All Star Mexican Riviera Cruise 2020
Over Thirty years ago I promoted my first Irish theme cruise. We sailed out of New York harbor with 80 passengers and some of New York’s finest musicians. While I had been promoting other Irish events, I had absolutely no idea of the organizational skills required for successful cruising. We were all cruising novices on this incredible voyage, experiencing our first cruise together. The ship was small, our staterooms simple, but the food was incredible and the midnight buffets were truly indulgent.
We were assigned a small lounge on the top of the ship to host our Irish entertainment. Let me tell you, we had so much fun that we were the envy of every other passenger onboard. We danced nights away, enjoying the Siege of Ennis, Jiving, Polka’s, Old Time Waltz’s and ending each night with our Anthems. I recall coming back with hundreds of names given to me by other passengers onboard, not part of our group who wanted to be notified of our next Irish cruise.
It all began, from that cruise so many years ago with 80 passengers to chartering entire ships. As I continued to promote an Irish theme cruise annually. I have tried to use each experience to improve the next, gaining a vast amount of knowledge along the way. However I remain steadfast to my own theory “simply envision the type of quality and service that I would expect and don’t offer anything less to my customers”. My philosophy is to offer my guests a first class experience from the moment they step on the pier for embarkation until the moment they step off at disembarkation. Upon arriving at the pier the mood is set, each guest is personally greeted, followed by a champagne reception and of course the live Irish music is already underway. It is heartwarming to watch the smiling faces and joyous emotions displayed, as each guest prepares to board the ship for their cruise of a lifetime. I now charter Holland America’s vista class ships every year catering up to 2000 + passengers.
Most of my guests come by “word of mouth”, and passengers hail from all over the world. I am truly blessed and thank all of my guests who sailed with me over the past thirty years.