the best courses in the US.
• Families – Many resorts for families and offer classes just for kids where they can learn Hawaiian culture.
• Ka’anapali is like the Cancun strip of Maui.
• Wailea is the Riviera Maya of Maui (Not much night life)
• West side of the island has the best sunsets.
• Sunrise at Mt. Haleakala now needs reservation to drive to the crater due to the fact that guests were climbing rocks and going to areas they shouldn’t by having reservations it allows the parks division to be in more control and provide a better experience. Go to for reservations and updates: https://www.nps.gov/hale/planyourvisit/haleakala-sunrise-reservations.htm
• During Whale season from December thru April – NO Jet Ski rental is allowed in the channels (have clients ask before making reservations)
The properties I visited were; Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Sheraton Maui, The Kapalua Villas Condominiums, Wailea Beach Resort, Aston Kaanapali Shores Condominium, Ka’anapali Beach Hotel, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and my favorite the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort .
The Andaz Maui is an amazing resort! They focus on details so there is no big lobby desk for check in, they bring it to you while you relax. They offer a standard of 301 rooms and 11 villas that include 2, 3 & 4 bedrooms. The resort fee is a little higher than some resorts at $45.00 per night, but the inclusions are well above the fee. Some of the inclusions are:
• GoPro Hero 4 Camera - unlimited use
• GoPro experience lab
• Daily Outrigger Canoe Excursions
• Snorkel equipment unlimited use
• Yoga and Pilates Classes
• Other fitness classes
• Single & Tandem Bikes/helmets
• Guided Kayak Tours
• Ukulele lessons
• Hula lessons
• Coconut Husking
• 45 minute beach portrait session includes a $50 Photo Credit.
• Lei making lessons
• Stand up paddle board lessons
• Mixology class with 2 drinks (twice a week)
• Unlimited use of body boards
*GoPros, stand-up paddleboard lessons, group kayak, outrigger canoe tours, fitness and yoga classes are subject to limited availability. See Concierge for details and to book.
They also offer several dining/paring options and these change like cocktail paring it’s a 3 course dinner with cocktails rather than wine. Luau is $150.00 per person and is 15 courses and open bar and will only seat about 150 – 175 passengers. Definitely a great value and more true experience. Chefs Tables are six courses with wine and cost varies depending on season.
As one of Central Travel’s top producers for Delta Vacations, I was part of an incentive award trip this January to the Riviera Maya. We did site inspections at Ocean Riviera Paradise, Hotel Xcaret, Unico 20° 87°, Zoetry Paraiso De La Bonita, Generations Riviera Maya, by Karisma and our host resort was the beautiful Grand Velas Riviera Maya. All resorts were 4.5 – 5 Star properties and we saw all room categories in each resort. There is certainly something for everyone in the Riviera Maya!
One of newest resorts is the Hotel Xcaret. This is a new build hotel and is a very eco-friendly resort built in the mangroves with lots of vegetation. This resort is for the family that wants to be active and is not for the families that are looking for a great beach. This resort is a very large resort of 900 rooms and more rooms will be added.
The ALL-FUN INCLUSIVE® program redefines the traditional all-inclusive plan into a more complete experience. In addition to day and nighttime activities and elegantly crafted cuisine at the resort, you can enjoy full access to Experiencias Xcaret’s nature parks and tours, as well as each of their dining plans.
They offer two buildings that are adults only for those clients that want tours but not kids. They also offer some fun new technology similar to (Disney) where your wristband opens your room door. A fun feature they offer is 10 "selfie spots" throughout the resort and photos can be viewed on your phone or purchased from the resort. You also have the ability to use your phone to connect to the TV and access things like Netflix and 55” screens.
With their EVERYTHING FLOWS® service your experience will become magical, let the concierge team gets in charge of everything, just kick-back and enjoy. I’d be happy to assist with your next journey!
I have recently returned from Disney’s Earmarked Conference in Orlando. Only Top Producers for Disney are invited and I have the ‘inside scoop’ on what’s new.
Animal Kingdom Lodge – They are getting ready to update the lodge and its needed – the resort is tired. However, the cast members are more than willing do anything to be helpful. When the updates are complete this will; be a lovely property.
Yacht Club – Beautiful resort, it is being updated and will be finished shortly.
Pop Century – this resort as many of the resorts are undergoing renovations, most of the rooms they are going to a Murphy bed to give guests more room.
Disney Springs - They will have more stores and restaurants opening in 2018 check the website for up to date information: https://www.disneysprings.com
Disney Affiliated Hotels - Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is the only 5-star resort On Disney property. AMAZING resort!! Rooms are a minimum of 500 square feet. They also offer character dining on site and it includes Mickey and Minnie - very intimate setting and is guests only.
You can count on me to match you with the right resort and make your Disney dreams come true!
I have recently returned from a lovely trip to Italy! I traveled to Rome, Tuscany, and Florence with Europe Express – an excellent experience.
Our first hotel was the Rose Garden Palace. It was about a 20-minute walk to the Spanish steps and across the street from the US Embassy. The hotel was very nice and the rooms were a variety of size and configurations. There are a lot of areas in Rome that are not accessible by coach or car, so I would suggest a walking tour to familiarize yourself with the city. We did a two-hour walking tour and it took us to areas that were beautiful and clients won’t see unless they do a tour.
We then drove through Tuscany to Florence, and we stayed at the Villa Pitana. Originally a Benedictine monastery Pitiana’s beauty and charm open a door to the past. The villa still retains the articulated architecture of a millenary history, from the foundation as a fortified farm to the utilization as the Benedectine monastery and eventually to the conversion in nobleman elegant Villa in the IXth century – lately revised into a tourist residence. Architecture, decorations, and furniture maintain the memory of flowing of ages and styles.
Italy was an amazing trip and pictures just don’t do it justice. I would love to assist with your Italy adventure!
Tauck French Waterways on the ms Swiss Emerald
We began our journey with 2 nights in Paris. Then savored the French flair for living from Paris bistros and culinary Lyon to Beaujolais tastings and Provençal pleasures featuring a 7-night Rhône cruise. The ms Swiss Emerald is designed with an open, airy plan that makes great use of natural light. It is the perfect riverboat to cruise France's Rhône and Saône rivers through the colorful Provençal landscapes and villages dotting the lush Rhône Valley wine country that so enthralled and inspired the impressionist painters of the 19th century.
I had sailed with Uniworld and was looking forward to comparing both products. Both products are excellent but here are some of the differences. Uniworld offers excellent land tours but only one Uniworld staff member for all the groups and each group has a local guide, they usually have 2 groups and one easy walker group. (Moves at a slightly slower pace). Tauck's land tours have a staff member from Tauck with each group, and they have 4 groups – 3 regular groups and one easy walker group. (All are staffed with a local guide and a guide from Tauck). The food is amazing on both lines but Tauck offers more upgraded “house wines” and all liquor is included with Tauck.
It was an amazing experience and I would be happy to assist you with your next river cruise!
I thoroughly enjoyed my sailing aboard the S.S Antoinette with Uniworld River Cruises. The Castles Along the Rhine itinerary sailed from Amsterdam to Basel Switzerland. What an amazing trip! What better then arriving in a port like Cologne Germany and being in the heart of the city. In just 30-45 minutes after arriving you can begin a city tour. You can walk off your ship and within minutes see the most beautiful sights of Castles and rolling vineyards.
The best part is that most all of your tours are included in your cruise cost. River cruising offers the most intimate way to see Europe and experience the best the cities have to offer. Call me today for more detailed information of my amazing trip along the Rhine River and start planning your dream vacation today.
I recently returned from a trip visiting some of the newest Sandals properties. Deep within the idyllic waters of the Exumas, the brand new Sandals Emerald Bay is breathtaking! Secluded within 500 tropical acres along a pristine, mile-long beach, civilized pleasure coexist with exotic adventures, from three impressive pools —including a half-acre, zero-entry pool with a dramatic fire pit in the middle — to five exceptional restaurants.
Play championship golf on a Greg Norman-designed course voted one of the Caribbean's Best by Travel & Leisure Golf. Relax in the first-ever 29,000 sq. ft. Red Lane® Dermalogica concept spa. Explore impossibly beautiful turquoise waters renowned for their boating, fishing and diving. A unique blend of seclusion and sophistication, this exotic private escape is so easy to get to, so close to home.
The Sandals Royal Bahamian in Nassau provides a sanctuary so alluring the Duke and Duchess of Windsor made it their epicenter for high society as the famed Balmoral Club of the 1940s. Today, transformed into the Sandals Royal Bahamian, it remains an oasis of European grandeur where guests are still treated as royals.
Voted “Top Spa Resort” by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, Sandals Royal Bahamian is considered to be the Caribbean’s most elegant resort. Seductive alabaster sand beaches and crystalline waters embrace tropical gardens and opulent suites—some the size of private villas—complete with every imaginable amenity, even your own butler.
Beaches Turks & Caicos is a one-of-a-kind, unbelievably exciting all-inclusive family vacation destination! A 45,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art waterpark; three magnificent villages, boasting the architecture and ambiance of Italy, France and the Caribbean; incredibly sumptuous hotel accommodations; a powder-white-sand, 12-mile beach lapped by clear turquoise waters; endless fun activities for everyone, from tots to tweens and teens, featuring Sesame Street® characters, the new Xbox 360® Game Garage and a sizzlin’ teen disco, Liquid at Beaches-all amidst some of the most gorgeous tropical scenery on the planet.
Set apart from the world and bordered by a natural reef system, this hotel is home to clear waters in hundreds of shades of turquoise and is one of the top 10 scuba destinations in the world. This tranquil resort welcomes singles, honeymooners, couples of all ages, and families with children.
I explored the El Dorado Resort hotel located in the Riviera Maya, Mexico. It is an amazing resort and one that everyone should enjoy! It is a gourmet all-inclusive resort, that is for adults only and that means total pampering from the time you check in to the time you have to end your incredible vacation.
The El Dorado is one of Conde Nast Travelers top 100 resorts in the world and has the prestigious AAA 4 diamond award, all of the restaurants are ala cart, and you won't find a buffet at this resort. The resort sets on over one mile of beautiful beaches and has 5 room categories to choose from to make the most perfect and romantic vacation.
Imagine having a fun day in the sun, taking advantage of all the water sports, then enjoying a relaxing massage in the spa and end the perfect day having a candlelit dinner on the beach. The El Dorado is truly a deluxe intimate resort and I would love to help plan that special vacation!