Elite Cruise Counsellor, Agency Owner
I fell in love with cruising before I ever even stepped foot on a ship, having spent years watching The Love Boat! I took my very first cruise 38 years ago – on Princess - for my honeymoon and it was even better than I'd imagined. I was so thrilled to meet Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing) years later at a book signing event on a Royal Princess inaugural cruise.
Throughout the busy years when my husband Robert and I were raising our family, we always managed to set aside time for family travel and cruising. We’ve passed this love of cruising on to our 2 grown sons who have each been on multiple cruises as well.
In 2003, I decided to combine my business administration background and customer service experience with my long fascination with cruises and I began to work in the travel industry as a Cruise Specialist, eventually opening our own cruise-specialty agency in 2006. This has provided the opportunity to travel more frequently – to date I’ve sailed on over 30 ocean & river cruises on 11 different cruise lines – as well as cruise the world vicariously through our clients.
When it comes to cruises, I’m proud to say that I am an expert – there’s nothing about cruises that I don’t understand thoroughly and deal with daily. I have the answers to the questions you haven’t even thought about asking. I strive to ensure that your vacation is perfectly planned, hassle-free and exceeds your expectations by efficiently managing all of the travel-planning details from the moment you start dreaming until the moment you return home.
I was approved as a "Distinctive Voyage" host for this Travel Leaders program. My first hosting gig was on the Seabourn Quest to Eastern Canada. Next up is hosting an Ireland & Iceland cruise on Celebrity in June 2020.
It’s important to me to provide our personal experience and insights to clients, who rely on our “been there, done that” insider knowledge to help create personalized dream-come-true vacations. I’m constantly expanding my expertise, through cruising, attending webinars and cruise conventions, and touring cruise ships that I haven’t had the chance to personally sail on yet.
I’ve achieved the designations of Elite Cruise Counselor and Luxury Cruise Specialist from the Cruise Lines International Association, and I have also been named a Princess Alaska Expert and a Hawaii Destination Specialist. I’m a graduate of York University, with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree.
In addition to the delights of being out on the ocean on a big beautiful cruise ship, I recently achieved a life-long dream of living on the water, when we moved to our family ‘cottage’ on Balsam lake, now our permanent home. I’m also considered a bit of a “speed demon.” I simply love being in motion: whether on a boat, a Seadoo, or a sailboat or driving ATV’s or dune buggies in the various ports of call.
In my spare time, I am thoroughly enjoying being a Grandma to our two adorable grand-daughters, who are 18 months and 15 months.
With so many cruise options out there, it can be overwhelming - but that is what I'm here for. After all, your vacation is an investment of precious time and money - why not consult an expert and make sure you get it right?