Cruise Select

About Us

Cruising - whether on a small ship, or large, with your family or solo, luxury or expedition, on a yacht or a river vessel, and everything in between, whether crossing the Atlantic on an iconic Transatlantic voyage, charting the Polar realms, sailing the Aegean, serenely cruising the Danube or the Mekong, navigating the famous Panama Canal, or cruising the Mediterranean or Caribbean - we simply love it at Cruise Select, and we're just as passionate about ensuring you have the best cruise holiday of your dreams.

We're not just Bedford's unrivalled leading cruise specialists, since 1999 we've been helping people all over the UK (and further afield) find their perfect cruise holidays! We may have had humble beginnings - from a small office with a simple picnic table - but we've always believed in the core principles of delivering the very best in customer service and offering excellent cruise knowledge and guidance to make sure our clients are happy, valued, and - more importantly - find the right cruise for them.

Over the years, we've built up a strong reputation within the industry and developing close relationships with many leading cruise lines, so our dedicated cruise specialists have privileged access to exclusive amenities, travel offers, and rare experiences that you can't get on your own.

Our team have unparalleled experience in the industry, and are among some of the most well-travelled people you could meet, and we use our own first-hand experiences and knowledge of cruise lines and destinations when customising and advising on cruise holidays for you. When you have a relationship with a Cruise Select travel advisor, you'll rest easy knowing your personal preferences are reflected in every aspect of each cruise holiday experience they design especially for you. Plus with our Select Guest Rewards, pounds spent equal points for future benefits and savings on your next cruise booking with us - just ask your Cruise Select cruise advisor for more information!

Cruise Select is proud to be a member of 'CLIA UK' (Cruise Line International Association) which work to raise standards, awareness and the importance of the cruise industry.

Cruise Select is a fully bonded member of ABTA (the Association of British Travel Agents) which means you have the benefit of ABTA’s assistance and Code of Conduct. Your travel arrangements are generally protected by ATOL and other statutory legislation in the case of any financial failure. You will always be advised about the protection that applies to your cruise holiday.

With our extensive destination knowledge and experience in the wider travel industry, from 2013, we started offering holidays on land, as well as on the seas and rivers. In 2015, we opened our shop on Mill Street, Bedford, and rebranded as 'Select Travel Holidays' - but Cruise Select still remains at our heart, and nothing will dampen our passion for cruising!

Meet the Team

We're an independent, family-run cruise specialist travel agency, and our small, but perfectly formed, team of travel professional have been hand-picked by Cruise Select's owner, Rachel. Many of our team have decades of travel experience, but we also have some younger, new blood too.

Rachel Wright

Cruise Select's owner and managing director, Rachel, has been in the travel industry since she was 16, and has specialised in cruising since the late '90s.
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With 42 years in the travel industry, Julie is our chief travel veteran! Although she loves cruising the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, she's also partial to the spectacular scenery offered in Norway
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Bella is one of our most intrepid travellers as she's got a real love for exotic, far-flung destinations, and she loves using her first-hand experiences to get her teeth into creating unforgettable adventures for her clients
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Sharon is celebrating her 40th anniversary in travel this year, and is still as enthusiastic and passionate as when she started.
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Sarah has all sorts of travel experience, working in different sectors of the industry including a chalet rep! She enjoys river cruising for the focus on destinations, but when she's on the oceans, she loves Royal Caribbbean's 'wow' factor
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Tracey's mantra is 'there's a big world out there, we'll find your dream holiday and book it!' - and she loves the thrill of finding excellent deals for her clients too
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Shelley has been with Cruise Select since she was fresh out of school at 16, and 16 years later, she's still here! Shelley now works on our marketing team, but has years' of experience on sales. She's a luxury cruise lover - her favourite cruise lines are Crystal, Silversea and Regent
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Kerry started life in the travel industry as an office assistant before building her way up to manager of a Groups Department, before moving into the marketing department at Cruise Select, creating most of the beautiful artwork for adverts, brochures, flyers and anything else that may be thrown her way


Amy has many roles in our marketing department, including blogger-in-chief. She started cruising from an early age, and loves small-ship and luxury cruising (her favourite ship is the 50-passenger Hebridean Princess). Although sometimes still prone to seasickness, she's also sailed the Greek islands
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Ben joined Cruise Select in 2013, and is part of the marketing team. Ben works in digital marketing, sending out e-shots so you can keep up to date with the latest offers

Rachel Smith

Rachel started out as a travel consultant back in 2000, but today is our trusty admin department, responsible for sending out your travel documents!
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