Tony Roberts Reveals He Wanted To Be A Lumberjack
Vice President of Princess Cruises UK and Europe, Tony Roberts, talks about his career, his favourite destinations and Henry & Roxy.
How did you come to work in the Cruise Industry and what was your first job?
I started my working life in Finance, working as a Management Accountant for a Fund Management company, and then a company that made Industrial Filters. I was looking for a new challenge and within a week I was offered finance roles at P&O Cruises, Anderson Consulting, IBM and a company that made storage heaters. I took the job at P&O Cruises as I wanted to work somewhere that I could get excited about the product.
If you could have chosen anything else as a career what would it be?
When I was (really) young, I wanted to be a lumberjack and live in Canada.
What makes Princess Cruises stand out from other cruises?
There are lots of things I could mention about Princess Cruises, such as our fantastic food and drink, amazing entertainment, immersive experiences and our focus on bringing the destination to life. But for me it’s the warmth and hard work of our conscientious crew – they really do a fantastic job and create truly memorable experiences.
As Vice President of Princess Cruises, what is an average day in the life for you?
My job means I’m travelling or away from the office about half of the time, both in the UK and overseas. When I’m in the office, I spend a lot of time with my team and I ask lots of questions.
What was your last holiday?
I went to Corsica and stayed in a villa for a week in August, I can recommend it. All the things I love about Southern France but with a bit of an Italian feel too.
Have you got your next holiday booked and what/where is it?
I’m heading to Singapore for Christmas to go on a cruise on Sapphire Princess visiting Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia. We’re taking the whole family including my Mum so will have three generations of Roberts’ onboard.
Your job role must require organisation, focus and a lot of energy. Do you have any lifestyle/ personal management tips you can give us?
I try to only touch things once, rather than looking at something and then thinking I’ll come back to it. I’m also a ruthless delegator!
What are your hobbies?
I like cycling, and spending time with my family and two Cocker Spaniels.
Name one or more things on your bucket list.
I want to go to Alaska – maybe in 2018.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about taking their first cruise?
I would say that they should go for it as cruising really does offer something for everyone and it’s a great way of seeing lots of places whilst being really well looked after, and only unpacking once.
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