Meet Our Destination Expert:

5 Revealing Questions

Julie Benson

Vice President of Public Relations

Number of Years with Princess:


Number of Countries Visited:



Los Angeles

A little about my job:

Nearly all of what I do helps to form people’s impression of Princess (hopefully wonderful!) and that’s an exciting responsibility and opportunity. My department is responsible for media relations and publicity, social media, community relations, and also projects like inaugural events for new ships. I think I have one of the best jobs at Princess!


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

Plenty of reading material – books, magazines, guidebooks and articles I’ve clipped about where I’m going – plus lots of electronics and accessories to keep me connected. And also small wintergreen Altoids.


What’s your most treasured travel souvenir?

As the word “souvenir” comes from the French word meaning “memory,” it’s fitting that one of my favorite souvenirs is a small art deco lamp I bought at the Sunday flea market in Paris.


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

A dinner under the stars in Istanbul, Turkey was a standout. We were in the middle of the Old City on a rooftop surrounded by the spires of a mosque. Our host had ordered dinner from a local restaurant, and we had a feast of grilled lamb kabobs with a sauce made of yogurt, garlic and lemon; dilled cucumbers with mint; some spicy hummus and warm Turkish bread.


What’s your travel motto?

Some of your best travel memories might come from the smaller, unexpected moments, so be on the lookout for these!


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

I have a long list, but at the top is the Holy Land. I’m excited to have a trip planned there next June!

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