Our Experts

Your vacation matters. In fact, those precious days are often the best part of your year and at Cruise Holidays of Topeka we understand this. Planning a vacation is so much more than buying travel—it’s about customizing the experience for you and ensuring that you spend your time vacationing, not working on “what’s next.”

From all-inclusive, ultra-luxury ships, to tall-masted sailing yachts, or family-friendly cruise ships laden with the most enticing activities, we can help you find the cruise that is right for you. Our experience in finding unique shore excursions, land tours and group and incentive travel makes Cruise Holidays of Topeka the perfect choice for nearly any type of leisure travel. And although cruises are a specialty, we are more than capable of planning land-based vacations, whether it’s a fun and sun getaway, escorted tour of foreign lands, or a bespoke custom itinerary tailored to you like a fine suit.

Just finished a fabulous Eastern Caribbean cruise with Dick and Judy. These folks know how to do it right!
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Five Stars! Thank you for all the help planning our cruise. Looking forward to […]

M. Baumgartner

The process was painless and we had a fantastic adventure. Thank you and nicely done. […]

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Tim Hersh

Tim Hersh
President, Travel Counselor 

Tim Hersh: Tim is agency owner and Travel Consultant on the Cruise Holidays team. He is passionate about travel and wants you to feel special in that each journey takes into account your interests. Tim knows it is important to ask the right questions, take time in understanding your needs, and to design the travel experience that is just right for you and your budget.

Look to Tim for expert advice on: Alaska, Hawaii, Caribbean, all-inclusive resorts, tours, and ocean and river cruises.

Tim retired from USPS after 34 years and is married to wife Denise. They enjoy spending time with their seven grandchildren and have been traveling extensively for over 30 years.

Travel Specialties:

  • Cruises
  • Destination Weddings
  • Honeymoons
  • Grand Voyages
  • Family Cruises
  • Luxury Travel
  • Family Vacations
  • Couples & Romance
  • European Culture
  • Beach Vacations

Destination Expertise:

  • Alaska
  • Caribbean
  • United States
Certified Sandals Expert
Dick Knoll

Dick Knoll
Group Co-ordinator

Dick Knoll is our former owner who is staying with us as our new Group Co-ordinator. Dick’s business experience began after college in the 70’s in the family welding supply company. He also worked in technology sales and design in the ’90’s and began at Cruise Holidays with the able instruction of company founder, Kathy Stacken.
Dick enjoys travel in general and particularly when leading groups on cruises to destinations worldwide.

Travel Specialties:

  • Cruises
  • River  Cruises
  • World Cruises
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Expedition Cruises
  • Culinary Cruises
  • Family Vacations
  • Group/Club Cruises
  • Escorted Tours
  • Luxury Cruising & Luxury Tours

Destination Expertise:

  • Africa
  • Caribbean
  • Hawaii
  • Alaska
  • Mexico
  • Europe
  • United States
  • Australia / NZ
  • Italy
  • France
  • Mediterranen
  • Canada / New England

Emma Warren
Independent Advisor

Emma Warren has many years of travel agency experience, starting her travel career in Atchison. She has been with Cruise Holidays since 2008. Emma has traveled extensively in: Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Ireland, England and Brazil. In her spare time, Emma enjoys horseback riding, snorkeling, historical travel, countryside visits and travel in general.

Travel Specialties:

  • Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Escorted Tours
  • Group/Club Cruises
  • Luxury Cruising & Luxury Tours

Destination Expertise:

  • Alaska
  • Caribbean
  • Eastern Canada
  • Europe
  • Ireland
  • River Cruises
  • South America
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Amber & Jason Droge
Independent Travel Advisors

Jason and Amber first used Cruise Holidays in 2001 for their honeymoon cruise. Since that time, they have enjoyed researching and planning vacations for friends and family. Their love of travel has led them to join the Cruise Holidays team. They enjoy exploring new places, experiencing the magic of the world, and creating memories with their son and daughter.

Jason and Amber have always loved traveling and have been blessed with the opportunity to visit destinations worldwide. Whether it be a relaxing week-long adventure or making the most of a weekend trip, they share a passion for the details that go into planning a memorable trip. They are excited to help you make the memories of a lifetime.

Travel Specialties:

  • Ocean Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Corporate Cruises
  • Family Cruises
  • Beach Vacations
  • All Inclusive Resorts
  • Couples & Romance
  • Honeymoons
  • Family Vacations

Destination Expertise:

  • Bahamas
  • New England
  • Caribbean
  • New Zealand
  • United States

Certified with:

  • AmaWaterways
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Norwegian
  • Princess Cruises
  • Virgin Voyages
  • Holland America