Premier Travel - Jo Taylor
Jo Taylor - Premier Travel Cambridge

Jo Taylor

Tell us about your travel background…

I started working for Premier Travel in 1998 at the St Ives branch, before moving over to what used to be our Cambridge Drummer Street branch and then to Rose Crescent (now Sidney St). I then started at Premier Cruise in 2004, and have been looking after Premier Cruise clients ever since. I wanted to work for Premier Cruise because I liked the idea of specialising in a the cruise aspect of holidays, it was just something which really interested me at the time, and still does now!”

Where have you travelled to?

Tunisia, Malta, Dubai, Mumbai, Orlando, Ibiza, Menorca, LA, UAE and all around the Caribbean islands.

Why is cruising for you?

“Because it’s so diverse – it’s not a bucket and spade holiday which you could take anywhere. Within the cruise industry, there’s so much choice and variety which I love; from destination and itinerary to cruise line and ship. There’s such good value for money to be found on cruise holidays and the added benefit of seeing lots of destinations in one go, but only having to unpack once! Cruise holidays offer a certain aspect of glamour too.”

Most memorable cruises?

“Dubai to Mumbai on the Minerva with Swan Hellenic, and all around the Caribbean islands with Princess Cruises on board the Grand Princess. The two ships were completely different from each other but I loved both – the itinerary on board the Minerva was very rare, unusual and unique in destinations; whilst on the Grand Princess I loved the combination of the relaxed atmosphere, sunshine and entertainment.”

Favourite cruise memory?

“Swimming with stingrays at Stingray City, Grand Cayman or with dolphins in Cozumel, Mexico on a cruise around the Caribbean with Princess Cruises. I never would have done something like that ordinarily and the experience was amazing – it was a wonderful opportunity to embrace something totally new; I would love to go back and experience it again with my son, as he would love it! Activities like these are great options for families with young or teenage children on cruise holidays. ”

Favourite holiday destination?

“I loved the Caribbean! It was hot, relaxing and beautiful… everything you would expect the Caribbean to be. Swimming with dolphins and stingrays was my absolute highlight of the trip.”

Favourite cruise line/ship and why?

“They all offer something completely different so it’s hard to choose a favourite; there’s lots of variety so it’s totally dependent on what you’re looking for. I would take my teenage son on Royal Caribbean’s new Quantum Class ship for the amazing activities, and I would take my parents on Celebrity Cruise’s Eclipse (my personal favourite) as it’s such an elegant experience – the ship is absolutely stunning and just took my breath away - it’s very sophisticated without being at all stuffy or pretentious.”

Why is cruising so different to any other kind of holiday?

“The choices which come with cruise holidays are so extensive; from choosing between a large ship and a small ship to where you want to go, what you can do on board and the type of atmosphere you’re looking for. The value of cruise holidays is amazing too – you can see so many more destinations than you ordinarily might on a fly-and-flop holiday, and it’s suited to everyone – you can always find a cruise that fits.”

Travel bucket list:

“I would love to cruise to Alaska and the Norwegian Fjords, because customers keep telling me how beautiful they are! I’d also love to go to the Seychelles, as my parents used to go regularly on holiday, and I’d love to experience it personally to see for myself why they love it so much.”

Book with Jo because…

“I make a conscious effort to get to know what it is that you want for your holiday, I’m always honest and I like to build a relationship with you so I know what you’ll like and what you will want from your next cruise. I enjoy hearing about your holidays when you return, and I can recommend other cruises for you when great deals come up. I like knowing that my customers trust me to do the best for them and their holiday, and there’s nothing more rewarding than hearing about someone’s amazing experience that I’ve played a part in creating.”

Top Tip for new cruisers:

“Don’t panic about where your cabin is located on board the ship. People tend to think they should have a particular cabin but actually, once they’re on board they spend the majority of their time out exploring the ship, enjoying the facilities and watching the amazing scenery!”

Never leave home without…

“Organised planning and preparation. Make sure you’ve considered everything that needs to be done in advance of your trip – manage your time well before you leave, so that you don’t depart feeling stressed or rushed.”

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