Get Set for a Journey:
From overwhelmed to Jet-Ready!

Hello and welcome! We're Donna Shirley and Laura Bain. Imagine swapping the daily grind for a world where the enchanting landscapes of Europe unfold before your eyes, and every moment is a new chapter in your story. We're here to turn that dream into your next adventure.

I know the feeling of being anchored by routine. I was there, managing a busy department in a public library. But a revelation struck - life is a book meant to be filled with captivating tales of discovery, not left on the shelf. So, I turned the page and embarked on a journey to create not just vacations but timeless stories with my loved ones.

With over two decades of research, hospitality, and top-notch customer service expertise, we're not just any travel agency. We specialize in meticulously crafting European river and small-ship ocean cruises that are more than getaways - they are narratives of discovery, bonding, and awe tailored for couples and families like yours.

We understand the art of travel is in the experience, the shared laughs, the breathtaking moments, and the stories that echo in our hearts long after the journey ends. Our mission? To be your travel confidantes, guiding you to moments that become cherished memories. Memories that don't just fade but grow more vibrant with each retelling, enriching your family's unique narrative.

So, are you ready to embark on a journey that will be shared for generations? Your next chapter of unforgettable stories is a conversation away. Let's craft your treasured story, one memorable experience at a time. Adventure awaits, and your narrative is longing to unfold. Your next chapter of unforgettable stories is a conversation away. Let's craft your treasured story, one amazing experience at a time. 

“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” ― Ibn Battuta, The Travels of Ibn Battutah


At Treasured Stories Travel, we understand the importance of crafting a vacation that perfectly suits your travel style and desires. We're dedicated to ensuring your trip is seamlessly organized, allowing you to cruise, explore, and connect without a care in the world.

To have that, you need a professionally planned vacation.

Let's face it - planning a vacation can be a daunting task, especially when you're working within time constraints and feeling overwhelmed. Trying to go the DIY route only adds to the frustration as you navigate a sea of confusing options and second-guess your choices. But don't worry; we've got you covered.

Say goodbye to the noise of conflicting opinions, endless internet searches, and travel booking engines that leave you more confused than ever. With our professional planning, you can finally experience the vacation you deserve - one where you can connect, explore incredible destinations, and leave your day-to-day worries behind.


Journeys of Connection:
Your European Cruise Awaits

Welcome to Treasured Stories Travel, where we believe the most cherished memories are crafted from shared experiences. 

With over two decades under our belt, blending research, hospitality, and impeccable customer service, we're here to craft your perfect European river or small-ship ocean cruise. We specialize in curating European river and small-ship ocean cruises as unique and special as the moments you hold dear. Here's a peek into our services:

  • Personalized Journeys: Every itinerary is meticulously crafted to align with your unique aspirations, ensuring each destination is a chapter of your personal story waiting to unfold.
  • Luxury and Comfort: We partner with esteemed names in the European river and small-ship cruise industry, offering you an experience of luxury, safety, and comfort.
  • Certified Excellence: Our certifications with leading ocean and river cruise suppliers are more than just badges – they're a testament to our commitment to you.

For the discerning traveler who values experiences over things, who seeks moments over monuments, and who believes in weaving stories with loved ones – welcome to Treasured Stories Travel. Your journey begins here.


Because Behind Every Great Adventure Are Some Seriously Fun Shenanigans!

7 Tidbits About Donna and Laura:  


When Donna isn't conquering theme park coasters, you'll find her sailing the seas – big ships, small ships, any ship! As long as there's water and ports, she's in motion!



Donna's guilty pleasure? Getting lost in a whimsical wonderland of online window shopping, especially in stores like Mackenzie-Childs and Mark Roberts Fairies. No actual fairies harmed in the process.


Laura's secret obsession? Turning into a house flipping aficionado with those binge-worthy shows – don't worry, she won't be flipping your travel plans!



When Donna's not satisfying her travel cravings, she's deep into scrapbooking and cardmaking. Because what's more exciting than folding paper? Oh, right, exploring new places!


Laura's retail therapy and travel make the perfect pair. She's on a mission to find the world's best black and white clothing – because life's just easier when all your outfits match, even on the road!

Laura's idea of adventure, aside from roller coasters, involves lounging about a resort. Because who needs to conquer the world when you can conquer the poolside cocktail menu?

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From Starlit Cruises to Family Adventures:
Your European Story Begins Here

You know those "remember when" moments? The ones that make you smile on a quiet evening or become the stories you share at family gatherings? Those moments that become a part of your shared history, binding you closer to your loved ones? That's what we're all about.

Whether it's a romantic European river cruise, just the two of you, reminiscing under a canopy of stars, or a small-ship ocean adventure with the family, where every port holds a new story, we're here to help you craft those memories.

We understand life's hustle. Juggling work, family, and the myriad responsibilities of being an incredible person you are. And while the idea of planning that perfect getaway sounds delightful, sometimes there just aren't enough hours in the day.

That's where Treasured Stories Travel steps in. Think of us as your personal memory-making maestros. We're here to:

- Listen to your travel dreams and aspirations.
- Craft itineraries that resonate with your vision.
- Ensure every detail is tailored to create "remember when" moments.

So, we've got you covered whether you're looking to reconnect with your partner, create lasting memories with your family, or simply experience the magic of Europe's waterways.

Pour yourself a glass of wine, put your feet up, and let's embark on this journey together. After all, the best stories are the ones we live, and we're here to ensure yours are genuinely treasured.

“Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion.”
– Leigh Hunt.

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