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Russell A. (Rusty) Pickett is a retired career Naval officer, having spent more than 26 years as a Submariner. He served in a variety of assignments across the country including Headquarters staffs in Washington DC and Norfolk, Virginia . He was Captain of the nuclear attack submarine USS L. MENDEL RIVERS (SSN 686) homeported in Charleston, South Carolina, as well as Submarine Training Facility, Charleston South Carolina and Navy ROTC at the University of Notre Dame. As a result of his military experience, Rusty has traveled extensively around the world. He has enjoyed more than 60 cruises throughout the Atlantic and Pacific, the Antarctic and the rivers of Europe!

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior from Yale University and has a Master of Business Administration degree from Charleston Southern University.

Although Shellback Cruises is a “cruise oriented” travel agency able to book cruises on any cruise, river cruise or barge company worldwide, we are able to arrange a full assortment of worldwide land/sea packages and select land only packages though such companies as Disney and Disney Adventures, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Holland America/Westours, Globus/Cosmos, Blue Sky Hawaii Tours, Merit Golf Vacations, Abercrombie and Kent, Qantas Vacations, Brendan Worldwide,GoGo Vacations, Pleasant Holidays, Celtic Tours, CIE Tours, Tauck World Discovery and Tauck Bridges, Classic Custom Vacations, Universal Studios Vacations and many others. The company has booked individual, group and fundraising packages for travel worldwide. The company is also a specialist in arranging military - especially Navy - reunions in Charleston, South Carolina. The company's customers live throughout North America and Canada.

Industry/professional certifications include:

Elite Cruise Counsellor: examined and certified by CLIA. Rusty is one of less than several hundred travel agents nationwide to achieve this distinction in North America.  CLIA Luxury Cruise Specialist Member: Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA).  Board Member: CLIA Travel Agent Advisory Board (2005 – 2009); Distinguished Travel Professional by Travel Professionals Network; Member/Advisory Board Member, National Association of Career Travel Agents (NACTA); Member, American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Member Agency: - a network of more than 9000 Agencies!  Member: Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality.

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Shellback Cruises
2131 Westrivers Road
Charleston, SC 29412