Hi, I am Lesley. I have been in the Travel Industry for over 35 years. I am married with 2 grown up children, but no grandchildren just yet, I am, after all far too young!
After a couple of years at New College Durham learning Travel and Tourism and gaining a OND, I started working for a small independent travel agency in Newcastle Upon Tyne. During my travel career I have worked for the multiples such as Lunn Poly and Going Places (all gone now) as well as working in business travel for a short while. I also worked as an air hostess, that certainly opened my eyes!
I spent over 8 years working for Travelsphere, part of the All Leisure Group, before coming back “up north”. Full circle working for a small independent Travel Agency in Newcastle, as a luxury cruise consultant, before joining Cruise.Co.Uk.
I have a real passion for cruising, where else can you see a different view every single day? This really is the perfect job for me!
As well as my own personal experience as a cruiser, it’s important to me to make sure I have as much in depth knowledge about as many cruise lines as possible. Below are just some of the qualifications I have received after completing trainings and details of the cruise lines I have studied.
Celebrity – Captain
Royal Caribbean – Captain
Azamara Cruises – Captain
P & O Commodore (highest level achievable)
Commodore Level – Cunard (highest level achievable)
Commodore Level – Princess (highest level achievable)
Seabourn Luxury Cruises
(all 6 modules completed to highest level)
Silvesea Academy Online Program (Platinum Level )
MSC – Highest level achieved
Riviera Travel (highest achieveable level)
Regent 7 Seas
Voyages Of Discovery
Ships I have been on
Cunard – Queen Mary 2
Independence Of The Seas
Silverseas Silver Whisper
Holland America Ryndam
Fred Olsen Black Watch
Airtours Carousel and Seawing