Help Us Celebrate Our 50th Anniversary
What's your best memory with Craig Travel?
Every week for the first 50 weeks of 2019 we will be sharing one of your best memories. The first 50 submitters plus any submissions chosen will receive 500 CT Points and be entered into our grand prize draw happening in December 2019!
Submit your best memory to us!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, the trip and the year it happened as well as a photo if you have one. We look forward to sharing Craig Travel's 50 Best Memories with you.
Mary Birch's best memory on Magdalena Island, Chile
"The joy of seeing these beautiful creatures in their own environment. We were told they have the right of way so if they are crossing your path it is up to you to stop for them. It was so nice to see them up close and to see what a rookery actually looks like. We enjoyed a ferry ride to this place and they provided us with a nice box lunch which we munched on en route. It was a happy, happy day all the way around. The scenery on this South American Explorer cruise was absolutely breathtaking."
Thank you for sharing your best memory with us, Mary, and for being a member of the Craig Travel family!
Sandy and Jim Thompson's best memory in Antarctica in 2004
"Our best memory of our travels with Craig Tours is our first trip. In February of 2004 we were part of the Craig tour of South America and the Antarctic. There were more than 200 of us on the tour, and we all received Red Winter Jackets and Black Toques to wear on the trip. The jackets were a wonderful gift to keep us warm on the cruise and they were also very helpful in identifying our fellow Canadian Craig touring friends. Whenever you saw a red jacket you knew they were Canadians. The tour started in Santiago. There were several stops along the Chilean coast on our way to three days of sailing in the Antarctic. Then we turned north and stopped at the Falklands, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil, flying home from Rio de Janeiro. We have continued to enjoy many adventures over the years with Craig Travels and will be taking our 27th trip with Roslyn and David as they celebrate Craig Travel’s 50th year of providing worldwide travel."
Thank you for sharing your Best Memory with us, Sandy and Jim, and for being part of the Craig Travel family!
Peter Ridout's best memory in South Africa in 2017
"Our trip to South Africa was full of highlights. Our guide Beverly made it all worth while too. Andrew Robb and his wife were a great support as well. It is hard to forget the visit to the kids in the Theodora Creche.
Our best memory came near the end of our trip when we saw 16 lions on the hunt. The matriarch of the elephant herd confronted the pride and seemed to say "You must be kidding. Do you see the size of my foot?""
Peter and his spouse have recently joined the Craig Travel family and their exploration of South Africa's wildlife was the best memory of their first trip with us. Thank you for sharing your Best Memory with us and welcome to the Craig Travel family!
Patricia Hurley's best memory in New Zealand in 2017
"Travelling to New Zealand and Australia in February 2017, one of the places I really wanted to visit - as I loved the Lord of the Rings books and movies - was Hobbiton, where they had filmed part of the movies. At our "first night" dinner, I was telling a few of our fellow travellers of my plans, as I had booked the tour from Rotorua before we left Canada. Although we would miss a morning organized tour, and had the afternoon free, I wanted to make sure I would get there... When I told the tour director of our plans, they were not aware of Hobbiton but were glad we made them aware we would miss the morning tour for that day. When we arrived in Rotorua, my travel companion and I did the Hobbiton tour the next morning, and the other 20 or so travellers did the planned outing to the hot springs and sheep shearing. To my surprise when we returned on the bus around noon from a fabulous tour of Hobbiton (one of the best and most organized tourist places I have ever been), there were at least 16 of our fellow travellers - including one of the tour directors - running for the afternoon tour bus to Hobbiton sandwiches in hand! On their return, everyone had really enjoyed the tour including one of the ladies who had not read the books or seen the movies - but she thought her grandchildren would be impressed if she went - and she loved it. The entire trip to New Zealand and Australia was fabulous. But I think the side trip to Hobbiton was a surprise highlight for many - and certainly for me!"
Patricia has recently joined the Craig Travel family and her adventure to Hobbiton, New Zealand, was the best memory of her first trip with us. Thank you for sharing your Best Memory with us and welcome to the Craig Travel family!
Marguerite Beggs' best memory in Greenland in 2014
"Ken and I chose a repositioning cruise in the fall of 2014. The ship was the Eurodam and the cruise name was Viking Explorer or similar. We embarked from Copenhagen then visited Bergen, Shetland and Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and disembarked in New York City. Our cruise also included a hurricane and our respect for the crew and the Eurodam was hightened after sailing through 25 foot seas. While sailing through the fjords in Greenland we visited an Inuit settlement. One hundred natives lived on a shelf and fished for sole as their main source of income. The purpose of the visit was to deliver fresh produce, pizza (a real favourite), and supplies. We were not allowed to have contact with residents due to their remoteness and inability to fight any of our germs. So they sent a boat out with a small girl who waved her thank-you. She just beamed as she was the star of the show. That moment and scenery were so memorable to us. That trip really gave us a sense of the remoteness and beauty of the North and their peoples."
Marguerite and her husband Ken have been travelling with us since 2012 and her Holland America Line cruise to Greenland was the best memory of the 3 trips taken. Thank you for sharing your Best Memory with us and for being a member of the Craig Travel family!
Lynne Raybould’s best memory in East Africa in 2018
“It is funny that I find that my favourite memory usually comes from my most recent trip and this one is no exception. I had dreamt of going to Africa to see the animals for years and it finally came true last September. The whole trip was absolutely amazing – everything that I dreamt of and more. When we went out on safaris morning and evening, we would start out with our driver meandering around trying to find something interesting for us to see. We quickly learned that when he sped up and started driving purposefully, we were in for a special “treat” (as our driver put it). We had seen lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, hippos, rhinos, zebras and much, much more, but we hadn’t seen the elusive leopard. Every morning when we got in the car we would say “find us a leopard today Chris”. We did get to see the fallen tree a leopard had been sleeping on until it decided to leave right before we got there, but no leopard. Then one day we went hurdling along bumpy, dusty roads and got to a spot where more than 30 cars had congregated. One was even a full-size bus! We had a great time watching all the cars jockeying on the narrow road as they manoeuvred to get in and out of the viewing spot. We still had no idea what we were going to see as our driver was keeping it a surprise for us. When we finally got to look, there it was - our first leopard, lying in the brush beside the road! We were ecstatic! We saw so many wonderful things on the trip, but nothing measured up to the thrill of seeing our first leopard. It is memory I will keep in my heart forever.”
Lynne has been travelling with us since 2016 and her latest adventure to East Africa was the best memory of the 3 trips taken. Thank you for sharing your Best Memory with us and for being a member of the Craig Travel family!
Gerrie Heard's best memory on a cruise along the Amazon river in 2014
"First I must say that every trip I have taken with Craig Travel has been an adventure! There are so many places that I have been to (mainly with Roslyn and David) but I think my best trip has to be my first trip in 2004. My Dad had promised me a cruise after the death of Mum (1996) and it was finally happening! I must add that they were both long time Craig travellers.
The cruise we went on was the Prinsendam's inaugural trip down the Amazon. I have always had a desire to see the world and visit places that were very interesting and had a different look from what we see every day. I had never been on a cruise before, well unless you count our trip from England to Canada when we emigrated in 1957! The cruise down the Amazon River was amazing. It was nothing like any waterways that I had ever ravelled on! So mouth was so wide that you couldn't see the other side and the colour was unbelievable! We had to move very slowly as the water had so much silt that it could cause us to run aground or hit a sand bank. The silt shifted constantly and therefore such a danger. (We had taken on a pilot that took over the captain's job as he was very familiar with the moving sands of the river.) We stopped at a few places on the way to Manaus. It was a lovely relaxing and interesting trip. We got to see different cultures and villages---quite an eye opener!
At Manaus we saw the meetings of the Amazon and the Negro Rivers---like night and day. Truly a sight to behold plus the added bonus of the pink dolphins! The most amazing part of this trip was travelling with my Dad, which was the start of a 10 year wonderous holidays. Each trip was selected by him and never disappointed. He made the trips extra special and we both had a fantastic time. On this trip it was total learning experience and to be able to actually be in places that you only read about or see on TV, well it was the start of many 'dreams come true'.
Each trip seemed to have its own 'side' adventure. On this particular one it was the excursion in which the motor on our sight seeing boat conked out and we were sitting in the croc infested waters while our boat was takig on water. We were rescued in the end by another boat well after and unfortunately missing another excursion BUT it was so much unexpected fun. This inaugural 28 day trip for me got me hooked on cruising. Want to take this opportunity to thank Craig Travel for giving me such amazing and memorable trips, they are truly trips I will treasure. Oops , now I need to go and get the photo albums and take a trip or 2 or 3 down memory lane."
Gerrie has been travelling with us since 2004 and cruising down the Amazon river was the best memory of the 17 trips taken. Thank you for sharing your Best Memory with us and for being a member of the Craig Travel family!
Walter and Juanita Murray’s best memory in Israel and Jordan in 2018
Walter and Juanita shared a poem with us that they wrote together after their exploration of Israel and Jordan. “It is a poem/song entitled “What a Friend!” to illustrate the Highlight of many friendships formed under different circumstances. The photo illustrates the spirit of ‘friendship’ at the center of our trip - a wonderful highlight we will long remember.”
"What a Friend!"
"What a friend we have in Brian; all our gripes and griefs to bear!
Brian knows our every weakness: lesser men would curse and swear!
Have you fears about your limping; that your leg will start to swell?
To the hospital he gets you. Lois now is doing well.
Have you trials with digestion? Is your ‘shut valve’ on the bum?
Are you feeling down and out-ish? Brian has Imodium.
Do you feel locked in a washroom; feeling cries will only fail?
Our shepherd guide comes to the rescue; calms the storming heart of Gail.
Some are left wing; some are right wing: Politics is in the air.
If you want to soar like eagles; you will need both wings up there.
I am short in sight and vision; can’t read a nametag on your chest.
Thus, I may not read you rightly. Write your own verse; do your best.
What a friend we have in Andrew; sings and acts and never stops!
Seeks the lost and all who loiter; finds Patricia in the shops!
What a friendly group we are now: quiet talk and gentle chat.
No loud shouts or booming laughter--except by those from Medicine Hat!
Praise and thanks to father Brian; and to Andrew, Brian’s son.
And Ibraham, our guide with Spirit. Thank you, each and every one.
What a time we’ve had together! Each of you a joy to know.
What a privilege to journey back to Canada and snow!
Words: Walter & Juanita Murray
Walter and Juanita have been travelling with Craig Travel since 2012 and discovering the beauty of Israel and Jordan was the best memory of the 2 trips taken. Thank you for sharing your Best Memory with us Walter and Juanita and for being a member of the Craig Travel family!
Photo courtesy of Sirpa Haikonen
Mary Ann Beaulne's best memory in China and Tibet in 2013
"In May 2013 I was on a fantastic trip to China & Tibet. The overnight train trip up to Lhasa was an adventure in itself but one of my best memories of Shangri-la is having the opportunity to sit on the back of a yak. There are not many places where one gets a chance like that!"
Mary Ann has been travelling with Craig Travel since 2005 and discovering the beauty of China and Tibet was the best memory of the 13 trips taken. Thank you for sharing your Best Memory with us Mary Ann and for being a member of the Craig Travel family!
Valerie Villemaire's best memory in Israel and Jordan in 2018
"It was very difficult to select just one « best » memory from this very busy spiritual pilgrimage. Our 19 day itinerary was packed with many wonderful biblical sites. But I decided to chose our visit to Wadi Rum, where some of the epic historical drama Lawrence of Arabia was filmed... it was an awesome « fun » day: driving in open Jeeps, riding camels, climbing up a sand dune & eating a traditional Bedouin meal."
Valerie Villemaire's exploration of Israel and Jordan was her first time travelling with Craig Travel. Thank you for sharing your Best Memory with us Valerie and we hope you will create new memories on future adventures with Craig Travel. Welcome to the Craig Travel family!
Bonnie Saveall's best memory in Sri Lanka in 2015
"One of my best memories of trips taken with Craig Travel comes from my very first Craig trip that I took with my best friend in February 2015 to Sri Lanka and The Maldives. Our escort on this trip was Donna Rombough and we had such a great time with her. The entire group bonded so well and every day was an adventure of sights never before experienced and camaraderie around the dinner table each evening. From visiting the elephant sanctuary to the temples to the tea plantations to the desert - there were so many interesting things to see and do that I was amazed each and every day. It was a fantastic trip that I am so glad I took and it got my husband and I started on travelling with Craig. We have since gone to Alaska, on the Rhine riverboat cruise and on the Russian Waterways trip as well as having two trips booked for 2019. We can't wait for the next adventure to begin."
Bonnie Saveall has been travelling with Craig Travel since 2015 and her very first trip with Craig Travel exploring Sri Lanka and the Maldives was the best memory of the 4 trips taken. Thank you for sharing your Best Memory with us Bonnie and for being a member of the Craig Travel family!
Judy Kwanisca's best memory in Namibia in 2014
"This was the first time Craig Travel went to the beautiful southwestern African nation named Namibia. We stayed at the Inter-Africa Lodge. Very early in the morning as we stood with our jackets on waiting in cool temperatures, out of the desert sands of the Kalahari came the bushmen. Although they did not speak English they were able to tell us about their life by using pantomime and actions."
Judy Kwanisca has been travelling with Craig Travel since 1996 and travelling across Namibia on our very first exploration of this fascinating country was the best memory of the 5 trips taken. Thank you for sharing your Best Memory with us Judy and for being a member of the Craig Travel family!
Diana Patterson's best memory in Russia in 2010
"It was in September 2010, when my friend and I travelled from Moscow to St. Petersburg. We experienced the sights, sounds and history of Moscow, which I enjoyed immensely. In particular, the Moscow underground system with its many beautiful stations is simply fabulous and a history lesson in itself! Our lecturer on our ship, Tatyana Kozlova, was fantastic throughout the entire trip. She took us on a historical journey that was both astonishing and enlightening. St Petersburg was magnificent. Out of this world museums and architecture. But the most significant part of the journey for me, was in Uglich. After a walking tour of the former Uglich Kremlin, Craig Travel organized a traditional dinner in the home of a lady by the name of Ludmila. We were in a group of twelve, warmly welcomed by Ludmila, her mother, her daughter and her infant grandchild. Four generations living together in one small apartment. We learned the 'proper' way to drink vodka (a shot of vodka, followed by a slice of dill pickle!) and the importance of cabbage in their diet. Delicious food was served up with discussions of education, economics, politics, and religion. Ludmila was a very gracious host. It was sharing a meal with this family that meant the world to me. A truly great experience. I still talk about it! An added bonus to this trip was meeting new friends. Two ladies from Newfoundland have become my good friends. We have visited Newfoundland and they joined us on our journey to Holland and Belgium with Craig Travel. I have been on a couple of other trips with Craig Travel, the Tulips in Holland and Belgium as well as to the lower Danube. Both were great fun! Thank you all for organizing such fabulous journeys for us all. It is very comforting having an escort on our trips. All travels, questions and queries are dealt with promptly and efficiency. I hope to travel with you again in the very near future."
Diana Patterson has been travelling with Craig Travel since 2010 and sailing through the waterways of Russia on our 2010 river cruise was the best memory of the 3 trips taken. Thank you for sharing your Best Memory with us Diana and for being a member of the Craig Travel family!
Lorhel White's best memory in Greenland in 2002
"When we were on a cruise called “Iceland & The Atlantic Isles” in 2002 ,we were nearing Greenland and in Prince Christian Sound. There was something huge and white right outside our cabin window! I screamed “Iceberg”- so close I felt that I could have touched it! My first iceberg! I can still remember the excitement and wonder of that moment! As it turned out there were many “first moments” of wonder on that voyage, but this one stands out as the most memorable!"
Win Hibbins' best memory in Half Moon Cay in 2016
"Seeing and experiencing the island of Half Moon Cay for the very first time: It certainly seemed like it was indeed a 'paradise' that you never wanted to leave. I had my picture taken under the sign at the beach which says, 'I wish I could stay here forever!' What is forever impressed on my memory? Forever is the crystal clear, warm water, the finest and whitest of sand. Wandering down the walkways and roads I was enveloped by the succulent vegetation and flowering shrubs that naturally caused you to relax and enjoy your stay, albeit it just for a day! What a memory!"
Win Hibbins has been travelling with Craig Travel since 2007 and visiting Half Moon Cay aboard Holland America was the best memory of the 6 trips taken. Thank you for sharing your Best Memory with us Win and for being a member of the Craig Travel family!
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