Our highly experienced team of cruise specialists are on standby to assist you in selecting the cruise that best suits your requirements and budget

The Company

Cruise Vacations are officially appointed Cruise Line Representatives in South Africa for a prestige collection of some of the world’s biggest and best cruise lines.

Re-branded as Cruise Vacations in 2010 but formerly under the Starlight banner, we have for over 25 years, been appointed to represent this select portfolio of cruise lines encompassing a variety of styles and genres of cruising to suit the discerning client.

Cruise Vacations have established themselves as the experts in luxury cruise travel in South Africa, renowned for their quality representation of some of the Worlds leading and award-winning niche and luxury cruise lines. These luxury cruise products collectively offer itineraries covering all 7-continents and focus on offering immersive and cultural experiences from the comfort of your luxury ocean liner or river ship.

What We Do

Our highly experienced team of cruise specialists are on standby to assist you in selecting the cruise that best suits your requirements and budget. We are happy to advise and quote you accordingly.

Connecting live to the cruise lines, we are able to manage your enquiry and reservations immediately and locally for your convenience.

We specialise in the cruise component of your vacation and we are proud to work in association with some of the country’s finest travel agents who have the expertise to assist you with all other arrangements for your itinerary. You therefore have the flexibility to work through your chosen and trusted travel agency.

Meet the Team

Gaynor Galbraith Neill

General Manager

Gaynor has made a career out of following her passion for travel  After studying Tourism at Witwatersrand Technikon, she started working for a large outbound tour operator. It was here that her interest in itinerary research and planning as well as travel marketing were piqued and pursued. Seven years later, in 1995, she was approached to manage the South African General Sales Agency contract for Silversea Cruises. In a travel career that has spanned almost 3 decades, Gaynor has spent more than 18 years specialising in cruising and is now responsible for the marketing, sales and reservations in South Africa for a portfolio of five prestige international cruise lines.

Gaynor manages Cruise Vacations, the company she was tasked to set up in 2010, alongside a small, motivated and like-minded team. The Cruise Vacations ‘crew’ all share their enthusiasm for the immersive and experiential travel opportunities they sell and a dedication to excellent service.

Travel Dream?

“Too many to choose – but definitely to witness the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and also visit Macchu Picchu in Peru”

Ilse Stols

Cruise Specialist Consultant

Ilse started off in the Exhibition & Marketing Industry before discovering the beauty of travelling.

After working as crew on board Carnival Cruise Lines, cruising became her passion. After a short spell in the hospitality and lodge industry, Ilse joined Cruise Vacations when it was formed in 2010 and was involved with the initial set up of the company.  As a cruise product specialist, Ilse assists in product management and manages reservations for  the five cruise lines represented by the company as well as overseeing the Social Media portfolio.

Ilse leans towards the genuine care agents use to give “back in the day” and embraces the personal service that is the ethos of Cruise Vacations. She’s cruised along the Mediterranean, Bahamas, Caribbean, and Mexican Riviera and travelled across America, England and far off places like Randfontein. Attention to details is her super power.

Travel Dream?

“To experience the scenery and wildlife of Antarctica and to visit the King George Falls in the Australian Kimberleys”

Kirsten Botha

Cruise Specialist Consultant

Kirsten studied Travel & Tourism at TLC and after completing her studies lived in Vermont, USA for a short while working at the beautiful ski resort in Smugglers Notch.  Kirsten has always has always had a passion for cruising which led her to pursue a career in that sector of travel.  On her return to South Africa,  Kirsten gained experience working as a Reservations Consultant for a number of cruise specialist companies before joining the small team at Cruise Vacations in 2012.

Kirsten looks after the company database and handles the ‘A-Z’ of reservations for five cruise lines. Working with both travel agents and passengers,  her enthusiasm and passion for her products comes across in the excellent relationship she forms with her clients, complemented by her bubbly personality which adds a quirky energy to the office.

Travel Dream?

“Off the beaten track destinations but in particular the Antarctic”

“Travel and change of place impart new vigour to the mind.”

– Seneca