Best Cruises 2014 Advisors
Our advisors for Travel's Best Cruises 2014 have circled the globe and clocked thousands of miles sailing the high seas. Now, meet the travel experts -- including Anne Campbell, editor for CruisingFromNewYork.com and ShipCriticBlog.com, Stewart Chiron, president and CEO of CruiseGuy.com, and Jason Leppert, Editor-in-Chief for PopularCruising.com -- who came up with our diverse list of cruises that will inspire you to book your next voyage.
Travel Host and ExpertSamantha Brown has spent more than a decade at Travel Channel -- living in airports, hotels and out of a suitcase -- as she visits hundreds of cities around the world. Samantha has accrued enough frequent flyer miles to buy a small island; she also knows that the most important survival phrase in any language is, "May I have a coffee, please?" Samantha has hosted more than 17 shows on Travel Channel; this has kept her on the road more than 230 days out of the year, traveling throughout the world.
Growing up in New Hampshire, Samantha was never much of a jetsetter, but is now a definitive travel expert. After receiving her degree in musical theater at Syracuse University, she spent 8 years as an actress in New York City before joining Travel Channel. Along the way, Samantha has encountered ancient culture in China, transporting her fans to 20 awe-inspiring cities. She also explored Europe, traveling to 65 destinations -- from majestic, modern capitals to ancient coastal towns.
President and CEO, CruiseGuy.comStewart “The Cruise Guy” Chiron, is one of the most quoted cruise industry experts in America. He has sailed on more than 210 cruises in 25 years and his expertise includes cruise trends, events and deals.
He has appeared on the 4 major networks, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, CNBC, Travel Channel, FOX Business and CNN.
In addition to scoring TV appearances, Stewart's cruise expertise and recommendations have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, Family Circle, Travel + Leisure, Frommer's Budget Travel and many other publications. Follow Stewart on his website, CruiseGuy.com, or on Twitter @CruiseGuy.
Editor, CruisingFromNewYork.com & ShipCriticBlog.comAnne Campbell is the editor for CruisingFromNewYork.com and ShipCriticBlog.com. As a journalist, she has been covering the cruise industry since 1993, is co-founder and former editor-in-chief of both CruiseMates and Cruise Critic.
As a journalist she has cruised to every continent on Earth including Antarctica, on vessels ranging from the tiniest crafts to the largest mega-ships, as well as tall ships, expedition vessels, riverboats and even a self-driven houseboat.
As an expert on the cruise industry, she has been interviewed by major publications such as The New York Times, Wall St. Journal and USA Today, and she has been interviewed on CNN, Good Morning America and MSNBC.
Editor-in-Chief, PopularCruising.comJason Leppert is a cruise travel writer, photographer and videographer. Jason has been cruising since he was 2 years old thanks to his parents’ shared passion for traveling and their desire to experience all journeys together as a family. At 30 years old, he has hopped aboard 70 cruises and provides a fresh, youthful perspective on the industry. Jason was recently nominated as one of the best cruise bloggers by USA Today and 10Best.com.
He publishes his own website, PopularCruising.com, and also produces the new Popular Cruising Video Podcast. In addition to the Travel Channel, he contributes to Porthole Magazine, Onboard.com, the U-T San Diego newspaper and MiceChat.com. Jason also is a contributor for podcasts such as CruizeCast, Cruise Radio, and Weekend Travel Show. Follow Jason and his travels on Facebook and on Twitter @PopularCruising.
Managing Producer, Travel ChannelKwin Mosby has almost 2 decades of experience in the media industry. In addition to working for TravelChannel.com as an online producer for 6 years, Kwin has worked as a TV news reporter/producer at KBJR-TV in Duluth, MN; an associate producer at KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and an associate producer for BBC’s Washington, DC, bureau.
Today, Kwin manages the Destinations and Interests content on TravelChannel.com, which includes the Cruises site section. His role as managing producer requires him and his team to monitor the latest travel news and hot travel trends to keep the website and its accompanying The Traveling Type blog relevant.
When he’s not working, Kwin visits relaxing beach locations, cultural urban epicenters and prime destinations for outdoors enthusiasts, such as Costa Rica, Miami, Santorini, Barcelona, New York City, Paris, London and Brazil. Follow Kwin and his travels on Twitter @KwinMosby.
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