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An Interview With Phyllis Barter
How many years have you been selling travel?
My first trip was in 1974 - when I travelled to the Ivory Coast in West Africa, where I lived for 6 months with an exchange program for Canada World Youth. This started in me the "TRAVEL BUG" and upon my return to Canada, I began working as a Travel Agent. That was 1975 - and I have been working in the travel business and travelling the world ever since!
What are your hobbies?
I like reading, shopping, musicals, theatre, singing (I have been in a few choirs),my new and very enjoyable hobby is Paper Crafting - cards, journals ... I love to recycle and create something new.
What type of resort activities do you favor? ie water sports, lounging by the pool, etc?
I like all resorts - really - I do! When I am on vacation - I love to relax and read - but I most enjoy visiting the country that I am visiting - I like to see and do and learn as much as possible.
What are your favorite destinations?
I alway enjoy wherever I have been - but I think my favorite trips have been the Mediterranean Cruise and I love cruising the rivers of Europe - awesome! Add to that the African Safari ... amazing!
What languages do you speak?
English and a bit of French (a bit rusty - but in a pinch)
Alaska Cruise, Bahamas Cruise, Carnival Cruise, Celebrity Cruise, Costa Cruise Line, Eastern Caribbean, Europe Cruise, Exotic Cruise, Florida, Hawaii, Mediterranean, Mexican Riviera, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Panama Canal Cruise, Princess Cruises, RCCL, River Cruising, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, European River Cruising, European Waterways, South America Cruise, Southern Caribbean, Uniworld River Cruises, Western Caribbean, AMAWaterways, Avalon Waterways
Coach Tours, England, Ireland, Scotland
Argentina, Chile, Peru, Venezuela
Sun (Mexico, Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii)
All Inclusives, Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Club Med, Cuba, Disney, Dominican Republic, Florida, Hawaii, Jamaica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Sandals, St. Kitt's, St. Maarten, Superclubs
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, Scandinavia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Coach Tours, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia
Alberta, Atlantic Canada, British Columbia, Central, Eastern, Ski, Western
Alaska, Boston, California, Florida, Las Vegas, Nashville, New York, San Francisco
US Virgin Islands
Weddings & Honeymoons
Stayed at the beautiful renovated Sandals Montego Bay resort and also visited and dined at the Royal Caribbean resort, also in Montego Bay.
Queen Kapiolani Hotel, Honolulu - steps from Waikiki Beach Circle Island Tour
Celebrity Eclipse - Concierge Class - travel from Honolulu, to Maui, Kona & Hilo then trans Pacific to Vancouver. Enjoyed specialty dining on board as well as tours on land - most exciting was a helicopter tour over the volcanos and waterfalls
Walt Disney World onsite vacation - stayed at the renovated Disney's All Star Movies resort. Included return airport transfers and dining plan as well as Hopper Passes
Sailing from Mainz Germany - on the Rhine River though Germany and Holland - disembarking in Holland. As this was one of Avalon's Active Discover cruise - there were even more shore excursions to choose from and a few surprises, like a visit to a real castle where a family lives still, and an evening classical concert to name a few. This was my first opportunity to stay on board one of their "Suite Ships" - what a lovely cabin - so much space. A most enjoyable cruise experience.
Spent 3 days in Frankfurt - touring, shopping and of course eating - an easy to visit and get around city. Most enjoyable.
Sandals Montego Bay - newly renovated - so very nice. Also visited Sandals Royal Caribbean
Celebrity Constellation - visited Corsica, Malaga, Cadiz, Gibraltar, Sete, Toulon, Aix en Provence, La Spezia - loved my Concierge Class!
Spent 3 days visiting all the sites in Rome - stayed at a quaint small hotel - walking distance to the Trevi Fountain ... walked everywhere and ate some wonderful meals!
From Basel to Amsterdam - 7 nights on board the AMA Christina - sailing the Rhine thru Switzerland, France, Germany & The Netherlands.
I accompanied a choir group for 5 days in Vienna - stayed at Arte Hotel Wein
Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Feb 2017 - stayed at Doubletree by Hilton near Sawgrass Outlet Mall - great location!
Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas - Eastern Caribbean - Nassau, St. Maarten and St. Thomas -
Pre cruise shopping trip!
Cruise from Florida thru the Panama Canal, then down the west cost of South America ending in Chile
Stayed in Santiago for 3 days post cruise. Visited the city sites and restaurants
An amazing river cruise lines - I think one of the best!! A lovely cruise on the Rhone River visiting Avignon, Lyons, Arles, Viviers, Macon & Beaune. Itinerary was so interesting, the staff were amazing - one and all always above & beyond. This trip I enjoyed so much.
Visited London yet again- this time staying at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Sussex - right off Oxford Street - a great location. Did a day train trip to Edinburg, Scotland - a lovely trip - very enjoyable - awesome
Escorted a group travelling to Hiroshima, Osaka & Tokyo
Flew into Saigon and stayed and toured for a few days before boarding AMA Waterways Riverboat for cruise on the Mekong River to Cambodia
Starting in Vietnam we sailed for 7 days on the Mekong to Cambodia
Our River Cruise with AMA Waterways ended in Siem Reap, Cambodia - and here we spent a few days visiting more of this beautiful country.
Visited Cape Town, Cape Winelands, Hermanus, Oudtshoon, Knysna, Johannesburg and of course to an African Safari
Travelled with a group - staying in France, Belgium and England. We visited Beaumont Hamel and Vimy Ridge as well as all 5 Newfoundland Caribou Monuments in France & Belgium. Visited the Meinin Gate in Ypres, Belgium and in London various sites in and around London. Overnight stays in Lille, Bruges and London. Also travelled by ferry from Dover to/from Calais.
Hired our own `Penichettes` 50 foot boat and drove ourselves along the Canal du Midi in southern France. We stayed onboard - easy navigation and so relaxing. Wow!
Saw the new show at the Lido, did a Seine dinner cruise, my hotel had a view out the window of the Eiffel Tower and of course shopped and ate bread!
Eastern Caribbean Cruise from Fort Lauderdale. Also stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton - Sawgrass Tours in Nassau, St Maarten & St Thomas
Luxury Bahia Principe Ambar Great resort, Good service, Really good food, Nice beach Travelled with Air Canada Vacations
Stayed at the Grand Hyatt Istanbul. Did a city tour including the Blue Mosque, Sofia & the Grand Bazar
Visited many ports in Croatia, Montenegro, Greece & Italy.
Started in Seattle, Washington - visiting Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord/Sawyer Glacier, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point and also Victoria & Nanaimo on Vancouver Island before disembarking in Vancouver.
Royal Caribbean - Legend of the Seas - Baltic Cruise - visited: Sweden, Finland, St. Petersburg, Russia, Estonia & Latvia
Trafalgar Coach Tour - visiting Napa, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Monteray, Carmel
Stayed onsite Disney, attended Mickey's Not so Scary Halloween Party , visited all the Disney Parks and shopping at the Outlet stores
Embarkation - Venice, Italy; visiting Split, Croatia; and Athens, Mykonos, Kataklon in Greece.
Visited and stayed in Florida Vacation Homes/Condos & Hotels in both Orlando and St. Pete's Florida. Also visited theme parks - Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Sea World & Busch Gardens.
This was a student group of 85 that I took through London and the area, Paris and Disneyland Paris, Beaumont Hamel, Vimy Ridge in France and Ypres and Flanders in Belgium.
From Budapest thru Hungary, Slovakia, Austria & Germany.
Embarkation - Ft. Lauderdale - visiting ports San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Maarten, Tortola & Nassau
Lisbon, thru the countryside - visiting wine & cooking locations and staying in Pousadas (old castles & monastaries) and Algarve coast.
Ports visited - Barcelona, Spain, Nice, France, Naples, Rome & Florence, Italy, Athens, Santorini & Katakolon, Greece & Kusadasi, Turkey.
I did two trips to Japan this year visiting - Tokyo, Hiroshima, World Expo & Tokyo Disney. The second trip, was to accopany a group of 162 touring the same cities.