Meet Our Destination Expert:

5 Revealing Questions

Steve Nielsen

Vice President of Caribbean and Atlantic Shore Operations

Number of Years with Princess:


Number of Countries Visited:

Most every country except India, the middle east and the African Continent.


San Pedro, California.

A little about my job:

Managing our shore excursions, passenger logistics and port operations in the Caribbean and Atlantic and putting a smiling face to the name Princess Cruises in this part of the world.


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

My Blackberry.


What’s your most treasured travel souvenir?

A Cable Car Bell presented by the Port of San Francisco on the occasion of Princess Cruises’ 40 year anniversary of calling at San Francisco and my 40 year anniversary with Princess Cruises. This was especially significant to me because my wife and her family are from San Francisco, my wife and I were married in San Francisco and they were there for the presentation. And, a spike from the original Panama Canal Railroad tracks presented to me by the President of Panama.


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

Sea slugs and grasshoppers in China.


What’s your travel motto?

After 41 years with Princess Cruises, I’m still as amazed and enthused at the wonders of this great planet we live on and the people I’m so fortunate to meet on my travels as I was on my very first trip.


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

South Africa.

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