How did you first become interested in the Cruise Industry?
first became interested in cruising when I watched the "Love Boat" on TV in the 70's. When I was 14, my
mother took me on a 2 night cruise out of New York City and I was officially hooked! I just knew my future career had
to involve travel, and hopefully cruising. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Niagara University with a BS in Travel and
Tourism. In 1993 I started working as a cruise agent in Orlando, FL and then relocated back to NY and shortly after.
From 1996-2011, I called Atlanta home and made many wonderful personal and professional connections. I currently reside
in the Buffalo area and look forward to helping new clients escape winter. I've been an Accredited Cruise
Specialist since 1997, and in 2010 earned Master Cruise Counsellor certification. I look forward to many more
How many cruises have you taken?
I've cruised 38 times and have inspected 9 additional ships. I have also
toured and stayed at all inclusive resorts.
do you like most about cruising?
It is a combination of factors which
makes me a huge fan of cruising. I love being at sea and traveling to exotic ports of call. As a busy mom, I appreciate
the opportunity to relax and have someone else do the cooking. Cruising is a great way to travel as an extended
family. Also, I love the ammenities that the new ships offer such as great workout facilities, supper clubs, and enhanced
Please list your areas of expertise.
Since I've been involved in the Cruise Industry since 1993, I have a lot of experience dealing with
families, couples, corporate clients, seniors, and those seeking a luxury cruise or more exotic locations. I have extensive
group experience also.
Please list all cruise ships you've
I've sailed on the following Carnival ships: Holiday,
Fantasy, Fascination, Imagination, Victory, Elation, Paradise, Sensation, Spirit, Glory, Liberty, Miracle, and Dream.
In addition, I've cruised on the Norwegian Epic, Dream and Sun, the Star and Ruby Princess, Holland America's Oosterdam
and Zuiderdam, Celebrity's Silhouette, Century and Mercury, and the Disney Wonder. In 2006, I sailed aboard the
Costa Mediterranea and Costa Magica. I've experienced the Royal Caribbean's "Voyager Class"
and "Freedom Class" by sailing aboard the Navigator of the Seas and the Freedom on the Seas. I
was recently "wowed" by the Allure of the Seas. I've cruised on the following ships that are no longer
in service: Galileo, Oceanic, Atlantic, Regent Rainbow, Tropicale and the Song of America.
Please list all of the desinations you have visited by land or sea.
I have cruised to Freeport, Nassau, Half Moon Cay, Castaway Cay, Bermuda, St. Thomas, St. Croix, San
Juan, Grand Turk, St. John, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Ocho Rios, Costa Maya, Calica, Roatan, Belize, Key West, and the Dominican
Republic, Barcelona, Cannes, Monaco, Florence, Pisa, and Rome. I've done an Alaska Land Tour which included
Fairbanks, Denali, Anchorage, and Alyeska. I have also experienced Sandal's resort in Nassau. Other trips
have included Taiwan, Poland, and Latvia.
What is your favorite
cruise desination and why?
My favorite cruise destination used to
be Bermuda. I loved the pink sand beaches and turquoise waters. Also, I like that the ship spent a few days
there so we could truly explore the island. A lot of people forget about Bermuda as it's seasonal and not in the
Caribbean. I also enjoyed the new port of Grand Turk. My new favorite cruise destination is Europe! A cruise
allows you to experience several cities with only having to pack and unpack once. Also, it's a better deal when
compared to a land based vacation due to the strong Euro.
What is your favorite cruise line and why?
I like different cruise
lines for various reasons. I like Carnival for fun, value, and families. They've improved so much over the
years. For a more sophisticated experience, I'm a big fan of Princess and Celebrity. Princess has one of the
best restaurants at sea, Sabatini's. Also, their new ships are quite innovative. I had a great time aboard
the Costa Magica. I loved the Mediterranean food and lively entertainment at night. Royal Caribbean has all the
"bells and whistles" at sea! In November 2011, I fell in love with the Celebrity Silhouette. It was
the perfect combination of relaxation and fun.
your best cruise memory and why?
I have so many great cruise memories
which revolve around traveling with those I love. I really enjoyed our honeymoon cruise to Bermuda. I've
introduced my kids to cruising and we have fond memories of taking the Grandmas with us too! In 2007, I had the opportunity
to escort a fantastic group, Four Seasons, aboard the Carnival Liberty. In recent years, I've participated in 2
"music charter" cruises. Also, I've experienced a lot of fun at sea with my associates.
Please tell me a little about yourself, your family, and your interests.
My hobbies include travel, fine dining, reading, working out, and socializing with friends and family.
I am fortunate to love what I do for a living. Also, I enjoy working from home and have flexible
hours. It's not unusual to catch me at my desk in the evening or on the weekends. I like to get to really
know my clients so I can find the cruise that best suits their needs.