Meet Our Destination Expert:

5 Revealing Questions

John Chernesky

Director of Onboard Revenue and Business Development

Number of Years with Princess:

18 years, 9 months, 12 days…but who’s counting?

Number of Countries Visited:

24

Hometown:

Valencia, CA

A little about my job:

I work in our Fleet Operations Department and help run a number of our revenue divisions onboard including our casinos and Lotus Spas.

1.

What item is in your suitcase that you couldn’t travel without?

A sound machine to help me sleep!

2.

What’s your most treasured travel souvenir?

Photographs of the various places we’ve been, both above and below the water. If I had to pick just one, it would be a close up shot of the eye of a 50-foot whale shark as it swam by me off Darwin Island in Galapagos. What a thrill.

3.

What’s the most memorable dish you’ve eaten during your travels?

This is a tough one. Was it the tuna sashimi in Palau, Micronesia…or the pasta fagioli at the Al Gelso Hotel in Monfalcone, Italy…or perhaps the bistecca alla fiorentina at the original Sabatini’s Restaurant in Florence on the night I proposed to my wife…or maybe the steak au poivre on Tahitian Princess as we sailed through the paradise of French Polynesia? All worthy dishes, but I’ll have to go with the incredible dish of Paella made especially for our table by Executive Chef extraordinaire Antonio Cereda the night before arriving into Barcelona. It was ridiculously good.

4.

What’s your travel motto?

Have fun and make the most of it. If you travel with the right attitude and the right people, you can have fun no matter what the weather or circumstances. And don’t forget to tip well.

5.

Where haven’t you been that’s on your travel bucket list?

Other than Bergen County, New Jersey? I’d have to say an African Safari followed by cage diving with great white sharks off the coast of South Africa.

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