Aquila is thrilled to have Ellen as part of our growing team of Global Trainers! A 37-year cruise industry veteran who now splits her time between consulting and semi-retirement, Ellen’s previous responsibilities covered global shore excursion operations and destination development for over 700 ports across multiple cruise brands. Most recently Ellen was at Holland America Group (representing Holland America, Princess, Seabourn and P & O Australia), which followed a long career at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Throughout her career Ellen strived to facilitate healthy relationships between the destinations, tour operators and cruise industry to ensure success for all stakeholders.
A highlight of Ellen’s career has been coaching her team members to maximize professional and personal successes. She’s happy to see many of her former teams now thriving in high level positions throughout the travel industry.
In reflecting on her career, it has been the long-lasting relationships she has made across the globe that she treasures most. Ellen has found that most people choosing a career in travel and tourism are creative, fun, solutions focused, inspirational and generally people she wants to engage with!
Originally from the Northern Virginia/Washington, DC area, Ellen now resides near Seattle, Washington. She continues to be passionate about traveling and engaging with cultures and people around the world.