Cruisabout stores in: Auckland
Sue has been in the retail travel industry for 19 years before moving to specialise in cruising. With extensive destination knowledge and a strong passion for travel, Sue combines her keen eye for detail and her dedication to providing uncompromising service. An avid traveller and confirmed cruisaholic, Sue has travelled to every continent and cruised with Seabourn, Oceania and Celebrity in the Mediterannean, as well as Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Princess, P&O and Star Cruises. Inspections of many other cruise ships, including Cunard, Voyages of Discovery, Regent Seven Seas, Crystal, Paul Gauguin and many others. Sue's recommendations for hot new cruises include the Black Sea voyages, river cruising between Vietnam and Cambodia, and the New England coast from New York to Quebec.
Maria has been in the travel industry for the last 5 years. She loves travelling and has always been a passionate traveller - always bursting with excitement to get away on her next trip or talking about her last adventure. A chef by profession, she has worked on Festival Cruises, Cunard's Queen Mary and Oceania Cruises, which has allowed her to see 79 countries so far and is still adding to her list. Her personal travel include cruising in Europe, UK, Asia, Caribbean, South America and overland travel in Indochina. Her wish list includes an overland tour of Africa, Alaska and Antarctica cruising, cruising down the Nile and many more.
Catherine has spent over 12 years in both wholesale and retail sectors of the travel industry as well as a number of years travelling the world. She has travelled extensively to many countries and had the opportunity to experience all kinds of travel including coach tours, small group adventures, overland tours, exclusive hotels and of course cruising. Catherine has a passion for adventure destinations, including Galapagos and Easter Islands. Exploring via the ancient highways of the world - river cruising - she has travelled on some of the great rivers of the world, the Danube, Nile, Yangtze and the Mekong. She also has a passion for small ship and expedition cruising and the opportunities that they provide to get up close to the wildlife and to experience the local cultures.
Amanda has spent over 18 years in both wholesale and retail sectors of the travel industry. Having found her passion and excitement for travel while living in the UK, Amanda has gained a wealth of travel experiences while travelling to all 7 continents. She has extensive knowledge in all aspects of travel, specialising in adventure destinations such as South America and Africa. Amanda has cruised to Australia, South Pacific, Asia, Amazon, Egypt, Galapagos Islands and Antarctica. She has also cruised with children, so can offer first hand advice on family cruising. As well as her own personal cruise experiences, she has also inspected many cruise ships that have visited our shores including Holland America, Paul Gauguin, Crystal, Queen Mary 2, Orion and Seabourn.
Prior to joining Cruiseabout, Shelley worked for 9 years onboard Princess Cruises as a Fine Jewellery Specialist. During those 9 years she has cruised to over 60 countries, including as far North as Norway (the Land of the Midnight Sun) and as far South as Antarctica. Some of her favourite destinations include Tahiti, The Mediterranean, Greek Isles and Alaska. One of her favourite activities during port time was to escort tours - a great way to learn more about the cities she was visiting. Shelley would love to share her knowledge and passion for cruising and assist you and your family with your first or next cruise booking. Make Shelley your next Port of Call.
Talia has a passion for cruising and has been on over 100 cruises. In her 3 years working on Carnival, Celebrity and Disney Cruise Lines, Talia has cruised Alaska, Mexican Rivera, Eastern & Western Caribbean, Trans Atlantic, Eastern & Western Mediterranean and the Baltic Sea. While Talia wasn't cruising she lived in Milan, Italy and Honduras as well as travelling independently. She has travelled extensively over 5 continents with some of her favourite places being Malta, Juneau, Sorrento and St. Petersburg. With this wealth of knowledge, Talia couldn't be more excited to use her experience to ensure your holiday of a lifetime is truly magical!
Jo has been in the travel industry for 11 years now, starting her career at Downtown Flight Centre, then Parnell Flight Centre, moving into our specialist cruise brand opening our second cruiseabout in 2010 - Parnell Cruiseabout. After a wee break of maternity leave Jo then opened our first north shore store in Hurstmere Road Takapuna where she is now based. With a huge passion for travel, Jo has travelled all over the world which means that she can give first hand advice along with immaculate and prompt service. Jo has been on many small ship cruises, including Blue Lagoon in Fiji, Island Escape in Vanuatu, and Whitsunday cruising. Jo has sailed aboard many large ships including the Queen Elizabeth, Dawn Princess, Radiance, Rhapsody and Voyager of the Seas, Pacific Pearl and Celebrity Solstice. She has also had the pleaseure of river cruising in Europe with Avalon Waterways and many ship inspections and luncheons aboard Holland America, Seabourn, Silversea, Regent Seven Seas, Oceania, Crystal, Cunard, Orion, P&O & Princess and more. This extensive cruising experience coupled with years of land based selling and travelling makes Jo the perfect candidate to book your dream holiday, whatever it may be.
Kylie's has had 9 years experience in the travel industry, four of those recentley at the Flight Centre creating dream holidays for her clients! She has personally travelled to China, USA, Canada, Alaska, Hawaii, Rarotonga, Fiji, Tahiti and lived in Australia and Mexico! After working for Princess Cruises for a year, she has a wealth of cruise and destination knowledge, that she can't wait to share to help you find your prefect cruise holiday!
Rachel has experienced and travelled to many countries around the world including Fiji, Cook Islands, Asia, Australia, Central & North America, Europe, Middle East, and the UK . Rachel loves cruising and can't wait to share that passion with her clients, having taken her family on a Mediterranean cruise with Holland America Lines, she will be able to give great advice to parents and families! She brings great attention to detail, excellent customer service and in-depth knowledge to help make her clients holiday unique and unforgettable!
Christine has been in the travel industry (working for Flight Centre South Africa and New Zealand) for over 11 years. She is looking forward to sharing her extensive experience and building dream holidays for cruise travellers. Amongst Christine's extensive travels are the UK, USA, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, South Africa, Australia, Fiji, Norfolk Island, New Caledonia and Vanuatu. Her favourite holiday was cruising around the Pacific Islands and the Yasawa Islands, and she believes that cruising is the best holiday you can budget for as there is so much included.
Michelle Sutton recently returned to Flight Centre after 11 years raising three children. Starting with Flight Centre 1991, Michelle has held roles as a Consultant, Assistant Team Leader, Team leader and then Auckland Area Leader. Michelle has travelled most of the world and seen it from the eyes of a backpacker and a Travel Consultant - walking the Inca Trail was one of the many highlights. Passionate about travelling from a young age. Michelle has now fine tuned that passion to Cruising. She is about to experience Cruising as a solo Mum travelling with 3 kids, so will be full of advice for single parents and families.
After having travelled extensively in her youth, Cathy decided to put her passion for travel into a career. Now, after over 12 years with Flight Centre, she has decided it is time to specialise in Cruising, and so joined the Howick Cruiseabout team in January 2014. As part of her travels, she spent 3 years working upon a luxury charter yacht in the Mediterranean, and 5 years living in Argentina. She has enjoyed three P&O cruises with her family and can't wait to cruise again. She has visited a multitude of countries, including Australia, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, China, India, Argentina, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Netherlands, England and many, many more. She also speaks Spanish, so ask her about which phrases you need to have under your belt before your South America cruise!
Katherine has over 10 years experience as a business owner/manager and has travelled extensively around the world. Most recently she has managed Flight Centre Orewa prior to making the move to Cruiseabout. She is passionate about travel and her expertise lies in Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific Islands. Her destination and cruise knowledge along with her attention to detail will ensure you have a memorable holiday.
Chris has worked in the travel industry for the last 18 years, over five of those at Flight Centre specialising in cruise and leisure travel. He has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, Australia, the South Pacific, mainland USA and Hawaii. Chris loves exceeding his clients’ expectations, and having recently travelled with his four children in tow, he is able to give great advice on travelling as a family.
Heather has a deep seated passion for cruising. Having cruised and toured with her husband, with groups of friends, with teenagers in tow and also as a tour leader, Heather has all the knowledge and experience to help you make the most of your cruise or overland holiday. As a travel professional, Heather prides herself on her attention to detail and exemplary customer service. Her favourite destinations include Malta, Turkey, Asia and Germany; all wonderful ocean or river cruising destinations. Heather is a local Rodney resident and looks forward to welcoming you in store and working with you to plan your next travel adventure.
Cruisabout stores in: Bay of Plenty
Nichola has been lapping the globe for over a decade, travelling through New Zealand, Australia, the South Pacific, North America, South East Asia, South America and Europe. Her extensive knowledge and love of travel and adventure is combined with a passion for organisation and, most importantly, excellent customer service. Nichola's approach is simple: each trip is totally customised to your requirements, with her help, you create your own personalised itinerary. Nichola has experienced small ship cruising in Australia, Indonesia and most recently the Galapagos Islands which now tops her list of favourite destinations. Whether you want to travel to the Caribbean or Europe, require a basic or complex agenda, Nichola can arrange the travel needs of one person through to one hundred people.
Reese is passionate about cruising and everything travel related! Having spent the last twelve years enjoying a number of exciting destinations, Reese brings to the Cruiseabout team a wealth of knowledge and experience that she loves to share with all her clients. Reese combines a love for travel with excellent organisational skills and a strong commitment to customer service making the whole planning experience all the more enjoyable. Reese's most recent adventure was onboard P & O Cruises Oriana which was the first cruise ship built specifically for the British cruise market.
Mandy has worked in wholesale and retail travel in different destinations all over the world for the past 10 years. Most recently Mandy moved from Tauranga Flight Centre. Mandy has spent time working and travelling abroad which has enabled her to use her travel experiences and share with others to help make their holidays into more than just a holiday, but an amazing unforgettable experience. Mandy's biggest highlight in her travels was swimming with and bathing Elephants in Nepal which remains her favourite destination to date. She has a passion for travelling and loves getting off the beaten track having travelled to Asia, India, South America, Europe and lived in Australia the U.S.A, U.K and Ireland. She has now returned to her home town to Cruiseabout where she loves getting involved with and organising her clients travel plans wherever they may be going and believes exceptional customer service is the key to a happy traveller.
Cruisabout stores in: Central North Island
Katrina loves cruising, falling in love with it from the moment she set foot onboard! Before joining the travel industry she travelled the world with her job which included working on some of the most stunning cruise ships for Royal Caribbean Cruises. Based in the Caribbean, she soaked up the sun in some of the most amazing places like Puerto Rico, Grand Cayman and her favourite - St Maarten. From the smallest ships to the largest mega liners, Katrina believes there is a “magical moment” for every passenger and every family. She is excited to share her knowledge and passion of cruising and looks forward to helping you organise your next holiday.
Neisha has been in the travel industry for a couple of years but has enjoyed organizing travel for as long as she can remember. She has travelled to Australia, China, the UK and Europe, where she recently jumped onboard a cruise around the beautiful Greek Islands and experienced riding a donkey in Santorini. Her favourite destinations are Greece, Italy and Germany. The food, culture, history and scenery were absolutely amazing, and she looks forward to helping make customers travel experiences just as amazing.
Cruisabout stores in: Wellington
Gina has been in love with travel and tourism since the day she studied it at high school. From there she has worked for tour operators and cruise line reservations. She has spent the last 5 years as a personal travel manager and now specialises in cruising. Her personal travel experiences range from camping in southern and eastern Africa, backpacker and budget hotels through to 5 and 6 star resorts and cruise lines. She has cruised with Holland America, Azamara and Silversea, plus viewed ships docked in Wellington including Celebrity, Costa and Royal Caribbean. Gina's passion to create amazing itineraries will help you arrange an experience to remember.
Helen has been in the travel industry for nine years, where she found her niche and true travel passion in cruising. She spent a number of years honing her skills in the wholesale cruise business in Australia before returning home to be closer to her family. She now brings all that knowledge and experience to her local Cruiseabout store. She has cruised with Princess in Alaska, Royal Caribbean in Australia, MSC in Europe, Azamara and Star Cruises in Asia, Viking Europe river cruises and Captain Cook small ship cruising in Fiji. Living in Wellington she has also been privileged to have inspected ships from Cunard, Seabourn, Crystal, Oceania, Holland America, Silversea, Celebrity and Carnival. Helen has extensive travel knowledge ranging from independent rail travel in Europe to first class coach touring, from quality budget accommodation to luxury resorts, so is able to help you with all your travel requirements.
Kate has over 7 years experience in the travel industry. Travel is one of her passions; she has visited over 40 countries including much of Europe, Central America, USA and the South Pacific. From backpacker to 6 star luxury, group tours and cruises, Kate has experienced the whole spectrum. Having children now has given Kate a whole new perspective on travel and she has a wealth of advice for parents looking to travel. Booking your cruise holiday should be one of the most exciting moments in your life and Kate will make this process fun, enjoyable and most importantly stress-free.
Cruisabout stores in: Nelson
Amanda has been in the travel industry for the past 12 years with 10 years experience as a Travel Consultant. She has always had a passion for people, places and cultures and is excited to share her passion for cruising with her clients. Amanda brings her experience dealing with groups and events to bring together exciting new options for family and group travel as well as understanding the value of space and relaxation for couples and solo travellers. There will be no nursing home for Amanda during her retirement which will be a few years away still. A cruise ship will be where Amanda plans to live out her retirement as well as most of her holidays between now and then. So there will be plenty more ship inspections and cruises for Amanda in the next 40 years. Cruising offers something for everyone and Amanda enjoys nothing more than a very happy repeat customer so is consistently going above and beyond for her clients to ensure their experience is always outstanding.
Louise has been in the travel industry for over 15 years, 13 years working as cabin crew and involved in training and management. She has spent the past 2 years with Flight Centre Nelson as an International Travel Consultant. She loves travelling and has always been a passionate traveller - bursting with excitement to get away on her next holiday or talking about her last trip. She is passionate about travel and Louise has now changed that passion to Cruising. Louise thrives on delivering excellent customer service and to help make her client’s holiday unforgettable. Louise couldn't be more excited to use her experience to ensure your holiday of a lifetime is truly amazing!
Cruisabout stores in: Christchurch
David has been travelling non-stop since leaving Scotland in 2002 and 10 years later, he still hasn’t made it back home. With 5 years experience working on board cruise ships, David has visited ports all over the world and has a huge amount of knowledge to share! With his favourite destinations including Tallinn, Venice and Tortola, David is a true cruising specialist and is excited to help you plan your dream holiday.
Annalea has been in the travel industry for more than 14 years, having worked in both the retail and airline sectors. Her extensive knowledge and love of travel and adventure is combined with a passion for organisation and, most importantly, excellent customer service. As well as her own personal cruise experiences, she has also inspected many cruise ships that have visited our shores including Holland America, Queen Mary 2, Seabourn, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity, Princess and P&O, just to name a few. With her vast product knowledge and a passion for all things travel – especially cruising, Annalea can help you choose the right cruise for you and your family, or a group of friends.