About The Cruise & Vacation Authority

On this page you'll see quite a few awards and accolades we have earned over our 25+ years in business. While these are always nice to receive, they are awarded to us by the vendors we represent and organizations we are members of. It is their way to say thanks for putting a lot of people on their trips and ships.

This, however, isn't what The Cruise & Vacation Authority is about. Of course it's gratifying to be recognized for achieving sales thresholds, but (and pardon the expression here) it isn't what floats our boat.

You know what gets us excited? Planning a perfect trip for a client. Pretty simple, right!

Except that it isn't so simple.

There are so many variations of even the most basic of vacations it can make your head spin. Go ahead, search on the internet for a hotel in say, Rome. You need to ask yourself... where is it? is there an elevator? is there air conditioning? are there any decent restaurants nearby? Is it 3-star, or 4-star, and on who's scale is that measured?

Now, put together a couple of different hotels, a cruise, transfers, restaurants, entertainment, tours and your flight and see what happens. Now, out of all of these options try and piece together a memorable vacation - one that is memorable to you. Oh yeah, try not to spend 80 hours doing this! Here's where it gets interesting... and here's where the rubber meets the road.

We (Howard Moses and David Bittner, owners) are really proud of the folks here who work tirelessly day after day helping to guide our clients through the myriad choices involved with any vacation. Our travel consultants are not only up on what's going on out there, but they take trips, attend seminars, go through webinar training on an ongoing basis. Quite simply, they are what makes The Cruise & Vacation Authority great. These are people who really care that every component of your vacation is well conceived and is put together for you.

Howard Moses started the company in 1988 and has sailed on almost 180 cruises. Hard to believe, we know. A self-described "lousy employee", he's been at this for a long time and always promised himself that if he ever got to run a business it would be a great place to work and people could just focus on their client relations and avoid many of the "issues and politics" associated with working at a big company.

David Bittner joined The Cruise & Vacation Authority in 1997 after tours of duty with the likes of Avis, Williams Printing, and a large Danish company whose name no one in the U.S. could pronounce. Equipped with an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University, and a load of management and finance experience, he managed to corale the zany doings of the company and bring us gleefully into the 21st century.

Howard and David have been friends for over 30 years. Both are former band geeks who attended the University of Georgia a long time ago.

About 15 years ago a new niche literally fell into our lap - theme cruises. It occurred to us that this is where the travel industry was headed - some people just aren't satisfied sitting by the pool with a cool drink in hand while reading the latest best-seller. We know, crazy, right! But some people just insist on doing things, having new experiences and learning about all kinds of crazy stuff, not to mention hanging out with other crazies like themselves.

Today, we spend much of our days creating and implementing theme cruises of all flavors. Let's see, there's the typical cruises... food and wine, religion, politics, music, history, bridge, authors and the like. Then, there's the really spicy stuff which we can't list here because this is a family-friendly web site. (Here's a hint, go to www.themecruisefinder.com and check out the alternative lifestyle heading!)

Our view is that the only accolade that matters is the ones that come from our clients. You're invited to drop in and check out our wall of fame, but its really more interesting to talk with one of our vacation consultants and let them inspire you.

In addition to booking your cruise vacation, we also book hotels, resorts, tours and other various types of travel. We hope you'll give us a call - we have many value-added amenities available to our clients for travel options world wide.

Our Staff

Owners

Howard Moses

President & Founder

Howard is celebrating 30 years in the travel industry in 2017.

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David Bittner

Co-owner

David has been in the travel business for 20 years as Co-Owner of The Cruise & Vacation Authority.

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Travel Specialist

Suzanne Niemeier

Travel Specialist

Direct: (678) 903-0210
I’ve been in the travel industry for over 20 years and my favorite destinations are Costa Rica, Hawaii, the Galapagos islands and Alaska.

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Danet Trafton

Travel Specialist

Direct: (678) 903-0216
I've been in the travel business for 40 years, promoting both cruises and land programs. I have traveled to many places, and have seen many beautiful locations.

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Leigh Ann McKay

Travel Specialist

Direct: (678) 903-0219
I started my travel career well over 20 years ago as a full service leisure consultant.

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Paula Stephens

Travel Specialist

Direct: (678) 903-0225
I have been in the travel industry for over 30 years and my favorite destinations include Alaska, Bermuda, Tahiti and European river boat cruises.

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Ellen Phillips

Travel Specialist

Direct: (770) 650-0891
Ellen has over twenty years in the cruise and travel industry, including personal experience on virtually all the top cruise lines.

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Ann Parker

Travel Specialist

Direct Line: (770) 424-7377
Ann began her travel career working as a featured singer with Peter Grey Terhune Presents, where she was booked on several different cruise lines.

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Jackie Brown

Travel Specialist

Direct: (404) 299-3207
I have been a Travel Professional for over 20 years and assisting my clients to get the most out of their vacation is my passion.

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Sherri Moore

Travel Specialist

Direct: (404) 394-4137
I’ve been in the travel industry since 1987 and have owned several travel agencies, and worked for others throughout that time.

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Supporting Staff

Susan Farmer

Administrative Assistant

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Headquarters of The Cruise & Vacation Authority in Marietta, GA

Achievements and Awards

Nation's Business Magazine
Blue Chip Enterprise Initiative Award

INC. Magazine
Entrepreneur of the Year (Twice nominated)

Cobb County (GA) Chamber of Commerce
Young Entrepreneur of the Year 1992

Travel Weekly Magazine
Agency Achievement Award

National Association of Cruise Only Agencies (NACOA)
Featured speaker on incentive cruises

Carnival Cruise Line
Million Dollar Agency Award

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line
Top Producer Award & Travel Agency Advisory Board

Norwegian Cruise Line
Top Producer Award & Travel Agency Advisory board

Holland America Line Centurion Award:
Worldwide Top 100 Agency 1996 - 2014

Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Top Producer Award

Princess Cruises
Top Producer Award/National Account

Star Clipper Cruises
Top Producer Award

Celebrity Cruise Line
Top Producer Award

Crystal Cruises
Top Producer Award

GIANTS Consortium
#7 Producer in U.S. for 1998
Top 5 Producer in U.S. for 1999 - 2004

Signature Travel Network
Top 20 Producer in U.S. for 2005-2014

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