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Meet the Crew

Volunteer Princess Cruises is a small, family owned and operated business consisting of four full-time employees and several part time employees that work as crew. Each family member works year-round and performs multiple duties on an everyday basis to make sure the Volunteer Princess offers a unique and memorable experience for its guests. 

The captains of the Volunteer Princess are Coast Guard certified and licensed professionals whose highest priority is the safety and security of our passengers. Each possess a 100 Ton Masters Coast Guard License.

All ship employees and wait staff are professionally trained by our captain to perform all necessary safety drills. Nowhere else will you find a staff and crew so dedicated to both your safety and enjoyment on-board.

Walter LeMasurier, PresidentWalter LeMasurier, PresidentWalter, our English boss man, has lived around the world! Coming from London, he has shared his English quirks with Ontario, Peru, Miami and Kuwait. How he ended up in Knoxville is a mystery, but we’re glad to have him! You can find Walter in three different places: greeting each and every guest that arrives, washing dishes in the galley with his wife, Beverly, or taking a nap in one of our leather chairs. If you discover him sleeping, make all the noise you want, he won’t wake up. He is a successful business man, with his experiences in finance and property taxes.  His favorite yacht cuisines are the shrimp and cheesecake, though not necessarily together (we hope). Walter is determined to keep the Princess operationally sound, as well as meet every person on board.
Beverly LeMasurier, Vice President of Food ServiceBeverly LeMasurier, Vice President of Food ServiceIf there is one person on the Princess that you should get to know, it’s Beverly. She is our cooking, cleaning and event planning extraordinaire. The crew knows not to mess with her; I mean, she IS the one that feeds the poor college crew members! Heads up crew: she’s wanting to introduce new menu items! Coming from Chicago, San Francisco and Ft. Lauderdale. Beverly knows her way around. She has also worked in Pigeon Forge before finally settling in Knoxville with her hubby, Walter. Her hobbies are volunteering, shopping and spending time with friends, but you’ll most likely find her in the galley cooking up a storm! Guests should stop by and peak their head in to say hello. This friendly lady is all about talking and meeting new people. She might even give you an extra bite of her gourmet meals!
Chris LeMasurier, Captain and VP Operations and WebmasterChris LeMasurier, Captain and VP Operations and WebmasterChris is our all-American, southern-bred captain, wake-boarder and professional water tuber. He graduated at University of Tennessee in 2006 with a Business Management degree, but decided to attain his US Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captain’s license in 2007. Who could blame him? He works on the river everyday with his wife, Nikki, and parents. Chris is always ready for a challenge, whether that be docking the boat in windy weather, working on our yacht’s engines in the 100-degree engine room or being the coach of the unruly VPC softball team. Though his short-term goal is a bit unattainable (wakeboarding behind the Princess... yeah right), his plan to keep the yacht in ideal condition is quite successful.
Nikki LeMasurier, Vice President of Marketing and Event PlanningNikki LeMasurier, Vice President of Marketing and Event PlanningNikki was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and moved to Knoxville in May 2003 to work towards her degree in Early Childhood Education at the University of Tennessee.  She completely changed courses after graduating and marrying her captain charming, Chris LeMasurier.  Nikki is now our Cruise Coordinator on board and loves to plan events, interact with our guests and give her mother-in-law, "Chef Bev" as Nikki likes to say, a helping hand in the galley.  Nikki's short term goal is to find the time to get her Captain's License.  This way Captain Chris will stop making her refer to him as Captain or Master (as he has his Masters Captain's License).  When asked about working with clients, Nikki says, "By the time their event rolls around, they have become my friend and literally a part of our VPC family."  She like to evaluate a cruise based on the number of hugs she gets as people disembark. So please, give her a big bear hug before you journey home! 
Max Archey, First Mate/BartenderMax Archey, First Mate/BartenderBeing from the outdoorsy town of Chattanooga, TN, Max loves anything to do with water and athletics. Seeing as though he's worked on the VPC since December of 2010 he has put in his sweet time on the Princess' stairs all while working on the water (perfect fit!). Max is the one employee that has been with us for the longest time. This is why he has been entrusted as first mate and Captain Chris even allows him to drive our stretch golf cart. Rest assured that you are in good hands when Max is on board. Not only is he our go-to guy when it comes to yacht safety and proper docking, but Max is clutch when it comes to mixing up cocktails. This might be attributed to his being a senior at the University of TN, but he sure can make a righteous Margarita and his one arm mixing is sure to impress you next time you are on board. Max is majoring in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management and when asked what his short term goals are, her responds, "right now I'm just kind of in college and going with the flow." That's Max for you, a go-with-the-flow kind of guys that mixes up excellent cocktails!
Kevin Nowell, Bartender, Crew Member, ServerKevin Nowell, Bartender, Crew Member, ServerTo put it shortly, Kevin is our personal comedic relief. Brother to our events coordinator, Nikki, Kevin has worked for VPC from the very beginning. He has been with us for the longest out of any of our crew so he should be the one to answer any of your questions. By day, he’s an insurance agent, training to be an actuary. By night, he is one of our master bartenders. His social hobbies include tennis, camping and paddling. His solo-hobbies include reading and going to the movie theater by himself, really he prefers it this way! Kevin is great at posing for camera pictures (check out our Facebook albums), discussing the latest pop culture and getting everybody to enjoy their time on the yacht! Kevin's short term goals are to get on the ever popular show, Big Brother, and take home the W! Then he can quit his job and go hike the Appalachian Trail. When asked what he thinks our guests should know about the VPC he says, "That we do have life jackets and they are available for rent. You should also know that I am only kidding."
Lisa Nowell, Lead Galley, Lead Server, Bartender & Crew MemberLisa Nowell,  Lead Galley, Lead Server, Bartender & Crew MemberYes, my friends, this is Kevin and Nikki's little sister, Lisa! You might hear her brother and sister refer to her as Left Ear Lisa or Lisaeatsapizza. She has worked with the Volunteer Princess off and on since she moved to Knoxville for school in August of 2007! Lisa is a UTK logistic grad and after working for almost a year in that field she decided to switch career paths and go back to school to become a PA. She is currently taking prerequisites to get into the PA school of her choice. She spends her days studying and sitting in class, so when she works on board she is ready to mix, mingle and show our guests a great time. Lisa can do everything on the yacht and on your next cruise you can find her behind the bar as your friendly bartender, tying up the yacht as your trusted crew members, serving you dinner as your attentive server, or in the galley as your dedicated sous chef. However, Lisa's favorite time to be on the yacht is when she comes on board as a guest! She says, "I love to sit in the comfy chairs and drink mimosas while tailgating with the Vol Navy before a UT home game!"

Makenzie Franklin, Lead Server

One of our most valued team members might be a little hard to spot at first but after you get to know her, Makenize is one to remember.  Reigning from Northern Virginia, just outside of DC, this little ball of fire is witty and very outgoing!  This comes in handy working here at the Princess as well as at her other job as a part of the the UTK Vol Team who host new football recruits.  The more you talk to Makenzie the more you will want to keep talking to her as you find out she has so many layers!  She wants to study abroad, work at a summer camp in Alaska, do mission work, enter the air force as an officer in the medical field and eventually become an orthopedic surgeon.  Man this girl has dream and goals! On top of it all she plays the guitar and loves to sing (she is really good at them both too!).  If you really ask sweetly I am positive you could get her to sing or perform for you.  I know this because once you all depart the yacht and it is just the crew remaining, she likes to turn up the music and blare rap as we clean!