Collectively we have over 100 years of experience on Cruise Ships as Port Shopping Experts.
Meet Chris Roberts / Destination Consultant
Travel writer Chris Roberts is a veteran covering the Caribbean & Central America. As a Destination Consultant for cruise lines, he has been in the Panama Canal over a hundred times and never got his feet wet once. His writing credits include Porthole Magazine, Miami Herald Publishing, airline magazines, and websites. A journalism graduate from the University of Minnesota, Chris began his career in radio. “I was told I had a face for radio.” He is based in Hollywood, Florida.
Meet Melissa Davis. Destination Shopping Expert.
I started my career on ships as a Fitness Director in 1996 onboard the old Noordam out of Tampa Bay, Florida, visiting busy shopping ports in the Caribbean. The old Noordam (1984 – 2004) used to sail through the Panama Canal and I loved it.
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 onboard the Carousel operated by Sun Cruises previously owned by Royal Caribbean the ship known then as the Nordic Prince.
Since 1997 I have been recommending onshore shopping in some of the most exciting and exotic places in the world, 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 progressed to managing 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, and I am now happily married and based in historical Gloucestershire, England.
Meet Elizabeth Sterne – Cruise Ship Shopping Lecturer.
Elizabeth Sterne was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her very first job was working in an upscale jewelry company offering exquisite fine jewelry and high-end watches. Although she studied Criminal Justice and Psychology with a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, she always longed for warmer climates. After working at a law firm for several years, she decided to combine her love for the sea with her knowledge of fine jewelry, gems, watches and luxury brands and was delighted to start her career on Princess Cruises. She has also worked on a number of other cruise lines, but more recently on Oceania, Regent and Viking Cruises.
Since then, Elizabeth has traveled the world extensively on cruise ships over the past 28 years. Those travels have taken her to more than 50 ports in the Caribbean alone–but also to the Mediterranean, Baltic, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South Pacific, South America, British Isles, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada/New England and Mexico. That includes 115 times through the Panama Canal! In fact, she even makes her home on a tropical island just off the coast of Mexico.
Being a long-term veteran at sea, she is looking forward to sharing her knowledge on jewels and gems as well as her insight on a variety of destinations around the world. Look for her videos and blogs on Cruise Shop Save.