Jim West is a world traveler and cruise expert and worked as a professional cruise director for over ten years, with a nautical diary of over 1563 cruises! He has explored all seven continents and was featured as the cruise expert on the Travel Channel’s program “Cruise Ships FAQ.”

Following his cruise expedition in Antarctica with Sir Edmund Hillary, Jim wrote his first best-selling book, The Essential Little Cruise Book, containing over 750 practical cruising tips. Hillary provided a quote for the cover, commenting, “A very practical book with sound information for everyone, from people planning their first cruise adventure to hardened travel agents.”

With the endorsement of one of the greatest explorers of our time, Jim set his sights and career on a journey some can only hope and dream to achieve. He created the travel company Craftours, which has become the largest tour operator in the world for people who craft. Jim has affectionately been called the “International Ambassador of Arts and Culture,” and is truly an expert on crafting around the world, having traveled to over 146 countries and encouraging and lifting master artisans to a place of worldwide recognition with his Emmy-nominated television show, Destination Craft with Jim West.

He created an international philanthropic program called The Colors of Kids, where children in primary schools around the world paint pictures that are sold online as part of a fund-raising effort to purchase much needed desks, chairs, playground equipment, computers and essential school supplies.

Jim was the founder and managing director of the first International Quilt Festival of Ireland and the first International Batik Expedition in Bali. He created the very first and longest running online magazine in the craft industry called “Craftposium,” and is a contributing author in the best-selling Chicken Soup books- Chicken Soup for the Traveler’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Soul-Christmas Virtues. He is a member of the prestigious Producers Guild of America, the Screen Actors Guild, the Academy of Television, Arts and Sciences, and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

With the launch of Craftours Cruise Rebate Program, participants have the great opportunity to plan a cruise of their choice with any cruise line, give their reservation to Craftours to receive a wonderful onboard credit to spend during their cruise. It's a perfect formula where everyone wins.