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Hey there, I'm Joe Merendino – a self-proclaimed travel enthusiast with a childhood drenched in California sunshine and a penchant for zigzagging across the country to visit my extended family in New York. Those cross-country...

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Joe Merendino

Independent Travel Agent with Vincent Vacations

Hey there, I'm Joe Merendino – a self-proclaimed travel enthusiast with a childhood drenched in California sunshine and a penchant for zigzagging across the country to visit my extended family in New York. Those cross-country trips for family gatherings and special occasions fostered a love for maps, geography, and the sheer thrill of air travel. I could regale my parents with every detail of our trips and destinations, fueled by an insatiable curiosity.

The year 1992 marked a pivotal moment when I embarked on my first cruise, a brief 3-night escapade with Royal Caribbean. To call it a transformative experience would be an understatement; it ignited an obsession that would shape my travel preferences for years to come. While I've explored the nooks of Europe, basked in the sun in Mexico and the Caribbean, and road-tripped across the diverse landscapes of the United States, nothing quite compares to my enduring passion for cruising.

In my journey, I found joy not just in my own adventures but in helping others discover the magic of travel. Unearthing fantastic deals and sending people on unforgettable cruise vacations became a bit of a hobby. Eventually, I decided it was time to elevate this passion to a profession, making it my mission to help people plan extraordinary trips.

Vincent Vacations became the canvas for my travel aspirations. It's not just a job; it's a calling to turn wanderlust into a tangible, unforgettable experience for others. Guiding folks through the maze of cruise options and witnessing them create lasting memories is the ultimate reward for me.

So, if you're yearning for that perfect vacation, I'm your guy. Let me be your passport to adventure, whether it's navigating the open seas or exploring the hidden gems of a bustling city. Together, let's turn your travel dreams into reality. Ready for the journey of a lifetime? Let's make it happen!

4 Reviews & Success stories

Harmony Of The Seas

Joe, with Vincent vacations, was absolutely fantastic to work with. 10/10 Would recommend. This was my family‘s first cruise, so I had a myriad of questions. He’s always available for a quick call and always quickly responded to text messages/emails. He had great insight into tips and tricks that made our Vacation extremely smooth annd enjoyable…not to mention cheaper.
Because of Joe’s help the vacation I went on was significantly better than the one I would’ve gone on, had I tried to do everything on my own. If you’re not using a travel agent to help plan your vacation, you’re foregoing an extremely valuable resource. I highly recommend Joe and Vincent Vacations to assist you in planning your next getaway.
-Adam Myers

Christmas Cruise

Joseph was amazing in helping with all our needs. We have all ages from 2-73. He made sure everyone would enjoy the things he suggested. When I needed something he got back very quickly and emailed me things more than once. Great experience. Will use him in the future.-Brooke Golden

Ireland 2024 - Birthday Trip

I recently came back from my Irish vacation and man was it one for the books! Joe started by helping me plan my trip and asked me about the different things I wanted to see while in Ireland. With his help I was able to tackle all of the items off of my bucket list, excluding Giant's Causeway. The guided tour he hand picked for me was nothing short of fantastic. The tour guide, Peter was knowledgeable and helped bring the country to life. He told us all about the island, folklore and history of the country. Each stop gave us time to explore on our own whether that was visiting the many castles and historical sites, local shopping and/or eating. We even got to explore areas of the Wicklow Mountains where Queen Victoria had a picnic many years before. This was definitely a trip of a lifetime for me. It gave me the ability to explore a country I have never been to before and gave me piece of mind that I would be safe as a solo traveler. Each place we stopped at for the night had a unique experience attached to it. I'd say one of the highlights of the trip was going to Bunratty Castle and Taylor's Night out. We even had a chance to taste the BEST Irish coffee at the Red Fox while on our travels. I will definitely be booking another adventure with Joe. We are starting to talk about a cruise in Greece. Thank you Joe for a trip of a lifetime! xoxo Megan-The Crazy Sa's

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Norwegian Cruise Line
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