Renaissance Cruises, Inc. ceased operations
on September 25, 2001. As a company that had taken on a huge expansion program,
it was saddled with heavy debt. The results of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on
America severely affected the travel industry, and Renaissance could not survive
as Americans stopped traveling. I have chosen to leave this page on the site as
it illustrates the great pride I had with working for Renaissance Cruises. I am
proud of our accomplishments and wish all my good friends the best of luck in
the future. Please keep in touch.
doubt, the highlight of my career thus far, has been joining Renaissance
Cruises. In 1996 after I reached my 21st year at sea, I decided to take a year
off to explore shore-based opportunities. After three months as a Real Estate
agent in South Florida, I became General Manager of two of the Koolik Groups
Real Estate firms: Palm Point, Inc. of Boca Raton, and Tropic Point, Inc. of
Deerfield Beach, where I stayed for about a year. Just when I started tiring of
the 9 to 5 grind of “normal” life, I learned that a good friend, Captain A.S.
Varsamis, had been appointed Port Captain of Renaissance Cruises.
I applied for the job as Inaugural Cruise
Director of R1, and after seven interviews, I was offered the position, which
ended my brief retirement, hence the “new beginning“. After R1, I was also
chosen as the Inaugural Cruise Director of R2 and later R7!
Since joining Renaissance I have spent many months living in France and working in the prestigious shipyard, Chantiers de l’Atlantique of St. Nazaire France. I have sailed to incredible ports of call in: France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Britain, Greece, Israel, Cyprus, Turkey, Morocco, Portugal, Gibraltar ,Spain, Italy and French Polynesia.