Let's Get Acquainted

Get to know Dean Barreca and his enthusiasm for dream vacations


Dean on CTV5

Dean on CTV NEWS

Why do you serve the clients you do?I serve the clients I do because they are like me: they want someone who understands their need to discover new destinations. They want to meet new people and try new things, which can be best done by joining a jovial group. My clients most often become my friends since we share a common goal to see and do a lot, but in a simple and relaxed fashion. They enjoy comfort and have a taste for quality, such as hand- crafted items, things that have been restored, exotic foods, and, of course great wines. Clients come to me because I can offer them something one-of-a-kind. They love how I make them feel special with my fun and bubbly personality.

What is it about travel that you love?  I love travel because I want to experience different people, lands, wildlife and cultures other than my own. I always learn from people as we exchange our life experiences and share our dreams. Travel keeps my mind young and my spirit alive.


Why do you plan travel for clients?  I plan travel for my clients so they don’t have to. They trust me knowing that I learned  the ropes and my relationships with suppliers will ensure each day will be something fresh. There is nothing more rewarding to me then when they return home, a client shares how it was their best vacation ever and can’t wait to start working with me to plan their next dream vacation.

What is your favorite cruise destination in the world and why?  Hmm, that is a tough one simply because every place has it’s own style and flavor. I would have to say cruising the Western and Eastern Mediterranean are my personal favorites. I love all the ports in Italy, Spain, Greece and Turkey. My favorite island in the Mediterranean is Santorini. Every stop is breathtakingly rich in history, beauty and the people are always warm and welcoming.


Dean with his wife in Florence, Italy

Which trip changed your life and why?  My very first cruise was on Princess 13 years ago. I was helping a close friend escort a group along the Mexican Riviera. It was so much fun being with others sailing and visiting different ports as there was always something to do along with great dining and entertainment. My love affair with cruising began that moment and six years later, I left my business to begin this new passion of mine. My first group was 50 senior ladies who happen to enjoy tap dancing. I did all the planning for the cruise including a performance on board the ship for all the passengers. We have experienced five cruises together since then and planning our next trip to Alaska this May.

Who are you partnered with? I am happy to be partnered with The Travel Network out of Toronto, a respected and trusted name in Canadian travel for more than 20 years.

As my client, you qualify for exceptional, exclusive benefits and offers with the finest cruise lines, tour companies, hotels and resorts – travel providers that match your standards and dreams.
The Travel Network’s membership in VIRTUOSO, combined with decades of experience and knowledge, means that you will enjoy perfectly planned travels designed to provide maximum enjoyment and value. What more could you ask for?

The Travel Network Corp is located at: 1920 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5M 4A1.