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The Celestial Team
Celeste Burger began here career as a travel professional in the early nineteen eighties with a Jacksonville, Florida travel agency. She soon joined Barnett Banks, Inc., Florida’s largest bank and took on roles of increasing responsibility building their in-house travel agency; including employee and executive travel, private aircraft an meeting planing of all sizes and scopes. After Barnett Banks merged with NationsBank (now Bank of America), she was soon approached by former clients at Barnett who encourage her to build a new travel business based on the mission of providing ultimate service, with a focus on one client at a time. And Celestial Travel was born.
Dixie Hawkins began her travel career with Delta Airlines and has worked in all areas of the airline industry including reservations, city ticket offices and airport ticket offices. After leaving the airline industry, she became manager of the Sato travel ticket office at Mayport Navel Base. Now Dixie works exclusively with Celestial travel. Specializing in missionary group travel, international travel including Africa, South Africa, South America, India, etc. the Celestial Travel approach to their clients goes hand in had with Dixie’s approach to serving her clients. Going above and beyond for our clients… one client at a time.
While pursuing my passions for blue water, adventure, and yacht sail-racing around Florida and the Bahamas I met my soul-mate, future wife, and travel companion. Our mutual interests in history and exotic locales led us almost immediately to travel the Greek Isles. Arriving at the Athens airport the day the Yugoslav Rebellion broke out we were welcomed by heavily armed soldiers and a tank pulled up to the terminal steps.
That early experience gave us the jump-start to pursue adventure in exotic locales while fulfilling a career in travel. Although we have been to almost every single island and county in the Caribbean we’ve also trekked through Thailand and sailed the atolls of Tahiti, done the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and explored the tiny Republics of Monte Negro and Slovenia before sailing down the Dalmatian Coast to cruise through the Corinth Canal and end up back in Greece. We’ve climbed glaciers in British Columbia and explored Mayan temples along the Yucatan. The Jamaicans call us JamMericans because we’ve visited 28 times because we love their food and Christian culture. Being passionate foodies we’ve attended cooking classes throughout the Caribbean, France, Italy, Croatia and seek out each countries native cuisine and markets to experience and replicate the delicacies we love.
We almost constantly and incessantly scout out fine hotel accommodations or historic landmark properties to rural Tuscan village retreats for our clients. From the Queen Mary to Tall Clipper ships to numerous cruise lines to small yachts we’ve plied the French, Spanish, Italian, and Croatian Riveras, cruised the Netherlands down the Normandy coast up to Bordeaux and then zipped up the high speed rail to our favorite tiny boutique hotel on the Left Bank in Paris.
Since one cannot always access destinations by water we have experienced an exhaustive list of airline prototypes from Vintage DC 3’s, single prop puddle jumpers to the newest Dream Liner and what our travels has so richly provided us over the years has helped fulfill our ultimate quest – which is a memorable and pleasant travel experiences for everyone of our clients. Our greatest compliment and reward is to hear that you have had a seamless journey and a wonderful time than conjures fond memories in the years to come.
Irina started her travel career the year she graduated from the University as a part of a travel agency in her home country Belarus. Then she moved over to corporate/business travel missions with Belorussian Chamber if Commerce and Industry. After relocating to the US and becoming a mom of two she dedicated herself to kids and switched her career to teaching for several years. Now she is extremely happy to work side by side with highly experienced travel professional in Celestial Travel where she is able to help people build their unique memories.