Jackie Chase

Jackie Chase

Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Jackie Chase realized in her high school years that she wanted more than just college, a career, and family. While working for an airline she tasted the world and found the nourishment she hungered for. But things change.

Marriage, four children, and dozens of pets all have their demands on one’s life. She introduced her family to other cultures with backpacking/hitchhiking trips to Mexico and Guatemala. Jackie’s daughter Katherine showed a preference for more remote travel compared to sailing trips. And that is when the “real” travel began. After returning from a month with teen Katherine living in huts with Stone Age people, Jackie discovered she loved adventure and photo/journalism. A new career developed. She wrote the featured articles for Transitions Abroad several times as well as for Marco Polo. More changes.

With her marriage over and children grown, she began a search for harmony within herself by traveling the most remote corners of the world. Without any foreign language skills, she figured out how to face the challenges of finding guides and transportation to unknown villages. She began to weave her fascination with other cultures into journals and later books.

Jackie now shares her 110 country travel experiences in five books which have earned over two dozen awards. Her unique “voice,” takes you into the scenes accompanied by story-telling photos of life in cultures we seldom observe

Broken Wing

The goose who wanted to be included


Broken Wing tells the delightful story of how a goose found happiness. Because Broken Wing was not perfect, all the wildlife on his lake home pecked at him causing him to always be alone. One day something wonderful happened which changed his whole life. The beautiful photographs bring the story to life as they help show the life of a goose. Broken Wing’s physical problem is explained at the end of the book. 

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'24-7' Inclusion: Crew Life: Cruise Friendships Book 2


Crew Life presents an anthology of stories told by crew members. The stories are personal and professional, but they have a unique role for today’s times. That role is to share specific ways they have experienced where they came in contact with people from manydifferent countries and cultures, and the result was genuinefriendship.

This book shares a number of stories about fellow workers or crew members who live and work together aboard a floating resort. If you are part of any type of team, whether for profit, government, academic or charity, the stories will likely help you to perform better and perhaps help you advance in your chosen occupation. The stories will certainly show what life is like aboard ship, and why it takes a month or so to get comfortable working at sea; but it will also satisfy your curiosity about the many skills needed to be a success in the hospitality or any other industry.

The setting is the Columbus, one of a fleet of six cruise ships operated by Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV). The people interviewed range from old timers to new hires, and they simply tell about their lives, jobs and family, but they all have in common the desire to get acquainted with their fellow crew members who just happen to be from over a couple dozen countries. That makes for some interesting friendships and reading.

The stories describe the process of befriending people who are different; by the last page, you will remember a number of examples showing how you, too, might be able to greet someone, perhaps born in a foreign country or culture, or at least “different” in some way. If you are curious about the cruise business, you have many more reasons to want to peek beneath the waterline of a cruise ship and learn about the lives of those in this industry who have the pleasant task of pleasing passengers aboard ship.

Curiously, the benefits are not limited to large companies. One seafarer we know reported that his mom, a hairdresser, used the smile and greet friendliness and found her solo-worker business nearly doubled as a result. And this book reports many cases where  promotions seemed to follow inclusion, teamwork, and leadership.

This book shares stories from crew and management on how to deal with life aboard, and how to apply the golden rule of respect for others who may have quite different cultures from yours. The principles shared in this book’s crew comments are applicable to any group of people associated in any type of organization. They are intended to help the reader learn to become a better representative for their employer and even their own families. Respect and smiles help the “smiler” as well as the “smilee”!

Your first introduction will be to the Captain! He is waiting foryou to turn the page and start your exciting journey around the world.

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How to Pack for a World Cruise


How to Pack for a World Cruise smooths the wrinkles of preparing, organizing, and packing for your incredible journey.

Did your unnecessary stuff weigh too much?

Long trips have unique challenges. Overlooking visa requirements can cost you thousands.

For women or men, it's all here. An experienced author is on your side, with more than 15 cruises including two world cruises behind her. Jackie Chase has earned over 30 international awards for her travel books, including two about cruise ships.

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