About

Dave


If anyone ever tells you that nothing good ever comes from Happy Hour than they’ve never been on a Friends of  Dave Tour  in Warnemünde or an AmaWaterways river cruise adven- ture with DNA Tours.

In 2009 I took a trip to the Baltic and saw a perfect opportunity to apply my talents. When we arrived, there was no alternative for those who didn’t wish to go to Berlin so I organised the day for myself and 23 other friends I'd met through Cruise Critic and we had a most magnifi- cent time.

All day long, people kept saying to me, “Dave, this was the best day. However did you think of that? How did you find this place? You should do this for a living”. Later during Happy Hour on the Celebrity Constellation, Friends of Dave Tours was born over a Martini Flight and lots of good wishes.

And the rest is history…

Friends of Dave Tours was founded as my own tour guide service that allows me to combine my unique
views as an American living Germa- ny with my extensive travel experi - ences. Along with a quick wit and a fascination with history and you have the perfect day.

If ever there was a job meant for me, this is it.

 

I started out at Disney World in Orlando, Florida in 1983 and honed my skills in hospitality between the mouse house and my college jobs with Hilton Hotels. After stints at Presbyterian College and FSU, I entered the cruise industry and it was no looking back. I landed in Frankfurt, Germany in the 90s and have been travelling the world ever since. Upon first arriving in Germany, I developed an English Consultancy business and enjoyed working with executives at the highest levels in Deutsche Bank, Lufthansa AirPlus, IKEA, European Central Bank and others. But the call of travel was too intense and the hole in the market for a truly dynamic and engaged tour of the
Mecklenburg area was tailor made for me to fill.

200 5 star TripAdvisor ratings later and a Friends of Dave tour in Warnemünde is now the MUST BOOK item on the Baltic itinerary.

One day someone asked me if I had ever been on a river cruise, seeing as how I had already sailed on ocean going vessels over 70 times. It wasn’t something I had thought appropri- ate to my age level, but after some digging I discovered AmaWaterways and another great partnership was born.

 

I founded DNA Tours, GmbH as my own river cruise travel agency and have become one of their top inter- national sellers in just a short time. 12 river cruises later I find the com- bination of luxury, respect for peo- ple and culture, excellent food and service and the philosophy of put- ting the guest first makes

AmaWaterways the perfect fit for me and my guests. Each year, I lead 5-7 river cruise trips on select Ama- Waterways departures in Europe and Asia and I consult and organise private river cruise trips for those who wish to travel on other dates or on a romantic escape.

On a personal note, I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, grew up in Orlando, Florida and moved to
Germany in 1999. I've been all over the world many times, and enjoy reading, visiting friends, and great food and wine. I currently shuttle between Berlin and my home on the Baltic Sea in Warnemünde, Germa- ny with my two dwarf dachshunds, Clio & Chloé and a wonderful partner.