JoAnne Patterson

Why do I love cruising? The fact that there is something for everyone whether it be the activities, food and wine, shore excursions etc. you can take a whole generational family and they will all enjoy a cruise in different way. With river cruises you are able to see and experience the small towns and villages along the different rivers and only unpack once.


What has been my favourite cruise? That is a hard one as I have two. Oceania Riviera sailing the Mediterranean with ports of call such as Portofino and the Amalfi coast as well as Regent Seven Seas on the Mariner, their Holy Lands cruise visiting Jerusalem, Galilee, Nazareth and he dead sea.


Favourite cruise destinations? Mediterranean and the rivers of Europe


Favourite cruise lines? Regent Seven Seas, Oceania Cruises, Silversea, Lindblad Expeditions, AMA Waterways, Uniworld, Avalon river cruises


Favourite cruise booking for a client? I had clients on a Scenic River Cruise for a 70th birthday and that evening in Vernon they participated in an Enrich Concert at the Chateau de la Roche Guyon (an included program with Scenic) and the musicians finding out it was her special birthday serenaded her in front of the audience – she told me how special she felt


Do you have any cruise specialties? I really try to experience every type of cruising – expedition, river, ocean so that I can match up the perfect experience for my clients. I would have to say that Europe for ocean and river is what I specialize in and with expedition I would say Galapagos is an area that I tend to sell a lot of however not been there yet – it is on my bucket list!

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