About Us

Holiday Cruises and Tours is part of the largest network of vacation specialists in the country.  Our agents are provided with intensive training and have more knowledge about leisure travel and the travel industry than full-service travel agents. What does all of this mean for you?  It means Holiday Cruises and Tours knows just how to find the vacation which best fits your individual needs.  It also means we can provide you with the best vacation for your vacation dollar.  At Holiday Cruises and Tours, we strive to provide excellent vacations for the best quality and value and at the highest level of service available.

Contact us online or call us at (480) 998-1112, for a wonderful vacation experience which starts the moment you call.

“We have an excellent staff.  All of our travel backgrounds are varied – we can speak to any locale.  Our customers take comfort in that.”  Owner Diane Baskind, Holiday Cruises and Tours




Diane Baskind, owner

As the owner of Holiday Cruises and Tours, Diane believes that honesty, integrity and fun is the lifeline of the agency.
The goal of the store is to provide excellent service in an environment that is comfortable and professional at all times. In an industry that has so many choices Diane believes knowledge is what sets the agency apart from other agencies and the internet. 
It was Diane’s love of people and travel that brought her to Holiday Cruises and Tours. She moved to Arizona in 1981 from Pennsylvania and has been in business in the state since 1981.

Kristen Harman

Kristen is a tried and true travel buff and began her career in travel in 1981. Destinations that she has traveled extensively include Europe, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. With two children, Kristen has lots of expertise in all-inclusive family cruise and land vacations. Kristen has also planned many weddings both aboard ships and at resort destinations. “I love to travel and meet people and when I’m not traveling I get to help others plan their vacations – it’s very rewarding!” says Kristen.

Hilarie Brown


Hilarie brings passion to Holiday Cruises and Tours. Her love for travel is only surpassed by her love of animals. Hilarie has traveled all over the world, and brings tremendous knowledge of key destinations, to her clients. It is Hilarie’s goal to have every client love their vacation experience, and also to enjoy the planning process as well.


Brian Forrester

Brian brings an entrepreneurial spirit to Holiday Cruises and Tours. In 1990 he was looking for an opportunity to take him through his retirement years and beyond – and to have some fun! He purchased a Cruise Holidays franchise in West Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Yes, he’s Canadian, eh!
A few years later he decided to join his wife in the warmer climes of Arizona, and thus, met up with Holiday Cruises and Tours.
He enjoys his time with the team in Scottsdale and strives to exceed your expectations.

John Baker

John works with Brian Forrester as a military reunion specialist. He first became involved with military reunions in 1993 when he attended the very first reunion of the newly formed U.S.S. Oklahoma City Association and was elected its president. He has been reelected each year since and has been active in every aspect of the Association including developing its bylaws, writing and producing a historical video about ships named Oklahoma City, conducting fund raisers, and arranging each of the Association’s annual reunions. He has been a police officer, a real estate entrepreneur, and recently retired from the Kansas Department of Corrections. John lives in Winfield, Kansas, where he is active as an oboist in local and regional musical groups.

John is respected in the military reunion industry and is known to be an outstanding planner. He brings much experience and knowledge about the military reunion business. His passion to arrange the best reunion ever is a driving factor in his decision to begin arranging military reunions for other groups.

Betsy Scherr

Betsy is a luxury cruise specialist. An ex-collegiate volleyball player, Betsy now enjoys tennis at the Camelback Village Clubs here in Scottsdale. She is passionate about cruises, has traveled the world in her first career as an investment banker, and has sailed on over 50 ships! Betsy is a native Californian, a UCLA & University of Colorado business/finance graduate. She has been in the cruise industry for over 10 years, and would be happy to help families, groups or individuals with their vacation planning needs. She has also put together many golf & wine cruises for various organizations. You can contact Betsy direct at: 480-306-7635.

Denise Hawkins

photo Do you remember the magic of your first Disney experience? Our Disney travel specialist, Denise Hawkins will work with you on your travel needs for all of the Disney destinations, including Disney cruise line and the amazing new resort in Hawaii, Aulani. As a high school theater teacher, Denise is at the head of the class when it comes to planning that perfect family vacation. She believes that a “Magical” vacation begins with cost effective, stress free planning for all of her clients. Her persistence in finding the “right” fit for each client’s travel needs, as well as her attention to detail, guarantee that you will experience the “Disney Magic” at it’s best!

Alana Wallace

alana Alana’s love of travel was instilled by her parents at a young age. By the time she was 12, she had been to the 48 continental states and several Canadian provinces (and has experienced the other 2 states and multiple territories since then.) She loves to discover new places and have new adventures; everything from diving in the South Pacific and the Caribbean to zipplining in the jungles of Central America, exploring archeological sites there, in Europe, the Mediterranean, South America and the Middle East, visiting museums, attending special events and concerts all over the world. Whether your dream trip is a cruise, an escorted tour or a beachfront resort, she is ready and able to help you make travel memories you will always treasure. You can contact Alana directly at either 928-472-7689 or 928-978-1888

Tess Powers

644695_10151616527010761_1263504285_n I grew up in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico – home of the International Balloon Fiesta! A must see! I worked in the computer industry for years and decided I liked travel much better! I’ve been a travel consultant for 13 great years. I really enjoy traveling to learn about history, culture, architecture and culinary arts. One of my favorite trips was to the Galapagos Islands and Machu Picchu. I specialize in custom trips to Australia/New Zealand, Africa, South America, Costa Rica, Europe, Asia, etc! I am a luxury travel expert and specialize in these types of trips. I’d love to make your travel dreams come true! You can reach Tess directly at 480-241-6054 or by email at trvltess@cox.net!