Born and raised in McKeesport,Pennsylvania (15 miles from Pittsburgh), Dottie is celebrating 22 years in the cruise industry. Dottie enjoyed her first cruise while
studying at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and fell in love with the sea. Upon completing her degree in Journalism, Dottie was employed as Director of Public Relations at McKeesport Hospital
for seven years.
In 1988 Dottie began her career at sea as a Hostess and then was promoted to Assistant Cruise Director after her first year. For the last 14 years she has been a Cruise Director on ships sailing Europe, South America, the Mediterranean, Alaska,South Pacific, Hawaii and of course the Caribbean. Dottie says “What’s not to like? I have traveled the world, made many friends, enjoyed very special times and got paid for it!” Seriously she says, “You don’t spend 22 years at sea if you don’t love it.” When not cruising, she enjoys spending time in Pittsburgh, Orlando and Atlanta with her family. Her hobbies include making pirogues for her family from her Mom’s special recipe. Dottie was married in 1999 after an extensive search for “Mr. Right”, Dottie and her husband, Stand-Up Comedian Tom Drake, have a home in Kissimmee, Florida.
It was so great meeting you and your fabulous wife Dottie! Anytime I can spread the good word on your performance here at Citrus Hills I will gladly do so. Our members raved about your performance. They loved the fact that your show felt as though it was unscripted. You kept them in stitches and the show just kept taking new twists and turns with each story. I, of course, love the fact that you are a true professional (i.e. showed up timely, came dressed in a nice suit and did not use profanity in your show). Any Social Director or Event Planner would be silly for turning you away from performing at their venue.
Nicholle Fernandez Event Coordinator Citrus Hills CC
Our members at Quail Creek are still taking about your performance! You relate so well to their everyday life and travels. From your stories at the dreaded “Costco” to the jokes of traveling the world they were all very much engaged. You have a talent of keeping your act clean and tasteful, but still achieving optimum humor! By far the best comedian act we have had at our club!
Thanks so much,
Food and Beverage Director Quail Creek CC