Grew up in California and Puerto Rico. My non-cruise travel has taken me to the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, Japan, England, Scotland and Wales. From 2000 to 2004 I was a traveling salesman, and worked in 47 States in four years, so I know a little bit about hotels. I took my first Cruise in 1981 on the Tropicale, and dozens since then. A lot of my travel (including that 1981 cruise)has been with my brother, Steve, who has been in a wheelchair since 1979, so I am acutely aware of the challenges disabled travelers and their companions face. When not traveling, I have been involved in local politics, serving from 1991 to 1996 as a Parks Commissioner in Apple Valley, CA, and from 1996 to 1999 I was Councilman and Mayor of that fine Town. And now, I am the owner of a Travel Agency.