Beverly Rother, CTA, ACC, ASA
Interests & Specialties
Beverly has been in the travel industry for over two decades and traveled extensively before making this her career choice. She has completed the Certified Travel Associate course (CTA) from The Travel Institute and CLIA’s Accredited Cruise Counselor program (ACC). She has been selling luxury & adventure travel for years and enjoys customized vacation planning. Her real passion is Space Travel and is now training to be an "Authorized Exploration Travel Advisor" with Signature's Preferred Provider Space Perspective. She has also completed the Virgin Galactic Accredited Space Agent program (ASA). She is also a co-author of the children’s space book: Learning about our Solar System! Beverly Rother is an independent contractor affiliated with Central Travel.
An intrepid traveler, Beverly has been on 55 cruises and has experienced Alaska & Australia - Holland America, the Baltics - Celebrity, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Mekong River - Pandow, China & Yangtze River – East King, South America – Crystal, Croatia – Seabourn, Transatlantic – Cunard and the Caribbean with six different cruise lines.
Exploring the world is a priority for Beverly and a few of her highlights include; Peru, Costa Rica, Poland, Russia, Italy, Southern Ireland, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and Bhutan with Aman Resorts (her favorite destination so far!). Of course, she has experienced several destinations in the US, Canada, and Mexico as well. Her byline? Travel! By Air, Land, Sea & Space!
I had the pleasure to cruise with my Mom (89) for a 12 day holiday sailing to the Caribbean on the Oceania Sirena, roundtrip Miami from Dec 22, 2023 - Jan 3, 2024.
This small "old Renaissance" R class// old Ocean and Tahitian Princess ship, was built in 1999 and last refurbished in 2019. Sister ships are the Insignia, Regatta & Nautica. Sirena holds 670 passengers but only 654 guests were onboard for this sailing. Tonnage is 30,277 so it's a small & intimate ship.
Very clean and nicely decorated. Oceania is considered a Premium line class. She has only 26 inside cabins and 308 outside cabins. We were in a concierge veranda but there is no dedicated concierge lounge due to her small size.
There are 3 restaurants onboard:
The Grand Dining Room
Specialty restaurants: Red Ginger & Tuscan Steak
They also have the Wave Terrace for al fresco buffet dining
VIP Chef Jacques Pepin and family was onboard this sailing and he gave cooking demonstrations to the guests and they had book signings onboard, with books offered in the gift shop.
NOTE: He is Oceania Cruises' Executive Culinary Director *AND* His daughter Claudine Pepin serves as the godmother of this ship!
The itinerary was busy:
Cruising the Old Bahama Channel
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Gustavia, St Barts
St George's, Grenada
Pointe A Pitre, Guadeloupe
Phillpsburg, St Maarten
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
Cruising the Atlantic Ocean
They offer a very nice Aquamar Spa and concierge level (and up) which offers unlimited access to the Aquamar Spa Terrace with Thalassotherapy pool
More Adventures from Beverly Rother, CTA, ACC, ASA ...
Beverly was recently involved in NASA's Artemis1 Rocket launch at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida!
Artemis I is the first test of NASA’s deep space exploration systems, with the Orion spacecraft launching atop the massive
Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. This mission is the first in a series of missions to demonstrate NASA’s ability to extend human existence to the Moon and beyond.
I so enjoyed The Big Island in Hawaii! We spent the first 2 nights at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott – lovely property! Located on 15 acres of volcanic landscape in Anaeho Omalu Bay, which is within walking distance to 2 different shopping areas. The beach is reached via walkways that show various volcanic areas and items of interest.
I spent time at the nearby Hilton Waikoloa Village. This Hotel offers a “wow” factor with its beautiful waterfalls and statues and the property is huge. They have 3 different towers on property. They offer a railroad tram and canal boat as a means of transportation.
Other properties I visited included; the Fairmont Orchid, the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows, the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keahou Bay, Royal Kona Resort, the Courtyard King Kamehameha and the Volcano
House, Hawaii’s oldest hotel.
My favorite experience was the Hawai’I Volcanoes National Park, Hawai’I Island’s #1 attraction. Kilauea is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and is celebrating over 30 years of continuous lava flow in 2013. This is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If your future travel plans include the Big Island in Hawaii, I’d be happy to assist!
Last year Beverly chased two of her passions – cruising, and space when she traveled with Holland America on their Total Solar Eclipse cruise in Australia!
View of the total solar eclipse that occurred on 14 Nov 2012 from the deck of the MS Oosterdam in the Coral Sea off the eastern coast of Australia. Movement of the sun in the video is due to the ship's motion.
Although the duration of totality was 2m36s, clouds obscured our view at about 1m20s into totality. Nonetheless, it was a fantastic sight to behold.