As a leading specialist independent cruise and travel agency, Ponders will help you
Choose the Perfect Cruise . . .

  • Talk to you to identify your particular interests, circumstances and requirements.
  • Provide knowledgeable and impartial suggestions and comparisons that are tailored to your needs.
  • Plan everything in detail – timescale, costs and itineraries.
  • Make all the necessary arrangements – river cruises, flights, car hire and hotels.

Based in the historic university city of Cambridge, England, and with phone lines open Monday to Friday 9 am – 5.30 pm and Saturday from 9.30 – 4.30 pm, the friendly and professional Ponders Travel team are delighted to assist you with your holiday ideas, ensuring outstanding customer service and the personal touch that is first and foremost throughout.

Clare Dudley – Managing Director

Clare Dudley has 30-years of experience and achievement in the travel industry. Including recently winning Cruise Manager of the Year a very prestigious award within the Travel Industry.
Prior to founding Ponders Travel Clare worked in cruise and business development with the international maritime, cruise and ferry company, Fred Olsen. Clare was Chair of the Leading Cruise Agents organisation.
” . . . I am exceptionally proud of what we have achieved to date and my passion for Ponders and delivering superb service and memorable holiday vacations to all our clients is still as intense as the first day we launched . . . “

The Team

The Ponders Travel team includes Rebecca, Yvonne, Lorraine, Zoltan, Millie and Sarah, all of whom have extensively travelled the globe to ensure they always deliver honest and first hand advice about worldwide destinations and holiday types.

The team are each ready to help you find your perfect river cruise in France, offering expert advice with knowledge and enthusiasm – so that you can book your holiday or vacation with confidence and peace of mind.

Travel Accreditations

ATOL is a government-run scheme that provides protection in the event of holiday provider financial failure for travel arrangements that include flights, when made through Ponders – an ATOL accredited agent. ABTA includes similar protection for cruise and land-based holiday vacations.

Ponders’ professional memberships include the Leading Cruise Agents organisation and also the Association of Cruise Experts, which in 2013 joined the Passenger Shipping Association to merge into the world-wide Cruise Lines International Association.

Travel Insurance


In addition to the protection provided by the ATOL and ABTA compensation schemes Ponders can offer travel insurance for circumstances not covered by ATOL or ABTA – for example, cancellations and delays caused by force majeure and events such as war (and similar hostilities), natural disaster (including volcanic ash cloud), severe weather (including snow) or industrial action.