Meet The Team


Bill Panoff

Welcome Aboard, 

I’d like to invite you to  Drop the Anchors, a cruise blog dedicated to providing personal perspectives on what I think is the best way to travel. If you want to get the most out of your next vacation, whether you’re a seasoned cruiser or a total newcomer curious about embarking on your first sea voyage, our crew has something for you. We can promise you the most up-to-date information, unfiltered travel tips, and behind-the-scenes stories from the cruise industry that you might never hear anywhere else. Why? Because we’re people who love cruising, and love telling stories about what we’ve done, what we’ve heard, and what we think is coming next. 

As a former Cruise Director I’ve spent many years working aboard ships. It’s given me a wealth of knowledge about what really goes into making the perfect cruise vacation. I’ve also had the pleasure of hosting the Porthole Cruise and Travel Series  , where I’ve interviewed some of the biggest names in the industry and explored the most exciting destinations in the world. But you might know me best as the publisher of Porthole Cruise and Travel Magazine, which has been publishing stories about all kinds of cruises, from luxury to rugged wilderness adventures, since the 1990s. That’s my background … but I’m only one of the voices you’ll get to know here on Drop the Anchors.  

Together, we’re a crew of travelers who love what we do. Our mission is to share our first-hand experiences and expertise with you, giving you an unparalleled insight into the world of cruising.  It’s not just everything on board. We’ll also be sharing what we know about pre- and post-cruise destinations, shore excursions, stunning hotels, and the in and outs of getting to and from the places you could be enjoying right now. From destination guides and travel tips to sailing the world, Drop the Anchors has it all. So come along and sail  with us!                

See you on board, 

Bill Panoff

Captain, Drop the Anchors

Cruise Anchors

Stephanie Davies

Stephanie Davies is the VP of Digital Marketing at PPI Group/Porthole Cruise and Travel. She oversees the digital department and creates campaigns for clients in the cruise and travel industry. Stephanie enjoys cruising with her family and watching Below Deck!

Julie Rosner

Julie Rosner is the Digital Editorial Manager for Porthole Cruise and Travel. When she is not writing, she enjoys traveling, spending time with family, baking, and playing with her Siberian Husky named Ellie.