How can you not become a cruise-travel writer when your earliest memories are of being on board the Queen Mary and Stirling Castle? Since the age of three, when there were more liners than cruise ships, Susan has been traveling by sea. "With triple nationality, I have lived and worked in many countries and I usually took a ship to get there. The growth in cruising since the advent of jumbo jets and decline in liner travel has been very exciting and given us more choices and opportunities for sea travel."
As well as a ship enthusiast and seasoned cruiser, Susan has worked as a travel agent. While studying at the Cruise Career Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she trained on board the NCL's Norway, Dreamward and Seaward on their turn around days. Following studies in Internet Publishing, Susan joined CruiseMates in December, 2000. She is also webmaster of the Vancouver Cruise Watch web site.
Susan started writing about cruising in 1990. After completing Graduate work in Music Criticism, she found she preferred writing about travel. Sharing her experience and knowledge to help others discover cruising has been very rewarding. Her feature articles have been published in Canadian, Caribbean and U.S.newspapers and magazines including the The Toronto Star and Globe and Mail. As well, she is a Contributing Editor to The Unofficial Guide to Cruises and Caribbean Ports of Call guide books.
In 1992, Susan opened "Allegro Music Studios" in Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. "When I wasn't busy in the studio, I had the opportunity to tour many ships and interview personnel for my articles."
Living in Vancouver since 1994 has been a real pleasure as the port is very active and many cruise ships visit each year for the Alaska season, an ideal spot for someone whose passion is ships and cruising.
It is the remote places and unusual experiences that Susan enjoys the most. Legendary Cape Horn presented the greatest thrill. To be at this point, of monumental importance to mariners, was truly inspirational. A Black Sea storm and being caught in a riot in Guadeloupe are amongst her experiences, not to be forgotten. Most spectacular ports? "Cape Town and Vancouver."