For 12 nights starting August 18, 2014, Joan and Alan will be hosting our clients (and maybe even you!).
Both Joan and Alan have traveled extensively through parts of the western US and Canada. Over the past several years, their travels took them to Denmark, Sweden, the UK, Italy, Germany, Austria, Australia and New Zealand.
In 1969, Joan left her hometown on the South Island of New Zealand on a 30 day voyage aboard a Greek cruise liner headed to the United States. This ignited her love of travel. Two years later, she relocated to Japan and the Philippines for seven years. She toured many countries in Southeast Asia during this time before returning to Seattle, Washington where she has called home since.
Joan’s professions fed into her passion for travel as well. Having worked as a sales representative for 15 years, her work took her to Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and British Columbia. She was also employed in tourism working with tour groups, in destination management and acting as the conference liaison for large groups.
Alan spent the last 15 years in Alaska as a tour bus driver and guide. He is very much looking forward to hosting the Best of Alaska cruisetour again because not only is Alaska one of his favorite places, but also getting to know different cultures and meeting new people is what makes travel exciting for him.
Although Alan has done some traveling before, now that he is retired, his destinations have expanded. Two years ago, he and Joan sold their home, cars and belongings and set off on a 9 month world trip that began in October. The journey included Iceland, England, Dubai, Kenya, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Spain, France, and Italy. Five months of the trip was in Kenya, helping different groups with projects. They went on a safari and came close to lots of wildlife and they not only met locals, but other travelers from around the world as well.