(87 Reviews)
98% Recommended

Ann Castagna Morin

Southampton, MA
An Independent Agent with Nexion, LLC in Irving, TX, a Travel Leaders Network Affiliate Agency.

Luxury River Cruise & Italy travel specialist

I have had a sense of wanderlust since childhood, always yearning to go off and explore the world. I will take my own passion for travel and use it to make your destination dreams come true! Europe is my specialty, Italy, my favorite country. Each year I spend at least two weeks in a different region expanding my knowledge. I use that information to craft unique experiences for my clients, showing them inspiring sights their friends may not have been able to see. After my first glide down the Danube I fell in love with river cruising. I sail each year and have navigated most of the rivers of Europe and Asia gaining the hands on experience to craft your perfect luxury vacation! Wading through all the river cruise options can be a challenge, I will explain the differences in ships and companies. Let me match you up with the perfect itinerary for your interests and budget. As an avid photographer, I can show you the destinations you are considering in a personally inspiring view.

My Travel Specialties

Luxury River Cruise & European travel specialist

I have had a sense of wanderlust since I was a child, always yearning to go off and explore the world.

I will take my own personal passion for travel and use it to craft an extraordinary luxury experience for you.

Europe is my specialty, I visit at least twice a year, I have...
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Lake Trasimeno Perugia Umbria Italy

Italy and Sicily Travel Specialist

There are many travel advisers who have the geographic knowledge and ability to sell Italy, then there are others who have a true passion for the country.

I fall into the second group. 

For several decades now I have spent two to three weeks a year visiting different...
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The Val d'Orcia Jewel of Tuscany Italy

Europe River Cruise Specialist

I like slow travel, not being rushed from place to place and having time to immerse myself in the destination.

River cruising suits me well as I am free to come and go from the ship as I please.   I love how the chef goes into town to get fresh vegetables and local meats and wine, a "farm to...
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Budapest Parliament one of the best cruise views

Southeast Asia Travel Specialist

I stumbled into becoming an expert on Asia.

I never set out to be one, I have always been known for my knowledge of Europe, especially Italy where my father’s family comes from.

I had a client interested in visiting Myanmar, a country I had never heard of other than...
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Chiang Mai Thailand

Avalon Waterways River Cruise Specialist

I like slow travel, not being rushed from place to place and having time to immerse myself in the destination.

River cruising suits me well as I am free to come and go from the ship as I please.  I love how the chef goes into town to get fresh vegetables and local meats and wine, a "farm to...
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Avalon Waterways Panorama Open Air Balcony Suite

My Travel Albums

Mekong River Cruise Cambodia and Vietnam
Sunset on the Mekong River
River Cruise on the Ganges India with Avalon
The Taj Mahal
Thailand
Temple of Jade Buddha
Southern Italy- Amalfi Coast and Islands
Maronti Beach Ischia Italy
Italy- Rome
Trevi fountain Rome Italy
Italy-, Umbria, Tuscany, Venice and more!
The Golden Val d'Orcia Italy
Sailing the Danube River
The Danube bend is so picturesque!
The Romantic Rhine River Cruise
Vineyards and Castles on Rhine River
Sicily, Italy
Sicily has amazing ruins!

My Travel Stories

Incredible India -gliding the Ganges with Avalon

"Why India?"

I was asked that question from half the people that I told I was heading there on my next adventure.

My answer was simple, I find different cultures and religions fascinating and enjoy learning about them.

As an artist I was excited to see all of the beautiful monuments.

My...Read more.

Customer Testimonials

Rhine cruise-vacation of a life time

I want you to know by using Ann you will have a vacation of a life time. Her knowledge, connections, and perseverance, along with Ann's genuine sincerity for the customer, takes all the worries from traveling. She listens to the desires and expectations and makes dreams into reality. Last March, my parents wanted a European adventure: Mom wanted the Rhine and Dad wanted Germany. Avalon was the answer for everyone involved. Tragedy struck and Mom was unable to go but Ann worked tirelessly for a refund. Dad had mobility restrictions but was able to participate fully. We made so many amazing memories, experienced so many wonderful side trips, and met some great people. Thank you Ann for all that you did this past year to make this vacation a reality. My parents may have passed away now but I will always have these memories!!!
Wendy P- Florida

Perfect River Cruise Planning!

Ann, I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how wonderfully smooth the "Christmas in the Heart of Germany" river cruise that you organized for us went... Although we scheduled our own airfare in order to visit Family in the UK, once we arrived at the meeting place (Movenpick Hotel, Frankfurt), we became a member of the Avalon family. Everything from then on was so smooth, it amazed us that all 119 passengers were helped and guided to the boat, our luggage was positioned in our Stateroom, we had no worries or concerns except to enjoy the cruise. We had a wonderful time meeting new friends, and the crew were absolutely amazing. Thanks to your careful arrangements, your attention to the slightest detail, we had a wonderful, memorable vacation. We plan to travel more next year and will certainly contact you again... Many, many thanks Ann. Well Done! Pete and Joanne F
Peter and Joanne F

Ann just gets it!

Ann just GETS IT! I'm a female solo traveler and a small business owner who has little time to plan my own trips. Ann knows exactly how to cater to that. I tell her where I want to go and she fills in all the gaps for me so I don't have to think! I went to Machu Picchu in May and heading to Florence and Venice in November. She doesn't just find the trips that are suitable for a solo traveler, she knows HOW to make it happen. I always contact her on short notice and that doesn't stop her from putting together an amazing itinerary for me! She goes above and beyond and I will recommend her to any female solo traveler or any traveler for that matter!
Lorena L California

Not all hero's wear capes!

If it was not for Ann I don't know what we would have done, she saved the day! My family was going on our first cruise we were so excited. We took Ann's advice flew in from California a day early to Miami to make sure we would not miss the ship. It was when we got to the luggage claim area that we realized to our horror what happened. When we left the car park place in LAX in our excitement we didn't think to count our bags. We didn't think to count them when we checked them. It was only when our son asked where his bag was that we realized it was still on the shuttle half a continent away! In tears I called Ann who calmed me down and jumped into action. Even though she was in MA. I was in FL., and the bag in CA. Ann got a hold of the car park company and had them Fed Ex it to us overnight! It was delivered to our hotel in the morning and because of her we boarded the ship with all our clothing and had a wonderful family adventure. I can't recommend her enough!
Blake Y Sunnyvale, CA

Greatest trip to Italy!

Dear Ann, Norm and I can not thank you enough for all your assistance to make our Italian adventure truly a "Dream Vacation"! From beginning to end, you tailored this experience insuring perfection. We were delighted with your quick response to my Globus information request and impressed with your genuine concern regarding our likes and dislikes. Your suggestions and recommendations for tour choice and October travel were winners. The weather was glorious and each day was jam packed with adventure. Your continuous updates and reminders of deadlines, flight and passport information, reservations, booking excursions, suggestions for packing (I love the cubes!), etc, really lowered the anxiety that often comes with planning a trip. The personal touches like the walking maps and hidden treasures could only come from a true expert! You made booking this trip a pleasure and we can't wait to get started on Scandinavia! All the best, Cat
Catherine D, New York

My Reviews

5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Best Honeymoon Ever
Ann was truly outstanding. She booked one of the best honeymoons a new bride can ask for. Her attention to detail, and her relentlessness in finding us the best deal was so wonderful and appreciated. Playa del Carmen was truly spectacular. Thank you for helping me obtain my first passport stamp. Looking forward to planning many more trips with you.
By  Lissie  from  Manchester, CT
Traveled to  Playa Del Carmen ~ Quintana Roo ~ Mexico
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Our first trip to Europe!
My wife and I have been working with Ann for our 10th year this year. She has booked us everything from large cruise ships in the Caribbean, to land motorcoach tours and this year she has booked us a river cruise down the Danube for our 10th wedding anniversary. All I have to do is tell her where we are thinking of going on vacation(holiday) and she does the rest. She never stops working to get us the best deals and the most bang for our buck. Even after we book a trip, she is constantly looking for better flights, nicer rooms and even excursions that we may want to take. I have total trust in Ann as our agent, knowing we will have the best experience we could have ever asked for. Ann is always just an email or call away. I have never felt neglected or as if my littlest of questions is an inconvenience to her. She makes us feel as if we are her only clients, when she is dealing with hundreds of emails and calls from her many customers.
By  jmorin514  from  Meriden, CT
Traveled to  Ireland ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Fabulous experience!
Ann has been extremely attentive and thorough. Very knowledgeable.
By  Suzanne  from  Naples
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
My daughter and I loved all our trips
Amazing-Marvelous-Simply the BEST - Always supportive with excellent insight on all travel points!!!
By  Mo LIZZY   from  Yorktown, NY
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful
A no worries fantastic trip!
Ann is fantastic! From the very beginning, she took care of everything... and even things I didn't know needed taken care of. We took a globus tour and Ann made sure we got the best deals on airfare, airport transfers and even gave us advice on some of the optional tours. Ann goes over and beyond. She helped us plan our pretrip excursions and gave us maps and directions for suggestions and places we could visit on our free days during the tour. I cannot say enough and would definitely recommend Ann to anyone. I would not hesitate to use her again and again.
By  mochi 808  from  Honolulu, Hawaii
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends
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Destination Expert:

  • Southeast Asia
  • Italy
  • Europe
  • India
  • Germany
  • Danube
  • Sicily
  • Thailand
  • France
  • Rhine River
  • Positano
  • Mekong
  • Taormina
  • Ganges River
  • Asia

Travel Specialist:

  • Escorted Tours
  • River Cruises
  • Cruises
  • Luxury Cruises
  • Christmas Markets
  • Luxury
  • Independent Travel
  • Small Ship Cruises

Top Travel Partners:

  • Avalon Waterways
  • Globus
  • AmaWaterways
  • Monograms
  • Viking Ocean Cruises
  • MSC Cruises
  • Seabourn Cruise Line
  • Viking River Cruises
  • Insight Vacations
  • Princess Cruises®
  • Tauck

Certifications/Awards:

  • CTC
  • Certified Travel Counselor
  • Certified Luxury Travel Specialist
  • Certified River Cruise Specialist

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