CAPTAIN: Douglas Meier
Doug’s love affair with the sea started at an early age while spending summers on the Jersey shore with his family. This led him to the U.S. Coast Guard. After five years, Doug moved in the private yacht sector and was mate/engineer on a very well-known 114 ft. charter yacht operating in the Caribbean basin and western north Atlantic. Doug was honored by winning five Antigua Charter Yacht Show awards and four Boat International/U.S. classic yacht awards, and his last award was at the 2017 Newport Charter Show for best charter crew at the charter yacht hop event.
CHEF: Ian Gabbe
Ian has been cooking for over 30 years and been a chef for 25 years. He attended a three-year apprentice program that was sponsored by the American Culinary Federation. He is relatively new to yachting but has worked for several world-renowned chefs. He grew up in Jacksonville Fl. but recently moved back to Florida after living in Seattle for the last 10 years. He has entered and won multiple food competitions including the 2017 Newport Charter Yacht show, which he took first place in. His hobbies include hiking, bicycling, and riding motorcycles. He also considers cooking a hobby in addition to a profession.
FIRST MATE: Amber Mickelic
Amber grew up in the beautiful panhandle of Northwest Florida in Panama City Beach, where she found a love for the water and outdoors. Amber's hobbies include kayaking, cycling, yoga, surfing and enjoying the beach. She is a licensed massage therapist with a passion for travel and exploration. She has an extensive background in hospitality, and her commitment and service to M/Y Renaissance's guests is at the highest of standards. Her perfect day off would be at the beach under the sun catching waves.
CHIEF STEWARDESS: Ginny Polin
Ginny grew up in upstate New York and is now living in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. She has been working at sea since she graduated from the University of Arizona in 2011. She started her career on cruise ships as a photographer and then made her way into the yachting industry. She loves being on the water and exploring the world. She hopes to bring her many years of experience to make your vacation the best it can be.
DECKHAND: Mitchell Davison
Mitchell is from sunny Orlando, Fl., where the outdoor life came easily to him. After studying pre-med in school for several years, his passion for travel took him into the yachting field. After working on a sports fisherman vessel, he transitioned to M/Y Renaissance to get a higher standard of service under his belt. He enjoys rock climbing, free diving, and mountaineering. When Mitchell isn’t working he likes to take cross-country trips with his buddies.
SECOND STEWARDESS: London Shaw
London is from Fenton, Mich., where she grew up on Silver Lake doing many water sports. After several years of customer service as a barista with her family business, she decided to move to Florida to start her career in yachting. Luckily she didn’t have to search long for her perfect vessel and joined the Renaissance crew. You can find London at the golf course or at the beach when she isn’t at work.