Welcome Aboard

I’m delighted to introduce the newest member of the TravelAge West staff. Ana Figueroa makes her debut this month as our Contributing Cruise Editor. Ana will be either writing or editing all the stories in our Cruise sections, and we’re looking forward to making her part of the team. Ana was already a


I’m delighted to introduce the newest member of the TravelAge West staff. Ana Figueroa makes her debut this month as our Contributing Cruise Editor. Ana will be either writing or editing all the stories in our Cruise sections, and we’re looking forward to making her part of the team.

Ana was already a frequent contributor to the magazine, so we are well accustomed to her lively writing style and perceptive insights. In addition, Ana comes highly recommended from a variety of sources throughout the cruise industry. But what we really appreciate about Ana is her understanding of how important it is to help travel agents improve their businesses.

“I have a lot of respect for agents,” Ana said. “I respect their entrepreneurial spirit and their shrewdness. I just want to stay ahead of the game so I can better help them see what’s coming.” Ana, a native of Southern California, has an undergraduate degree from Loyola and a law degree from Stanford. Before she got into journalism, she was a practicing attorney and a producer for Court TV covering a variety of high-profile celebrity cases.

From TV, Ana became a staff reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote her first cruise article. Several years and many bylines later, Ana brings her considerable skills to TAW.

“TravelAge West already uses top-notch writers,” she said, “I just want the Cruise sections to help agents get more value in their business and help them anticipate new trends.”

You can read Ana’s stories on Costa Magica’s inaugural and the recent enhancements at Holland America’s Half Moon Cay, beginning on page24. Feel free to share your thoughts with her as you see her at various events, or E-mail her at travelagewest@travelagewest.com. I’m sure she would love to hear from you.

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