Sharon Bernhardt co owns – with her son, Peter Bernhardt, Westside International Travel Inc. and works out of the Los Angeles office. She and Peter affiliated Westside with ALTOUR in 2002. Westside International Travel Inc. is a full service travel agency handling both corporate and leisure clients. Since 2009 Westside has owned and operated – in addition to their original business, a very active website. Westside International Travel Inc. currently has 4 websites offering travel expertise to the traveling public. Sharon’s personal expertise and travel passion is heavily invested in the cruise niche. She has viewed and/or sailed on over 150 ships in her 24+ years in the travel industry. She plans numerous group cruises yearly and tries to escort a number of these groups each year.
Her cruise destinations where she can offer in depth expertise include Alaska – the Caribbean East/West/Southern itineraries- the Panama Canal/Partial and Full transits- the Mediterranean/East and West Itineraries – the Adriatic- the Baltic region for cruises to Russia – Canada/New England- Mexico on the Caribbean side and Mexico, Pacific side or Mexican Riviera.
She has a deep working knowledge of the following cruise lines and fleets of ships: Entry level: Carnival/NCL – Mass Market: Princess/Royal Caribbean/Holland America – Premium: Celebrity/Cunard – Boutique: Oceania/Azamara- Luxury: Crystal/Regent/Yachts of Seabourn – Specialty Cruise Lines: Lindblad/SeaDream/Windstar. She has experienced River Cruises throughout Europe and China on: AMA Waterways – Uniworld River Cruises – Viking River Cruises.
Sharon is one of only 250 travel agents nationwide qualified to participate in the exclusive American Express Travel Insider website. This website offers the discerning traveler the services of agents that have been identified by American Express, after an extensive qualification process, to be experts in their field of travel specialty and Sharon participates on the website in 3 cruise Specialist categories: – the Caribbean – the Mediterranean – and for Group Cruises.
Sharon is an active member of the Agent Advisory Board for Passport Online Inc, a major source for online data for the leading travel consortiums and agencies in the United States. She has also been a member of the Agency Advisory Board for Apple Vacations for the destination of Hawaii.
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