Hi my name is Criona and I am a Travel Counsellor based in Mountmellick Co Laois. During my 20+ years in the travel industry I have developed a true passion for travel and I have gained experience in all areas of travel including package sun holidays, honeymoons, ski packages, city breaks, long haul and my personal favourite cruises.
As a mother of two girls I have plenty of experience with family holidays, along with breaks without the kids and girls shopping trips too.
As a Travel Counsellor my main objective is to offer you a personal and professional one to one service at all times. As I work from home my hours are more flexible than a nine to five agency and I can be contacted during the day, evenings and weekends. I have access to extremely competitive prices and you can be confident booking your holiday with me as Travel Counsellors is licensed and bonded in Ireland so your money is safe.
I have travelled to some amazing destinations during my 20 years in the travel industry including New York, Chicago, Boston, Jamaica, Bali, Thailand, Melbourne, Brisbane, Lapland and many European resorts and cities along with cruise holidays and I look forward to sharing my experience to help you on your next trip.
If you are planning your next holiday and need some advice please call or email me to discuss your options.
Whatever your holiday needs I'm here to help you, so simply give me a call or send me an email with your contact details on and I can get things started for you:-
I absolutely love travel! Take a look through my posts - you might find holiday inspiration where you least expect it...
27 October 2019
In late October 2019 I cruised around the Western Caribbean aboard Royal Caribbean’s ‘Oasis of the Seas’. This was a family and friends holiday so again I was travelling with a big crew. We flew to Fort Lauderdale from Shannon via Newark on the Friday before the cruise. The cruise was embarking on Sunday afternoon but I’m a big believer in giving yourself plenty of spare time when travelling to a cruise, especially if you are travelling any great distance. I didn’t want the possibility of a delayed flight putting us under pressure but everything ran like clockwork. An added...
28 October 2018
In late October 2018 I went with a family group to spend a week doing an Eastern Caribbean Cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Sea’s. Between us we would experience everything Royal Caribbean had to offer. Allure of the Seas is one of Royal Caribbean’s ‘Oasis Class’ ships making it one of the largest cruise ships in the world. Our cruise set sail from Port Canaveral, an easy transfer from our apartments in Orlando, and over the course of a week we would visit Nassau, Saint Thomas and St Martin and have a number of sea days. We...
09 August 2017
This year along with some of my siblings and our other halves I decided to spend St. Patrick’s Day out of the country. We have a cousin working in an Irish pub in Prague so we took this as a sign that we should spend our Patrick’s Day there. We travelled there on the 15th for a 3-night break flying from Dublin. Arriving in Prague in the late afternoon we checked into the Hotel Yasmin just off Wenceslas Square, a lovely hotel that was great value and served the best breakfast pastries. We spent our first evening catching up with our...
08 August 2017
New York what an amazing experience and it just keeps getting better and better, I have visited New York several times mainly on girlie shopping trips (that’s a whole other blog) and breakaways with the hubby but this was the first time I brought my two girls (16yr and 12yr) along for the fun. We booked the 5-night holiday as a Christmas surprise for the girls travelling out from Dublin on the 2nd January which was great for me as the girls only had a little over a week for the countdown! We stayed In the Hilton Times Square,...
08 August 2017
After years of debating I finally booked my first cruise and now I wonder what took me so long! Along with my husband and 2 daughters (16 and 12) we set sail from Southampton on the fantastic Royal Caribbean ship ‘Independence of The Sea’s’. From the moment, we arrived at Southampton port it was “plain sailing”, our bags were taken from us kerb side by the Royal Caribbean porters, allowing us to proceed baggage free to the seamless check in and security area which took us a max of 30 minutes from start to finish. When we boarded the ship one...
Sent in by V O'Connell
Laois, 15 October 2019
I have booked numerous holidays with Criona, from city breaks, summer holidays and cruises. I cannot recommend Criona strongly enough, she is a pleasure to deal with and makes your whole holiday experience fantastic. I have recommended her to family and friends and they have booked their holidays with her and found the whole experience excellent.
Sent in by Muriel Kelly
Co. Laois, 29 September 2017
We booked our family holiday through Criona and cant reccomend her enough. Everything was perfect. Great choice of hotels and activities for what you are looking for on holidays. We,ll be back to book next years. Tks Criona!!
With independent access to hundreds of travel suppliers around the world, I can pick out exceptional offers with amazing added value. Take a look through my latest selections – but even if nothing catches your eye, let me know what you’re looking for and I’ll do my best to find it for you!
Contact me on 057 8624357