SinglesCruise Experienced Cruise Hosts!
All Aboard...ensuring a great time for our guests!
Shelby : Lead Cruise Director
Shelby has been part of our operations team for 10 years and has hosted over 80 singles cruises. When she is not out cruising, she is working behind-the-scenes to coordinate all of the cruise hosts and create all of fun you have onboard and on shore. Prior to joining SinglesCruise.com Shelby worked and lived on board Princess cruises for 8 years as Deputy Cruise Director where she managed the cruise director staff and all aspects of the entertainment department. She has over 2500 days at sea and she loves creating the environment for people to make long lasting friendships and experience life changing vacations!
Rick : Team Lead and Cruise Host
Rick is the Team Lead at our SinglesCruise.com headquarters and has been a travel agent for over 17 years. He is responsible for many behind-the-scenes tasks including overseeing our cruise specialists department, handling customer service issues, arranging pre-cruise hotels, maintaining our message boards and occasionally hosting our singles cruise groups.
Rick has hosted over 20 singles cruises and he enjoys meeting and getting to know many of our guests on a personal level. He has made many good friends from all over the world. His favorite activity to host is any of the trivia games we play onboard since he's always been a big jeopardy fan and likes to see the friendly competition! He also really likes the scavenger hunts too as those can get so crazy and funny.
If pressed to pick his favorite travel destination, he would have to say Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains of Peru. He says it's a very special place that should be on everybody's bucket list.
Leland : Sales and Cruise Host
Is working in our sales department and was born in Puerto Rico but has been living in Miami for most of his life. He enjoys going to social events and meeting new people. He is very active and he loves all kind of activities like snorkeling, kayaking, he's up for anything that is a little adventurous! He loves to dance Salsa and Bachata and he won't stop until the music ends. Some of his favorite destinations are Mykonos, Sardinia, Paris and Saint Tropez!
Tara : Cruise Host
Tara has been hosting singles cruises for us for the past six years and has met amazing friends from all over the globe! Her “land life” sometimes dominates her “sea life” schedule these days but she tries to make it out to sea as much as she can. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work, but has held various marketing, community development and event planning roles in her career. She is very involved in her Southwest Florida community having sat on over seven different non-profit Board of Directors. She was even named one of Gulf Shore Business Magazine's “Top 40 Under 40”!
Her favorite part of hosting singles cruises is looking out in the crowd and seeing someone with a smile and laugh on their face as that makes her whole job worthwhile. She encourages the singles in her groups to step outside their box and do something they would not normally do!
Anthony : Cruise Host
Anthony has been in the travel industry for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the International Tour Management Institute and he has been a Safari director for three years in East Africa and South America. His current job in South Florida is guiding groups on eco-tours in the Everglades as well as city tours of Miami Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and the Florida Keys but he has hosted more than a dozen cruises, several of them with SinglesCruise.com. His favorite work is hosting for the wild bunch of fun guests at SinglesCruise.com! He believes when people take a cruise they make a lot of friends but it takes the whole cruise to make a handful of close friends.
"On a singles cruise the first day onboard the ship you already have a hundred friends or more! You become a part of something, its like a big family, you feel very welcomed by everyone right away from the first day even before if you make it to the pre cruise cocktail meet and greet event the day before the cruise. Being part of that gives me great satisfaction. I will do anything to make your cruise most enjoyable and memorable! "
Ernie : Cruise Host
Ernie has been hosting for SinglesCruise.com since 2007 and his favorite part of hosting is the people. He loves meeting great people from all over the world and having a blast with them. Ernie is a college professor, and also travels the country helping K-12 grades find more effective classroom behavioral management techniques.
He has been on cruises since he can remember and believes travel is an experience that invariably expands one's perspectives. He hopes to one day visit every continent, but so far his favorite destination is Positano, Italy on the Amalfi Coast. His next favorite travel destination is wherever he is headed to next… he says perspective is everything!
Cesar : Cruise Host
Cesar loves it when he can make the cruise a great experience for the single cruiser. His favorite event to host is definitely the welcome aboard cocktail hour. He enjoys meeting the cruisers for the first time and seeing cruisers from previous cruises. And of course, passing out their name beads!
He was born in Colombia, South America, and grew up in New York City. No stranger to cruise travel, Cesar used to own his own tour company where he would bring French nationals to cruise the Caribbean. He has hosted seven cruises for SinglesCruise.com so far. He loves to travel and his favorite destination is Paris.
Marillen : Cruise Host
Marillen has hosted a number of singles cruises for us and loves meeting new people from all over the world. She feels a large sense of accomplishment when she hears people tell her how much she impacted their trip and helped them have the best vacation ever! Her favorite event to host is the welcome party because she gets to see everyone for the first time and it is so wonderful to see how excited they are to start their new adventure.
Marillen's professional background has been serving clients in the mortgage industry but she has always been an avid traveler and cruiser – cruising at least twice a year. Her favorite cruise has been to Hawaii, but she also loves visiting the beautiful port of St. Lucia.
Mary-Jay : Cruise Host
Mary-Jay loves the fun and challenge of being a singles cruise host – especially having to think on her feet (or sea-legs!). She enjoys learning about all of our cruise guests and watching them meet and interact as part of a group. “There is so much laughter – what a great job!”
She loves to travel and her favorite destination is St. Thomas. She first heard about it as a small child from her aunt and uncle as one of their favorite vacation spots so to see it for the first time herself really brought back those special childhood memories. Her professional background has been serving clients in a variety of roles in the restaurant industry. She looks forward to helping others enjoy their upcoming singles cruises and sharing the excitement along with them.
Suzanne: Cruise Host
Suzanne LOVES to cruise and vacation. She has over 30 years in the travel industry and works directly for SinglesCruise.com. This has provided her the opportunity to explore many fascinating places all over the world. She has sailed on over 200 cruises to date and she has travelled on many land tours as well, she has extensive, first-hand destination and cruise ship insight and knowledge. Her most memorable adventure was to the remote mountains of SW China in 2011 where she found her favorite panda, Tai Shan, after he was repatriated back to his ancestral homeland from the National Zoo in Washington, DC.
Originally from New Jersey, she has made the amazingly beautiful SW Florida on the Gulf of Mexico her home since 2005. An avid Bon Jovi and Yankees fan, she holds true to her NJ/NY roots. Suzanne enjoys getting to know our guests over the phone by making their cruise and flight reservations or in person as an onboard host. Always with a story to share, she hopes to utilize her expertise and enthusiasm to make our departures the absolute best ever!!!
Carol : Cruise Host
Carol is Disney trained in customer service and was "A friend of Mickey's" for years in her 40's. Carol has been in customer service and sales for over 40 years in various industries.
When she's not helping people have fun at Ft Lauderdale airport. You can find her on her Harley, paddle boarding in "The Keys" or at the gym. She loves travelling and loves hosting our sailings, meeting new people, making people laugh and being sure that everyone is having a great cruise is her passion!
Joel : Cruise Host
Travelling to over 75 countries, Joel has over 14 years' experience working for Princess Cruises as a Butler, Carnival Cruises as a Bartender, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Jasper Park Lodge in Jasper, and many French fine dining restaurants. His sense of adventure and humor is greatly appreciated by all. He enjoys helping people and truly raises the bar for guest experiences. 16 years ago, he carried his excellent customer service skills over to a full time career in IT as Project Manager, but looks forward to hosting his next SinglesCruise, where he can meet new people and help them get the most out of their vacations.
Connie : Cruise Host
Connie has been in the customer service industry for many years as a senior hair stylist and a bartender. She is from Connecticut but recently started a whole new life in Sunny South Florida! Connie says "The best part of hosting is watching how our guests bring the company motto "Travel Single Never Alone" to life! She's looking forward to meeting new friends and reconnecting with our past guest who are now lifelong friends!
Catrice : Cruise Host
Catrice has been a Singles Cruiser since 2015. She has been hosting with Singles Cruise.com since 2018.
Currently she resides in sunny Florida, Catrice is originally from Las Vegas, NV. She has over 22 years in the hospitality industry. Working with well-known leading hospitality companies such as MGM Resorts, Harrah's, and Argosy Casinos.
What advice would I give someone for a great vacation? "Leave your worries behind and come with no expectations. Relax, make friends, be silly, laugh, have a good time, and make memories to talk about for a lifetime!