Monthly Archives: August 2015

Expedia CruiseShipCenters Drops Anchor in Bellevue

Local Entrepreneur to Help Customers Plan their Perfect Vacation
Planning a vacation has just become a lot easier for families in Bellevue and Kirkland. With the desire and expertise to help their community find the right vacation, local entrepreneur, Elbert Stockberger, has opened his first Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise at 661 120th Ave NE, Suite 13B. 
Expedia CruiseShipCenters – part of Expedia Inc., one of the largest travel companies in the world – offers cruise vacations and much more through its 190 locations across North America.

Customers are able to choose from numerous vacation possibilities over land, sea and air, including customized trips, coach & rail tours and insurance – all at Expedia prices. In addition to the research and booking features available on their local website, Stockberger and his team offer personal travel consultations in person, through email or over the phone, so customers always have the freedom to book when, where and how they choose.

“I look forward to working with the community to help them find the cruise, land based vacation or adventure tour that is a perfect fit for their needs,” Stockberger, owner of Expedia CruiseShipCenters in Bellevue, said. “The Internet can become overwhelming when trying to plan a vacation. With so many options available, customers really want to speak to an expert. Our team of Travel Consultants are experts at explaining the differences among ships and cruise lines to help our customers find the vacation that’s perfect for them.” 
Expedia CruiseShipCenters Travel Consultants are provided with extensive training and marketing support which allows them to become navigators of spectacular vacation experiences, even with no travel experience. “We are actively recruiting Travel Consultants to work full-time or part-time, with the flexibility to work from home when they are not in the retail center,” claims Stockberger. “Our agents have the freedom and flexibility to build their travel business on their own terms with the power of Expedia behind them.”
After spending most of his career in the technology sector, with high-level jobs at Coinstar and Naverus (now GE Aviation), Stockberger has discovered a way to combine his business management expertise with his passion for travel. At the age of 50, Stockberger has been on 10 cruises and traveled the world, including stops in France, Spain, New Zealand, Greece, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and more. Stockberger used his milestone 50th birthday as an opportunity to shift gears. He yearned for more than being a project manager and business systems implementation manager, and decided to follow his passion for cruising full time. From seeing firsthand how frequently the ships and routes change, Stockberger is pleased to provide a location for the people of Bellevue to come in and talk to a travel agent and cruise expert before going on vacation.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and its cruise line members are projecting a positive year of growth with a 2015 passenger forecast of 22.2 million worldwide, according to data from Cruise Market Watch. To meet the growing demand for this high value vacation, cruise lines continue to invest billions, with seven new cruise ships expected to enter the market in 2015 in addition to the 14 ships that were introduced last year.
For more information or to research vacation options, visit or call (425) 822-7327.
About Expedia CruiseShipCenters
Named a fast-growing franchise by MSN Money, Expedia CruiseShipCenters provides exceptional value and expert advice for travelers booking cruises and vacations through its network of more than 190 retail travel agency franchises. As part of the Expedia, Inc. family of brands, the company’s 4,000 Vacation Consultants sell a wide range of vacation products including cruises, flights, hotels, vacation packages, tours, excursions and more. The company has been navigating spectacular vacation experiences for customers across North America for more than 27 years. For more information on Expedia CruiseShipCenters, visit

Winetasting Fundraiser at The Bravern to Benefit the Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra September 19th

Sommelier Elton Nichols Leads Wine Auction and Fundraiser  The Lake Washington Symphony Orchestra will hold its third annual fundraiser, a wine tasting at the The Bravern in Bellevue, on Saturday September 19th. The event will begin at 4:30pm with VIP tasting of 3 premier wines. General admission is from 5-7pm and includes a champagne welcome and 3 wine tastings paired… Continue Reading


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Switchfly Labor Day Study Names Nassau #1 Destination

Data released today from Switchfly show people squeezing in one last weekend of beach time before Autumn hits Switchfly, Inc., the technology company powering travel search, booking and loyalty point redemption solutions for travel booking companies, today released its Labor Day Travel Study about U.S. travelers’ preferred Labor Day destinations. The data was obtained through Switchfly’s platform… Continue Reading


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Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board Names MacEwan Interim CEO

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board recently took action to appoint Pam MacEwan CEO until such time a new CEO is named. She will be replacing outgoing CEO Richard Onizuka who announced he was stepping down from the role on August 28. “I deeply appreciate the support provided me by the Board, Exchange leadership and our… Continue Reading


On Aug. 31, Google and Kirkland residents will celebrate a new, highly-anticipated recreational space along the Cross Kirkland Corridor next to Google’s Kirkland campus. The $3 million project transformed a section of the abandoned rail corridor into a public open space with new recreational opportunities for Kirkland’s residents, as well as Google employees.  The new area… Continue Reading

Bellevue College names new VP of Economic and Workforce Development

Position will provide business, industry and economic leadership on Eastside campus Bellevue College has appointed Albert Lewis, Jr. as Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development.  In this role, he will work to expand the college’s outreach in the business, industry and economic development sectors while responding to local economic development and training needs for… Continue Reading

Is the American Dream Dead?

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Thirty-seven students graduated from The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington

The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington (CITC) held its 2015 graduation ceremony June 19th at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. There were 37 graduating students representing four of CITC’s state-approved trades: Carpentry, Electrical, Heavy Equipment Operator and Plumbing. “The number of students enrolling in CITC’s programs is increasing since the economy has rebounded,” said… Continue Reading