Speaker Stages

America’s Favorite Travel Shows Have America’s Most Comprehensive Education Content That You Can’t Find Anywhere Else..

You’ll be inspired to take your dream vacation. Learn how to be your own travel expert on your next vacation, from top celebrity travel personalities and leading local experts at dozens of travel workshops on 4 theaters located on the show floor.

4 Theaters and Over 30+ Sessions

Travel Theater: Hear from the top travel celebrity personalities such as Samantha Brown, Rick Steves, and Pauline Frommer  as they inspire you to take your dream vacation.

Destination Theater: From where to go and when to go, to what to do and how to get there, destination experts will give you the in depth information you need to travel like a local.

Savvy Traveler Theater: Showcasing travel tips, tricks and actionable advice, you’ll learn how to travel like a pro straight from the experts. Topics include packing tips, technology skills, travel safety methods, budget travel hacks, etc.

Taste of Travel Theater: Get a taste of cultures from around the world as chefs prepare their local cuisines right in front of you. Like what you smell? Most cooking demonstrations end with a sampling right at your seat! Click Here to view to the Taste of Travel schedule.

Speakers and schedule are subject to change without prior notice, please check back often for updates.

10:15 am – 11:00 am
Savvy Traveler Theater

The World of Viking Cruises

Michele Saegesser, Vice President of Sales and National Accounts

Join Viking’s Vice President of Sales, Michele Saegesser, as she discusses the many places and experiences you can have on a Viking cruise on the river and on the ocean.

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

10:30 am – 12 Noon
Travel Theater

European Travel Skills

Rick Steves, Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves Europe and Travel with Rick Steves

Join travel expert Rick Steves – acclaimed for his bestselling guidebooks and public television series – as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed slideshow lecture, Rick will explain how to travel smoothly and affordably by stretching your travel dollar, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, and packing smartly. Freshly back from lots of travels, Rick will share exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and euro on your next European adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Travel AAA - Travel Shows

11:00 am – 11:30 am
Destination Theater

Explore Top Destinations and Benefits of Traveling with AAA

Vicky Evans, Assistant Vice President, Travel Sales Development

Join AAA Travel to learn about the top destinations for 2018 and all the great benefits AAA Members receive when booking their vacation with AAA Travel.

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Destination Theater

Beyond the Cruise: The Inside Scoop on Alaska Adventures

Tia Froehle, Tourism Development, and Sales Manager

Learn about the hidden gems and can’t-miss experiences from Southcentral Alaska’s destination experts. Anchorage is an urban oasis in untamed wilderness nestled between Cook Inlet and the Chugach Mountains with 60 glaciers within 50 miles of the city. When is the best time of the year to visit? Come and learn what Alaska adventure is waiting for you.

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Travel Theater

Places to Love

Samantha Brown, Host, Places to Love

Samantha talks about her new PBS Travel Series:  Samantha Brown’s Places To Love, and how it creates a new list of must-sees by featuring  the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Royal Caribbean - Travel and Adventure Shows
Travel AAA - Travel Shows

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Destination Theater

Discover the World with Royal Caribbean!

Katy Cannizzaro, Strategic Account Manager

Join Katy Cannizzaro for an introduction to all that cruising with Royal Caribbean has to offer on your next vacation.  You’ll discover endless thrills for every kind of adventurer onboard any one of our ships – including our newest ships Harmony of the Seas and Symphony of the Seas.  From the daredevils to the culinary crusaders, and fun-loving families to couples on a romantic getaway.  Endless options to keep you entertained; zip lining, ice skating, rock climbing, bumper cars and so much more.  The best part is our ships can take you across the globe allowing you to unpack once and enjoy the ride.

Pauline Frommer Celebrity Travel Expert

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Travel Theater

Spend Less, See More: Strategies for Creating Dream Vacations in ALL Price Ranges

Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer’s Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com

Accommodations, airfares, tours, car rentals, cruises—the truth is there are no set prices for any of these items. Pauline Frommer will give you the tools you need to work the system smartly, creating value-laden holidays, whether you’re a backpacker or a luxury-seeker. Specific tips and tricks for all those categories will be shared. Plus she’ll introduce destinations that you may not have considered visiting, but should.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Travel Like A Pro: Packing Tips & Savvy Travel Skills

Angel Castellanos, World Traveler, Travel Expert, Writer, AngelsTravelLounge.com

Make the next trip, the next best trip of your life! Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his popular and acclaimed seminar on packing tips & savvy travel skills drawing from his experience and frequent travels. This informative presentation prepares and inspires travelers with savvy tips to travel smarter, better and cheaper. Angel will deliver the best travel tips on packing smart, safety, new airport security rules and tricks, saving money, sightseeing hacks, traveling with technology and much more! No matter your level of experience, you are bound to come away with practical travel tips to help you travel like a pro. The packing demonstration included in this talk is one you do not want to miss. Packing in a carry on? No problem! Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel smart, well and often! www.AngelsTravelLounge.com

Ralph Velasco Travel Show Speaker

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

How to Capture Great Travel Photographs

Ralph Velasco, CEO (Chief Experience Officer), PhotoEnrichment

Travel photography instructor, author and international guide Ralph Velasco has organized and led more than 70 cultural tours, with a focus on photography, around the world, teaching hundreds of people, just like you, to make great travel photographs.  In this presentation he discusses the importance of working from a Shot List in order to create a varied set of images from any destination, one that tells the complete story of the place. He’ll define exactly what a shot list is and explain how to effectively develop and use one in order to bring back a more interesting and well-rounded set of photos from your travels.

Along with many other practical and easy-to-implement tips, Ralph will reveal his Number One Photo Tip that is guaranteed to take your photography to another level, whatever type of camera you use, or your experience. To visually demonstrate these simple-to-understand concepts, he’ll be using images from his recent trips to India, Romania, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Lapland, Iceland, Morocco, Cuba, Mexico’s Copper Canyon, Cambodia, and others.

Travel AAA - Travel Shows

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Destination Theater

A River Cruise Experience Like No Other

Morgane Beltaief, Director of National Accounts

An AmaWaterways river cruise is about more than the destination – it’s the journey. World-renowned for the unparalleled quality of its fleet, which includes 20 custom-designed ships boasting impeccable service and amenities. AmaWaterways provides all-encompassing river cruise vacations on the most breathtaking waterways of Europe, Africa, and Asia. We invite you to take one of our river cruises and see the world in luxury and comfort.

Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Travel Theater

Rick Steves’ Europe: Cruise Ship or Tour Bus?

Rick Steves, Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves Europe and Travel with Rick Steves

Travel writer Rick Steves explores the pros and cons of exploring Europe by cruise ship, tour bus and independently. Rick wrote the best-selling cruisers’ guide to Mediterranean ports, runs a company that takes 30,000 Americans through Europe each year on his Rick Steves bus tours, and authors the classic Europe Through the Back Door guidebook for independent travelers. And with all that experience, he’ll share a candid and practical review of the options.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Rick Steves Celebrity Travel Speaker

Rick Steves Travel Expert - Travel Expos

11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Travel Theater

European Travel Skills

Rick Steves, Travel Writer, Host of Rick Steves Europe and Travel with Rick Steves

Join travel expert Rick Steves – acclaimed for his bestselling guidebooks and public television series – as he shares the latest in smart European travel. In this entertaining, information-packed slideshow lecture, Rick will explain how to travel smoothly and affordably by stretching your travel dollar, eating and sleeping well, avoiding crowds, and packing smartly. Freshly back from lots of travels, Rick will share exactly how you can enjoy maximum travel thrills for every mile, minute, and euro on your next European adventure.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Travel AAA - Travel Shows

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
Destination Theater

On Stage Alaska

JoJo Molloy and Monte Davis, Alaska & the Yukon Experts

Get to know Holland America Line’s Great Land with an exciting On Stage Alaska® performance — including awe-inspiring Denali National Park and the Yukon’s spectacular wilderness. Join our Alaska & the Yukon Experts as they captivate you with their knowledge and enthusiasm about this magical destination.

Travel AAA - Travel Shows

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Destination Theater

2018 Travel Trends – What and Where are the Most Sought-After Destinations in the World… and Why You Won’t Want to Miss Them!

Kevin Carter, Director of Strategic Partnerships, AAA Member Choice Vacations 

Come hear about destinations that have stood the test of time and are continuously on the top of everyone’s bucket list. Plus what are the new and up-coming destinations that are just emerging and popular? Why are they so special and why you won’t want to miss them!

Angel Castellanos Celebrity Travel Expert - Travel Shows

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Savvy Traveler Theater

Travel Like A Pro: Travel Smart with Technology

Angel Castellanos, World Traveler, Travel Expert, Writer, AngelsTravelLounge.com

Do you want to use your smartphone or other gadgets abroad without going broke? What are the best apps for travel? Angel Castellanos, The Travel Ambassador, delivers his acclaimed “Travel Smart with Technology” seminar to answer all of these questions and so much more. Learn to unlock the potential of your device and travel easy and smarter without getting lost in your phone. This informative and popular presentation prepares travelers so they can confidently use their mobile devices as a tool to travel better and easier. Angel will cover the best travel apps to enhance your travels and allow you to communicate effectively without breaking the bank. No matter how tech savvy you are, you will definitely come away with great advice and helpful apps to travel smarter and better with your technology. Join us for this insightful and dynamic presentation. Travel smart, often and well! www.AngelsTravelLounge.com

Samantha Brown Celebrity Travel Speaker
Places to Love - Samantha Brown

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Travel Theater

Places to Love

Samantha Brown, Host, Places to Love

Samantha talks about her new PBS Travel Series:  Samantha Brown’s Places To Love, and how it creates a new list of must-sees by featuring  the people who are changing, challenging and strengthening a destination.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following
Travel AAA - Travel Shows

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Destination Theater

Hawaii – Our 50th State

Judy Koziel, Business Development Manager, Pleasant Holidays

Welcome to the 50th State- Beautiful Hawaii- see each island and how unique they are… beautiful beaches, lush green valleys, dormant and active volcanoes. Activities and things to see and do in this beautiful destination, or just relax and enjoy the views.

Pauline Frommer Celebrity Travel Expert

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Travel Theater

Spend Less, See More: Strategies for Creating Dream Vacations in ALL Price Ranges

Pauline Frommer, Editorial Director of the Frommer’s Guides and Publisher of Frommers.com

Accommodations, airfares, tours, car rentals, cruises—the truth is there are no set prices for any of these items. Pauline Frommer will give you the tools you need to work the system smartly, creating value-laden holidays, whether you’re a backpacker or a luxury-seeker. Specific tips and tricks for all those categories will be shared. Plus she’ll introduce destinations that you may not have considered visiting, but should.

Autograph Signing Immediately Following