Meet the Team

With over 110 years of combined travel experience within our team, you are in expert hands when booking your next cruise holiday. Most of our team are Cruise Lines International Association Accredited Cruise Consultants with our Director Kirsty Eccles and Office Manager Jacki MacWilliams, both Master Cruise Consultants.

Get to know our team below and see the passion, enthusiasm and plain love of cruising that is embedded in our team at The Cruise Gallery. We can’t wait to assist you with your next cruise holiday!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kirsty Eccles – Director

Kirsty’s passion for travel began before she left high school with an ambition to become a Flight Attendant! Being too young to apply, fate intervened and she decided to study for a Diploma in Travel and Tourism at William Angliss Institue of TAFE while she filled in time.  Some 18 years later her role working and managing her own retail travel agency has allowed her to travel around the world experiencing many inspiring and beautiful destinations.

Her love for cruising started many years ago when sailing through the South Pacific. In 2006 she completed her CLIA Cruise Master accreditation whilst sailing through the waters of Mexico and has continued to cruise close to home whilst raising a young family on several Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruises.  More recently she has cruised on the big & beautiful Quantum of the Seas through Asia and absolutely loved this ship overloaded with family fun activities!

 

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Jedda Doidge

Jedda has been working in the travel industry since 2008 and during this time she has been lucky enough to visit a number of unique and exciting destinations around the world including Peru, India and South Africa.  Most recently she has travelled on the Cruiseco Adventurer on the mighty Mekong River from Southern Vietnam to Cambodia and was absolutely immersed in the beautiful Asian culture of this region.  Jedda is a CLIA accredited cruise consultant and is continuously taking part in cruise training and ship inspections.

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Ashleigh Williams

Ashleigh has been with Meridian Travel since March 2010. In that time she has had many varied and wonderful travel experiences. A few highlights include cruising Japan on board Diamond Princess, a cruise to nowhere on board the gorgeous Celebrity Solstice and Cruising the Romantic Rhine with Avalon Waterways. Whilst it’s hard for her to pick a favourite destination she does have a soft spot for New York and will be visiting the city that never sleeps again this year. Ashleigh is a CLIA accredited cruise consultant and has also done extensive cruise training, obtaining Commodore status with Princess Cruises. Ashleigh has a strong background in customer service and is happy to do all she can to ensure your holiday is a memorable one.

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Sharon Seddon

Sharon has worked in the travel industry since 2010 and during this time has travelled to some amazing destinations including a P&O Cruise to the South Pacific and a short break on Princess Cruises. Sharon enjoyed cruising to Fiji and Vanuatu and experiencing the laidback Island life and beautiful scenery, another favorite destination is South East Asia for the cuisine, markets and friendly locals. Sharon is an accredited CLIA cruise consultant and Commodore ranking for both Princess & P&O cruises and is regularly taking part of training and cruise inspections to keep up to date with her cruise knowledge and changes within the travel industry.

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Jacki MacWilliams

Starting in the travel industry in 2003, Jacki has a passion for discovering new destinations and helping clients to create their own dream holidays. Having travelled extensively she enjoys sharing her personal experiences with clients and tailor making itineraries to suit every taste/budget. Some of her recent cruise holidays include the Mexican Riviera aboard Crown Princess, Celebrity Solstice from Sydney, North Queensland aboard Coral Princess and a once in a lifetime Hurtigruten Arctic Circle voyage in Norway where she experienced the northern lights, dog sledding and an ice hotel. On top of travel wish list is Africa to experience the amazing culture and wildlife!

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Kelli Fisher

With 20 years of experience in the travel industry, Kelli has been fortunate enough to cruise a couple of times. The QE2 around Spain and Portugal was an amazing experience with a traditional style of cruising and exciting ports of call. For something different, Kelli has also done a Captain Cook Cruise from Cairns to the Great Barrier Reef.  This was a fabulous way to take in this beautiful part of our country.

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Jodie Quick – Director

Jodie’s passion for cruising began over fifteen years ago when she first sailed through Asia with Star Cruises on her honeymoon!  Since then, she has not only managed to acquire her own agency but has had the privilege to have sailed on many ships since!  There is a soft spot in her heart for the Royal Caribbean Line having cruised on Voyager of the Seas in her past, she is now certainly keen to try all ships in their fleet!  Given her passion for cruising is high on her agenda,  she recently booked a family getaway on Oasis of the Seas, which will be a highlight for her and the family in months to come!  More recently she was the guest of Avalon Waterways onboard their newest ship, Tapestry II and was able to appreciate the differences to that of the big ocean liners! Jodie is a CLIA Accredited Cruise Consultant and plans to undertake her Masters next year.