Based in Southampton

Joanne Ioannou

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I am your personal Travel Counsellor and I have worked in travel for over 20 years.

I have extensive knowledge of the travel industry which I can use to find the best possible match for all your holiday needs. I have travelled to many places including Australia, Canada, South Africa, Seychelles, Fiji and The Azores. I am also a St Lucia and South Africa Specialist and a travel contributor to BBC Radio Solent.

Thinking of a cruise? I can help find the perfect cruise ship to suit you, through personal experience and numerous ship visits.

I pride myself in offering a bespoke travel service, looking after my clients needs from the first phone call until after they return home. I care about you and your holiday.

So whatever type of holiday you are thinking of, be it a cruise, family holiday, ski, wedding, honeymoon, short break, flight only or a tailor-made worldwide itinerary, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for visiting my page, and I look forward to turning your travel dreams into reality.


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I absolutely live and breathe travel and I love to write about my experiences! Please take a look through my posts - you might find your own holiday inspiration.

Virgin Voyages - Is if for you?

20 September 2021

Virgin Voyages, you may have heard many things about them and wondered if it is for you. I was lucky enough to be invited on a 4 night voyage on the 2nd August. Now being a little over their target age market I confess I was not sure it would be my cup of tea, well how wrong was I, I loved it! The ship is modern and funky, there is plenty of deck space to lounge on while enjoying a tipple and they have live bands pooping up throughout the ship. We sat listening to folk music while enjoying a little sun, it was lovely to chill out to. They do not have a main restaurant on board, instead they have 20 places you can eat. I really am a fan of this concept, we did not have time to get round all of them but did try the Korean, Italian, Steak and Mexican restaurants. The food was amazing and the service excellent. It is so much nicer to eat in smaller restaurants and feel like you are not on a traditional cruise ship, there is no extra charge for any of these. We were lucky enough to be put in a Seriously Suite which is the lead in category. This comes with a choice of drinks, we chose the fizz and had 4 full size bottles including Champagne. There is plenty of storage and the shower has a peek a boo window so if you are not a couple or good friends you may not like it. These only have a super king beds and cannot be made into twins. I loved the hammock on the balcony and found it very comfortable, although getting in was harder than getting out!!! The bathroom was a lovely size with a walk- in shower and yes there is a hairdryer and a mini bar (this is extra). There is also a $5 service charge for room service which is waived for suites. You also have a concierge; ours Sylvia was amazing and booked all our restaurants for us or this can be done via the app. All services are booked via the app and many can be booked before you go, so it’s a must have! There are plenty of areas on the ship to sit and have a chat as well as lots of wellbeing and exercise classes, which are included, I have to say me and the gym are not best friends so I did not frequent there. The Dual Reality show in the evening is excellent and you sit very close to the action and almost feel part of the show. We also attended Bingo with Abi the Hostess this was good fun with lots of innuendo and laughs. There is one main pool and a smaller one which is petty lively but there are hot tubs located throughout, including Richards Rooftop which is only available to Suite Guests. I loved this area and spent a fair bit of time there. You will love this cruise if you like a thing’s a little naughty and a little edgy but good fun and lots of laughs. It would also appeal to groups of friends who want fun but at the same time good food, great service and something a bit different to traditional cruising. I personally loved it and would go again at the drop of a hat!

Family Cruising is Fun for Everyone!

04 July 2019

When planning your next family holiday has a cruise crossed your mind over maybe and all-inclusive resort and you have dismissed for the following reasons: Too many people in one place I will be bored Too many old people The ships are too big Think again. Compared to a land-based holiday, cruises are fantastic value for money. You can choose your actual room, you have top entertainment including Broadway shows, comedians, live singers or a quiet bar. Food is second to none! Many ships have celebrity chefs inspiring their menus and are compared to Michelin starred restaurants. There are so many choices on board from sushi to steakhouses, seafood restaurants and sports bars serving good bar food. Jamie's Italian, Johnny Rockets and the list goes on. Dining on a cruise is all part of the experience. Royal Caribbean offer family dining where the children are fed within the first 40 minutes and they will then be collected and taken to the kid’s club so you can finish your meal in peace and enjoy some evening entertainment while they are safe and having fun. The kids are looked after too from babies up to 17 years old. Each group has its own area where depending on age they will have soft play, crafting, games, computer games, chill zones, DJ booths and nearly everything else you can think of. On Royal Caribbean you can experience the I Fly Skydive, the flow rider, the climbing wall, ice skating, dodgem cars, trapeze, football, basketball and on Norwegian Cruise Lines they even have a go kart track on top of the ship, both have water parks with fantastic slides and a zip line most of which are included in the price. You would not get that on a land-based holiday. Yes, the ships are large but not everyone is in the same place at the same time so you can always find a quiet spot to chill and relax. More and more families are opting for this type of holiday as you only unpack once, and you will visit different countries during your cruise. You are waited on hand and foot and speaking as a mother of 4 that in itself is holiday plus no cooking or cleaning, and I would love my own cabin steward at home! Royal Caribbean in particular can cater for children with Autism which you may not know and if you wish to know more do give me a call as a holiday with an Autistic child can be very challenging. So, what are you waiting for? If you prefer not to fly the fantastic Anthem of the Seas will be cruising from Southampton next year 2020 and we still have Independence of the Seas and Explorer this year. Lets get you cruising!

Expedition Cruising – What is an Expedition Cruise?

31 May 2019

You may have heard this description quite a lot lately as this type of trip is becoming more and more popular, but what is it. This is a trip like no other, there is no dressing up, no west end style shows and generally Expedition Ships carry a small amount of people. What you will find are a full complement of lecturers and expedition leaders whose expertise will range from photography to marine biology, birdlife to marine life, from climate change to geology. They are passionate and love to share this passion with you. The ships carry Zodiacs otherwise known as RIBS, these will take you ashore in remote places and you can see some amazing wildlife such as whales breaching, a bear fishing from the shore, sea lions basking on the rocks, penguins, polar bears and many more depending on where in the world you are. I would say on some its almost like a safari at sea, or you may also choose it to visit places and people that only see visitors once a year. This is an experience like no other and you will feel like David Attenborough at times. These cruises travel to most parts of the globe, so if you think cruising is not for you because there are too many people, you don’t want to dress up, think again. This could be exactly what you are looking for. The ships range from quite basic to ultra- luxury, some even have a submersible and a helicopter. Can you imagine being under the water with whales, seal or penguins, watch the bears in Alaska or fly over volcanos.

MSC Bellissima

22 March 2019

I was very lucky to be invited to the launch of this stunning ship. I arrived early and boarded straight away quickly and easily and made my way to my deluxe balcony cabin. This ship definitely has the wow factor starting with the Swarovski Crystal staircases which link decks 6 and 7. Each stair costs €3000! I then proceeded to the Market Place Buffet where you are spoilt for choice. This place is open 20 hours a day so no matter what the time there is always something to eat. There are 10 restaurants to choose from which includes 5 speciality ones. I did sample the food at the Kaito Teppanyaki Restaurant and watched while the chef cooked it, and yes it was as good as it looked. I also managed a trip to the ice cream parlour which was yummy! There are 20 bars, cafes and lounges, 5 of which are outdoors. Sadly, we did not get to try these thanks to Storm Freya. Many of the bars have live entertainment, ranging from a comedian to live music or you can just catch up with friends. One of my favourites was the Champagne bar a great place to people watch. Later that evening looking for a quieter bar I headed to Sky Lounge which is forward and has floor to ceiling windows and a great vibe. The evening entertainment is second to none, they have the world-famous Cirque du Soleil at Sea who perform 6 nights a week in the Carousel Lounge or The London Theatre has Broadway style shows which are twice nightly. The Galleria Bellissima is 96 metres long and has the longest LED screen at sea. For those who have been to Freemont Street in Las Vegas, it’s a smaller version and just as entertaining. There are many boutique shops here as well selling a variety of goods. This ship is fantastic for families or multigenerational groups. Bellissima offers 5 children's clubs starting with babies and toddlers up to 17-year olds who have their own dedicated area. For any F1 fans there is the Formula 1 simulator and next to that a 10-pin bowling alley, a full-size court that can be used for basketball, football and anything else you need a court for. They also have an interactive cinema and a virtual games arcade which all the family can enjoy. When you are ready for some relaxation, the spa is the place to head where they offer more than 150 treatments and a fab thermal area. If you prefer exercise there is a well-equipped gym offering personal trainers and exercise programmes if you want them. All cabins on board have a ZOE, their own version of Alexa, who can answer many questions frequently asked in several languages. It can also be used to book a table in the restaurants and excursions or check you bill. If you want a bit more luxury, then the MSC Yacht Club is for you. Each of the 95 Yacht Club Suites have their own 24-hour butler service and exclusive access to a private restaurant, the Top Sail Lounge, a large outdoor area with pool, whirlpool, bar and cabanas. It’s your own little oasis and well worth the extra cost. This ship offers something for everyone, so if you would like to know more let me know.

Winter Sun in Lanzarote

25 February 2019

I have just returned from a 4-night break in Lanzarote. We stayed at the Costa Calero 4* Hotel on their Prestige All Inclusive. I have to say the weather was wonderful, clear blue skies and a temperature of 22-23 degrees each day, although once the sun went down you needed a jacket, it was bliss! We flew Easyjet from Gatwick and we were in our hotel room within 30 mins of the flight landing, not bad! The hotel Costa Calero is in Puerto Calero about 10 minutes from Puerto del Carmen. There is a small marina with a few shops, bars and restaurants a short 5-minute walk from the hotel but not much else in the immediate area. The hotel runs a free shuttle bus to Puerto del Carmen, the first bus leaves at 10am, so you can head there for the beach or some shopping. The hotel itself is quite large but well spread out so nowhere feels too busy. We visited the Spa which was lovely, I do like a warm pool! There were 4 more pools, 2 of which are heated in the winter months and a separate children's pool. The hotel also has entertainment every evening and a fabulous terrace where you can enjoy a drink while watching the sunset! Our prestige all-inclusive gave us a private check in area, and virtually every drink on the list including cocktails and a variety of spirits. We had a stocked mini bar in our room that was replenished daily which had soft drinks, spirits and cava in it. It also gave us complimentary spa access so well worth having if you are planning to use the spa a lot. There is plenty to keep you entertained during the day such as giant chess, volley ball, shuffleboard and a gym. Children are catered for with a mini club and a small playground and games room. They also have a dive centre and bike hire is available. The food is buffet style but there is an a la carte restaurant which we had one meal included in our prestige all-inclusive after that there was a supplement to pay. The buffet offered a variety of foods and there was plenty of choice they also catered for gluten free and vegetarians. We decided to book a day excursion called the Gran Tour. It was a long day, but we saw all the main sites of Lanzarote, the Timanfaya National Park was great if like me you like volcanoes, I also enjoyed the Jameos del Agua caves. This was booked by the front desk and the commentary was in German, English and Spanish. I also found out that cars can queue for up to 3 hours to get into the Timanfaya National Park so if you do hire a car get there very early!

Disneyworld VIP Trip

15 March 2016

Well what a fantastic time we had! We checked in to Disney's Grand Floridian & Spa Resort which is wonderful. It connects to Magic Kingdom by monorail or boat, we tried both. The first day we spent at Epcot with our VIP park guides. These guys are a fountain of knowledge and tell you all sorts of history and anecdotes about the parks. You also have fast pass access to all the rides which saves an enormous amount of time. We spent day two at Blizzard Beach water park. I tried the crazy golf which was great fun and is included in the ticket price. We then had character breakfasts on day three at Animal Kingdom and experienced the fabulous Lion King show once again with our VIP guides. Animal Kingdom is well worth a visit to see the animals, I particularly enjoyed watching the Gorillas with their babies playing! The other days we spent in Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios again with our VIP guides. Lots of photo opportunities and we used our Memory Maker Passes to the full. These are a must have, for the magic photos alone! A highlight for me was meeting Chewbacca and Kylo Ren from Star Wars being the fan I am. They have lots of bits from the new and old films, a must for any Star Wars fan. They are building a Star Wars Land which will be ready in about five years’ time, can't wait! I have so much more to tell. If you would like to have a chat and hear about the benefits you get from staying on Disney Property please give me a call and we can sort out your dream trip. I am a true Disney Fan whose inner child definitely comes out as soon as I walk through the gates! So come on, let’s go!

Disneyland Paris

30 July 2015

I have just returned from wonderful trip to Disneyland Paris. We stayed at the New York Hotel on a Half Board Plus Basis for 3 nights and travelled by Eurostar. The hotel is in an excellent position although I would say the décor could do with refreshing! However the staff were very friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend paying for the half board plus as this includes nearly all the restaurants, the most important being Café Mickey, this was a highlight of our trip for the children as the characters come to the tables during the meal and the food and service was excellent! This can be pre booked before you travel. We spent time in both parks and made the most of our Disney Extra Hours. the queues were not bad and fast passes are available for the more popular rides. Should you be thinking of a trip to Disney please contact me as I can give you many more tips on how to make the most of your stay including details on the new Photopass they have introduced.

My customer stories

Sent by Sean Sarma

Great experience so far. I’ve only ever previously booked holidays on my own, but the advice and attention Joanne has given me, and at the same price that I would have paid anyway, has been fantastic! Thanks so much Jo!

Sent by Jean Grace

Joanne did everything for me. I could not have asked for more. Thanks Joanne.

Sent by Julie Spensley-Corfield

Friendly . Knowledgeable. Really got to know about what we wanted from the holiday.

Sent by Julian & Carolyn

“ We and our two dogs have been using Jo to organise our ‘race across the world’ trips around Europe for some years now. She is excellent at organising pet friendly ferry journeys, dog friendly hotel rooms, boarding passes and co-ordinating our journeys. If there is a problem whilst we are away Jo is always at the end of the phone to sort things out or offer advice. Jo even delivers or meets up to hand over tickets and hotel booking details. Definitely a 10 out of 10 from all 4 of us!

Sent by Keith Henesey

Joanne is so helpful and knowledgeable that I would have no hesitation in recommending her. In fact I have just recommended her to one of my fellow Bridge players who is interested in a cruise.

Sent by Kinga Hollidge

Joanne Ioannou has helped us faultlessly with all our travel arrangements over the past 7 years. We have recommended Joanne to numerous friends and will continue to do so without hesitation.

Sent by Geoffrey Bassett

We were recommended Joanne from friends and are extremely pleased with her individual , personal and very efficient treatment . Everything was explained and setting up our trip made so much easier . Thank you

Sent by Jeanette Miller

I was recommended to Joanne by a work colleague and she hasn't disappointed. She's booked everything we need for my nieces wedding in Portugal. I'd definitely recommend Jo to family and friends.

Sent by Irene Sechet

Joanne did a great job finding a suitable hotel and flight for my children and me. She did her very best to match my budget. We cannot wait to go to NY!

Sent by Richard Chester

Joanne has been so supportive and clearly very knowlagable. I know that our plans have been personally tailored and confident that Joanne and her team will take great care of us.

Sent by Nicola Price

Joanne has been extremely helpful with advice and for putting together the perfect cruise for us. She was extremely efficient and responded quickly with all correspondence. We will be highly recommending her and will definitely use this service again.

Sent by John Handley

Great to deal with, delivers exactly as requested and terrific attention to detail

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Sent by Susan Hutchinson

Joanne is super helpful and efficient. She always goes the extra mile to help and advise and does everything in her power to make travel arrangements stress free!

Sent by Julie Carter

Joanne is lovely so friendly very knowledgeable and always happy to help or answer any questions no matter how trivial. Have been with Joanne since she organized our honeymoon in 2017 and have no hesitation in referring her to others she goes above and beyond to make our holiday so memorable.

Sent by Keith Henesey

We have now booked 2 holidays with Joanne as her service and advice has been terrific . We have no hesitation in recommending her to friends and family. Thanks

Sent by Sheila Taylor

Joanne has been endlessly helpful as we worked out how to organise a five-week touring holiday in New Zealand. She turned our general ideas about what to do into a workable plan, using her knowledge and experience as well as local contacts. She responded quickly to all our enquiries and was able to make prompt changes as we thought of things. It was clear that she was doing a lot of work in between our conversations. We feel sure she will be available for more advice as we plan the details of our trip.

Sent by Robert Christie

Joanne was very helpful, efficient and professional in arranging our holiday to the USA and Caribbean in five weeks time. The arrangements for flight times, hire car, hotels, resorts etc were just what we were looking for and her advice on all aspects of the holiday were excellent. I would not hesitate to contact her again to arrange any holidays in the future

Sent by John Hayward

Very, Very helpful and always listens to what you want, and comes back with an answer as soon as soon as possible

Sent by Michelle Smith

Jo is always so friendly and goes above and beyond expectations. 5* service.

Sent by Peter Cummins

I can thoroughly recommend Joanne. She has organized several cruises for us. Being novice cruisers she helped us through the often confusing process of selecting an appropriate cruises for us.

Sent by Yvette Gillespie

Joanne is both incredibly professional, patient and informative. I would highly recommend her to both family and friends alike. I personally would not spend time looking for a holiday in the future as Joanne is much more knowledgeable than I and I have complete faith in her.

Sent by Sarah Worley

My husband and I have just returned from a week in the Algarve arranged by Jo. From the start we knew we would be in a good hotel and have an excellent airport transfer. The timings were perfect and we were glad to have the personal touch throughout. It was my 60th birthday while there and Jo organised a delicious chocolate birthday cake! I was totally relaxed knowing that our money was always safe throughout our booking. Thank you Jo for making sure everything went smoothly- it was a perfect holiday. I have no hesitation in recommending her for your trips!

Sent by Mark Gaskell

My wife and I were referred to Jo through a colleague I worked with who used Jo to plan her honeymoon. We did a 3 week trip to multiple cities in America and then Jamaica. We couldn't of planned the trip by ourselves, let alone have it go as smoothly and be as excellent value as what it was through Jo. Jo not only spent time with us to plan the trip, she booked all the flights, hotels, activities, and car hire. Jo was also on hand post payment for any questions we had, irrelevant of what they were, her service didn't stop after the money was paid. Jo's knowledge and passion for travelling is very obvious from the moment you speak with her, if you want to go anywhere in the world for any type of trip I can't recommend Jo enough! I have introduce Jo to my parents who are travelling Australia for xmas 2019 and South Africa in 2020. I will be using Jo in the future for certain for future trips, excellent service!!

Sent by Sandra Simmonds

I thought I would find this task easy to do, but after returning from Canada, I was blown away with the whole experience. Joanne from start to finish was able to achieve all my dreams to come true under one umbrella of travel. Her dedication and caring personality took on board all the requirements and much more to make this trip a memory that had to be fulfilled this year. For personal reasons to myself she was able to be with me as my backbone as I had no stress to deal with and I for one so much wanted this occasion to happen. The personal touches, the surprises, even down to having travel time, beach time and chill down time was all organised by Joanne (I would not have done this myself). We covered 5 different venues and drove 880 miles, enjoying the scenery off the beaten track. I did not have to organise anything. Every aspect - where to eat, what to visit, booklets, maps. The anniversary day was so special visit to two vineyards with tasting of local wines with a lunch thrown in and a tour guide, any snags I might have had, Joanne was there and social media came in so handy. I felt as if I had packed her in my luggage! I have returned home feeling I can now feel proud that after 25 years of waiting this last issue on my list has been undertaken and I can now move on with my life and this is all down to Joanne who made it happen for me. I would again use her service, how she manages to personalise the holiday to the clients request is outstanding and more and I wish I could put into words how emotional this has been, Joanne thank you so much, without you I probably would have delayed the holiday as in my eyes I didn't know where to start.

Sent by Jane and Chris Matcham

We contacted Joanna after a friend recommended her. We wanted to do a special 25th anniversary trip to either Australia or Canada and couldn't decide which. Joanna arrived at our house with ideas but didn't overwhelm us. She helped us decide through her good knowledge of both places and from chatting with us generally. We told her our budget and she then left us to decide in more detail over the next week or so. She then returned to sort the holiday out in more detail. We were also sent an email attachment with links to lots of places to visit and potentially book. A couple of weeks prior to the holiday she came back to our house with the prepared itinerary in a special booklet which had all tickets and paperwork in chronological order. We just had to read it all and make sure we were happy. This was a total of 7 hotels, a train schedule, car hire and 3 flights. It was so nice not to have to worry about all the fiddly paperwork, multiple bookings and phone calls - it was all sorted by Joanne and the price was set and didn't change. She also arranged - for an extra fee - extra leg room on the two long haul flights which were worth every penny. At no point did we have any problems with any of the bookings. We arrived at our first hotel with a note from Joanne welcoming us to Canada. She also organised a surprise bottle of anniversary wine in one of our hotels and wrote a lovely card to welcome us home on our return. We asked a couple of questions via email whilst we were away and they were answered very promptly. Whilst she was away we were sent an email to explain that another counsellor would be covering all her clients. She phoned us to have a general chat about how the holiday had gone on the day she returned from her own holiday. Joanne comes across as a cheerful, down to earth person who managed our whole holiday excellently. We would highly recommend her and would certainly use her again to organise a holiday.

Sent by Julie Oliver

I recently used Joanne to book a family holiday to Eurodisney. The service I received from Joanne was exceptional. Joanne was there every step of the way and couldn't do enough to ensure my family and I had the best holiday, stress free. I would have no hesitation in using her again and would thoroughly recommend her to all my friends! Thank you Joanne.

Sent by Nicky Gander

Thank you so much Joanne for booking our brilliant family holiday to Greece for us. Everything ran so smoothly and was set out and planned so well it took all the worry off us. All the little extra touches, even down to a postcard on our return from you, really made a difference. Thank you again - I will definitely be recommending you! x

Sent by Cameron Cashmore

Each holiday, or indeed flights only, we have arranged via Joanne has been handled brilliantly. She reflects the very epitome of Customer Care and nothing is too much trouble for this extremely amiable and professional lady. From start to finish our arrangements are handled seamlessly, she keeps in regular contact, together with producing all the relevant documentation on schedule. I don't look anywhere else for my holiday arrangements as Joanne deals with absolutely everything, and finds extremely competitive deals.