“The Faroe Islands are even further isolated, leaving only nesting puffins and a few intrepid adventurers to admire Europe’s tallest sea cliffs.”
Our Storyteller: Travis La Marche
Operations Manager & Corporate Destination Manager Trainer
Travis is our Operations Manager & Corporate Destination Manager Trainer — a big title that basically means he supports our Destinations team at sea and our Product Managers in Seattle. It’s a role he’s well trained for with a decade of experience at sea and over 15 years of experience in the industry in a variety of areas from product development to public speaking. He’s a good listener, too.
Number of Windstar itineraries sailed: “Too many to count! I’ve visited every region that Windstar currently sails.”
Favorite thing to do onboard: “Head up to the Yacht Club first thing in the morning for a coffee and to watch the ship’s arrival into port. I also enjoy talking with guests out on deck in the morning and discussing their plans for the day.”
Hobby: “Riding my motorcycle and exploring different parts of the Canadian wilderness and the Pacific Northwest.”
Favorite part of his job: “My favorite part of my job is meeting and talking to guests, hearing why they love sailing with Windstar, and listening to their stories about past experiences and adventures.”
While Travis La Marche has crisscrossed nearly all of Northern Europe, the North Atlantic region’s dramatic topography always stops him in his trail boots. “These remote landscapes are actually quite distinct,” he says, “with everything from lush greenery to barren volcanic terrain.” There’s the take-your-breath-away beauty of Norway’s Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and the rugged, wild Shetland with her miniature ponies and heather moorlands. It’s here where you’ll find Jarlshof, an amazing archaeological site with 4,000 years of human history on display; while hundreds of prehistoric monuments — including the UNESCO-designated Skara Brae and Ring of Brodgar — lie sprinkled across the Orkneys’ pastoral grazing lands. The Faroe Islands are even further isolated, leaving only nesting puffins and a few intrepid adventurers to admire Europe’s tallest sea cliffs.
Amidst all this natural splendor sits lively Bergen, whose colorful, Hanseatic wharf earned UNESCO status; as well as the art nouveau town of Alesund, where Travis prefers to “just sit down in an inviting café and people watch.” Add a few extra days in Reykjavik, he says, and you’ll “fully experience some of the most beautiful, rugged areas in the world by land and by sea.”