Our Story

I’m Allison, and I’m the owner of Novel World Travel.

Here are some fun facts about me:

🔷 I was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. For the past fourteen years, I’ve called San Diego home, but I’ll always consider myself a New Yorker.

🔷 I’ve been to thirty countries on five continents (so far). Some of my favorite experiences have been climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge, attending a sumo match in Tokyo, and witnessing the majesty of Machu Picchu at sunrise.

🔷 I love cruising. I’m a CLIA Accredited Cruise Counsellor and a certified specialist with Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Virgin Voyages, Princess Cruises, Holland America, Windstar, and AmaWaterways. I also write a cruise blog called Cruise Obsessed.

🔷 I worked as a software engineer for fifteen years before becoming a travel advisor. I majored in Computer Science in college.

🔷 I’m a published author, writing fun romcoms under the pen name, Kristin Rockaway. My last book is called Smart Girl Summer and takes place on a yacht sailing around the Mediterranean.

🔷 I take education seriously. I'm constantly taking classes, attending conferences, pursuing certifications, and traveling to new destinations to ensure I have the expertise to make my clients' travel dreams come true.

Affiliations & Certifications

A collage of my various certification and affiliation badges.


  • Australia Specialist
  • Bahamas Specialist
  • Cayman Islands Specialist
  • Central Europe Specialist
  • Florida Keys & Key West Specialist
  • Fort Lauderdale Loyalist
  • Explore France Connaisseur
  • Hawaii Destination Expert
  • Inspired by Iceland Specialist
  • Travel to Italy Specialist
  • Greater Miami and Miami Beach Specialist
  • Scotland SCOTSAgent
  • Tokyo Specialist


  • AmaWaterways Certified Advisor
  • Celebrity Cruises Certified Travel Advisor
  • G Adventures Certified National Geographic Journeys Specialist
  • Holland America Platinum Specialist
  • Hyatt Privé
  • Marriott STARS & LUMINOUS
  • Norwegian Cruise Line Master’s Degree
  • Princess Cruises Commodore & Alaska Expert
  • Regent Seven Seas Master’s Degree
  • Rocky Mountaineer Specialist
  • Royal Caribbean Master of Adventure
  • Tauck Specialist
  • Virgin Voyages Gold Tier First Mate
  • Windstar Cruises Expert