Our Experts2018-11-05T16:59:55+00:00

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!
Nac N.
“I have worked with Emma for almost a year and can’t say enough about her kindness and […]
J. Pleviak

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. […]

B Tidball

We had not cruised much before and ee were impressed with the professionalism of Cruise Holidays […]

D & M. Sanders
Dick Knoll

Dick Knoll
President

Dick Knoll is our President. With Judy watching the books, he manages the office, the sales and marketing as well as selling to his wonderful client base. 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.

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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
Judy Knoll

Judy Knoll
Director of Finance

Judy Knoll handles the financial matters of Cruise Holidays. She began her career in the family business, Martin Tractor Company, where she worked for 29 years before becoming a founding partner of Simply Solutions, a company that offers business services to small and medium sized organizations. She retired May 31, 2018 from there to devote more time to helping the team at Cruise Holidays.
She is an enthusiastic bicyclist and traveler. Judy has cycled across Kansas numerous times and has ridden from Oregon to Wyoming. Judy & Dick have been married over 30 years.

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Travel Specialties:

  • Cruises
  • River  Cruises
  • Adventure Travel
  • Biking Vacations
  • Group/Club Cruises
  • Luxury Cruising & Luxury Tours

Destination Expertise:

  • Alaska
  • Antarctica
  • Caribbean
  • Eastern Canada
  • Europe
  • French Polynesia
  • River Cruises
  • South America
  • World Cruises
Steve Knoll

Steve Knoll
Groups Coordinator

Steve Knoll is a group travel consultant. He enjoys matching his client’s vacation desires with the perfect travel solution for them. Building groups around family or shared interests is most rewarding to him. “I really enjoy the planning part of travel; finding the right itinerary or resort. I also enjoy groups travelling together. I have enjoyed several Caribbean and Alaska cruises and tours as well as Hawaii and New Zealand/Australia. River cruising in Europe is heaven for me and my appetite for good wine, food and cultural history.” Steve and his wife Sally own Spirit Lake Retreat Center north of Perry.

Contact Steve

Travel Specialties:

  • Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Culinary Cruises
  • Family Reunion Cruises
  • Solo Traveler Cruising
  • Group/Club Cruises
  • Luxury Cruising & Luxury Tours
  • Escorted Tours
  • Family Vacations

Destination Expertise:

  • Alaska
  • Australia / NZ
  • Caribbean
  • Canada / New England
  • Europe
  • France
  • Hawaii
  • Italy
  • Mediterranen
Sara Lively

Sara Lively
Office Administrator

Sara Lively is the Office Administrator for Cruise Holidays and has been with the agency since April 2008. Sara’s mission is giving great customer service. She loves to hear stories from the clients about their vacations. Sara loves the sun and the beach, and has cruised many times to the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Alaska. She has a strong preference for Celebrity Cruises but is always open to try new destinations and experiences For instance, Sara has also led a land tour in Ireland.

Contact Sara

Travel Specialties:

  • Cruises
  • Escorted Tours
  • Family Vacations

Destination Expertise:

  • Alaska
  • Caribbean
  • Bahamas
  • Ireland
Emma Warren

Emma Warren
Travel Counselor 

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.

Contact Emma

Travel Specialties:

  • Cruises
  • River Cruises
  • Luxury Cruises & Tours
  • World Cruises
  • Culinary Cruises
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Couples & Romance
  • Disney Vacations
  • Groups & Escorted Tours
  • European Culture
  • Singles Vacations

Destination Expertise:

  • Alaska
  • Australia / NZ
  • Caribbean
  • Canada / New England
  • Europe
  • France
  • Hawaii / South Pacific
  • Italy
  • Mexico
  • Mediterranen
  • United States
Tim Hersh

Tim Hersh
Travel Counselor 

Tim Hersh: Tim recently joined Cruise Holiday Team as a Travel Consultant. He is passionate about travel and wants you to feel special in that each journey takes in to 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. Tim retired from USPS after 34 years and is married to wife Denise. They enjoy spending time with their seven grand children and have been traveling extensively for over 30 years.

Contact Tim

Travel Specialties:

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

Destination Expertise:

  • Alaska
  • Caribbean
  • United States
Kathy Stacken

Kathy Stacken
Our Founder

Kathy Stacken is the founder of this travel agency and ran it successfully for many years. While not actively booking clients any longer, she is a trusted advisor and is part of the Cruise Holidays family.

Contact Kathy

Travel Specialties:

  • Charters & Incentives
  • Culinary Cruises
  • Expedition Cruises
  • Family Reunion Cruises
  • Grand Voyages
  • Group/Club Cruises
  • Luxury Cruising & Luxury Tours
  • World Cruises

Destination Expertise:

  • Alaska
  • Antarctica
  • Caribbean
  • Eastern Canada
  • Europe
  • French Polynesia
  • River Cruises
  • South America
  • World Cruises