Meet The Team

Maria Vännman

Cruise Manager

Thornton's Cruise World team member Maria

After leaving school at 16, I started on a Youth Training Scheme as a trainee for Thornton’s Cruise World and have now been with the company for over 18 years working my way up to Cruise Manager.

I love travelling and have been to many destinations around the world and experienced some incredible sights. I enjoy sharing my first-hand knowledge with my customers and hear about their adventure too. Throughout my time at Thornton’s I have sailed with dozens of cruise lines such as Fred. Olsen, Celebrity Cruise, Seabourn, Star Clipper and Hapag Lloyd.

My most memorable cruise was spending a month at sea cruising from Dubai to Hong Kong visiting my favourite part of the world…The Far East.

Travelled recently to:
Cape Town, Tuscany, Rome, Sardinia and Stockholm

Future travels:
Myanmar

Favourite destination:
Ko Lanta, Thailand

Favourite Cruise Ship:
Europa 2

Travel wish list:
Patagonia,and Tanzania

Dawn Wilson

Cruise Consultant

Thornton's Cruise World team member Dawn

I joined Thornton’s after working in the duty free shop onboard an Airtour’s cruise ship, the Carousel, where I spent a season cruising around both the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

I have now been with us for 16 years as a cruise consultant.  During this time I have cruised with Crystal, Cunard, P&O, Fred Olsen, Princess, Tauck and Hurtigruten, experiencing the Baltic, Norway, Caribbean, Transatlantic, Western and Eastern Mediterranean and Western Europe. My favourite cruise line is Crystal Cruises and my best experience was seeing the Northern lights with Hurtigruten whilst dog sledging.  

Travelled recently to:
Corfu, Italy, Amsterdam, Spain

Future travels:
Far East

Favourite destination:
Greek Islands

Favourite Cruise Ship:
Crystal Symphony

Travel wish list:
Far East

Julie Collings

Cruise Consultant

Thornton's Cruise World team member Julie

I’ve been working in the Travel Industry for almost 14 years, before joining the Cruise Team in April 2015. On my travels over the years, I have visited many different countries in Europe, Asia, Australasia, America and North Africa.

I’ve tried everything from beach holidays near and far, city breaks, ski, cruise and worldwide tours. I don’t have a favourite place to visit as I like to try new things all the time. Cruising is great as you can visit many different destinations in one trip and unpack just once.

Travelled recently to:
Norway, Amsterdam, Lanzarote

Future travels:
Cuba

Favourite destination:
India

Favourite Cruise Ship:
Queen Mary 2

Travel wish list:
Japan