Cruise Experience:

  • Princess Cruises: Destination Lecturer OCEAN PRINCESS December 2015-March 2016 (Caribbean, Round South America), Destination Lecturer CARIBBEAN PRINCESS April – May 2015  (Trans-Atlantic, British Isles, Mediterranean, Scandinavia); Port Lecturer ISLAND PRINCESS November 2013-January 2015 (Panama Canal), GRAND PRINCESS April-June 2012 (Trans-Atlantic, Scandinavia, British Isles, Mediterranean); Port Lecturer RUBY PRINCESS August-October 2012 (Mediterranean, Trans-Atlantic); Port Lecturer PACIFIC PRINCESS, September-November 2011 (Black Sea, Holy Land & Egypt, Trans-Atlantic); Port Lecturer, PACIFIC PRINCESS, Jan-May 2011 (World Cruise); Port Lecturer, DAWN PRINCESS, 2010 (World Cruise); Port Lecturer, ROYAL PRINCESS Nov 2009-Apr 2010 (Trans-Atlantic, Caribbean & Amazon)
  • Holland America Line: Travel Guide, Holland America – ZUIDERDAM Nov 2008-Apr 2009 (Canal)
  • Guest Destination Lecturer: Crystal Cruises, CRYSTAL SYMPHONY, Holland America Line, VEENDAM (Canal), AMSTERDAM (Europe, Canal), VOLENDAM (Canal), ROTTERDAM (South America, Europe, Transatlantic), Celebrity Cruises, INFINITY (Canal), GALAXY (Europe), MILLENNIUM (Europe), ECLIPSE (Europe), Silverseas  December 2015, SILVER WHISPHER (Caribbean), November 2016 (Bermuda & Caribbean), Pearl Seas Cruises, PEARL MIST (Great Lakes & Georgian Bay), PEARL MIST (Canada & New England Fall Foliage)
  • From 1968 to 2005 sailed on ships as Chaplain, group escort, owner of top producing travel agency [Just Cruising – Westlake Village & Camarillo, CA] for Carnival, Holland America , Princess [Sitmar] and Crystal.

Team Comments

“Richard Detrich has done an excellent job as Port Lecturer on ROYAL PRINCESS. Our passengers throughout our Amazon cruising season have been constantly commenting both verbally and through our On Board Evaluations, how his presentations help them to appreciate and enjoy our ports of call. Richard is definitely a very skilled communicator. He presents great information with enthusiasm and humor. His popularity causes a ‘pleasurable to see’ standing room only at his talks. Richard has the ability to use information without any hard sell to encourage our passengers to book shore excursions on board significantly contributing to our on board revenues. Richard enjoys interacting with passengers and is very much appreciated by passengers and crew alike.” Arturo Calise, Hotel General Manager, ROYAL PRINCESS

“Richard’s lectures are well researched, informative and professional. He has worked together with the onboard videographer and produced a well narrated adventure for our passengers. Richard has also been a key asset to selling our shore excursions onboard and increased our overall revenue by 20%. Richard is a team player and we have thoroughly enjoyed working with him.” Bea van der Merwe, Shore Excursion Manager, ROYAL PRINCESS

“Richard Detrich has been a great asset for the tour office promoting and advising passengers on the advantages of our tours.  He is able to soft sell and endorse the tours in a fun and knowledgeable way, and after his talks there is always a line of passengers booking tours. At the beginning of each cruise Richard records a brief ‘Let The Adventure Begin’ segment for TV that teases his lectures, the upcoming ports, and our tours.  We meet a couple of times at the beginning of the cruise and before the big ports in order to provide current and accurate information to passengers in order to maximize sales, minimize complaints, and exceed in passenger satisfaction.  Richard helps with dispatch and participates in the tours which provides gives him up to date and fresh and accurate information.  He is very knowledgeable of about our tour program as well as the itinerary.”  Alicia  Escolies Molina, Shore Excursion Manager, ISLAND PRINCESS 

“Thank you from Effy!  Your word is power.  You have helped our store sell out of our Jardin collection, featuring frogs every cruise.  For that we extend our gratitude and appreciation for your support and knowledge.”  Natela Valenin, Effy Brand Ambassador, ISLAND PRINCESS    

“As Duty Free Boutiques Manager on ISLAND PRINCESS, I have had the good fortune to have worked along side Port Lecturer Richard Detrich.  It is a rare occurrence to encounter an individual as interesting and diversely gifted as Richard.  The Panama Canal cruise is a unique experience which Richard was able to enhance for our passengers with his ongoing port lectures.  Information was free flowing and made simple enough for passengers of all ages and background to understand and absorb.

As the head of our onboard revenue department, I have also had opportunity to sell Richard’s books in my retail outlets.  His books on the Panama Canal experience were top sellers and have been extremely popular with our passengers.  Richard has also gone out of his way to support my operation of his own accord.  His support for and proption of our retail stores carrying everything from apparel to fine jewelry has been immeasurable and greatly appreciated.  Richard and his wealth of knowledge have been essential to the success of this ship and its itinerary and I’m certain this would be the case on any ship to which he was assigned.  It has been a pleasure and I would welcome the opportunity to work with Richard in the future.”  David J. Peake, Duty Free Boutiques Manager, ISLAND PRINCESS

“Richard has been a phenomenal Travel Guide. As it is the first time this position has been held on this ship, he has been very innovative creating a program from the ground up. He has formed a good working relationship with the Shore Excursion team and has increased sales and awareness of the excursions offered. The guests have found his style of lecture perfect both in listening to it live and on the television. Richard has consistently gone above and beyond to make this position valuable on this itinerary and is an incredible asset to the entertainment team.” Julie Seidel, Event Manager, ZUIDERDAM

“Travel guide Richard did a great job and the guests really appreciated his style and expertise.” Rose Abello, Holland America VP traveling on ZUIDERDAM

“Richard is responsible for all questions relating to the ports of call in the itinerary. He advises, informs, and recommends what guests should do in port. His presentations are informative, well prepared and very well received by guests. His public speaking skills are phenomenal . . . Richard is organized, efficient, extremely competent and has excellent rapport with people of all ages. His communication skills, both written and verbal are excellent.” Yolanda Popelier-Visser, Shore Excursion Manager, ZUIDERDAM

“When Richard gives his lecture – our guests listen! We are overwhelmed in a positive way with guests booking tours after his presentations. His willingness to work closely with Shore Excursions Department has not only enriched our guests with knowledge about the ports of call we are visiting but the way in which he ‘soft sells’ the tours by giving first hand knowledge of our program has increased the participation of guests on tour in each port of call. This has assisted the Shore Excursions Department in exceeding its revenue targets every cruise during the season. It is not uncommon for our guests to come to the Shore Excursion Office and say, ‘Richard says!’ for our guests value his guidance. An example of Richard ‘at work’ is when we handed over to him the challenge to help promote our Panama Canal DVD for only $19. We were selling between 4-10 copies per cruise. Once Richard began promoting them in his presentations we are now selling 50-100 copies per cruise.” Chris Martyn, Shore Excursions Manager, ZUIDERDAM

“Richard is an incredibly good speaker and is very relaxed and comfortable talking to guests, both on and off the stage. He relates to his audiences very well and makes them feel right at home when he is speaking. When I attend his talks, I notice that he makes it seem as though he is talking right to you personally. Richard has a great sense of humor as well. He can really relate to people in such a friendly and real way . . . Richard is also an unbelievable team player on this ship. He not only gives incredible lectures on the ports and their rich histories, he also goes above and beyond to other departments and their events and even greets guests before every main stage show. He is very well liked by the guests and crew onboard. Guests go to him with questions and for advice and truly trust what he suggestions. This is what makes him so well rounded and a major team player.” Liz Karam, Port Shopping Ambassador, ZUIDERDAM

Sample Guest Comments on Board – Princess Cruises

farewell Ocean Princess“Richard’s talks are outstanding. I have never had better researched and presented talks in over 72 cruises.  His talk on Devil’s Island was especially noteworthy.”

“Like the majority of passengers on this cruise we still regard ourselves as intelligent.  So we really enjoyed Richard’s lectures.  His lectures were informative, entertaining, laced with humor, and most importantly assumed we were intelligently interested in what he had to say and were not patronized.  We admired the fact that he presented sensitively what some might consider unpalatable historical truths.  We need to retain Richard, plus have more lectures of a similar caliber.”

“Richard’s insightful information enhanced the cruise 100%. Thanks!”

“Mr. Detrich presented information – rich, engaging, and helpful port talks.  He was knowledgeable about the ports, their history, and Princess excursion options.  He elevated my cruise experience above what I had thought would be possible given the time in each port.”

“Our family loved Richard Detrich. Not only were his lectures interesting, but he was so approachable and helpful with good advice on excursions and things to do.”

“Richard’s lectures were fantastic! Easy to understand, very interesting and informative.”

“The best port lecturer!! We learned so much and we were also entertained. Thanks!”
“Excellent speaker, intelligent, informative and funny – makes everything, even history, interesting”

“Outstanding series of interesting and informative lectures made the cruise more interesting. Thanks.”

“Wonderful lectures – very informative and entertaining.”

“A most intelligent, informative guide to the history and highlights of the Panama Canal. Richard was relaxed and provided many good tips for passengers. He also was able to inform regarding all ports. He is a credit to Princess.”

“Richard Detrich delivered wonderful and clear lectures on various topics.”

“We have really enjoyed all the presentations by Richard Detrich. His talks have been entertaining and informative and have helped us to get the most our of our cruise. His enthusiasm and love of Panama and surrounding areas really brings the subject to life.”

“Richard’s lectures were extremely informative and interesting. We learned a great deal.”

“His port lectures were informative and made the visits more enjoyable. His knowledge of the area enhanced the voyage.”

“Very interesting. Enjoyed Richard’s lectures very much.”

“Richard’s lectures were very informative maximizing our understanding of the history of the Canal and related factors encompassing the entire experience. We totally appreciated his input, books, and humor.”

“Excellent presentations! Knowledgeable, entertaining and great delivery!”

“Richard Detrich enhanced our cruise. Excellent.”

“Dr. Detrich did an amazing job as the Port Lecturer and we never missed one of his interesting and informative talks. His broad knowledge and witty commentary always kept you riveted and he was a highlight of our sea days to look forward to.”

“Outstanding local knowledge, excellent presentation, very approachable.”

“Went to all six lectures by Richard and found them very useful, informative and humorous!”

“Liked that Richard’s talks weren’t just shopping. Learning about Panama and other ports added greatly to my knowledge of the countries and their people.”

“We enjoyed all the lectures by Richard Detrich. His narrative before and while we were in the Canal was informative and interesting. Since he is a resident of Panama with a coffee farm, he was able to provide additional insights. The fact that many people turned out for his lectures indicated the importance of these for this cruise. We hope that he will continue to provide lectures for Princess.”

“We listened to as many of his lectures as possible. We found the lectures on board added so much to the trip. Richard is outstanding!”

“Mr. Detrich did an excellent job providing valuable information about life in Panama, the Canal, and coffee. He gave interesting perspectives on the most important destination. Thanks for his contribution!”

“Thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated all of Richard’s commentary and presentations. Disappointed that his ‘Life in Panama” presentation was not included.”

“Richard was extremely informative – really enjoyed his talks which added greatly to the cruise!”

“Richard is the best port lecturer I have ever experienced after 10 cruises. Thank you Richard.”

“We thoroughly enjoyed Richard’s lectures and videos. They were great! I hope he will be on the PACIFIC PRINCESS World Cruise next January.”

“In addition to excellent presentations and presentation delivery, Richard went out of his way to be helpful to us on many occasions.”

“Excellent speaker! Richard spent extra time to explain facets of the cruise and made me as a passenger feel ‘special’ and not rushed through.”

“Richard was very informative and always willing to answer questions anywhere on the ship we saw him.”

“Excellent speaker – so very broadly informed – every talk terrific – best we’ve ever experienced.”

“Enriching, enjoyable, educational. Available to answer questions.”

“Thanks for all the great information on the Amazon. My wife and I came away from the Amazon Cruise thirsting for more knowledge about sustainable tourism and our affect on local people: thanks to you. We enjoyed all the lectures and again it really makes you think how we should interact in places that are unfamiliar to us. Thanks again.”

“We would like to thank you for your excellent lectures throughout the trip. You have made a very positive contribution, really bringing it all to life, as it were. We were very glad you were here to ‘do your thing.’”

“I enjoyed your lectures immensely and wish I could have had the honor of having you as a guest lecturer in my classroom.”

Sample Comments on Board – Holland America

“A+ Dr. Richard Detrich provided excellent information on Panama. He is the reason we changed to the Embera Indian Shore Excursion. This was the best shore excursion ever! He is great!”

“All of Dr. Detrich’s lectures – entertaining, informative, excellent delivery!!”

“I particularly enjoyed the lectures by Richard Detrich. He was very well informed and also humorous. He was an excellent addition to the cruise.”

“Travel Guide Richard was very informative and a pleasure to talk to. His talks made the Panama Canal cruise much more enjoyable.”

“We were very impressed with Richard – Travel Guide. His lectures were informative, funny and on point – great addition to the cruising experience.”

“The lectures given were exceptional – Richard is very knowledgeable and can hold an audience.”

“I just wanted to comment on how much my family and I have enjoyed the Travel Guide presentations given by travel guide Richard. We’d been watching them on the TV in our rooms, and finally were able to see one in person this morning. VERY entertaining and informative.”

“I have loved Richard’s talks. They are informative, funny useful and they even got my family ‘off the Dam ship’ in Panama. We were all going to remain on board, but Richard’s talks convinced us to take the Eco Cruise and we enjoyed it.”

“Richard is your greatest asset. Very relaxing and informative cruise.”

“What impressed me most on this cruise were the talks by Dr. Richard. In all the cruises I have taken he has to be the most intelligent speaker I have ever listened to. He has a way of making all his topics very informative but his way of delivering his speeches made it great listening. Please keep him around for a long time. For me the most informative cruise I have ever taken.”

“Richard’s talk about Panama Canal excursions made me decide to get off the Dam ship. We are sure glad we took the Panama Canal Experience. Richard A+++”

“Richard is awesome!”

“Richard’s lectures were very informative. He made the history and travel through the canal come alive. A real plus!”

“Richard Detrich – excellent, informative and funny”

“Richard the travel expert was very good and provided much information. A real plus to the cruise!”

“Dr. Detrich gave very good talks explaining local customs, etc. Also good jokes.”

“We are really enjoying the Panama lecturers! Dr. Detrich brings life to education. His insight on the various countries and their cultures makes learning entertaining. This is the kind of presentation we keep asking for on our end of cruise surveys.”

“Panama canal lecturer Richard Detrich is fantastic.. his series of presentations are among the most interesting I have attended among enrichment lectures at sea…including those I have experienced on Cunard and Crystal ships.”

Other Comments

“The best talks were from Dr. Detrich particularly on ports. He was honest and forthright in his comments and certainly wasn’t selling tours. We took particular note of his negative view of Casablanca (turned out to be true) and his prediction of the long lineups for St. Peter’s in Rome (also true). This information was very helpful in making our choices of shore excursions.”   Cruise Critic

The port lecturer [Richard] was actually informative without trying to give a sales pitch for either tours or shopping. (My travel companion summed it up when she said, “He doesn’t give you the hard sell, but at the end of the presentation, you want to go on all the tours.”) He was the most useful source for destination information onboard. . . “ Erica Silverstein, Senior Editor Cruise Critic

“Richard the port lecturer (not the shopping person) was outstanding…this is definitely a plus that Holland has added since our last cruise… I found the history and customs fascinating, he even did a lecture about coffee and another one on pirates…all excellent with humor and great understanding…. ” Cruise Critic

“One thing I really enjoyed those days were the “travel guide talks” give by “Richard from Panama” (Richard Detrich). Richard was very informative and entertaining. Also, he was very accessible (before talks, after talks and generally at fixed locations for individual questions).” Cruise Critic

“Richard Detrich provided information most days and we found [his talks] and him quite enjoyable. His help was appreciated on the Embera excursion and the info he provided on each port and its history was great. While we didn’t make many of the actual talks we listened to them conveniently in our room.” Cruise Critic

Dr Richard Detrich“Zuiderdam entertainment was outstanding . . . The travel guide, Dr. Richard Detrich, was excellent and provided lectures on the history, people, and land of each of the ports we visited in addition to information on the Panama Canal.” Cruise Critic

“It’s not my peace of cake listen to lectures [but] Holland America Line however has a travel guide like Richard Detrich on board telling you all about your next port of call, and letting you listen to what is told about your ports of call – one of the many great things we have experienced aboard Zuiderdam of Holland America Line.’ Maassluis Kloppenburg

“Zuiderdam travel guide Dr. Richard Detrich. An ex-pat American, a few years ago Detrich and his wife retired to a small coffee farm in Panama’s Chiriqui Mountains. The author, motivational speaker and former minister is passionate about his adopted homeland, its history and its culture. He loves sharing his passion with passengers during entertaining lectures and informal “chats” around the ship.” Robin Robinson, TORONTO SUN