Bio, CV & Contact

Since working on the cruise staff of a student ship to Europe in the late ‘60s and spending summers traveling around Europe on $5 a day, I have been hooked on travel.  I have been involved in the cruise industry since the early days, owning some of the first “cruise only” travel agencies and a top producer for Holland America and Princess.  We retired early to a coffee farm in Panama and my retirement job has been speaking onboard ships, now having presented on over 300 destinations world-wide including two world cruises on Princess.  I admit it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.  My wife and I and our dogs live on an Island in Puget Sound, WA.

Schedule & Availability

Available Talks for Last-Minute Assignments

richarddetrich@yahoo.com

Experience Onboard as Destination Presenter                                             

[Varying from individual one-off trips to 4 to 6-month contracts]

American – QUEEN OF THE WEST [2017, 2021 Columbia/Snake Rivers], AMERICAN CONSTITUTION [2018 Grand New England], AMERICAN SPIRIT [2021 Puget Sound & San Juan Islands]. AMERICAN PRIDE [2021.2023 Columbia/Snake Rivers], AMERICAN STAR [2021 New England], AMERICAN JAZZ [2023 Columbia/Snake River]

Celebrity – INFINITY [2006 Panama Canal], GALAXY [2008 Greek Islands], MILLENNIUM [2007 Mediterranean], ECLIPSE [2015 Europe &Canary Islands]

Crystal – CRYSTAL HARMONY [1992 Trans-Atlantic], CRYSTAL SYMPHONY [2012 Panama Canal]

Holland America – VEENDAM [2007, 2009 Panama Canal], AMSTERDAM [2008,2007 Northern Europe], VOLENDAM [2002, 2008 Panama Canal, South America, Africa], ROTTERDAM [2002 South America, 2007 Panama Canal], ZUIDERDAM [Panama Canal – 6-month contract as “Travel Guide” combining lecturing and cruise staff activities], PRINSENDAM [2004 Caribbean], STATENDAM [2003 Trans-Atlantic]

Oceania – INSIGNIA (2022, 2023 Caribbean, Central America, South America)

Pearl Seas – PEARL MIST [2016, 2017 Great Lakes, Canada/New England, 2017, 2019, Cuba, 2018, Great Lakes, Cuba, 2020 Great Lakes, Maine & Canadian Harbors, Historic Cities of The East Coast]

Princess – CORAL PRINCESS [2017 Panama Canal, Caribbean], OCEAN PRINCESS [2016 South America, Panama Canal], GRAND PRINCESS [2012 Northern Europe/British Isles], RUBY PRINCESS [2012 Europe & Mediterranean], ISLAND PRINCESS [2015 & 2015 Panama Canal], PACIFIC PRINCESS [2009 Europe & Mediterranean, 2011 World Cruise from Ft. Lauderdale, 2010 Holy Land & Egypt, Panama Canal], ROYAL PRINCESS [Europe, Trans-Atlantic, Caribbean, Amazon, 2018 British Isles  2019], DAWN PRINCESS [2010 World Cruise from Sydney, Black Sea], CARIBBEAN PRINCESS [2017 Panama Canal new locks, 2015 Caribbean, Trans-Atlantic]

Private Yacht ARCTIC P – 289 Foot Yacht [2018 Panama Canal, Cuba]

Road Scholar – [2019, 2020 Panama & Central America]

Silversea – SILVER WHISPER [2016 Bermuda/Caribbean, 2017 Panama Canal], SILVER SPIRIT [2015 Caribbean]

Panama City Conventions – American Association of Matrimonial Lawyers 2015, Advance Trading 2016, 2020

Academic Background

PhD – California Graduate School of Theology (Church & Nonprofit Administration)
Marquette University (completed course work for EdD but did not do thesis)
MBA – California State University Northridge (International Business)
MDiv – Western Theological Seminary (Theology)
BA – Calvin College/University (Psychology & Sociology)

Additional Life Experience

Real Estate Agent, Troop Real Estate, Ventura, CA
Web Consultant re-branding Apex Fitness (24 Hour Fitness), Camarillo, CA
Director of Ecommerce, 24 Hour Fitness, Pleasanton, CA
Owner, Just Cruising, Westlake Village and Camarillo, CA
Associate Pastor, United Methodist Church, Westlake Village, CA
Pastor, Reformed Church in America, Bronx, NY, Milwaukee, WI, Littleton, CO
Executive Director, Haven House Drug Rehabilitation Center, Bronx, NY

Books

PANAMA CANAL DAY: AN ILLUSRATED GUIDE TO CRUISING THE PANAMA CANAL
THE NEW ESCAPE TO PARADISE: OUR EXPERIENCE LIVING AND RETIRING IN PANAMA
CUBA: A GUIDE FOR CRUISING AROUND CUBA
GREAT LAKES: A GUIDE FOR CRUISE PASSENGERS

RichardDetrich@yahoo.com