Travel agent and business owner of Cruise Corner, Sam Stamps, moved his company from Simpsonville to Mauldin and has helped client’s sail into sunny vacations for over 20 years. Travelers can visit the Caribbean, Alaska, Europe and other islands by ship or at all-inclusive resorts. Prices are reasonable and passports aren’t always necessary. With experienced, knowledgeable and friendly employees, questions never go unanswered. Stress-free planning provides a smoother escape into the great wide-open ocean.
As a Marine Corps veteran and business graduate of the Citadel, Stamps was well equipped to become an entrepreneur. His mother-in-law operated a travel business, so he began working for her company. In 1996, he opened his own agency in the area. Since Stamps’ lease was up and the property owner needed their space, he moved the office from Simpsonville to Mauldin. His wife, Cindy, assists with bookkeeping and his grown daughters Ashley, Bobbie and Mallory test out new adventures with the family whenever they can. It’s been a blissful experience to have a hobby and career that coincide. Stamps’ favorite activity is travel and they’ve had amazing opportunities to visit incredible places. His top three destinations are: an Alaskan cruise, Hawaii and a Mediterranean cruise. When he isn’t cruising, he’s a member of Mauldin United Methodist Church and the Golden Strip Rotary Club.
While Cruise Corner specializes in cruises, Stamps can also book an all-inclusive resort stay. At all-inclusive resorts, a passport is needed if visitors travel to a different country. For a cruise, all that’s needed is a birth certificate and a license unless flights go abroad. Stamps explains the perks of travels to paradise, “It’s easy to go on a cruise. It includes food, entertainment, activities and most beverages.” Trip prices range from a couple hundred dollars to thousands depending on the landing location. Compared to a Myrtle Beach stay, the cost can be significantly less when factoring in a hotel, food and activities. Stamps also takes small deposits and monthly payments, which makes trips even more affordable. The best value for cheaper cruise prices is in the fall. Expeditions can be booked on short notice if there’s enough availability. A year in advance is an easier time frame to plan and book, but Stamps has made reservations the week of harbor departure! Another advantage of cruises Stamps shares is, “You get to see some exotic destinations without the hassle of unpacking each time you go somewhere new.”
Customer service is Stamps biggest priority, “When we leave on Friday, I roll phone calls over to my cell,” he says. That way, no one is left stranded or without answered questions. Stamps emphasizes what they offer, “It’s all about service. We help them plan their trips, help with registration forms, print boarding passes, answer questions and always finds them the very best deals.” No agency fee is charged, so every price quoted reflects the final cost. Stamps employs three people including Karen Lockwood (not pictured in photo), Allie Roland, Tammy Hodges and a Boston Terrier named, Rebel. It’s clear as crystal waters they aim to please, “I’ve got clients that have been with me for 22 years. One client has booked 52 cruises with me!” Professional and personable, they come highly recommended by online reviews and repeat clients.
For a little rest and relaxation, call Cruise Corner at 864-228-2511. The office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon – Fri and appointments can be made on the weekend. Visit the new location at 500 South Main Street, Suite B in Mauldin (across from New Hope Baptist Church). Palm trees, nature landscapes or city adventures are just a phone call away. Trust the Cruise Corner team to make trip planning a breeze.♦