Gerry Barker’s Bio

Gerry Barker

The first thing to know about me is my name. It is spelled like “Jerry” but pronounced “Gary.” No, my parents don’t know why. I even blogged about it – “Gerry Pronounced Gary,” if you want to know more. The second thing would be I am a life-long journalist. My career has taken me through The Austin American-Statesman, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch, the Tampa Tribune and The Palm Beach Post.

AllThingsCruise 10 Year Writing AwardWriting is my first love. Feature writing, opinion columnist, entertainment, including five years as a rock music critic. When I landed in Florida, I got the opportunity to write about travel, and specifically, cruise travel. I was hooked. More than two dozen cruises later, my wife and life companion, Pamela and I launched a blog, Cruising Squared, which we later incorporated into an expanded lifestyle and travel website,

Travel has always been a major part of our lives since that first honeymoon trip to St. John in the Virgin Islands. What can be better than combining two great loves – travel and writing? Pam is also a published author, with five books available on Amazon (—author.html).

What else do you need to know about me? We have one son, Brandon, a recent graduate of the University of Miami Law School and Reggie, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who also lays claim to a big piece of our hearts. Both Pam and I subscribe to the Auntie Mame philosophy: “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death.” So in that spirit, Bon voyage!

Pam and Reggie in Key West
Pam and Reggie in Key West, 90 miles from Cuba
Brandon Barker
Son Brandon, the lawyer
Reggie Barker
Reggie guards one our favorite pastimes, a martini




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