Joy Hammer, CTC, DS

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Interests & Specialties

Joy has been with Central Travel for 15 years, but spent her entire life traveling! In addition to a Certified Travel Counselor (CTC), Joy holds a Destination Specialist (DS) certification for Mexico, Alaska, and Spain. Joy has been everywhere from Belize to Thailand, enjoyed over a dozen trips to Europe, and has visited almost every major island in the Caribbean. Joy is located in the Promenade Shops office on Monroe Street in Sylvania, OH.

Expert Bio

Joy Hammer loves to travel and she recently became hooked on European River Cruises! She has been on four, and loves introducing new clients to how wonderful they are! As one of her clients said, “I’ve sailed on many large ocean cruises, but now that I’ve experienced a river cruise, that’s the only way I’m going to cruise from now on!”

River Cruising - what a great way to see Europe! Picture yourself relaxing in a deck chair as your floating hotel slowly passes scenic landscapes. Stroll from the ship directly into the center of medieval towns and quaint villages. Leisurely, guided walking tours are included, with plenty of time to explore on your own. Take a moment to just sit at a cafe to enjoy a Heineken, or sample a local specialty such as a Belgian waffle or "frites" (french fries) with mayonnaise.

River Cruises are offered on various rivers throughout France, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Germany, Portugal, Hungary, and other areas of Europe. They are also available in China, Egypt, and the Galapagos Islands. Ask us about themed cruises, such as Wine Cruises, Jazz Cruises, or the festive Christmas Market cruises! No matter your destination, you'll experience the very best that each location has to offer.

River cruises carry less than 200 passengers, so there are no long lines anywhere. No traffic-jammed highways. No need to pack and unpack. And, since all meals, wine at dinner, and numerous shore excursions are included, you don't need to worry about expenses adding up or currency exchange rates.

Joy is also passionate about Mexico. As a Mexico Destination Specialist, she has traveled extensively throughout México more than a dozen times, not only the numerous coastal resort areas but much of the interior as well. Spending usually a week or more at each destination, she has enjoyed the beaches of Cancun, Riviera Maya, Cozumel, Ixtapa, Puerto Vallarta, Huatulco, and Acapulco. In the past several years, Joy has spent time vacationing at Secrets Maroma and Secrets Capri (beautiful, adults-only resorts in the Riviera Maya). She attended Travel+Leisure's Yucatan & Cancun 2014 Travel Academy in November of 2014 and reports that the hotels and the beaches are better than ever!

What she really enjoys, however, are the colonial towns, such as Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Taxco and Campeche. Traveling throughout the states of Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo she spent 9 days “hacienda hopping”, and was able to see several. These haciendas are a fabulous alternative to more mainstream properties, allowing travelers to relax in historic surroundings or spend time exploring nearby quaint towns or ancient Mayan sites. Whether honeymooners looking for romance, or a family looking for adventure, this area appeals to everyone.

She has also toured numerous archaeological sites, such as Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Tulum, Palenque, Edzná, Ek Balam, Monte Albán, Mitla, and Teotihuacán. Traveling by rental car or local bus, she has been able to explore many areas of México. Joy would love to help you find the area or resort that is perfect for your next vacation!



cuba children 2My journey to Cuba with Azamara Club Cruises was a wonderful experience and I would highly recommend this opportunity to explore Cuba.  I have sailed with Azamara several times and thoroughly enjoy the size of ship and amenities on board.  Couple highlights on Cuba:

• The local tour guides that we booked thru Azamara were good to excellent, and we learned a great deal.  Once the tour is finished, you are free to wander around on your own.
• Very little crime in Cuba, we always felt safe walking around.
• I loved the architecture in Havana – what a beautiful city!  Many buildings have been restored, others damaged by age, neglect, or hurricane damage (most recently Irma last fall).
• There are 4 main plazas in Havana, all lovely!   The Plaza de San Francisco is right across from the pier, and the others are all within walking distance (Plaza Vieja, Plaza de Armas, Plaza de la Cathedral).  
• Music is everywhere, and quite good.  The band will ask you to purchase their CD, or otherwise a cash donation, so helpful to have cash on hand.  
• Vintage US cars are everywhere – we were told there are over 60,000 on the island.  The bright colors are beautiful!  You can negotiate with the owner for a ride.  
• We visited 2 other Cuban ports of call – Santiago de Cuba and Cienfuegos, both with historical interest.  Full day tours at both (at Cienfuegos, we chose to go to the nearby city of Trinidad).  All have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  

Azamara highlights:
• Azamara hosts one Azamazing Evening on each cruise – it is complimentary, but make sure to sign up for it.  For this itinerary, it was a wonderful performance of Cuban music and dance at a beautiful local theater.
• Azamara hosts a “White Night” on every cruise, which was lovely.  Held outdoors, the food quality and variety were excellent.  Since it was very windy and chilly, the crew brought out blankets for those of us who needed them!  Remember to bring your white attire!
• If interested in dining at the Specialty Restaurants, at this point they can only be booked once onboard. Times fill up extremely quickly, especially for days at sea so board as early as possible, and go immediately to book reservations before even going to their cabin.  The food and ambiance at both Aqualina and Prime C were excellent, $30 per person unless staying in a suite.

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