Meet Our Destination Expert:

5 Revealing Questions

Steve Zadra

Director of Hotel Operations, Princess Tours

Number of Years with Princess:

22

Number of Countries Visited:

25

Hometown:

Anchorage, Alaska

A little about my job:

I oversee operations for three of our Alaska wilderness lodges – at Denali, Mt. McKinley and Copper River – and lead guest services for all five of our Alaska lodges including Kenai and Fairbanks.

1.

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

I’m a big music fan and pretty much don’t go anywhere without music… especially for long plane rides. I also will typically have a Rick Steves book handy as I enjoy his travel insight and perspectives on traveling the less beaten path.

2.

What’s your most treasured travel souvenir?

Nativity sets from around the world – made mostly from wood, but some are sculpted as well – all handmade. I like the different ways the scenes are presented and the care that has obviously been put into creating them. I found Poland to have amazing handcrafted art.

3.

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

I went on a trip to Beijing in the late 90s with some friends and one night we went to a buffet with a local travel guide. The tables were arranged with a pot of seasoned boiling water in the center of them, and you cooked whatever you picked out from the buffet, eating it fondue-style. One section of the buffet was stocked with live animals – mostly seafood – crustaceans and small fish. I will never forget it.

4.

What’s your travel motto?

Keep an open mind, be flexible, and live for the experience.

5.

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

I would like to raft the Grand Canyon. I went to college in Flagstaff, AZ and have hiked the Grand Canyon but would love to see it from the water. Also on the list… I’d like to go to Cooperstown, NY for the Baseball Hall of Fame; visit Thailand and Spain; go on an African Safari, and experience Bavaria & the Holy Lands at Christmas time.

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