When Ann left school she did the Travel & Tourism Course in Cathal Brugha Street, College of Technology and went to work straight away in Budget Travel.
She moved into ticketing and then into the reservations department where she discovered that she really loved working with members of the public.
“Finding the right holiday for a client is a real challenge,” she says, “but it’s great when someone tells you what a great holiday they’ve had and you know you’ve made their dreams come true!”
After four years at Budget, she moved to London, where she secured a job in Harrods, but the branch based at Heathrow Airport. She loved the buzz of working at the busy airport and when she came back to Dublin, she went to work in Rory McDyer Travel in Clontarf, where she stayed for 12 years.
During this time, Ann was increasing her destination knowledge by making trips to the Canaries, France and mainland Spain but everything changed when she went on a Cruise around the Mediterranean, from Barcelona to Lisbon. “It was an eye-opener,” she says, “seeing a different place every day. Plus I was blown away by the facilities on board the ship.”
Since then, Ann and her family have been on many cruises – to the Western Mediterranean, from New York to the Bahamas, Florida and the Caribbean and the United Arab Emirates. She is a truly hooked!
One of our cruise experts at The Travel Broker Ann makes no apologies for being a huge Royal Caribbean fan. “I love the high standards of food, entertainment and staff on Royal”, she says. “And of course, the stunning ships!”