The Gothic Cruise Organizers

Zaida - Owner of the Original Gothic Cruise - is what our office now dubs as a gothic-rivet head. Agency Owner and stompy boot addict. She has 20+ years of experience in the travel industry and has logged over 37 cruises. She has worked for Triple AAA, Cendant and American Airlines. She is also a certified travel agent trainer for Sabre. She is the event organizer and owner. Hires the bands, schedules all the activities and works with the sponsors.

The people below lend their time and energy to the gothic cruise at no charge. Though we try to have fun and keep the website “fun”, the people below go out of their way to insure the gothic cruise runs efficiently and remains a fun event for everyone. They have also been known to step up during my times of Illness and have become very dear friends. Their help, work and dedication is appreciated.

Spike - AKA Demonic Mickey & Graphics/Website Extraordinaire!. Spike is Zaida's go to person for our tshirt designs, web designs, cd designs, printing designs, merchandise designs, flyers and business card designs, logo designs (aint spike one talented guy!) and anything else she finds the time to beg and harass him for. Spike also fixes the websites as Zaida crashes them rather regularly. Zaida also regularly bounces idea's off of Spike for future cruises and events. Obsviously, Spike has enough patience to put Mother Theresa to shame. On a more personal note.. Spike has also become a very good friend to Zaida since his first time out of his cave on the 2007 gothic cruise. He often sits on the phone whilst Zaida vents and has nuclear meltdowns. Thank you Spikey. You can beam me up now.

DJ Aesthetic – Our official Gothic Cruise DJ. An avid supporter of the gothic cruise, he makes the magic happen and tirelessly keeps our dance floors full under the taskmasters (that’s me) enthusiastic scheduling! (I work him to exhaustion!) Nathaniel also lends “muskels” to the task to get equipment moved.... For 20 years DJ Aesthetic has been bringing his own unique blend of electro, industrial, dance, and party music to clubs all around the world. Industrial hype man for Bunker.404, MOTHERF*CKER and The Shelter, he’s packed night clubs for decades all to support putting his cats through ninja school. Get ready to dance…

DJ Steven Archer – DJ and Additional Lighting – Yup. That Steven Archer. And he brings his DJ Skills, his projects and his ice cream addiction to the Gothic Cruise’. Steven also provides additional gothic cruise support in special lighting, Tshirt & Towel Designs. Steven Archer is a founding member of Ego Likeness and his side projects Stoneburner & Hopeful Machines. Steven also lends his talents to manual labor of equipment moving and set up. 

A night of both DJ’s spinning off each other in tandem, side by side is NOT TO BE MISSED! This is an awesome added experience to the gothic cruise and we thank both DJ’s for their support and dedication to the gothic cruise!!

Donna Archer – Support & Band Liason as needed - Wife of Steven Archer (you can do it!), Donna lends support to Zaida and has become an asset on the gothic cruise. A calming and supportive force, Donna helps with paperwork, reminders, and relief where needed.

Chris He, DF Productions, Head of Security – Chris brings his venue and production experience to the gothic cruise, ensuring we are all safe during our events. He staffs the security who also double as loarding crew. We welcome this new, and much needed addition to the gothic cruise!

“Pitman” - Public Relations & Word Smith, Forum Moderator. -

We Are A Travel Leaders Travel Agency – (Travel Leaders, formally known as Consortium)and updated certifications by: Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, Cunard and Celebrity.

Zaida has further certifications by another 12 cruise lines and 17 tour companies.

Zaida’s Certifications: (Certificates on File and Available for Verification)

Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruise Lines, Crystal Cruise Lines, Princess Cruise Lines,

Cunard Cruise Lines, Holland America Lines, Trafalgar, Cosmos, Globus, Insight, Viking River Cruises, Sandals, Superclubs,

Club Med, Disney (USA), EuroDisney. A Carnival Cruise Lines Top Agency.

This means Zaida has taken each cruise lines or tour operators certification and education course and has passed.

Destinations Specialization Training: (Certificates on File and Available for Verification)

Grand Cayman, US Virgin Islands, Cozumel, Cancun, Bahamas, Jamaica, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Tahiti, Alaska, Israel, Germany,

Coppenhagen, Eurorail, Japan, Italy, Colorado Ski Specialist, Ireland, Scandinavia, Denmark, Belize, European River Cruising.

Added London and Barcelona in early 2017 Currently working on: Amsterdam, Basel and Germany.

This means Zaida has taken and passed a travel agent certification program offered either through a local department of tourism or an accredited travel agent course.

All certification and destination courses have Travel/Tourism Degree credits attached to them for college equivalents through CLIA and IATA.

We Are A Travel Leaders Travel Agency – (Travel Leaders, formaly known as Consortium)