Manager of Business Development
Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, and spending time with my grandchildren (my favorite people in the world lol)
Favorite Vacation Spot: Avignon, France
Bucket List: Visiting Italy; I am first generation American from my paternal side they were from Sicily and Napoli
Cruisitude™: Sitting on a beach with a mojito in my hand looking out at the sea with my ship sitting on a glistening ocean
-“My name is Ali and I’m a chocoholic!” I love anything chocolate!
-I’m not fond of heights, but I did manage to climb the Eiffel Tower in Paris without looking down and took some amazing pictures
-My mother was from Cuba, so I grew up loving salsa music and Cuban coffee and I can make a mean “arroz con pollo” (chicken and rice)
Director of Public Relations
Hobbies: I love relaxing by the pool, cruising in the Caribbean, traveling with friends and family
Favorite Vacation Spot: St. Lucia
Bucket List: I have so many: South Africa, Australia, and Alaska are a few
Cruisitude™: I give people 100% from the get-go!
-I subconsciously buy a lot of orange and blue – after my alma mater
-I am a certified SCUBA diver and am always looking forward to my next dive
-Cruise Planners was one of my first-ever PR clients
Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships and Agent Engagement
Drama Queen – Since I Dream of Broadway
Hobbies: Traveling, writing, drawing, singing, and spending lots of time with my family (especially with my husband, Deni, and my fabulous kids, Sophie and Oliver)
Favorite Vacation Spot: Hawaii
Bucket List: To visit Tahiti, see the Great Wall of China, and perform on Broadway, of course!
Cruisitude™: Incorporating travel, music, and different cultures into my everyday life to keep things fun and interesting
-I speak Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
-My two childhood dreams were to work on a cruise ship (which I did) and to perform on Broadway (still yet to be accomplished)
-My favorite all-time movie is Mary Poppins; I can say “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” backwards
Event Operations Manager
Hobbies: Traveling (that’s a given), gardening, planning trips with my family, and watching sports
Favorite Vacation Spot: Thailand or Turkey…it’s too close to call
Bucket List: Antarctica & Tahiti (I know complete opposites)
Cruisitude™: Relaxing and enjoying every moment with my family. My business Cruisitude is the excitement of watching another successful training class graduate! It’s bitter sweet, but I know that they now have the tools, experience, motivation, and a support team in place to one day be a Top Producer!
-I’m an Avid Miami Dolphins’ Fan (no comments please)
-I have over 70 orchid plants
-I was a pilot and landed a 747 plane – of course that was in a flight simulator
Director of Business Development
Hobbies: I love to dance and travel but my true passion is boating
Favorite Vacation Spot: Hawaii
Bucket List: Hopefully one day I’ll make it to Tahiti or Australia/New Zealand or the Greek Isles
Cruisitude™:Cruisitude means making your dreams come true by having passion for travel and for enjoying life
-I am passionate about travel
-I am all about boating
-I love the Gators
Director of Financial Reporting and Analysis
Hobbies: I enjoy shooting pool with my husband, supporting my favorite charity BigCatRescue.org, and planning my next trip
Favorite Vacation Spot: Forest Lake
Bucket List: To go on a zoo trek across the United States and Canada, visit the Louvre in Paris, volunteer at Big Cat Rescue in Tampa, take my entire family on a cruise, visit the Galapagos islands, and tour British Columbia and Alberta
Cruisitude™: I love the Cruise Planners family and all the fun we have here at Home Office. I love to cruise. My favorite ship is the Oasis of the Seas.
-I became an American citizen in October 2010 – I’ve lived in South Florida since 1980
-I have two cats named after hurricanes (Katrina and Wilma)
-My nickname used to be “Happy Karen”
Director of Sales
Hobbies: The beach, spending time with my kids, husband, and 2 chocolate labs
Favorite Vacation Spot: Cabo San Lucas & Heidelberg, Germany
Bucket List: The question should be what isn’t on my bucket list. I want to go everywhere! What I really need to do is take my kids on a cruise
Cruisitude™: Any trip that I take with my family and we are spending quality time together
-I love anything to do with travel
-15 years in the business and it never gets old
-I love trying to go to new restaurants I see on TV
Human Resources Manager
Team Cruisitude™ Ambassador
Hobbies: Spending time with my family and friends, watching my TV shows, reading the occasional book, trying to start working out again, and learning to eat healthier
Favorite Vacation Spot: Greece
Bucket List: Go parasailing, see the volcanoes in Hawaii, see the Northern Lights in Alaska, see the outback in Australia, go to the Norwegian Fjords, see the Penguins down in Antarctica, see the Black Forest in Germany, see the Peniche, Portugal (Peniche is my maiden name), and travel and travel and travel some more.
Cruisitude™: Striving to stay positive not only through the highs in life, but through the lows as well.
-I am a proud army wife since 7/7/2007 and my two children have 4 paws each – Siberian Huskies, Juna and Maia
-Founding sister of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon at FIU
-My mother met Elvis Presley in the mid-60s
Business Development Manager, Top Producers
Hobbies: I’m a BIG thoroughbred fan and enjoy going to the racetrack. I think it’s because my family owned racehorses when I was young. I’m also a pretty good handicapper.
Favorite Vacation Spot: I’ve been lucky to visit Santorini twice but next time I’m staying there for more than one day.
Bucket List: Ireland has been on my bucket list for more than 5 years, but I always choose a different destination to travel next.
Cruisitude™: Life is too short to sit and watch it go by. I’d rather watch it from my verandah.
-I try to visit Disney World at least once a year as well as going on a cruise.
-My favorite song is Tears for Fears, “Everybody wants to Rule the World.”
-My favorite movie is “Thelma and Louise.”
-In 2015, I was voted “Glittering Star” MVP by our Cruise Planners franchisees.
IT Support Manager
Warm Hugs Olaf
Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, Spending time with the family and watch them have fun on each trip.
Favorite Vacation Spot: For a weekend vacation it is Jamaica otherwise I still love Switzerland
Bucket List: Visiting Amsterdam and go sky diving. Never stop traveling it keeps you young.
Cruisitude™: Whatever you do or choose to do give it your 100%. Stay away from negativity and help others when you can.
- I like fruity drinks
- I like to cook and try different foods.
- My grandmother took me on a cruise to nowhere to learn how to gamble at 18.
Petagae Butcher, PMP
IT Project Manager
Hobbies: Cooking, Shopping and Traveling
Favorite Vacation Spot: London, England and Jamaica
Bucket List: To visit Costa Rica, Spain, Australia and Hawaii. Also to become SCUBA certified and play golf regularly.
Cruisitude™: Approaching everything with a positive demeanor and smile!
- I am a middle school choir director at my church
– My most rewarding experience is volunteering with high school kids through the Urban League of Fort Lauderdale
– Travel is my passion and I enjoy planning trips with/for friends. Biggest trip thus far was Dubai, UAE in January 2015.
- I write a quote on my whiteboard daily to motivate everyone who reads it.
Director of Technology
PHILL With Two Ls
Hobbies:Attempting to play golf.
Favorite Vacation Spot: I’m a Florida guy, so any place with a warm beach and cold cocktails.
Bucket List: I have a lot of traveling left to do, but Europe is at the top.
Cruisitude™: Making the tools that allow our agents to make dreams come true. The Technology Team takes great pride in providing the best tools for our agents.
- I’ve never been in snow
– I drove from Las Vegas to Ft. Lauderdale
- My family may have owned a castle in Spain
Director of Marketing
Hobbies: I love to cook and find new recipes, love to eat and find new restaurants, and especially love things that need tickets – from movies to hockey to my favorite, rock concerts.
Favorite Vacation Spot: Sonoma Valley in the U.S., Italy abroad, and anywhere the cruise ship takes me.
Bucket List: Dinner for two at French Laundry, Super Bowl if the Buffalo Bills are ever in it again, front row at a U2 concert.
Cruisitude: Exhale, expand your mind and experience new things.
– Married to my college sweetheart, and mom to a son in college (Gator!) and daughter in high school . Together, they are my travel companions, concert buddies, and source of pride.
– I wasn’t kidding about the concerts. Have attended 168 since age 13, and counting.
– Member of a fantasy football league and proud three-time winner.
Associate Director, Creative Programs
Hobbies: Watching football; Dancing; MMA; Sampling great food and drinks from around the world
Favorite Vacation Spot: Too many to choose from but I’ll go back to Amsterdam and Kauai anytime.
Bucket List: Going back to my birthplace.
Cruisitude™: Live your life. Be good. Be happy. Be thankful. And go see the world.
-I am shy although I was a theater student in high school.
-I am a black belt in karate and trained in Jeet Kune Do although I would not hurt a fly.
-I love extreme sports. I’ll try anything once.