Given he’s an itinerary visionary, we couldn’t help but ask about his favorite one. Becoming quite animated with a contagious smile, he responded: “That’s like asking if I have a favorite kid!” All joking aside, Paul said his favorite itinerary is the one he hasn’t cruised yet. One that has piqued his interest takes guests to the Coral Triangle with scenic cruising around volcanoes – an itinerary he researched with a marine biologist. Others include cruises to Antarctica, Greenland and the Amazon.
“We go to all seven continents. What haven’t you done yet? That’s where you go.”
As for the cruises he has taken, Paul can check Europe, Alaska, Mexico, Panama Canal, the Caribbean, Canada and New England, the South Pacific and South America off his list. Of course, he wouldn’t hesitate to visit them again.
He also didn’t hesitate to share his advice for those considering a career in the cruise or maritime industry. “Think about where you want to be – on the ship or on the shore. Either place can offer a rewarding career. Study commerce, pay attention in geography class and explore nautical schools if you want to sail the seas professionally.”
Overall, his sentiment is this: Keep your mind open to new experiences. There’s a whole wide world out there just waiting to be part of your adventure – professionally and personally.
Quick Cruise Q&A with Paul:
Favorite thing to eat on board: “Salmon. I fished salmon commercially in Alaska one summer, so I’m particular about it. Anytime I order it on a Holland America Line ship, the quality and preparation are always first rate!”
Favorite onboard entertainment: B.B. King’s Blues Club
Best part of working for Holland America Line: “Working with incredibly talented people with such great cultural diversity. Our field is the world. It never gets old.”