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Penni McDonald

Lovely to meet you

As the stores resident cruise specialist without a doubt my favorite way to travel is by ship.

11 cruises so far & inspections of a further 20+ ships.

River cruises on the Nile, Danube & Rhone.

Ocean cruises in the South Pacific, Caribbean & NZ.


My favourite holiday memories

  • Nechwanstein
    Nechwanstein Penni McDonald

    A fairytale castle if there ever was one, words cannot adequately describe the fantasy world King Ludwig II was trying to create for himself here. 

  • The Ghan
    The Ghan Adelaide to Darwin

    The food, the history, the remoteness of the outback, truly stunning experience. 

  • France
    Pont du Guard Southern France

    Like so many Roman built icons a marvel of engineering. 

  • Egypt
    Abu Simbel Egypt Penni McDonald

    This combination of ancient architecture, alongside the modern techniques used to move both temples out of harms way when the Aswan High Dam was built were well worth the early start and 3.5 hour drive to visit. 

  • Queensland
    Paronella Park Mena Creek Queensland Penni McDonald

    In the middle of the Queensland sugar cane fields I stumbled across this 1930s park designed by one man with a dream. Absolutely stunning and slightly surreal. 

Creating better holidays 

Whatever your travel dreams, I will work with you to create the best holiday possible. The holidays I specialise in include:

  • Adventure
  • Coach Touring
  • Small Ship Cruising
  • Expedition Cruising
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising
  • Disney Holidays
  • Family Travel
  • Luxury Travel
  • Road Trips
  • Solo Travel
  • Train Journeys

Where I have travelled to

ASIA: Singapore
AUSTRALIA: Adelaide | Brisbane | Darwin/Red Centre | Gold Coast | Melbourne, Victoria | Sunshine Coast | Sydney, New South Wales
MIDDLE EAST: Dubai, UAE | Egypt/Jordan
SOUTH PACIFIC: Fiji | New Caledonia | Samoa 
UK/EUROPE: Austria | Czech Republic | Germany | England | France | Scotland 

What my customers have to say

  • I was trying to organize quite a complicated arrangement of flight options, I called your branch and Penni picked up - right from the get go she was lovely on the phone and then when I emailed her she was even better. Penni took my long winded email and provided me options on all of them without any fuss, she was very honest about the availability of flights and I found her communication clear and open. I had sent the same email to STA and Flight centre , STA came back and the email was very hard to read and understand and they just didn't seem to care, flight centre came back with flights $30 cheaper but because the communication from Penni was so good we didn't care about any price difference. Even better news, the next day Penni advised the flights had gone down by around $380. We booked and paid that day! I just wanted to point out that it really was Penni's communication, her responsiveness and her lovely helpful attitude that made us book with you guys -she's an asset to your team and we are very grateful for her help .. I just received the confirmation and she had even gone ahead and sorted our seats all together - something my mother was quite worried about! Another example of great customer service. We are over the moon and very thankful!
  • Penni (Parnell) was very attentive and listened to what I wanted. She informed me of everything she was doing and kept me in the loop. She was patient with the ever changing information and worked hard to find the flights required.
  • Everything Penni organized went perfectly.
  • I dealt with Penni in the Parnell store and she was very helpful and easy to deal with. I had a bit of an awkward request and she got back to me very quickly with some options.

Awards & qualifications

  • Cruise Line International Association
  • Blue Lagoon Cruises Specialist
  • Tahiti Specialist
  • Aussie Specialist
  • Fiji Specialist
  • Anaheim Specialist
  • Disney Specialist
  • Tourism New Zealand
  • USA Discovery Programme
  • Tourism Ireland
  • Los Angeles Insider Training
  • Switzerland Travel Academy
  • Las Vegas Specialist