Patton can rattle off the pros and cons of a bed facing starboard—or toward port. As an industry veteran, she leverages her broad institutional knowledge and first-hand experience (she embarked on nine trips in 2018 alone) to organize cruising adventures to destinations as close by as the Caribbean and as far-flung as the Mekong River in Southeast Asia or the Zambezi River in southern-central Africa. Equally as versed in luxury ocean vessels as she is with river and expedition cruises, Patton can recommend the best on-board corners for reading, where to watch the sunset over particular ports, and the top tables for a romantic dinner — no matter the ship.
But destination and cruise matchmaking is just one aspect of Patton’s service. Her real strength is organizing unique, custom shore excursions, whether it’s kayaking in Antarctica or exploring the commemorative World War II sites in Normandy. With her finger on the pulse of the industry, Patton is quick to point out emerging trends, like the increasing popularity of cruising to tourist-packed destinations such as Cuba and Egypt, as well as the rise of the celebrity-chef culture on ships.