ABOUT OUR AGENCY

Specializing in customized luxury vacations and journeys, Cruise and World Travel, a member of Virtuoso, has a passion for creating genuine travel experiences and orchestrating vacations that fulfill your travel dreams.Our travel expertise, in combination with our access to extensive global travel contacts, allows Cruise and World Travel to plan the perfect honeymoon packages, African luxury safaris tours, cruises, destination weddings, multigenerational family vacations, or custom land packages. Cruise and World Travel delivers top-tier responsive service, exclusive rates and upscale amenities not found online or available to the general public. With 25+ years as a leading travel agency, we have the world covered for you.

We are members of Regent Seven Seas Cruise Council, Belmond, formerly known as the Orient Express Bellini Club, we are also members of the Rosewood Elite Hotel program and have special amenities and rates at Relais and Chateaux and Preferred Hotels worldwide. As a member of Virtuoso’s cruise committee for 12 years, Nancy Yale, owner and founder of Cruise and World Travel has been recognized by Travel and Leisure as an “A-List Top Travel Expert,” as well as named one of the Top 25 Agents by Travel Agent magazine. We have been quoted in several publications including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Kiplingers’ Personal Finance, Family Circle and Bride’s, to name a few.

OUR TEAM

We are a small team with big personalities and diverse tastes. We have different geographic areas of expertise, but we share a passion for creating unforgettable travel experiences for our clients.

Nancy K. Yale

Founder & President

Patricia Thornhill Adkinson

COO

CRUISE AND WORLD TRAVEL

Having travelled personally with my husband and family of three children for the past 25 years to many countries around the world, I am able to create unique travel experiences with dedicated customer service and expert insights. Throughout my career as a travel advisor, I have sailed most cruise lines from luxury ships to river cruises. Cruise Line’s International Association (CLIA) appointed me the first Master Cruise Counselor in the state of Connecticut and I served for 8 years on the Virtuoso Cruise Committee. Travel & Leisure Magazine named me as an “A-List Top Travel Expert” and I have earned prestigious Virtuoso top travel advisor awards. Attending invitation-only travel conferences from Morocco to France has enabled me to establish first-hand relationships with hoteliers and suppliers worldwide, allowing me to provide special amenities to my clients.

My favorite escape: African Safari

Combining my background in finance and accounting with a passion for travel and adventure, I have the perfect position of keeping the office focused on servicing your needs and operating smoothly. I have been with the agency for over fifteen years, working closely with our valued customers, suppliers and employees. In addition to my management role, I am a veteran world traveler. From Sicily to Saigon and Buenos Aires to Bled, I search for unique cultural adventures wherever I go. Some favorite travel experiences include a tapas tour in Madrid, dancing with the locals in Hvar, sampling beluga caviar in Moscow, and kayaking on Ha Long Bay.

My favorite escape: Italy

With 30 years of experience in luxury leisure and business travel, I enjoy turning your desires into reality I pride myself in bringing the best value to my clients, with a particular specialty in orchestrating air itineraries.  I am passionate about the industry and customer service.  By placing myself in my clients’ shoes, thinking through their budget and detailed needs, I turn a client’s vacation into an outstanding trip of a lifetime. My Specialities: Destination Weddings, Honeymoons, Europe.

My favorite escape: Caribbean

Michelle Jaykus Peck

Travel Advisor

I am a certified Disney Specialist with almost 20 years of experience as a travel agent.  With my extensive knowledge of vacation destinations across the Caribbean and Europe, I am able to offer vacations for all budgets and clients, including single travelers, honeymooners, and families. Because I have planned my own family trips to Europe with a teenager, I am knowledgeable about family friendly activities and work to exceed expectations for the entire family.  I enjoy helping my clients realize their vacation dreams.  I pride myself in my attention to detail, and treat each vacation with the same level of personal attention I give to my own. My Specialities: Disney Vacations, Cruises, Caribbean, Europe.

My favorite escape: Florence, Italy

Michelle (Shelby) Bethke

Travel Advisor

I caught the travel bug when I began my career as a travel agent in 1994 and have been passionate about planning travel ever since.  Having been born and spending my younger years in Laos, I specialize in creating customized journeys throughout Asia that provide you with a truly unique experience.  My travels have taken me all over the globe including annual trips to Ireland with my husband and 2 beautiful girls. My favorite personal journey was to South America. The warmth of the people, delectable cuisine and majestic landscapes will remain with me always.  I pride myself on my ability to manage the details required to create life's most memorable journeys. My Specialities: Asia, Family Travel, Europe.

My favorite escape: Caribbean

Arri Melody

Travel Advisor

As Cruise and World Travel's Client Services Coordinator, I enjoy being a part of the vacation planning process. My main role is to assist the talented advisors and work directly with clients on all of the details of their travels. My own passion for travel sparked when I went to Aruba in 2010, since then I’ve booked a trip to a new destination every year. I am very excited to be a part of the leisure travel team, a team that helps people explore their passions for travel and adventure in places that they had only dreamed of.

My favorite escape: Caribbean

Karissa Heberger

Client Services Coordinator

INDEPENDENT TRAVEL ADVISORS

With a deep desire to explore the world, I decided to enter the travel business 25+ years ago. Today after multiple journeys, I bring my first hand travel experiences and professional friendly service to every luxury vacation I plan. I thoroughly enjoy helping people and custom planning their dream trips to Ireland, Europe and beyond.

My specialities: Europe, specifically Ireland

My favorite escape: Caribbean

Email address: nancygylnn@gmail.com

Nancy Glynn

My dad was a pilot, so my love for travel started at an early age and continued with my living abroad in France. With 30+ years in the travel industry planning luxury vacations, I am dedicated to helping people plan a vacation of a lifetime. I frequently travel and educate myself about destinations around the world to help enhance my clients’ travels. Certified as a Sandals Specialist, I plan luxury Caribbean vacations. My personal philosophy is: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list."

My specialities: Villa rentals, cruises

My favorite escape: Cruising

Email address: lemills2005@yahoo.com

Laura Mills

My husband and I traveled extensively throughout our marriage. With global explorations, I decided to share our luxury travel experiences with my clients to ensure they enjoy first class vacations. Whether it is a trip to France, Italy or elsewhere, I bring complete customer service to ensure my clients’ every need is met.

My specialities: France, Italy

My favorite escape: Tuscany, Italy

Email address: mrbyblos@gmail.com

Ruth Goldstein

My passion is traveling and learning about a wide variety of destinations and cultures. I enjoy experiencing and sharing the exotic opportunities that make each location unique. For instance, in Seville, Spain, a special treasure might be a little known flamenco club or in India, seeing a local wedding at a remote restaurant outside Udaipur. I love sharing these hidden gems with my clients. Providing customer service is paramount to how I create upscale cruise vacations and luxury escapes to Europe and Asia.

My specialities: Luxury cruises, Europe, Asia

My favorite escape: India

Email address: jane@mynowvoyager.com

Jane Mathias

The travel industry was the right niche for me, as I find helping my clients with their travel plans interesting and fulfilling. I own a home in Southern Italy and travel there regularly. Throughout the years, I have enjoyed planning vacations for my family, friends and clients. Seeing my clients’ travel wishes fulfilled brings me great pleasure.

My specialities: Caribbean, USA, Europe, specifically Southern Italy

My favorite escape: Caribbean

Email address: jnap1@optonline.net

Joanne Napolitano

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I have been in the travel industry for over 33 years and it is my ultimate goal to meet and exceed my client’s expectations when planning your experience. Travel is my passion. I specialize in custom itineraries for my clients including private touring, cooking classes, behind the scenes tours, as I get many special requests and each trip is a unique experience. My niche is customized honeymoons, Europe, adventure travel including multi-generational trips that include fun and adventure for all ages. I believe it's the attention to detail that is most important in the planning process. I have travelled throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Europe, Iceland and Asia and each destination has its own special qualities. I have also been on numerous cruises and especially enjoy the river cruises. The Danube river cruise was a great experience. One of favorite trips was to Spain where I enjoyed a private Prado museum tour, fabulous food, and the architecture of each city traveling from Madrid to Marbella.

My favorite escape: Caribbean

Carol Rosenhagen

Travel Advisor

After graduating from Wilma Boyd Airline Career Schools in 1979, I joined TWA (Trans World Airlines), and my passion for travel cultivated into a boundless desire to uncover the world. My knowledge of the industry expanded with customizing itineraries for on site conventions & groups, VIP corporate, and lavish leisure travel. Over the years, my family and I traveled across the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean and Europe. Our wonderful family reunions took us to Hawaii, Mexico and beyond. Our clients will enjoy destinations with rich unexpected flavors, anticipated luxury, and unique experiences that will be remembered for a lifetime! I enjoy horse back riding, wildlife and being outdoors.

My favorite escape: Bermuda

Sylvia Ross

Travel Advisor

I started my professional career in the travel industry in 1994 when I started as a reservations agent for American Airlines. I also have previous work experience in the hospitality and corporate travel industries. I love traveling with my three boys, especially to Mexico, which is my home country. I love Mexico's beaches, the beach is home for me. I know them all, I have traveled through all of them since I was little experiencing warm waters, excellent service, and kind people.

Service is everything for me, I provide it and I expect it. The passion that I have for travel means leaving home and finding out how a new place changes you. When you return, your home may be the same, but you are not. Use that change to inspire your life, your work and your family. This way you are able to share your travel inspiration with family, friends and extend it to our clients.

My favorite escape: Spain

Irma Figueroa

Executive Assistant

My love of adventure, beauty and food has led me on a lifelong exploration of exotic and not so exotic places over five continents (so far). Whether it's heli-skiing in Iceland, a cooking class in Thailand, or driving the Pacific Coast Highway with a quick detour to Yosemite, I specialize in curating unique luxury travel experiences for couples, families and multi-generational groups. I look to optimize my client's travel goals through a combination of my own personal experiences, an awesome network of expert onsite advisers and a keen attention to detail. I look forward to making all your travel wishes come true.  

My specialities: Luxury adventure, multi-generational, honeymoons

My favorite escape: Heliskiing in Iceland

Email address: sharon.cwtravel@gmail.com

Sharon Wessan