Lori has been selling cruises since 1984. She started in reservations at Princess Cruises, and worked her way up to eventually working as liaison between the ships and the home office. In 1988 she went to work onboard the original Love Boat for the Mediterranean and Baltic Season and got to climb the pyramids, walk in the steps of Jesus, navigate past the Arctic Circle, and meet some of the most extraordinary people. After returning home, she began selling cruises as a travel agent and never looked back. She has been featured in numerous magazines, is a Master Cruise Counselor through CLIA, and is considered an expert in her field.
She now lives in California with her two children, and tries to take at least two cruises a year. She has met some of her dearest friends onboard ships, and considers herself very fortunate indeed to have been able to cruise the world. She hopes this book opens doors for you so that you, too, can experience the world from the balcony of your very own stateroom!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I started out with Kindle, and it interfaces so nicely with my IPad and IPhone, so I've stuck with Kindle. However, you will find me voraciously reading on my Iphone wherever I am...in line at the supermarket, waiting for one of my children, you get the picture!
Describe your desk
Oh boy...that's a loaded question! To the untrained eye, it looks like a mess! But I know where EVERYTHING is! There are piles of paperwork everywhere...all perfectly organized in my controlled chaos! LOL! My computer monitor is covered with post-its with details I need at my fingertips, and I've had the same calculator since 1988...I'm serious! One of those $5 calculators that runs on solar power. It's the only one I like!
I do not write my books at this desk, however. I take my laptop into the kitchen and sit at the kitchen counter, looking out into the garden for inspiration. It's completely clutter free, and allows me the freedom to immerse myself into my world, whether it's a cruise ship, travel agency or Turkey in 1915.
Whether you are a new or seasoned agent, this beginner's guide to selling cruises provides a checklist of everything you need to know to make cruise bookings. It discusses different cruise lines and elements of a cruise booking, including reading deck plans, money matters, and how cruises work. A bonus chapter teaches how to organize your office, with sample forms for keeping track of bookings.