My name is Debra Gaines and I opened Paradise Travel Professionals in 2006. Since then I have booked cruises and exotic vacations for people around the world. I currently live in Florida with my husband and two Bichon Frise dogs. We are officially 'empty nesters' now that our son is married to a wonderful woman and they are busy building their lives together. It truly is a wonderful time in life and I enjoy taking the time to inspire others to travel outside their box.
Growing up, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel. I took my first cruise somewhere in the very early 80's (big hair wasn't even big yet) on the SS Emerald Seas out of Miami, Florida and I was hooked! I have since traveled through Europe and other destinations. Those experiences have shaped how I view our world and it makes me smile when i am able to help someone feel that same sense of wonder.
Over the years, I have continued to educate myself and visit destinations that intrigue me and my clients. I have achieved the status of accredited cruise counselor by the Cruise Line Industry association, Commodore agent status (top tier) with Cunard cruise lines (yes, the Queen Mary!) And Princess Cruises. I am also designated as a U.S. Virgin Islands specialist and dive vacation specialist as well as an expert on Puerto Rico among other destinations and cruise line certifications.
If you would like more information or have questions, please feel free to reach out to me via the CONTACT page or via any of the social media links posted throughout the website. I look forward to hearing from you!
Go ahead and poke around, find what you need and then contact me. Here's a tip...as a travel agent, I spend a LOT of time on hold with cruise lines and tour operators so email or social media message is usually the quickest way to reach me!