Karen Colley | Castles and Dreams Travel

Karen Colley


I love to travel! I have a passion for helping people plan amazing, once-in-a-lifetime trips. I’ve worked in the travel industry for over 10 years and every day is still new and exciting!

I currently live in the St. Pete/Clearwater, Florida, area. I take every opportunity I can to visit the nearby cruise ports, as well as the Orlando theme parks, so I have all the details and tips to help make your vacation the best it can be.

I have sailed on, worked with, and completed training programs for most of the major ocean cruise lines including Princess Cruises, where I hold the specialist designations of Commodore and Alaska Expert. I am a Carnival Cruise Line expert and am currently in the process of updating my training with Carnival. I have been invited on and attended inaugural Carnival ship sailings. Royal Caribbean Cruise Line has awarded me their Master of Adventure Certification; and I recently visited their new ship the Harmony of the Seas. I have completed NCLU, the training program of Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) and have worked extensively with NCL. Over the years, I have arranged countless cruise vacations to destinations all over the world.

In addition to my cruise experience, I am a graduate of the College of Disney Knowledge and Universal Orlando’s travel agent training program (I’m an annual passholder at both places). I also specialize in group travel and Flexible Independent Travel (FIT). As a group travel leader, I have escorted groups of up to 50 guests on land tours, cruises and sometimes a combination of traveling by plane, train, bus or boat. If large groups aren’t your style, I can create a customized itinerary that includes one-of-a-kind experiences to make your vacation the trip of a lifetime.

Some of my other specialty designations include:

  • Certified Cruise Counselor
  • Cruise Lines International Association Alaska Certified Expert (designation from the state of Alaska
  • Australis Cruise Patagonia Specialist (small ship/expedition cruise line)
  • CIE Tours British Collection Expert
  • CIE Tours Shamrock Certification
  • Ireland Expert

I’m looking forward to helping you make your travel dreams come true!


  • Florida, USA


  • karen.colley@castlesanddreamstravel.com