Carmel Aylward – Cruise Consultant
Having completed her Business & French course in Waterford Regional College Carmel began her career working in a Travel Agency in Waterford. She began by selling sun holidays and then corporate travel eventually being promoted to Business Travel Manager.
After relocating to Dublin, Carmel continued her career in corporate travel for several years before joining Sabena Belgian Airlines, where she worked both in the Dawson Street office and at Dublin Airport.
Following the birth of her two boys Carmel returned to her Travel Agency career. In 2008 Carmel saw her first cruise ship, MSC Lirica, and straight away fell in love with cruising! She has so far been on 12 MSC ships along with Royal Caribbean Quantum of the Seas, Celebrity ships: Edge, Reflection and Eclipse, NCL Jade, CMV Magellan along with several Holland America and Fred Olsen ships. She has also sailed with Hurtigruten. Carmel absolutely loves life at sea – perhaps she was a sailor in her previous life. We call her Captain Carmel!
Carmel has travelled extensively in Spain including Majorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Costa del Sol. In Portugal she has visited the Algarve resorts of Vilamoura, Alvor, Praia da Rocha and Armação de Pêra and further north Cascais, Estoril and Lisbon. She has visited Crete, Zante and Corfu in Greece along with the islands of Madeira and Corsica. In Italy, Carmel has visited Lake Garda, Sicily, Rome, Venice and Naples and has made visits to Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii. Carmel’s French destinations include Paris, Marseilles Nice and Cannes. Carmel’s travels have also brought her to Croatia, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium, Austria, Luxembourg, Tunisia, Morocco and the Netherlands but her favourite place is Norway. Further afield in USA Carmel has visited Florida and Atlanta.
Carmels has taken many Western Mediterranean cruises and has also cruised to the Canary Islands & Madeira and the Greek Isles. She has sailed on two cruises to explore the Norwegian Fjords and has taken a winter voyage in search of the Northern Lights.
Carmel loves meeting people, finding out what they are really seeking from their holiday and then putting all the pieces in place to ensure that her clients experience amazing moments and bring home many precious memories to treasure.