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Joanie Forkish

Luxury Cruise Expert

A Message from Joanie

My career has always been in travel. I worked for American Airlines as a flight attendant for 11 years and retired these wings for an even faster paced profession - full time mom. When the time was right, I dipped my feet back into the business as a travel agent and after 28 years -never looked back.

Group travel can be challenging but I thrive on it. There are so many details that can go awry when dealing with this type of travel like the essentials: air, hotel and transfers. Factor in providing enriching activities for all and you have either a recipe for disaster or a first-rate excursion. I've coordinated trips of up to 75 guests without a hitch. This includes planning themed nights revolving around food & wine and hosting on board and shore excursions. I take the pressure off the organizers so that they can actually enjoy the festivities and leave the stress behind.

My client base is 50% leisure and 50% corporate. So, your desired outing can be easily tailored to accommodate the specific needs of each. As a "Serial Cruiser," sailing on all the major luxury cruise lines, my top picks for cruises would be on Regent Seven Seas Cruises (for its all-inclusive amenities), Crystal Cruises for its multiple picturesque destinations, and Silversea for its ultra-luxurious offerings.

Interested in land tours? I'm a great resource to tap into, having visited multiple UNESCO Heritage Sites like The Great Wall and The Great Barrier Reef. I can easily tell you the do's and don'ts, best places to site see, shop and dine to make the best use of your time.

Tips for traveling:
Do Bring: Tide pods and Bounce on longer cruises (this eliminates the need for expensive laundry service and helps you pack a little lighter)
Do Bring: The indispensable handy, dandy Ziploc bags (1 for bathing suits, 1 for undergarments, 1 for shirts etc). They are also great to keep your toiletries - avoiding messy spills.

Ready to undertake group travel? Let me do all the work for you.

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