One of Canada’s leading proponents and influencers within the cruise industry and a well known writer and speaker on cruising and travel, Vanessa Lee recently celebrated her 36th year in the travel industry.
Vanessa was born in England, has lived and worked in Australia and has enjoyed a lengthy career in the Canadian travel and cruise industry. She was a founding partner of Encore Cruises, which went on to achieve enormous success as Canada’s pre-eminent cruise specialist tour operator.
Today Vanessa is owner and publisher of the upscale Cruise and Travel Lifestyles Magazine and also publishes two other custom magazines in North America. She is the president and CEO of Cruise Strategies Ltd a company promoting small, luxury and niche cruise ships as well as luxury travel. She is also a co-principal in Rising Tide Strategic Media, a multi-channel, integrated media company.
Additionally Vanessa is a regular columnist for the trade website Travel Industry Today; was voted one of Canada’s Top 20 “Industry Rock Stars” in a poll of her peers; and is a frequent motivational speaker on the joys of cruising and selling to the affluent.
Her love of cruising has enabled her to sail on 133 cruises and she has also travelled to 89 countries with a goal of reaching her century mark in the not so distant future.
Vanessa was recently accorded a rare and prestigious honour, that of being chosen to be the Godmother of Avalon Waterways’ newest ship the Avalon Vista which was successfully christened by her in Amsterdam in May 2012. She accepted the honour with alacrity, gratitude and appreciation.