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Michael and Colin’s 15 Day Expedition to Stok Kangri

Michael & Colin are Climbing 6189m to raise funds for Reubens Retreat

Michael English at Everest Base Camp

Michael English (Celebrity Cruises) and Colin Jones (Royal Caribbean International) are setting out on an incredible expedition that will be the biggest mental and physical challenge the pair have ever faced. Michael and Colin’s 15 Day Expedition to Stok Kangri will be their personal best reaching the summit.

Their training started back in January and has included climbing Snowdon four times, Ben Nevis once, Winter Survival Training and 100km walk.  They are both now on final countdown to their summit attempt.

Colin Jones in Scotland

Fun fact

Snowdon 1089m v  Stok Kangri 6189m

“Provided we get the right weather and our acclimations goes to plans Team RCL UK will  summit Stok Kangri @ 6189m the morning 7th September and raise a Royal and Celebrity flag. This will be highest mountain climbed for Reuben.” said Michael.

Stok Kangri is the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas, the journey to the summit is 15 days, their summit day will be a gruelling 14hrs to reach the summit.

Can you sponsor Team RCL?

If you are able to donate, you can do so on the pair’s Just Giving page

Michael said “Colin and myself would love it if you could share this on your Facebook and Twitter accounts to get as much sponsorship for Reuben’s Retreat as possible.

We will be posting while we are away and you can follow our journey via facebook/instragram. This is Celebrity Cruises chosen charity and one which is very personal to both of us and so many in the UK Travel Industry.”

Michael and Colin’s 15 Day Expedition to Stok Kangri

About Reubens Retreat

On Friday 31st August 2012 Reuben’s family Mike, Nicola and Isaac Graham said their final goodbye to their gorgeous 23 month old son and little brother during a beautiful ceremony in their home village of Mottram 11 miles from Manchester.

Photo Credit: reubensretreat.org

Reuben had suffered an ATRT which is Atypical terratoid rhabdoid tumour, it is a very rare and aggressive form of Cancerous tumour, only 4 to 5 children will be diagnosed with this tumour in the UK per year and there are very few symptoms.

Despite the devastating grief that comes when a quarter of your family is gone, his brave and inspirational parents have set up a charity in his name, they plan to have a retreat in the north west countryside for children with life limiting and life threatening illnesses, with a bereavement support and counselling centre for Mummy’s, Daddy’s and Siblings who have lost their precious children. A place where families can take in the rolling hills and countryside, a place of comfort, peace and tranquillity, a place where memories can be built.

(excerpt taken from reubensretreat.org)

Cruise People – Michael English – Celebrity Cruises

Michael English Talks About The Importance of Teamwork and Communication

Celebrity Cruises recently scooped a massive four awards at this years TTG Awards Ceremony in London. Add this together with the industry buzz around the brand new Celebrity Edge, and I wanted to find out what life is like for the Celebrity Cruises Business Development Team at the moment. Here’s Michael English, Head of Business Development UK & Ireland to Summit up!

As Head of Business Development, what is an average day life for you?

The first thing is that no two days are ever same in my role.

I believe I have the best role in the sales team having so much variation. My role can include anything from dealing with our top producing accounts, working with our award winning sales team – to working on new initiatives to get more new guests to cruise with Celebrity Cruises.

Celebrity Cruises walked away with an incredible four TTG Awards this year. Luxury/Specialist Cruise Line of the Year, Ocean Cruise Line of the Year, Supplier Sales Team of the Year, Travel Company of the Year. Can you give an insight into what you believe drove the success of Celebrity to achieving so many awards?

First of all I must say a huge thank you to every trade partner who voted for Celebrity Cruises and the awards are a true reflection, recognition and direction that Celebrity Cruises are taking. Working with Travel Partners is vital to our success as we look to bring cruises holidays to a new groups of guests.

What was your last holiday?

I’m writing this on my flight down to Miami with my son, where we are spending the weekend catching up with friends and attending a couple of sporting events there.

It very important to me that I have the right balance between work and personal life – so this is Dad and son weekend in Miami.

How did it feel to win the CLIA Outstanding Contribution to the Cruise Industry award?

This was a huge surprise! It was a real honour to be presented with the award. To be recognised by your colleagues and travel industry partners is a very special award.

Your job role must require organisation, focus and a lot of energy. Do you have any lifestyle or management tips you can give us?

Listen – to what people are saying. God gave us two ears and one mouth not two mouths and one ear.

Communication – Is key to every solution.

What are your hobbies?

I’m on a quest to continue to climb various mountains summits. So far I have completed Snowdon, Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike, Kota Kinablua/ Kiimanjaro/ Island Peak Nepal/ Mont Blanc/ Machu Picchu/ and next one will be India highest summit.

Name one or more things on your bucket list.

Summit Everest and Sky Dive

To get the latest news on Celebrity Edge and find great offers go to celebritycruises.co.uk

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