Dean Barreca  MCC

Toronto, ON Canada
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Travel Specialties
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Ocean Cruising
  • River Cruising
  • Safari
  • Honeymoons

  • Italy
  • Thailand
  • South Africa
  • Seychelles
  • Australia
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Selling Travel Since
  • English

My Background

Dean Barreca’s career and life has been guided by one simple truth: life can be a magical experience when lived to the fullest. It was this idea that motivated dean to build a business to help others do just that. It also inspired him to offer a develop a different approach to luxury travel planning.

Where typical travel agents focus on transportation and making reservations, Dean is committed to something much more significant. As a Travel Experience Consultant, he is committed to perfecting the parts of travel that people remember for years to come.

Knowing that travel can change lives in remarkable ways, Dean goes far beyond simple price quotes and bookings. His highly refined consultation process allows him to uncover dreams and desires that can transform otherwise ordinary journeys into trips of a lifetime. Perhaps this is why no two travel creations of his are exactly the same. Each is a unique combination lovingly tailed to each client.

From itineraries to destinations and activities, each component will be perfectly paired with the right hotel, resort, supplier or ship. Everything involved is rooted in Dean's mission to create exquisite experiences. That also means working with the best suppliers in the industry and maintaining global relationships with influential decision makers. It’s all part of his quest for quality.

Dean currently resides in Cambridge, Ontario with his lovely wife, Olga. Prior to founding The Luxury Expert, Dean has also worn the hats of missionary, trumpet player, music producer and entrepreneur —all with travel as a common thread. Travel has been a powerful tool for change in his own life, and he is passionate about sharing that joy with others.

Places I Have Traveled

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Exceptional Service


Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2013

I've been dealing with Dean since he started in this business and as an avid cruiser I've had nothing but positive experiences in all of my cruise vacations handled by Dean. He is attentive, efficient and a pleasure to deal with and works hard to get the best price, service and meet all of my needs! Bravo Dean!!
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highly recommended

By: Bart

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2013

Dean was great in the details. He even told us what the bridge was named to cross in Venus to get to our hotel!!!. Talk about knowing useful information! Great job Dean. Thanks
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Awesome, wonderful, quick, efficient, and always available.

By: Ladyscent 1

Reviewed on: 17 Sep 2013

I have traveled on 2 trips thanks to Dean and both without a hitch and esp on my Alaksa trip with someone else in EST and me in the PST and three other agents had failed to do what he did in a 14 d. span.
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Highly recomended

By: Julio & Peggy

Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2013

I have been working with Dean for several years and the word I can easily think of is he is truly " The Cruise Expert". He always looks out for my best interest and I know I can trust his advise. Look forward to working with him again next time we vacation.

HIghly Recommended

By: Ivy

Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2013

Dean is very knowledgeable he is field,and you can tell he really loves his work. He is a great people person. Gives good advise and is an eye opener in your travels. He makes you see things you to not think about to prepare for in your travels. I have recommended him to many friends and they were extremely happy with him. Dean is a great agent. Keep up the good work.

Great Service with thoughtful care

By: Rod

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

Dean has booked an Oceania Cruise through the Mediterranean for Fall 2014. He answered all questions, made valuable suggestions and has followed up to see how we are doing. Having recommended Dean's services to friends, Dean contacted both us and our friends in immediate followup which we found to be very good as did our friends.

highy recommended

By: bob

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

I would not consisder taking a trip/vacation, or cruise without consulting with dean. He always gets the best deals and is with you until the very end.

Highly recommend Dean

By: Ivy

Reviewed on: 25 Nov 2013

Dean is very knowledgeable about the cruise ships. Gives good advise on what would interest us. It was a pleasure working with Dean on our booking, and would recommend him to everyone we know. Keep up the great work Dean. Dean really enjoys his work. It was a pleasure to do our booking with you. Hope to book another trip soon.

highly recommend

By: giggles

Reviewed on: 12 Feb 2014

My family and I went on a trip south.  It was a great vacation spot.   I've used Dean 4 times now and I'm pleased at how speedy he takes care of things.  Quite pleased. :-)

Highly recommended

By: Ling01

Reviewed on: 20 May 2014

Dean provided excellent recommendations for our trip to Canada.  We had a great time!

Panama Canal Cruise - Holland America

By: Tracy's Dad

Reviewed on: 22 Oct 2014

Wonderful cruise - everything was perfect! Service, food, entertainment was all fantastic! Looking forward to the next one ... thanks for your planning and efforts! Great trip!

professional and superb

By: cherylv

Reviewed on: 27 Dec 2014

Dean, once again you have outdid yourself when it comes to creating an experience that is second to none. From the initial contact you were uncanning at uncovering our every need and want. Thank you for another fantastic vacation

Another fantastic mini vacation

By: Fernie

Reviewed on: 23 Feb 2015

We use Deans services every time we travel. It does not matter where we go and for how long. From a week in the Bahamas to a weekend in Ottawa or Quebec City or a month in Europe! The hotels he suggests are always in a great and convenient location, high quality and we are always amazed how he keeps in touch before, during and after we go away. Thank you Dean for arranging our great 4 day get away to beautiful Ottawa and for our stay at The Chateau Laurier.

Expert Friendly Service

By: Traveller

Reviewed on: 01 Dec 2015

He is the best! He goes over and upon to please you and to recommend what he thinks would be best for you. Our trip was wonderful, we loved everything about the resort, could not have been better - Perfect recommendation Dean.


By: Ary Toronto

Reviewed on: 07 Jan 2016

Thanks to Dean we ended up doing a CELEBRITY 12 days cruise to the Caribbean, What an amazing Experience!!! from embarking till last day of cruising we had memorable times, my kids (twins 16 years old), my wife and I enjoyed non stop fun for 2 weeks, a board of beautiful EQUINOX , either relaxing around the pool on board or touring jungles, beaches, ruins in astonishing places. Nothing short of extraordinary.
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Responsive and Friendly Service

By: Gord55

Reviewed on: 29 Feb 2016

Our recent trip via Celebrity Cruise lines was excellent and we thank Dean for his attention to detail and ensuring our trip was successful. Dean was able to respond in a timely manner to all of our before and after travel needs and while the before hotel is not one I would necessarily stay at in the future, this is no reflection on Dean's ability to set up all of the requested arrangements. Whenever I need to get in touch with Dean he gets back to me very quickly and has been able to always provide a courteous and friendly response or an action that has fulfilled my needs. Thanks to Dean for doing such a great job.

Glad We Went With Dean

By: Lionel52

Reviewed on: 06 Jul 2016

The cruise was terrific. However, it was Dean's planning, knowledge, and suggestions for the pre/post portions of the trips that made it that once in a lifetime experience.
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Always goes the extra mile

By: Rosie

Reviewed on: 15 Jul 2016

Dean always goes out of his way to find the best deal available on the trip using the criteria given by us (his client).

Fabulous, Fast, Friendly Service

By: Pamela

Reviewed on: 11 Jul 2016

Dean always gives us fabulous fast, friendly service and always seem to throw in an upgrade or little extra. I have dealt with him for over 10 years now and would strongly recommend booking your next vacation with Dean!!! Looking forward to booking my next vacation this winter with you :)
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Exceptional Service

By: Randy

Reviewed on: 10 Jul 2016

Dean is the best travel agent I have ever come across and I have been travelling and getting assistance from travel agents for decades. Any issues that arose (and there were few) were very promptly addressed by Dean to my complete satisfaction. Simply outstanding!

Great Value!

By: Triley

Reviewed on: 04 May 2017

Dean was great, and although I usually handle all of my own bookings, having Dean make my bookings provided great added value for his fees! I will certainly look in to working with him again next year.

Works hard for you

By: TFam

Reviewed on: 13 Jan 2018

Dean had challenges organizing this trip as it was affected by hurricanes that had gone through the Caribbean earlier in the year.
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Hideaway Royalton Cancun

By: Blondie

Reviewed on: 31 Jan 2018

Dean is very knowledgeable and extremely helpful! He listens to what is important to the client! Every time I have asked Dean to plan a trip for my husband and I he delivers something that is beyond my expectations!
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To go above and beyond!

By: The Words

Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2016

I find myself challenged to articulate the experience from our trip, which wouldn't have been what is was without our travel agent going above and beyond to ensure my wife and I celebrated an unforgettable 25th wedding anniversary. From when we first reached out to Dean to ask if he could help us..., he was engaged 100%. I had a clear plan in my mind of where I wanted to visit, and for how long. And, what we wanted to see. Dean advised me on any pro's and con's with my plan. Then he engaged Made for Spain and got the ball rolling. After a little back forth regarding hotel preferences and sites to visit. The itinerary was completed. The trip happened, and everything went as scheduled. There were no un-expected delays or complications, with any of the prebooked or scheduled events. You could easily say that the trip went off without a hitch. At the end, Dean was the first to call to see how we were and to ask if we had any issue's. Professionalism and caring to the end. THANK-YOU!
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The Father-Son Vacation of a Lifetime

By: Logan

Reviewed on: 30 Jul 2016

When my son and I met with Dean Barreca last Christmas to discuss a father-son vacation in July, all we had in mind was camping in the Grand Canyon. Dean spent a lot of time asking us about our interests, travel preferences, and wish-list of vacation spots. A few days later he told us we should avoid the Grand Canyon in July because temperatures usually exceed 40 degrees, which could make for an uncomfortable week. Dean was absolutely right! Instead, we explored other options he presented and decided on a 7-day tour of the US Southwest that included a day at the Grand Canyon, plus Yosemite, Death Valley, the Sierra Nevada mountains, and 3 iconic California cities. What an incredible treat of terrains, temperatures, and magnificent natural wonders. And the urban stops were tons of fun, too. My son and I had an amazing experience together that we'll share and remember forever, and we would never have had this incredible experience without Dean's patience, insights, & knowledge.

Always Can Depend on Dean!


Reviewed on: 04 Aug 2016

Dean got us the best rate at the place we wanted to stay. Always consistent good service!
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Awesome trip to Palm Beach

By: Paul & Tracy

Reviewed on: 04 Oct 2016

When planning our trip to Palm Beach, our Virtuoso travel advisor, Dean Barreca, highly recommended we stay at the Four Seasons Resort. He was very knowledgeable about the property, it's staff and all the amenities/services Virtuoso travelers would experience. We respect Dean's advice. He made all the arrangements. Our expectations were highly exceeded. Our upgraded room was spectacular and the staff was very accommodating. The daily breakfast was excellent and we spent our days enjoying the beautiful property. Thanks to Dean's knowledge and advice, we had an wonderful stay in Palm Beach. We look forward to using Dean's expertise on our future adventures. Thank you Dean!!! Paul & Tracy
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Most Excellent Experience...Kudos

By: JandS

Reviewed on: 02 Nov 2016

Our Celebrity Cruise experience on the Infinity was just THE BEST. We can't say enough about the friendly, courteous service provided by the staff on the ship. It all started with Dean Barreca, our advisor, providing expert knowledgeable advise. Ready to answer any question we had and was quick about it too! Thanks so much Dean ! JandS
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Excellent, quick recomendations and service

By: Scott6

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2016

Had a wonderful trip. All details went smoothly. Thanks again Dean for your wonderful service.

Amazing experience

By: Neets

Reviewed on: 27 Jan 2017

Awesome He's very friendly & knowledgeable He recommended a hotel & location based on our family size & age of kids & he hit it bang on as all of us had a fantastic time

cruise in Tahiti

By: karl

Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2018

Dean is excellent to work with, he really designs a trip around what you are interested in and he gets to know you in order to plan an exceptional package for your vacation!

Working with Dean Barreca , you will have access to:

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  • - An experienced travel guide whom you can rely on before, during, and after the trip
  • - Exclusive luxury resorts and properties
  • - Once in a lifetime experiences

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