Global Luxury Travel Expert
- WELOME TO MY SITE & GREETINGS FROM WEST PALM BEACH!
After surviving Cancer in 2020, in 2021 I am eligible for retirement. But as the travel industry & the cruise industry in particular have given me so much in my life, I CANNOT even contemplate semi-retirement by just walking away from such a fun and interesting industry.
So in anticipation that the world will get back from Corona to some normality in due course, I am looking forward to serve my clients with their travel needs.
While I provide my services to singles, couples, family's & groups who are looking for ANY type of travel; my experience & knowledge is best suited for Europe, Australia, Thailand, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Alaska, Arctic, Antarctica, selective Caribbean Islands & regions of North America AND World Cruises.
If you prefer to travel in an escorted group, I can also offer you the Distinctive Voyages and/or Amenity Program of TLN which includes over 3,500 specialty departures around the world.
This webpage only allows to list 5 each of destinations, specialities & suppliers in "MY AREAS OF EXPERTISE". But as I have lived in 5 countries on 3 continents, & visited ALL 7 continents & 80+ countries, and have done numerous world cruises & 100’s of cruises in Europe, Asia, Arctic, Antarctica, Alaska, Caribbean, N.A., circumventions of South Africa, South America & cruises in China with stops near Beijing for trips to the Great Wall & Forbidden City, I have knowledge of many more then 5 destinations, hence I will be able to provide bookings for ANY cruises, tours & packaged travel to ANY above named destinations!
With my host agency being the 35th largest travel company with $ 343 million sales in 2019 and Travel Leaders Group the 7th largest travel company with sales of $ 7.4 billion + in 2019 according Travel Weekly's Power List, being part & affiliated with those two power houses, with their buying power & presence in more than 80 countries, it will allow me to offer the best value on the widest selection of cruises, land tours, resorts, hotels and yachts – WORLDWIDE!
Also note that there are very few cruise lines and numerous resorts & tour operators where I don’t know someone in management at HQ or onboard. Combine this with 40 years industry experience, those insider contacts & experience will allow me to offer unmatched services!
With the involvement of two of TLG divisions, TL Corporate & Altour, this will let me to offer corporate services such as limousine & private jet services, cruise ship & yacht charters as well as resort takeovers.
Whenever possible, I will do my best to do better with any written offer you bring to me from another travel company.
And yes, as I will show my appreciation for referrals which materialize into commission from our suppliers, please feel free to pass on my information to your family, friends, colleagues & associates.
- BELOW MY EXTENDED BIO
After graduating from a 3-year apprenticeship & Austrian hospitality college, I started at hotels in Germany & UK.
In 1975 I joined 5-star plus Royal Viking Line. My last position were F&B Mgr & Hotel Director on the in those years most ultra-deluxe RV Sun.
After leaving Royal Viking Line in 1991 I was actively involved in the start-up of Distinctive Voyages International, Inc., a "Cruises Only" travel co. DVI specialized in deluxe cruises for the international market, with HQ in Maine & offices in New York & Australia. DVI became in a very short time an API/Virtuoso member.
In addition to being actively involved in the operation of DVI, in 1992, upon returning from Australia to the US, I joined Regency Cruises as Manager of Hotel Operations and was later promoted to Director.
Upon leaving in 1995, I incorporated Creative Cruise Projects International with the purpose of marketing cruises to corporations and associations on a worldwide basis.
However, in 1996 I was invited to join Cruise Holdings as Director of Hotel Operation Projects during the take-over of Dolphin Cruises. Until 1999 I held hotel management positions with the new Premier Cruises, both aboard & at HQ.
In 2000 I joined Imperial Majesty Cruise Line's start-up team as Director of Hotel Operations, operating 2-day timeshare cruises from Florida to the Bahamas. The company is now operating as Bahamas Paradise Cruises.
After leaving in 2001, I returned to Creative Cruise Projects International where I brokered & managed ship sales & charters.
In 2009 I returned to Sea and held first the Hotel Manager position on Island Sun, chartered at the time by UK’s Noble Caledonia and in 2010 I did a 8-month summer season on European River Vessel Avalon Tranquility in same position.
From 2011 to 2014 I was as Hotel Manager operating in Antarctica & Arctic on expedition vessels Sea Spirit & Sea Adventure, chartered by Quark & Zeghram Expeditions.
From 2015 to 2020 until Corona stopped all cruises, I held the Hotel Manager position on all 3 sailing vessels of Star Clippers and 1 contract on StarBreeze of Windstar.
Encounters with Celebs, Wanderlust & Other Bus.
1 of my favorite, having lived & traveled there!
In addition to the celebs pictured below, I meet members of the Saudi Royal Family, King of Tonga, former First Lady Johnson, Pres of China & last but not least, Rock Hudson.
In the late 1970’s, I traveled for 3 months from Florida to Alaska on Greyhound via 20 states up to Fairbanks, via Yukon Territory & Alaska Highway.
As I am since 2005 a licensed Realtor, presently as Real Estate Referral Advisor. GCLP is owned by the Broker of a franchise of one of the world's leading service co's. I am able to refer my contacts to them where they will be provided with exceptional services. The co is based on 5 continents in over 30 countries with 800+ locations and offers both private and institutional clients a professional tailored range of services.
My Areas of Expertise