Worldwide Travel and Cruise is the trading name of Parade Travel and Tours which had it’s start back in 1997 in Melbourne’s eastern suburb of Blackburn with a purpose to serve the local community and pave the way for the specialist markets of Skiing and Cruising.
Parade Travel and Tours traded as Jetset Blackburn for a number of years before becoming an independent agency which is associated to the Helloworld Travel group.
Our name was changed to Worldwide Travel and Cruise to better represent our growing Cruise Market and over the years we have served our local and Australia wide clients with service rooted deeply in honesty and integrity.
Now, 20 years on, it is time for a new phase and a new place to live.
Following the trend of the very popular “home based model” our new home will be Mount Duneed near Geelong and our business will be based there. Becoming more mobile, Worldwide Travel and Cruise will continue to serve our clients in Melbourne and look to new opportunities in Mount Duneed, Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula.
Starting out as a Travel Consultant in New Zealand in 1979, I have seen our industry change so much in the last 40 years. It is considerably more fast paced than it was back then however I have made sure the adages of honesty and trust are still the backbone of our business. My work and travel has seen me based in Adelaide, Sydney and Auckland and a few years in London along with travel to the USA, the Caribbean, South and North Africa, Asia including skiing in Japan, Europe & the United Kingdom, South Pacific, Canada, Alaska and of course Australia and New Zealand. Settling in Melbourne eventually and buying a travel business in Blackburn in the eastern suburbs, some 20 years on, it was time for a move to be closer to family. Over the years I have been blessed to meet so many wonderful clients, many who have become friends and who still do business with myself and our business today. I believe very strongly in an ethical approach to business and that ultimately everyone deserves to get the best value available for whatever they are buying.
Now based in Mount Duneed and working from home, I am happy to share my experiences, point people in the right direction, provide information and look forward to meeting you to help plan your next trip.
Both Claudia and I have a passion for cruising and you will find us doing that whenever we can. It is such a relaxing holiday and these days the ships are destinations in their own right. As a family holiday, it is hard to beat for exceptional value. I also love planning travel to Alaska and Canada particularly when it involves options to see wildlife such as walking with the Bears in Katmai or watching bears feeding on Salmon in the rivers of British Columbia. And I am equally at home helping you organise a driving holiday through Canada or Europe or Alaska or just a quick trip to New Zealand or somewhere in Australia.
Claudia started in the travel industry in Germany working for Delta Airlines in 1996 and after a few years hiatus from travel joined Flight Centre in Melbourne in 2004 before joining Jetset Blackburn in 2007. Claudia loves travel and her passion and friendly personality has ensured that over the years her many clients keep coming back to book with her. Claudia has a love of cruising, being a CLIA Master Cruise Consultant, and has cruised on a number of different ships over the years. Cunard’s three ships Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria are amongst her favourite. If asked what her favourite travel destination is she can’t decide on one – with Canada, Africa, Mauritius & Reunion and Europe rating amongst her top 5. One of her favourite experiences was seeing the wildlife in Africa whilst on safari and “segwaying” through the streets of Berlin, Prague and Vienna.