Twenty-Five Years of experience on Cruise Ships as a Port Shopping Expert and Managing Shopping Programs for Crystal, Regent, Oceania, Viking, and Marella Cruises.
I started working on ships in 1996 on the Old Noordam as a Fitness Instructor. Once onboard, I couldn’t wait for days off so that I could shop for the best in destination merchandise and high-quality deals. It was then that I decided to make this a career and become a Shopping Lecturer in 1997. My first ship was onboard the Carousel operated by Sun Cruises, previously owned by Royal Caribbean, was known as the Nordic Prince.
Since 1997 I have been recommending onshore shopping in some of the most exciting and exotic places globally. In countries such as Europe, the Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexico, South America, Alaska, River Rhine, and the Danube. My job is to find the best of the best in destination-specific, famous brands and, of course, the best in luxury merchandise.
My shopping career has taken me from working onboard Sun Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Princess, Disney, and Celebrity Cruises as a Shopping Lecturer. I managed the entire onshore shopping program for Crystal, Oceania, Regent, Marella, Viking Cruise, and Viking River Cruises.
I’m English, born in a beautiful part of the Country called the Lake District. I previously lived in Las Vegas, Miami, Alaska. I am now happily married and based in historical Gloucestershire, England.
If you’re interested in collaborating, I’d love to chat more. Contact me at Melissa@CruiseShopSave.com