Guest Hosts on Theme Departures

Guest hosts include individuals such as winery owners and winemakers, whale experts, photographers, and authorities in marine biology and ornithology. Depending on your theme, there’ll be dedicated presentations by the guest host—or hosts; hands-on learning opportunities; and wine or beer tastings that bring a whole new dimension to your adventure.


Steven Bronston

Wellness - Mother Nature’s Spa & Yoga
ALASKA – Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
April 29, 2017

Steven has been described by his students as “go-go-go” energetic and highly motivational. After earning a bachelor’s degree in architecture, he jumped into the corporate world. But, inspired by the sunshine and active mentality of his then-home in Arizona, he left suit and tie behind, pursuing a fitness career. With over a decade of experience as a personal trainer, Steven is continually inspired by the effects fitness can have on people’s lives. When he’s not instructing at Life Time fitness in Summerlin, Nevada, you might find him studying French and Farsi languages, trying new recipes in the kitchen, or planning travel adventures.

Steven is co-hosting this Wellness cruise with esthetician, personal trainer, and nutritionist, LeAnne Erickson.


LeAnne Erickson

Wellness - Mother Nature’s Spa & Yoga
ALASKA: Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
April 29, 2017

A master esthetician and certified personal trainer and fitness nutritionist, LeAnne also has her license in massage therapy and spa management. Her expansive experience allows her to provide a holistic approach to her instruction. LeAnne has managed spas domestically and internationally including in Hawaii and New Zealand. She recently returned to her Midwest roots to manage LifeSpa at the Chanhassen, Minnesota Life Time Fitness center where she devotedly coaches and supports her team.

LeAnne is co-hosting this Wellness theme cruise with personal trainer, Steven Bronston.


John Farchione

Wellness - Fitness & Yoga
ALASKA: Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
April 22, 2016

After John began practicing yoga and intentionally working on his mental and physical health, he saw dramatic results including losing an incredible amount of weight. Feeling the positive impact of a healthy lifestyle, he wanted to share the transformative power of yoga with others. A practitioner of Ashtanga, John has had the privilege to learn from many yogi masters and through his gracious teaching style, shares their wisdom and his own knowledge. Originally from New York, John teaches classes at Life Time fitness in Green Valley, Nevada.

John is co-hosting this Wellness cruise with personal trainer, Anna Winton.


Christine Havens

COLUMBIA & SNAKE RIVERS: Ameritage! Four Rivers of Wine & History; October 29, 2016

The creative, artistic process must be in Christine Havens’ DNA. A fine artist and sculptor by trade, she spent many years cultivating her winegrowing and winemaking expertise—the ideal background for her full-time work as a wine writer today. Her interest in wine was first sparked when she was invited to attend a lecture by Walla Walla Community College’s Associate Director of Enology and Viticulture. She enrolled in the program and after graduating relocated to picturesque Pullman, Washington where she founded a small winery.

Honing her creative style and skills as a winemaker, Christine experimented with Rhone and Bordeaux varieties and specialized in well-received blends, sourcing fruit from some of the most distinctive AVAs in the state, including Walla Walla Valley, Snipes Mountain and Yakima Valley. Later, she worked in the wine retail world and began writing about wine with a focus on great estate wines of Bordeaux and Old World wines. Christine’s background in winegrowing and winemaking has endowed her with technical knowledge and a deep appreciation for the process, and in 2014 she left her day job to write about wines full time from her home in Portland, Oregon.


Wolfgang Kaehler

COSTA RICA & PANAMÁ: Uncharted Isthmus! Sloths, Monkeys & Mangroves; February 11, 2017

Award-winning Wolfgang Kaehler studied photography and photo engineering in his native Germany for six years. Since 1977, he has photographed around the world on assignment for various magazines, advertising agencies, and travel companies, including four years exploring some of the world's most remote regions on expedition cruises.

Wolfgang's photos appear in some of the world's most prestigious publications--National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, and Travel & Leisure, to name a few. He currently lectures for photography organizations and museums, and also leads photo safaris.


Stephen Matera

COSTA RICA & PANAMÁ: Uncharted Isthmus! Sloths, Monkeys & Mangroves; December 3, 2016

Combining a passion for all things outdoors with a unique eye, Seattle-based photographer Stephen Matera creates images for some of the world’s leading publishers and outdoor companies.

Stephen has developed and applies his vision as a natural landscape photographer to active outdoor sports and lifestyle images. His clients, which include The New York Times, Microsoft, Time, the Audubon society, and Outside Magazine (to name just a few), rely on his ability to consistently deliver creative, inspirational and authentic images for their advertising and editorial stories.


Lindsay Ogden

Wellness - Fitness & Yoga
ALASKA: Famed Passages of Discovery
April 17, 2017

Personal Trainer, Lindsay Ogden from Chanhassen, MN;

Lindsay’s love of the outdoors and being active began at an early age, growing up in Iowa. She feels privileged to have turned her passion into a career. Lindsay holds a certification from the esteemed Precision Nutrition and is a trainer with Life Time Fitness.Her whole approach to personal training combines both fitness and healthy nutrition. While Lindsay has a strong drive to make change happen, she also keeps sight of balance, and in addition to active time outside, she’ll happily take advantage of the opportunity to sneak in an afternoon snooze whenever she can.

Lindsay is co-hosting this Wellness cruise with yogi, Alex Schimmel.


Nate & Becca Schons

Craft Beer
COASTAL WASHINGTON: Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands; October 8, 2016

Co-owners and brewers of Island Hoppin’ Brewery on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juans, Nate and Becca Schons are located right in the middle of the Pacific Northwest’s exciting and innovative craft beer scene. Delving into backyard home brew nearly 15 years ago, they successfully turned their passion into their trade in 2012 when they opened a brewery including a 6-tap tasting room with their brewing partner, Jim Parker.

Fascinated by the art and science of crafting delicious libations, they’re growing their business with steady forward momentum. While their beer is delicious, interesting, and thoughtfully crafted, their passion for the craft of beer is immediately infectious—a likely contributing factor to their tasting room becoming such a magnetic community hub on the island.


Alex Shimmel

Wellness - Fitness & Yoga
ALASKA: Famed Passages of Discovery
April 17, 2017

The son of a yoga instructor, Alex was familiar with downward dog and happy baby from an early age, though in his youth, traditional sports like baseball were more of interest. He realized the incredible benefits of yoga—both mental and physical—in his college years. Today, yoga is the basis for his holistic approach to life and he has seen the transformational effects it can have in himself after being diagnosed with Crohns disease. His practice has helped him reach a happier, healthier and more positive place in life. Alex calls his practice “OMasis”—a combination of OM and oasis.

Alex is co-hosting this Wellness cruise with personal trainer, Lindsay Ogden.


Steven & Maryann Sinkler

COLUMBIA & SNAKE RIVERS: Ameritage! Four Rivers of Wine & History; October 22, 2016

After realizing they had more than just a love for wine on a cruise to Napa Valley in 2007, Steven and Maryann Sinkler put the wheels in motion to make their passion more than just a hobby. Seven years later, including a move from Iowa to Cannon Beach, Oregon by way of Georgia, they became the proud owners of The Wine Shack, along with their own wine brand, Puffin Wines. Steven, a Sommelier, writes a wine column for the Cannon Beach Gazette and is a Judging Panel Moderator for the Savor Northwest Wine Awards.

Among medals won for Puffin Wines including a Double Gold medal for Puffin Pinot Gris, Steven and Maryann’s accolades include The Wine Shack being named the “best wine shop on the Oregon Coast” by writer Wine Julia and inclusion on GQ Magazine’s list of “Top Wine Stores in America”. All this and they celebrated two decade of wedding bliss, too!


Juan-Carlos Solis

Birding / Ornithology
MEXICO’S SEA OF CORTÉS: Baja’s Bounty; November 26, 2016

Juan-Carlos has cultivated a successful career as a seasoned naturalist and expedition leader with over 20 years of experience. He’s lead expedition trips throughout California and across all 7 of the world’s continents and has presented environmental education lectures in India, Australia, Panama, Chile, Mexico, Argentina, and Sweden. Passionate about connecting people with nature and our planet through hands-on experiences, Juan-Carlos organized the first bilingual bird-count for Latino families in the US.

In addition to leading naturalist expeditions, he was the Public Programs Manager for the California Academy of Sciences for 9 years and Field Associate for the Ornithology and Mammalogy Research Department, leading local and international natural history programs to Antarctica, Baja California, Mexico and Canada’s West Coast. Throughout his career, Juan-Carlos has been praised for his hands-on teaching style, enthusiasm and vision for environmental education.


Boe Trosset

Craft Beer
PACIFIC NORTHWEST: Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands; April 15 & October 7, 2017

Aslan Brewing Company started when Boe Trosset and his brother Frank, along with friends Pat and Jack, moved their 5 gallon home-brewing project from their parents’ basement to a community warehouse in Bellingham, Washington. Soon after, the partners broke ground on a new brewhouse and pub in Bellingham’s historic McBeath Building, and today, they operate a 15 barrel organic, craft brewhouse. In 2014 the brewery was Washington State’s largest USDA Organic beer producer and in 2015 they won two golds and one silver from the Washington Beer Awards and North American Beer Award.

As one of the owner operators, Boe manages and maintains the brewery production schedule, sales and distribution team, over 500 accounts in Washington State, and tasting events. Boe is a certified beer server through the Cicerone Certification Program and has an immense passion for craft beer and the local community.


Anna Winton

Wellness - Fitness & Yoga
ALASKA: Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
April 22, 2017

Anna hails from Minneapolis where she grew up as a competitive gymnast. After college, her interests turned toward triathlons, and technique and strength-driven sports. A National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, Anna is passionate about helping people from all walks of life find their way to healthier lifestyles. She instructs a wide spectrum of courses from pilates and barre to strength training and cardio dance. Outside of her classes at Life Time Fitness, Anna spends as much time in the great outdoors as possible, whether paddling on the lake or enjoying happy hour on a sunny patio with friends.

Anna is co-hosting this Wellness cruise with yogi, John Farchione.