Name: Steve Smotrys
Title: Vice president, global sales and trade relations
Company, city: Seabourn; Los Angeles, California
First job: Financial analyst at Warner Bros. international theatrical division
Where to next: I keep thinking about our new expedition ships that will join our fleet late this year. I’d be thrilled to go anywhere they’re sailing, but the top of my list is probably Antarctica.
A LITTLE BIT MORE
What actor or actress would play you in a movie of your life?
I’ve been told Matthew Goode resembles me. Not sure if he has the acting chops to pull it off, but he’s got the look.
What would you be doing professionally if you weren’t in your current industry?
I’d say in a leadership role in the world of conservation and sustainability.
What is your favorite book, movie or television show?
Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist inspires you to create a vision and teaches you about the rewards of hard work and the journey in pursuing it. Casino Royale is the perfect James Bond film. And I loved Mad Men for its characters and portrayal of the golden age of advertising framed by the historical events of the 1960s.
What historical figure, dead or alive, would you love to have dinner with?
A proper dinner requires a party of six, so I will take the liberty of inviting Ernest Hemingway, Bruce Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Paul McCartney and Walt Disney.
What is your most recent project, and what was the inspiration behind it?
Collaborating with the whole Seabourn team to find ways to help our travel advisor partners. Obviously, we needed to become more financially cautious, but we fully understand advisors are critical pieces of the travel ecosystem. Their success is tied to ours.
What is your favorite aspect of the job?
Everything we do is with the goal of creating priceless memories, and that puts everything in perspective when I get caught up in the minutia of the day. I also love the amazing people I connect and collaborate with.
What’s the biggest business risk you’ve ever taken?
After spending 13 years in the yield management world, I took a leap of faith to lead the sales team at Cunard. It’s amazing how powerful coming into a different business function with a fresh perspective can be.
Who is someone you admire professionally in the travel industry?
I had the pleasure to work with Jan Swartz, president, Holland America Group, in my revenue management days and always admired what a dynamic leader she is.
AS A TRAVELER
Tell us about a travel nightmare: I have been fortunate to avoid any travel nightmares.
Share a comical travel experience: While staying at Rome Cavalieri, walking through the lobby hallway, I passed a man wearing ragged jeans, a tee and flip-flops. I thought I recognized him but couldn’t place him. That night in the bar I approached a man with his back to me whom I thought was a waiter. “Excuse me, sir, could I order some drinks?” The man I passed earlier swung around, gave me an irritated stare, said, “I don’t work here” and stormed past me. It was then I realized it was Anthony Bourdain.
What is your preferred method of travel — planes, trains, automobiles, cruise ships — and why? Cruise ship, of course! Nowhere else can you pick where you want to go, visit multiple places while only unpacking once, and choose exactly the onboard experience that fits your personality and style.
What has been the best example of customer service you’ve experienced during your travels? Before working for the company, I had the pleasure of sailing on Seabourn Encore. The service was unlike anything I experienced before. Not only was it high-touch but delivered with heart, warmth and authenticity. I’ll never forget it!
Since Cheval Blanc, an extraordinary, newly designed and refurbished 72-room hotel owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, launched in September 2021, it has been the talk of the town. Le Tout-Paris remarks about its WOW factor … and the hard-to-get reservations for the 30 seats at Plenitude, the intimate, first-floor gastronomic outlet headed by chef Arnaud Donckele, who earned three Michelin stars at Cheval Blanc Saint Tropez. Reservations are also recommended for Limbar, the ground-floor bakery/café/tea shop/bar where we watched Pastry Chef Maxime Frédéric preparing desserts and an absolute must-have for dinner at Le Tout-Paris, the 7th-floor, all-day brasserie. This brightly colored space, with its raised seating and Fauve-like floor tiles and the adjacent Milanese restaurant, Langosteria, both have access to terraces facing the Seine River, with amazing views encompassing Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower.
Go ahead, take a nice, deep breath. Because a Seabourn voyage is all about this moment you’ve come so far in life to embrace. It’s not an escape, it’s an arrival.
Nevada-based The Spa at Green Valley by Well & Being and The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being celebrate the start of 2022 with new health, wellness and spa treatments available through March 31. Both spas offer an array of treatments for guests wanting to relax and unwind before 2022 kicks into full gear.
To allow visitors to safely and responsibly enjoy their trip to Barbados, the island announced streamlined port entry protocols. Barbados’ Ministry of Health and Wellness released the following protocols for all travelers planning on coming to the island.
Located in the South Pacific, The Islands of Tahiti are just eight hours by air from California. Surrounded by pristine, crystal-clear blue waters, the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture and unique French Polynesian style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Privacy comes naturally in The Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect and to be Embraced By Mana. Mana is the life force and spirit that connects all things in The Islands of Tahiti.
Mar Del Cabo launched a new luxury beach fishing experience with an interactive paella workshop for guests. The Los Cabos-based hotel offers guests an immersive experience that takes them through the journey of creating paella, starting with a fishing session.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Santorini, Greece, with us.
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