Changing of the Guard

Changing of the Guard

After over 25 years at the helm of The Cruiseman, it’s time to step aside. Declining health (mostly back problems) and old age ( I keep getting older!! ) have led to this decision.  I have really enjoyed this career of bring folks “Fun, Adventure & Romance on the High Seas“. It has allowed me the opportunity of making friends with people all across the country that have trusted me to take care of their vacation plans over and over again.  To my loyal clients I can only say “Thank You” from the bottom of my heart.

25 years in this business has also allowed me and my dear wife the opportunity to visit so many wonderful ports of call.  Our visit to the Panama Canal and Panama City still stand out as a “Top 5” experience. So, also was our visit to the unique island of Bermuda, where the beach sand really is pink. I brought a little bottle of it home just to prove it to the skeptical!  A 14 night “back-to-back” from New Orleans was very special, combining two different 7 night itineraries without having to change cabins. Insiders secret: when you do a back-to-back you only have to pay for one week’s parking!!  My wife has really enjoyed our visits to St. Thomas (especially the shopping) and we are returning there this coming March.

My very first cruise was aboard the old Dolphin IV. Anybody remember her?

I also had the privilege of hosting several Southern Gospel Music Cruises along with radio station KWFC in Springfield, MO, the Diplomats Quartet from Carrollton, GA,
the 4 Calvary Quartet from Nixa, MO and the Mark Mathes Family  from Springfield, MO, among many, many others.

On December 2nd I sold The Cruiseman business to Mark H. Peper. Mark is an experienced cruiser with a lot of enthusiasm and great ideas. I am very confident that he will carry on the tradition of personal service that my clients have come to expect. I am currently training Mark on the operations side of the business so that his transition will be seamless. Nothing will change for our clients: Same name. Same address. Same phone numbers. Same Web Site. Same email. Same great service.

208 Village Center St.
PO Box 1287
Nixa, MO 65714
(417) 881-2789  (800) 889-7683