Years of travel industry experience
I have 11 years of experience in the travel industry, specialising in the cruise sector.
Top destinations to pick your brains on
In no particular order...
- The Arabian Gulf: Having lived in the Gulf and with family in the Middle East, it really has a special place in my heart. Everything is big, bold, beautiful, and the food...oh the food! Unwind and absorb true Arabian beauty as you take in the local architecture - get ready to stretch your neck muscles as you admire some of the tallest buildings in the world!
- Thailand: This is an absolute must for culture, island hopping, and adventure seekers! There are many islands offering different types of activities. Everything about this beautiful place is fantastic, and the people are some of the friendliest I have ever come across. You must try the street food (every day!), as this is the traditional cuisine that the locals eat.
- The Dominican Republic: I am recently back from spending two weeks in Punta Cana and would highly recommend it! Experiencing this island will tick lots of boxes, from visiting the coffee plantations to swimming in caves. There are plenty of tours to choose from but you must try the dune buggy tour. You must also try the local speciality, Mama Juana - a drink made up of rum and red wine, infused with tree bark.
- Puerto Rico: Colourful, vibrant, and never too far from a party! The locals in San Juan are very friendly and always happy to help - it’s useful to carry small change for tips here. Make sure to try some of the local cuisine, especially if you love chicken, pork and beans. If you’re the adventurous sort, the zip lining tour at Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park was very exciting and guaranteed to raise your energy levels!
- The Republic of Ireland: Another place close to my heart with the other half of my family living there. What a place it is. The locals are super friendly, and they honestly produce some of the best quality food around. Also the birth place of Guinness, and a great craic!
Best port you’ve sailed to, and why?
The best port I have sailed to so far definitely has to be St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. As soon as you step off the ship you are overwhelmed by the delicious smell of smoky jerk, the sound of steel drums, and unlimited Caribbean smiles and sunshine. You must try the local rum, exotic Caribbean spices, and the world famous Patty’s. Salt fish is my personal favourite.
Top Cruise Tip
I think the best advice I could offer would be to slow down and take it all in. Indulge in all our lovely liners have to offer. But no need to rush through everything at once, it will still be there tomorrow and the next day!
I would also recommend to also bring some local currency for the ports you are visiting as you will want to soak up the culture of the destination.
What couldn’t you travel without in your suitcase?
When cruising I would highly recommend bringing a few essentials:
- Headache tablets and heartburn pills
- Hydration water solution
- Do your holiday justice by taking a good quality camera!