Amanda was born in Blackpool, England, and discovered her career path in the 1980s when a neighbor worked on the cruise lines as a musician. She loved hearing his stories every time he came home and that got her hooked on the idea of travel!
Amanda began her career on the cruise lines working as Gift Shop Manager for six years on several different cruise lines from Windstar, Cunard, Holland America and Celebrity to name a few. She continued her ship career by becoming Sales Manager on board Silversea and Seabourn.
After moving to Sarasota in 1995, Amanda went to travel school to earn her CTA (Certified Travel Associate) designation and graduated with honors. She pursued her career as a Travel Agent until 2015 when she was offered a position as on-board Sales Manager with Azamara Club Cruises. She has happily rediscovered the world sailing to all continents over past three years in that role. Amanda has made great connections within the travel industry over the years and find these relationships valuable assets for her clients.
“Having the hands-on travel the last few years has enabled me to visualize the different cities around the world and this is a great tool when planning private trips with my clients. I have a passion for cruising and love planning a pre- or post-cruise trip to enhance the experience. I also love Italy and have been a lot as my brother has a house north of Florence so I have spent many vacations enjoying the wonderful sights of Italy.”
Amanda loves working with the Virtuoso network as it offers so much more to her clients. It’s not just booking the hotel, cruise or air online, it’s about getting all the extra amenities through the Virtuoso network, and, of course, private trip planning directly with the tour operator within destinations is fabulous.