(215 Reviews)
99% Recommended

Ann Castagna Morin

Southampton, MA
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 specia...
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Avalon Waterways River Cruise Specialist

Avalon Waterways Panorama Open Air Balcony Suite
Avalon Waterways Panorama Open Air Balcony Suite

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 table" experience on a daily basis.


I have sailed nine different itineraries in both Europe and Asia and have two more currently booked. I make it a point to cruise at least once a year so that I can keep up with new ships, and offerings. It is one thing to read about a product, to fully understand all the nuances of a journey, and how it will fit their client's personality, one needs to experience it first hand, and more than once.


On a river cruise luxury abounds with high end bath products, indulgent linens, and extraordinary service all along your journey. River cruising is such a delightful experience, similar to staying in a high end boutique hotel, except that it travels along with you.


River cruising is a great value with unlimited Wi-Fi included, beer and wine with lunch and dinner and excursions no matter what line you select. There are bicycles one can take off the ship to go exploring and the small intimate size of the vessels lend themselves to quick friendships. Most vessels are made up of walls of glass so no matter where you are, whether it be in a lounge or at dinner, you will have sweeping views of the beautiful country side.


I work with all river cruise companies, however, if I were to select my personal favorite it would be Avalon Waterways. They are unique, the only line with Panorama open air balcony suites where the bed faces a wall of glass that opens up turning the entire room into a balcony. Lying in bed watching the world go by is just magical!


The cabins are larger than their counterparts, and the ships smaller and more intimate. Avalon is also more relaxed, less formal than some of the other lines, my husband wears a suit every day to work the last thing he wants to do on vacation is to have to get dressed up. I call it "laid back luxury" you get all of the deluxe perks without any of the stuffiness.


Avalon also takes a great deal of pride when it comes to their cuisine. Innovative ideas working with fresh healthy ingredients including vegetarian options can be found on the menus. Don't worry though there are plenty of decedent delights including homemade ice cream!


I am a certified Avalon Specialist and one of their top selling key partners in the country.  They are the line I look to first when planning my own vacations.


I look forward to helping you plan your dream river cruise vacation!

My Travel Albums

The Romantic Rhine River Cruise
Vineyards and Castles on Rhine River
Sailing the Danube River
The Danube bend is so picturesque!
River Cruise on the Ganges India with Avalon
The Taj Mahal
Mekong River Cruise Cambodia and Vietnam
Sunset on the Mekong River

My Travel Stories

Journey to Jordan, Petra, the Dead Sea and Jerash

This trip was an extension on my Avalon Waterways Egypt and the Nile tour. My husband and I were very spoiled to have a private tour for the four days were were in Jordan. Just as in Cairo we had a escort waiting for us who whisked us through customs and immigration and obtained our visas for us,...Read more.

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My Reviews

26 of 30 people found this review helpful
Tracing family roots in Italy
Ann custom built a two week trip for my son and I tracing our family roots in Italy. It was a great experience filled with history, great food, and even some days at the beach. It was really nice working with someone who understood what it meant to me to show my son where he came from. It is a trip I will never forget!
By  Gino  from  Walpole,MA
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Nothing makes me happier than helping people connect with their past in Italy. I am glad that it went so well!

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25 of 29 people found this review helpful
Patient and doesn’t nickel and dime you
We originally booked a two week Italy tour with Ann for April 2020 to celebrate our 30th anniversary. The Covid virus came along so we cancelled that and booked a river cruise for July instead. Guess what? Covid still here and cancelled again. Ann patiently booked us a third time for April of 21 back to the Italy plan. Not once did she change us a change fee or complain about the extra work. Our friends agent charged them a $75 “service fee” each time to change theirs. We will always use Ann as she doesn’t nickel and dime you.
By  Paula  from  Omaha,NE
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
This has been a very frustrating and disappointing travel season for many people. I am confident that the third time will be the winner for your much awaited celebration.

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21 of 24 people found this review helpful
First trip to Italy
I had never been out of the country but really wanted to visit Italy as my great grandparents were from there. I had no clue where to even begin planning. I saw one of Ann’s photos of Tuscany online and after reading more about the artist I knew she would be a great fit. She spent a lot of time going over what was important to me and cutting out “fluff” which allowed more time in the places I wanted to see. She was very vested in my happiness as if this trip she was planning was for herself or her family.
By  Jk84  from  Newport News,VA
Traveled to  Italy ~ Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Italy is my favorite place in the world, nothing gives me more joy than helping others visit the country of my heritage.

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24 of 30 people found this review helpful
The perfect honeymoon!
Ann was invaluable in helping my husband and I plan our honeymoon. We were all over the place from wanting to go on a Safari to or maybe Tahiti to trying a river cruise. She talked to us about things we had not even thought of such as that the time of year we would be traveling would be rainy season in Tahiti and made suggestions about the flight to South Africa that we might want to break it up as the longest we had flown was four hours before. In the end we decided on the river cruise and couldn’t be happier with our choice. She planned so many special details and seemed so vested in our happiness. I can’t recommend Ann enough!
By  Shelly V  from  Boston MA
Traveled to  Danube ~ On the River ~ At Sea
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
It was a joy helping you plan your honeymoon, I loved the photos you sent me!

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23 of 28 people found this review helpful
Best travel agent ever!
Ann has gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 crisis in keeping us informed about our cruise, which just canceled. She is the BEST travel agent we have ever worked with and are really upset that she is really taking a huge economic hit. When it is safe to travel we will definitely be using Ann again.
By  Mike  from  Acworth, GA
Traveled to  Europe
I would recommend this agent to my family and friends

Ann Castagna Morin responded:
Thank you for your kind words, you are such a thoughtful client, I appreciate your sentiment!

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Destination Expert:

  • Italy
  • Europe
  • Rhine River
  • Danube
  • Ganges River

Travel Specialist:

  • River Cruises
  • Luxury Cruises
  • Christmas Markets
  • Cruises
  • Luxury

Top Travel Partners:

  • Avalon Waterways

Certifications/Awards:

  • CTC
  • Certified Travel Counselor
  • Certified Luxury Travel Specialist
  • Certified River Cruise Specialist
  • Certified Italy Specialist
  • Windstar Star Specialist

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