Joy Cottrill 

Scottsdale, AZ United States
 95%
Recommended
23
Reviews
 
Travel Specialties
Interests
  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Safari
  • Independent Tours
  • River Cruising


Destinations
  • No Destinations
Selling Travel Since
1986
Languages
  • English

My Background

I grew up in the mid-western state of Ohio. Having an adventurous spirit from a young age, I followed my passion and love of the outdoors with a move to Arizona. Eager to explore more of the world, I joined the G.O. team at Club Med Scottsdale spending five adventure packed years traveling around the globe. Next came the opportunity to work for American Express Platinum Travel, planning detailed travel itineraries for their elite cardholders. Fourteen years with the company expanded my network of top suppliers providing me with global access, which enabled me to work closely with each client to ascertain their needs, their tastes and collaborate with them in regards to expectations that would ensure a perfect fit.

Fast forward eleven plus years as an Independent Travel Entrepreneur. I currently host with Largay Travel, whose motto is: Practitioners of the art of joyful commerce! We work as a team and have fun doing what we love, creating lifetime memories for you!

Contact me to discover the truly authentic places in this world leading up to sustainable tourism. We are on this adventure together!

Places I Have Traveled


Memberships 

Virtuoso Alliances
  • Vancouver Specialist

Reviews and Recommendations for Joy Cottrill

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Las Vegas plans were perfect

By: Bonnie and Dick


Reviewed on: 07 Sep 2014

Bellagio was spectacular, as usual, and Virtuoso amenities of breakfast vouchers and lunch certificate at Olives were the perfect touch. Registration staff certainly knows the Virtuoso brand. Extremely easy check-in compared to all those around us. Great view rooms overlooking the fountains on same floor as our travel partners.

Iquazu Falls in 36 hours

By: Water falls fan


Reviewed on: 18 Mar 2015

Joy competently organized a 36 hour trip from Buenos Aires to Iguazu Falls and back. We left on Sunday morning and returned on Monday afternoon. The trip went off as planned. Very good guide for a several hour walk along the falls to many great viewing points and a boat ride in the river. The boat ride will get you wet but is a unique experience. Given the warm climate, you dry out quickly.

Great Trip, Wonderful Service!

By: LBailey


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2015

Loved every minute of our trip! Joy did a great job suggesting wonderful options for our hotel, transportation and golf adventures. She was a pleasure to work with. So professional and efficient.

Great Hotels and Upgrades

By: Ed


Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2015

We had a great trip. The Serbelloni in Bellagio, Splendido in Portofino and Adlon in Berlin where all excellent hotels. We got very nice upgrades in the Splendido and Adlon. Having Joy, with her connection to Virtuoso, as a travel agent was great!

Wonderful Customer Service!

By: JBlake


Reviewed on: 19 Jun 2015

Joy did an amazing job helping me and my two friends plan our Mediterranean Cruise. She gave us great options for different cruise lines, prices, and cruise stops. We ended up picking a 11 Night Mediterranean Cruise with Celebrity Cruise line. With Joy's help we had a flawless trip. Joy even sent us a cheese and nut plate the first day of our cruise. Now that is a great travel agent! Would definitely recommend Joy to family and friends as well as book another trip with her! Thanks again Joy!

Great getaway thanks to Joy (as always!)

By: Rich H


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2015

Once again when it was time for our family to plan a get away, we contacted Joy. We had a somewhat convoluted arrangement, trying to set up for two families with differing wants and needs. Joy gave us great options, but more importantly gave her advice based on her years of experience. We ended up taking an inter-island Hawaiian Norwegian Cruise in early July. We could not have had a better experience. Everything was as described. Joy always goes over the top to recognize special events - for us it was recognition of our 25th wedding anniversary (am I really that old?). Her care and thoughtfulness always shines through. We can't wait to utilize her again. Thanks again Joy! Rich H (and family)

Wonderful planner

By: Phyllis


Reviewed on: 16 Jul 2015

Joy is amazing. She thinks of things I wouldn't think of. She stays on top of dates and deadlines. Highly recommend her for any travel planning

Amsterdam

By: Phil


Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2015

The hotel and program Joy dis for us in Amsterdam was great.

Great trip!

By: Traveler


Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2015

We were so pleased with Joy's assistance in organizing and planning every aspect of our trip to Alaska. No detail was overlooked, and our questions were addressed quickly and efficiently.
Not Recommended

Nice trip

By: nat


Reviewed on: 17 Oct 2015

The trip itself was lovely. There were a few details that could have been arranged a bit better. Advise or a tip sheet from my travel agent would have been extremely helpful so that I had an idea what to pack, tip, expect, etc. Had to ask my travel agent for my information (i.e. tickets, itinerary, etc) multiple times as communication was poor. She did a wonderful job planning and arranging the trip, however, I felt that once it was planned she forgot about me.

Great follow-up and concern for expectaions met

By: Re-tired..oso


Reviewed on: 18 Oct 2015

The trip from the standpoint of a luxury river cruise indeed met expectations. The ship itself was beautiful; cabins well appointed and comfortable, meals were amazing, promised excursions met and in most cases exceeded expectations. So for the category of overall excellence I would rate the Scenic River Cruise on the Danube as an A. The effect of low water conditions on the Danube were significant, primarily because many tour destination were affected by long bus rides to the appointed destination, to the degree that these long bus rides subtracted from the Cruise enjoyment a point worth mentioning. Finally and most importantly Scenic was not forthcoming in explaining before and during the Cruise the changes to the itinerary that would subtract from the experience. Fact that we were bused from Budapest to an upriver embarkation and never would reach Nuremberg was a well known fact and not communicated before the cruise and only then at the last possible minute while on-board.

Nice trip

By: Desert Mark


Reviewed on: 11 Mar 2016

She booked us on the Ultimate Galapagos 17 day trip with Wilderness Travel and our air travel. I enjoyed the trip and there were no problems

Wonderful Service!!!

By: Mimiof2


Reviewed on: 02 May 2016

As always she's above and beyond on her service. Joy is: Always very pleasant on the phone and will work with the clients and the cruise line to get the service/room that you request. ( within reason/availability) Thanks to Joy for our recent cruise with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, I was well taken care of where my Food Intolerance was an issue. I was so impressed with the Head Waiter, Executive Sous Chef, & Waiters for our cruise in the extra care that they took on my behalf. Thanks again for Joy's help and sending me in the right direction on who to notify about the food issues.

Joy is amazing!

By: Mitchell


Reviewed on: 09 Jun 2016

The professionalism and attentiveness from Joy was absolutely amazing. A breath of fresh air from other travel agents we have experienced. She truly cares about how your experience is/was and is constantly looking for making your vacation the best it can be. We will never look for another agent and she is already in the process of planning our next trip! We could not recommend her more.

Great trip!!!

By: Judy


Reviewed on: 17 Jun 2016

Just got back from the Canadian train trip from Toronto to Vancouver. While planning hotels before & after the train ride, Joy was professional in everyway...she listened to what I said & asked & then gave suggestions. She was always prompt in responding to my emails & calls which is so very important.

Joy Rocks!

By: OhioRichard


Reviewed on: 24 Jun 2016

Joy set us up for an amazing trip. We had never been out west before and Sedona was an incredible place to start. In fact, I'm not sure any other place will be able to compare. The resort (Enchantment) was in a beautiful valley and vividly displayed some of the best Sedona had to offer. We had great service, and immensely enjoyed the spa experience. I really can't wait to go back. Additionally, Joy met us and took us for a fantastic hike just outside of town. My family lacks her hiking skills, but she was good natured about it and took us to see a beautiful part of the state. How many other advisors would do that?!? We can't wait for our next trip - Joy is " 'da bomb!"

Made our trip extra-special

By: Jbella


Reviewed on: 01 Sep 2016

My parents have used Joy for their travel bookings for many years, and it's plain to see why. We celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on a Hawaiian cruise, and Joy made sure everything was befitting this amazing milestone. To the anniversary decorations in their stateroom, the cake and champagne awaiting them, and generally getting the word out to the cruise staff supporting our whole party, everything was fantastic. Our entire group of thirteen travelers received the royal treatment. Joy even followed up with personal, handwritten letters to us upon our return home to tell us she hoped we enjoyed our adventure. Lots of personal touches to make an already magical trip even more memorable. She is a true professional!

50th anniversary getaway

By: Dick


Reviewed on: 06 Oct 2016

Joy set us up at the Ritz Carlton in Half Moon Bay with a special rate on their Club Level. Great couples getaway with some special surprises from Joy and the hotel. The Virtuoso "connection" was certainly apparent, especially in the assignment of the room. Ritz Carlton staff is top-notch wherever you are. The package Joy researched for us was terrific. People who try to book things themselves with the thought that they are saving money really miss out. Thanks, Joy!

Attention to detail

By: Vicki 3101


Reviewed on: 23 Nov 2016

Working with Joy Cottrill was a great pleasure. She helped arrange a trip to Spain that was top-notch, with no stone left unturned. We visited three cities and everything went smoothly, from the transportation, to the dining recommendations, to the best local shopping. Also, the tour guides were superb. They arranged visits to bull farms, to all the best museums and of course, to many cathedrals. We were even able to see a both opera and flamenco. We will definitely be using Joy again for future travel.

Great hotels

By: Ed


Reviewed on: 19 Oct 2016

Joy provided 3 excellent hotel recommendations and we received excellent treatment from those hotel during our stay. Thanks Joy.

South of Spain

By: Ken


Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2017

Excellent. Knowledgeable and responsive. We had a specific idea for an itinerary but Joy, working with the local tour operator, came back with an alternative that preserved its best elements and improved it.

Wonderful Vacation

By: Bob


Reviewed on: 15 Mar 2018

Joy did and outstanding job and her follow up and attention to detail were wonderful. Joy was so good to work with. She made our trip hassle free so we could just enjoy our vacation.

Working with Joy Cottrill, 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
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