About Us

Pacific Grove Travel

For more than 37 years, Pacific Grove Travel has provided our clients with the service and expertise to provide them with the most positive travel experience possible. Our experience ensures that your travel needs are handled with professionalism and discretion. We are familiar with all of the current travel requirements for documentation and will work to help make your travel as smooth as expected. We have also been voted Best Travel Agency by the readers of the Carmel Pine Cone for 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Most recently voted, Monterey Herald’s Reader Choice Award winner, in 2017.

Joe Shammas of Pacific Grove Travel established the company in December, 1979 and has built a solid reputation for good service, fair prices and friendly service. We are a full service travel agency handling bookings for all major cruise lines, tour operators, airlines, hotels and car rentals.

In the past several years, we have been very successful in organizing and escorting groups on both cruises and tours. On our groups, we often provide transportation right from the Monterey peninsula so that your vacation begins long before the first flight.

We work with all types of cruises; large-ship, small-ship, river cruises, and sailing ships. With our large volume on certain cruise lines and tour operators, we are often able to negotiate the lowest fares possible, and through our affiliation with Ensemble Travel we can get bonuses for our clients as well.

Pacific Grove Travel is owned and operated by Joe Shammas, CTC who has been in the travel agency business for over 38 years. He is assisted by Laura Lockett, CTC who has been in the travel business for 40 years. Mary Potter, CTC, has 25 years of experience and has studied to become a destination specialist in many areas of the world.

All together, we have more than 100 years of experience! Let us put that experience to work for you. Please call us the next time you are planning to travel, as we would love to help. Remember, if you’re not working with a travel agent, you’re travelling alone!

We look forward to hearing from you!