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Carol Powell


The marvels of travel were introduced to me soon after my husband Stan and I were married. We took our first cruise in the early 1970’s, along with annual trips for years thereafter to parts of the world I had only read about, such as Acapulco, Hawaii, southern California, Florida, and many of the Caribbean islands.  

After our children were on their own, we had the unique opportunity to be among the first to purchase a CruiseOne (now Dream Vacations) franchise in 1992. In the beginning I worked the cruise business part-time while maintaining my regular job. However, in only a short time the business grew and became a full-time endeavor.  

After leaving his corporate career job of 34 years, Stan joined me in the cruise business in 1998. Together we experienced the amazing and endless growth of the cruise industry from the 1990’s on. We have traveled to over 50 countries, all but a few of the states, and sailed on over 70 cruises. I still enjoy the anticipation of my next travel adventure as much as ever and the opportunity to help others plan their vacations through The Cook Travel Group.

Phone: 614-895-9977 



Howard Merseth

Since elementary school, I have developed a keen interest in travel and geography. During my senior year of college, I was fortunate to be part of the first "Term in Thailand" group of students from my school to travel throughout Japan and South East Asia while studying and traveling in Thailand for a semester. The seed was planted and over the years I’ve made numerous trips to SE Asia, traveled in India, Turkey, Greece, Europe and Peru. Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises are a favorite.

My business career in sales involved building relationships with customers by listening to their needs and offering great customer service. Having tried retirement for a year, I’m excited to be working with The Cook Travel Group and helping clients plan their dream vacations.

Phone: 239-229-1470



Laura Leigh Todd


I have been traveling my whole life. I went on my first beach trip at six weeks old and have been on the move ever since. Through family trips, solo traveling, and leading educational tours, I have been to 23 countries and am eager to see 30 before my 30th birthday. Helping people develop a love of travel and experience new places and cultures has always been my passion. The picture above is of me in Oxford, England in 2018.

Phone: 864-426-2227



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