Mike and Denise Feeney
Denise and Mike Feeney are the future cruise consultants aboard ms Rotterdam’s Grand World Voyage. The cruise sails from Los Angeles to New York from Jan. 19 — May 16.
Mike started his career in the travel industry in 1966 when he worked summers in an airline reservations office in New York City. His love of travel never left him, and he’s devoted just about his entire career to travel industry sales. The last eight years, prior to moving onto ships, he was a business development manager for Holland America Line based in Boston.
About one year to the day of the start of the 2009 Grand World Voyage, Denise and Mike signed on as future cruise consultants with Holland America Line.
Denise also started her career in the travel industry, but diverted into education for 20 years as an elementary school teacher in New Jersey and New Hampshire. After leaving the classroom, Denise returned to the travel industry to start up an Internet-based travel company.
When not at sea, the Feeneys’ home is in Dunbarton, New Hampshire. They spend about eight months a year working aboard ship. Even with all that time at sea, they still enjoy traveling for their vacations.
“Last year we wound up only spending about nine weeks at home and this year it may be eight or nine again,” said Mike.
After the world cruise, they will go home for about three weeks before heading off to northern Europe for an extended holiday. Their next assignment will be on ms Veendam, which will take them to South America and Antarctica.
“We feel extraordinarily fortunate to be on the Grand World Voyage. In 2009 if all goes according to plan we’ll visit all seven continents,” said Denise. “In this blog, we hope to give the reader a sense of what it’s like to spend an extended period of time aboard a cruise ship, some insight into the spectacular destinations that we’ll visit and really for all of those who have cruised, point out how a Grand Voyage differs from a cruise.”