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Tony Kaufman

Senior Vice President of Commercial Affairs

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Los Angeles

A little about my job:

I first started at Princess as an attorney, and am grateful that Princess does not “pigeon-hole” employees and allows development into other areas. My broad commercial experience as a corporate attorney allowed me to grow into my current position which includes leading teams that manage our onboard boutiques, spa, photography, art, casino and communications businesses as well as global purchasing. I still get to practice some law, mostly on the newbuild contracting side. I’m very lucky to work with great people at a great company.


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

iPod and noise cancelling headphones. It makes the time sitting in airports and on the runway pass much faster.


What’s your most treasured travel souvenir?

I buy a snow globe for my daughter and a spoon for my son in every city. It was cool when they were small but as they’ve grown their interest in the collections has understandably waned. But the best mementos of my travels are the photographs.


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

Due to our main shipyard being in Italy, I’ve been lucky to spend many months in what I consider to be the food capital of the world. My favorite meal is found in a small restaurant called Citta di Cherso which is just off the magnificent main square of Trieste. Start with a glass of local prosecco. For starters have the seafood gratinate followed by a simple pasta dish (always cooked to perfection). The must-have main dish is the branzino, which is a local Mediterranean sea bass, cooked in packed sea salt. Drizzle some olive oil on it. Accompany the meal with a light white wine – a Pinot Grigio always works. Complete the meal with the regional “scrupino” dessert drink, which is vodka and lemon sorbet blended into a smoothie-type cocktail. The meal is worth a special trip.


What’s your travel motto?

For business trips, it’s get home as soon as you can. For vacations, it’s get home as late as you can.


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

A safari in Africa. My wife and I are certified in scuba so Australia and the Great Barrier Reef are also at the top.

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