<ul><li>My cruising story begins just after my 20 th birthday, on a charming 600 passenger Italian ship called the Costa Allegra . </li></ul><ul><li>My cozy suburban adolescence produced in me a deep longing to see the world. And so, see it I did! </li></ul><ul><li>On a whim I decided to send a resume to a Cruise Boutique concessions company & within 3 weeks I was on a plane to Genova to start my new job as an onboard Shopgirl! </li></ul>
Cruise Ship Boutique staff or “Shoppies” as they are known, have probably got the best hours of anyone on board! With all that time in port I was free to explore & adventure in places I had only ever dreamed of seeing.
<ul><li>Port after port I became increasingly enamored with ship life. Maybe it’s the Aquarius in me, but I just had to be at Sea! </li></ul><ul><li>The adventures were endless, the misadventures hilarious and the pictures and memories are simply unforgettable! </li></ul>
Cadiz, Spain My 2 years as a Shoppie brought me to over 100 different cities, many of which began to feel like home. I picked up one foreign language, improved upon another and perfected two more. I came back to Toronto a cultured and grown woman with the precious memories and invaluable experiences that educated me far more than any institution ever could have.
<ul><li>And so, after originally promising my family and friends that I would only be away for 8 months, I decided to begin a new chapter at sea… </li></ul>This time as a Social Hostess aboard a luxury World Cruise liner sailing on Grand Voyages!
<ul><li>My time on board was sweet and very cherished. To me a Cruise is not only a superb holiday, it’s representative of a way of life for many worldly citizens. Those of us for whom the ends of the world are vast but reachable and your friends, loved ones and your Home exist without borders . </li></ul>
My Cruising Accomplishments Equator Crossings Transatlantic Voyages Transpacific Voyages Panama Canal Crossings International Dateline Crossings Grand Voyage Mediterranean Grand Voyage South Pacific & Australasia
The Americas Canada Mexico United States Costa Rica Panama San Blas Island Argentina Brazil Colombia Uruguay Venezuela
The Caribbean & Atlantic Ocean Islands Anguilla Antigua Aruba Bahamas Barbados Barbuda Bermuda Cayman Islands Dominica Dominican Republic Martinique Puerto Rico San Andres & Providencia St. Barts St. Kitts & Nevis St. Lucia St. Maarten St. Martin
Turks & Caicos Islands Virgin Islands; U.S. (St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas) Virgin Islands; British (Tortola, etc.) Azores Islands Canary Islands Cape Verde Islands Madeira The Caribbean & Atlantic Ocean Islands
The Mediterranean Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Minorca, Ibiza) Corsica Crete Cyprus France Malta Monaco Portugal Sardinia Sicily Greece Ionian Islands (Corfu, etc.) Dodecanese Is. (Rhodes) Italy Spain Vatican City
North Africa, The Maghreb & The Middle East Algeria Gibraltar Morocco Senegal Cape Verde Tunisia Turkey
South Pacific & Australasia Australia Cook Islands French Polynesia (Tahiti: Morea, Bora Bora) Hawaiian Islands Midway Island New Caldedonia Pitcairn Island Solomon Islands Tonga (Nukualofa)