CLAUDETTE NORTON, CEO
Claudette brings over 40 years of cruise industry and travel wholesale experience to Pineapples and Pinecones. Starting her career in the luxury cruise industry, she has helped to build 5 & 6-Star cruise line companies, such as: Sea Goddess Cruises, Windstar Sail Cruises and most recently Crystal Cruises, where she was the Director of National and International Sales.
In addition, Claudette has a wealth of experience in the Event Management business, providing cruise lines with ship christenings, galas, balls and event planning internationally, handling between 250–1200 guests. Having lived in Hawaii for over 18 years, Claudette saw a need for custom travel programs in Hawaii and Tahiti and created a custom wholesale travel company servicing the needs of Travel Agents with their luxury clientele.
Upon moving to Bend, Claudette then saw the need in this area for a Destination Management Company to service individuals, Travel Agents, corporate meetings, incentives and create an all inclusive vacation experience. Having built four companies, Claudette now has created a company specifically designed to the passions of her heart in both Bend and Hawaii. Herein is our newest venture, and we present Pineapples and Pinecones.
You ask…What’s up with the name?
Pineapples & Pinecones began as a Destination Management Company having deep roots in the Hawaiian Islands and the “Island” of Bend, Oregon. You walk thru Bend and hear “Hawaii” on the lips of every passerby…surfing, white sand beaches, azure blue water, verdant mountains and a love of an active vacation. In turn, Bend has 300 days of sunshine, a love of the summer and winter activities, and a diverse culinary experience and lifestyle that is equally matched with Hawaii.
While we still live between Oregon & Hawaii and continue to offer the "best of the best" in these two destinations, we have branched out to offer TRAVEL SERVICES WORLDWIDE.