The smiling gypsy. That’s Cherry Santos, Cruise Specialist. She has yet to greet me without a big smile. I know it has only been a couple weeks, but this is someone who said she doesn’t like taking passports photos because smiling is unacceptable; not smiling, that’s not her!
As for being a gypsy, her friends call her that for the fact that she’s always somewhere different. Cherry’s globetrotting adventures aren’t exclusive to visits either. She has called different places home having lived in Toronto and Calgary, Canada; Sweden, New Zealand and Australia. She has even lived onboard a cruise ship, having been a Royal Caribbean employee as a Guest Services Officer, Concierge, and Group Coordinator.
Vanny: Welcome aboard, Cherry! You’ve travelled a lot prior to joining the team. Where exactly have you been?
Cherry: I’ve explored Israel, visiting Haifa, Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Tel Aviv, Eilat and the Red Sea.
Have gone to England, Scotland France, Spain, Ibiza, Italy, Sicily, Corsica, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Montenegro, Malta, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Cook Islands, Singapore, the Philippines.
Done a lot travelling in the US, too – LA, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas, New York, New Jersey, DC, Bar Harbor, Portland, Boston, Florida, Lake Tahoe, Hawaii. In Canada, I’ve been to Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, Ottawa, St John New Brunswick.
In Mexico, I visited Hermosillo, Sonora, Cancun, Playa del Carmen. There’s also the Caribbean:
Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, San Juan, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, Dominica, Barbados, Bermuda, Bahamas, St. Kitts, Cayman Islands, Aruba, Antigua, Curacao, Bonaire. I’ve also had the chance to visit Republic of Panama and Colombia.
Don’t know if I got it all, but I’m still looking to explore more of the world! I have this need to continually be in new places and find new adventures! My motto is: Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Vanny: Wow! That’s an impressive list. What’s your favourite destination so far?
Cherry: It’s really hard to choose! I loved Greece because it was exactly what you picture it to be and it was a big WOW factor! Croatia was also WOW. Dubrovnik and the coastline is amazing! Ah… awesome memories!
Vanny: You must have some fabulous travel highlights! Please share some with us!
Cherry: Floating on the Dead Sea, watching the natives dance in Papua New Guinea, eating coconuts on a small deserted island with just me and my man! Seeing the Greek Islands for the first time; it took my breath away!
Vanny: When you’re not working, what do you do for fun?
Cherry: In my spare time I love to research my next vacation! Besides that I love to find new and amazing restaurants because I love good food, drinking fabulous red wine, taking walks, watching movies or reading a good book.
I have every intention to pick Cherry’s brain some more. She’s a great resource! Would you like to put Cherry’s travel experience and insider cruise ship knowledge to work for you? Email her at CherryS@CruiseExpertsTravel.com or pick up the phone and call her at 1-800-565-2784. I bet you her radiant smile will shine right through the phone!