Chief Operating Officer and Co-Owner
Chief Kool-Aid Maker
Vicky Garcia has spent more than 25 years in the cruise industry and is now one of the most respected women in travel. Garcia learned the industry ground up from her beginnings as a reservation sales agent at Royal Caribbean International and today is co-owner and Chief Operating Officer at Cruise Planners, an American Express Travel Representative.
Garcia oversees the overall strategic and operational responsibility for all business development and marketing programs including third-party partnerships that have become an extension of the company’s in-house offerings for Cruise Planners franchise owners.
Despite her demanding career, Garcia is an advocate and volunteer for many causes close to her heart. She serves on non-profit boards and various cruise line and travel industry boards. Garcia was honored in 2014 by Viking River Cruises as godmother of the European long ship Viking Magni.
Birthplace: Miami, FL
Hobbies: I love my gadgets (iPhone, iPad, iPod, Camera’s, Wii & Xbox – that I never have time to play), I love to cook and watch Food Network – my favorite event is the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, and I love living on the beach – it’s my sanctuary
Favorite Vacation Spot: Santorini, Greece
Bucket List: Bora Bora
Cruisitude™: "Live, Laugh, Love – REPEAT"
-I have the coolest niece (Chelsea) and nephew (Jake) who are both avid cruisers
-Did I mention I love gadgets???
-Everyone knows me for my MARTINI obsession!
A travel professional since 1988 Garcia’s successes and contagious spirit has earned her leadership positions and honors across the industry including: Top 25 Influential Business Women Award, South Florida Business Journal; Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS); MSC Cruises USA Advisory Board, International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) Foundation Board Member, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man/Woman of the Year Nominating Committee; Cruise Line International Association (CLIA) Advisory Board Member; Executive Forum for Carnival Cruise Lines; Norwegian Cruise Line Partnership 2.0 Advisory Board; American Express Vacations Advisory Board; Special Needs Group (SNG) Advisory Board; DEPARTURES Magazine Advisory Board; Regent Seven Seas Council; and The Travel Corporation – American Express Rep Network Advisory Board. Garcia was also honored by Viking River Cruises as godmother of the European long ship Viking Magni.