Expeditions in Etiquette

About Carey Sue Vega

A message from Carey Sue

My first foray into Etiquette Education took place during college as I was working towards my degree in Recreation.  During my Internship at South Seas Plantation on Captiva Island, Florida, I developed a program that I called “Manners Madness” for the recreation department – this was the first opportunity for me to see the little light bulbs going off.  The next chapter took place while working on Cruise Ships for over ten years.  I started as a Youth Coordinator, and quickly worked my way up to Cruise Director.  As a Cruise Director I was placed in many formal environments with Captains, passengers, and other dignitaries where protocol and formalities were of utmost importance.  During this time on ships, I had the opportunity to work with a formally trained English Butler, Ray Williams, who taught me so much about the history and the ‘why’ behind the rules of Etiquette.  When working together, Ray and I would host a fun and entertaining program on sea days for the passengers called, “Table Manners and Party How Tos”.

My husband, Ricardo, and I believe that with my background of small-town Oklahoma roots and our combined years of experience working with an international audience on Cruise Ships,  our skill sets are perfectly suited to working with the youth of our community.  It is our objective to motivate them to reach their fullest potential.  By partnering with their parents, we help to ‘polish’ these youngsters and develop them into self-confident and successful adults.

Since 2001, my husband and I have been privileged to work with thousands of students.  We’ve touched the lives of Oklahoma youth, college students and adults, teaching manners, etiquette and social skills with a fun, fresh and modern approach.  Providing this service is not only our job, it is our passion!


About Carey Sue

The Ponca City, Oklahoma native has done consultant work for businesses, attorneys, doctors and organizations around the world – literally.  For ten years, she honed her skills with an international audience as Cruise Director for the Norwegian Cruise Line.

Vega has been featured in numerous radio and television shows and magazine articles, sharing her etiquette expertise.  But don’t expect this Miss Manners to have a white bun; Carey Sue is a “regular person” who has simply learned to use professionalism to her advantage.

“Etiquette is not about being hoity-toity with your pinky in the air,” says Vega.  “No matter what situation you are in, having good conversational and social skills helps you feel comfortable and helps the people around you feel comfortable.”

She is married to her cruise line sweetheart, Ricardo Vega.  After years at sea, the two decided in 2000 to drop anchor in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.