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View of Fisherman's Bastion in Budpest, Hungary, as can be seen during a Danube river cruise. Luxury cruise travel agent in Arlington Virginia.



Christina Schlegel. Luxury cruise travel agent in Arlington Virginia.

Hi, I'm Christina Schlegel

Luxury Cruise Travel Advisor

Greetings! I’m Christina Schlegel, the heart and soul behind Bluetail Travel. My journey into the world of luxury travel is as diverse as the experiences I curate for my clients. As a Virtuoso Advisor and top producer in the Virtuoso Cruise Community, Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), and Verified Travel Advisor with the American Society of Travel Advisors (ASTA), I've dedicated my professional life to ensuring couples, solo travelers, and  groups can embark on luxury cruise journeys filled with unforgettable memories. The best part? I take all the stress out of planning.


Dive a bit deeper into my story, and you'll find a mix of life experiences that fuel my passion. Holding a Ph.D. in German, I’ve called six European countries my home, from the bustling streets of England to the serene landscapes of Switzerland. These multicultural experiences have equipped me with native fluency in German and a degree in French, but also an in-depth understanding of the nuances and rich history of Europe.


But my roots stretch beyond the U.S. and Europe. Before setting sail in the travel industry, I had a dynamic career with the U.S. Government, working in diverse fields like intelligence, analysis, and international liaison. It’s been a journey of growth, understanding, and an education in the complexities of global affairs.


On the home front, life in Arlington, Virginia, is filled with the laughter and adventures of my two boys. As a military spouse, my husband (a retired Air Force pilot) regales us with his tales from the skies, while I chime in with my own adventures. Our love for travel, especially my particular fondness for cruises, led to the inception of Bluetail Travel in 2017.


Over the years, my clientele has expanded to include well-traveled retired couples, spirited empty nesters, enthusiastic solo travelers, lively friend groups, and educated professionals. What do they all have in common? An appreciation for culturally rich ocean and river cruises that stand out in the upper premium and luxury segments.


My clients revel in the discovery of new destinations, the joy of onboard life filled with gourmet food, engaging conversations, and the thrill of experiencing the local culture during in-port experiences. I pride myself on ensuring their entire journey, from the first step to the last, is seamless, rejuvenating, and absolutely stress-free. So, whether you're dreaming of an exhilarating ocean cruise or a relaxing river cruise, with me by your side, you're in for an experience that’s as enriching as it is unforgettable. Let’s turn your travel dreams into reality, one cruise at a time.

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Bluetail Travel is independently affiliated with 

Travel Experts, Inc., a Virtuoso member agency.

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Top Producer

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Top Producer

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Global luxury cruise lines I
partner with

Seabourn Cruises logo.
Silversea Cruises logo
Ritz Carlton Yacht Collection logo
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises logo
Regent Seven Seas Cruises logo
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AmaWaterways river cruises logo
Crystal Cruises logo
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What is Virtuoso?

Virtuoso is the leading global network of luxury travel advisors, who work with top destinations and a vetted portfolio of the best travel brands globally. Travelers who have a Virtuoso Advisor tap into a world of in-the-know expertise, unbelievable travel perks, support throughout their travels, and – most importantly – warmer welcomes, deeper connections, and superior experiences in the places they visit.



As a Virtuoso Advisor, I use my personal connections and expertise to craft luxury cruises for my clients, including special values, complimentary perks, and exclusive access. Simply put, a Virtuoso travel advisor elevates every trip. I know how to get the best value for your time and money, and, thanks to my global connections, I can VIP you at hotels, on cruise lines, on tours, and more. 




When you work with a Virtuoso travel advisor, you’ll gain access to exclusive perks and upgrades available only to Virtuoso travelers.

These are some of the complimentary Virtuoso perks and amenities that you may enjoy as my client: 

Canoe in Tahiti delivering fruit. As seen during a luxury ocean cruise in the South Pacific. Luxury cruise travel agent in Arlington Virginia.


Virtuoso Voyages perks on selected voyages include:

  • Dedicated onboard hosts

  • Private welcome receptions

  • Exclusive shore excursions, private port tours, shipboard credits, and more


At 1,400+ luxury properties, Virtuoso guests receive:

  • Breakfast daily

  • A spa, dining, or resort credit

  • Room upgrades if available, exclusive amenities and experiences, and more


Virtuoso travelers can access:

  • Preferred rates

  • 200+ vetted providers

  • Experiences in more than 2,500 global destinations



River cruise ship in Prague, Czech Republic. Luxury cruise travel agent in Arlington Virginia.

"Christina was awesome from the beginning. She provided her opinions on the different cruise companies for the overall cruise and her personal recommendations for the excursions that made the entire trip so wonderful and memorable. Her understanding of all of the details and simplifying it for us made decisions so easy and it paid off for a wonderful celebration of 30 years of marriage."

Lisa M., European River Cruise

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