Bio

Renee Ruggero with Family

Travel writer, cruise industry insider, wife of a cruise ship Staff Captain, mom of twins…..

I have visited more than 150 destinations across 70+ countries and territories with my published work encompassing the places I’ve been and the adventures I’ve experienced. I also write about the cruise industry, including cruise travel and cruise ship employment.

My first cruise was not as a passenger, but as a crewmember, on the Sun Princess (Princess Cruises) in 1999. During my years as a Junior Assistant Purser, I held the positions of Captain’s Secretary, Guest Services Associate, Assistant Practica, and Head Cashier in the Casino.

It was during my first contract that I met a Third Officer, an Italian (from Sardinia). We were married three years later and in 2003, our twin daughters were born.

Although I no longer work for a cruise line, our 15-year old daughters and I cruise frequently, travelling with my husband who is now a Staff Captain. When not cruising and traveling the world, our family calls Canada home (with frequent trips to Sardinia).

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