LATEST CRUISE BOOKINGS
My wife Sue and I work regularly as lecturers on board cruise ships. Since we started this work in 2005, we have made many friends, who often ask about our future cruise plans, and we are always delighted to make new friends. Generally we have responsibility to cover all aspects of the natural history of these trips, both on sea days and on shore, and we love talking to guests on deck as we watch for seabirds or whales, or joining you to spot flowers and wildlife ashore. We will try to keep this page updated with the latest news of our future cruise bookings, either jointly or sometimes just Michael alone.
A new cruising year begins with two legs of the Navigate the World 2018 world cruise on board Seven Seas Navigator for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. The first leg that we will be joining can be booked separately as UNTAMED DISCOVERIES. It leaves Singapore on March 13th, calling at Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi in Malaysia and Phuket in Thailand (new ports for us), then on to Colombo in Sri Lanka, Malé in the Maldives, an overnight in Mahé in the Seychelles, Port Louis on Mauritius and Pointe de Galets on Réunion, before more return visits to Richards Bay, Durban and East London in South Africa, ending in Cape Town on April 7th. Full details here.
We then stay on Navigator for what will undoubtedly be our highlight cruise of 2018, including the first visit by Regent Seven Seas Cruises to Tristan da Cunha, the remote Atlantic island whose marine life Sue has been studying for more than 10 years. SAVANNAHS & SAMBA begins in Cape Town on April 7th, then visits Luderitz and one of Michael's all-time-favourite ports, Walvis Bay, both in Namibia. Four days at sea then takes us to 'the Settlement' (officially Edinburgh of the Seven Seas) on Tristan; the chance of landing passengers there with ship tenders are probably low, but hopefully at least we will be able to invite some of the islanders onto the ship to meet them and hear about their lives. We then have five more days at sea to Montevideo in Uruguay, Buenos Aires in Argentina, then back to Uruguay and Punta del Este, two days at sea to Santos for São Paulo in Brazil and ending in Rio de Janeiro on 30th April (see map below). Full details of that remarkable cruise are on the RSCC website here.
After a short break away from our 'home from home', we're due back on Seven Seas Navigator again on June 21st for VINEYARDS TO VIKINGS, which sails from New York on June 21st, visiting Martha's Vineyard, Boston and Bar Harbour, before continuing to Canada and Halifax, Sydney and Corner Brook. Two days at sea then takes us to Nuuk and Paamiut in Greenland with a transit of Prins Christian Sund, and on to Isafjordur in Iceland before ending in Reykjavik on 6th July. More on that one here.
I or we then have a very short turnaround, before a welcome return visit to Viking Ocean Cruises with a cruise called INTO THE MIDNIGHT SUN on board Viking Sea. The cruise begins in Bergen on July 10th, visiting some of our favourite Norwegian ports including Geiranger, Molde, Tromso, Honningsvag, and Leknes in the Lofoten Islands, before calling at Lerwick in Shetland, Kirkwall in Orkney, Edinburgh and ending in Greenwich for London. Find our more about this delightful cruise here.
Next up, we rejoin Seven Seas Navigator on August 1st for another ARCTIC EXPLORATION. This one begins in Copenhagen on August 1st, stopping at various ports up the coast of Norway including our second visit to Hammerfest, before continuing on to Murmansk, Solovestsky Islands and Arkhangelsk in the Russian Federation. The return trip takes us back to Honningsvåg and Kristiansund, then Lerwick in Shetland, Rosyth for Edinburgh and Newcastle before ending in Amsterdam on August 21st. Read more about that one on the Regent website here.
We then return to Viking Ocean Cruise for IN THE WAKE OF THE VIKINGS on board Viking Sea. This cruise has been re-scheduled twice, but now starts in Bergen on September 4th, visiting Lerwick in Shetland, Torshavn on the Faroe Islands, Reykjavik in Iceland, then across to Nanortalik and Qaqortoq in Greenland. A day across the Labrador Sea then takes us to L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland, then into the Gulf of St Lawrence with a visit to Saguenay, on to Quebec City and ending in Montreal on September 18th. See the Viking website here for details of that great adventure.
Then, after a short break at home (and in a change of our previously listed schedule), we'll be joining Seven Seas Mariner in Miami on October 10th for PANAMA TO PARADISE. This visits Grand Cayman island, and Cartagena in Colombia before another passage of the Panama Canal. Then it's Golfito and Puntarenas in Costa Rica, Corinto in Nicaragua, Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala, and Acapulco and Cabo St Lucas in Mexico, before a visit to San Diego in California. That is followed by 5 days at sea before visiting Kahului in Maui and ending on Honolulu in Hawai'i on November 1st. See more about the cruise here.
We then end the year with a return visit to New Zealand back again on board Seven Seas Mariner for RSCC. ANCIENT FJORDS & MODERN CITYSCAPES begins In Auckland on November 30th, with visits to Tauranga, Gisborne, Wellington, Lyttleton for Christchurch and Port Chalmers for Dunedin, all in New Zealand, then onto Burnie in Tasmania, Melbourne, Gelong and Eden in Australia before ending in Sydney on December 15th. Here's the link for details on that cruise.
2019 will begin back on Viking Ocean Cruises, IN SEARCH OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS on Viking Sky. This cruise begins with an overnight in Bergen on Friday 25th January, then visits Narvik, a 2-day stay in Narvik, followed by 2 days in Tromsø (both to allow for nighttime excursions in search of aurorae), then stops in Bodø and Stavanger, before ending in Tilbury for London on Wednesday 6th February. There is more about that cruise here.
It's then a return to Regent Seven Seas Cruises, but for the first time on their newest ship Seven Seas Explorer, for 2½ back-to-back cruises. The first, INCA TREASURE & MAYAN TEMPLES begins in Valparaiso on 17th February with our lecture colleague, Terry Breen, on board. Michael then takes over in Guayaquil, Ecuador on 25th February, sailing to Puntarenas, Costa Rica, San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and ending in Los Angeles on March 9th. More details of that cruise are on the Regent website here.
The following cruise, MEXICAN RIVIERA TO PANAMA CANAL, leaves Los Angeles the same evening and stops at essentially the same ports in reverse order, but with Corinto in Nicaragua instead of San Juan del Sur. We then transit the Panama Canal (Michael's 5th transit) to visit Cartagena in Colombia and George Town in the Cayman Islands before ending in Miami on 25th March. Go here for more details on that cruise.
To reduce our 'air miles', we then stay on Explorer for ESCAPE TO THE AZORES, a 14-night cruise from Miami on March 25th back to Lisbon on April 8th, via Bermuda, Horta and Ponta delgada on the Azores, and Funchal on Madeira. Full details here.
This is then followed by two spectacular, back-to-back trips for Viking Ocean Cruises. The first of these, NORTH PACIFIC PASSAGE on one of their newest ships, Viking Orion, will sail from Yokohama, the port for Tokyo, on May 5th, visiting Sapporo for Otaru in Japan, then on to Korsakov on Sakhalin Island in the Russian Federation and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky on the fabled Kamchatka Peninsula. We then gain a day crossing the International Date Line before visiting Dutch Harbour on Unalaska, Kodiak Island, Seward, Valdez, Hubbard Glacier, Sitka and Ketchikan in Alaska, and ending in Vancouver, British Columbia on 26th May (see map below). Full details of that cruise to little-visited ports is here.
We then stay on Viking Orion for the company's first venture in Alaska and the first of a summer of ALASKA & THE INSIDE PASSAGE cruises. Our cruise will depart Vancouver on 26th May and sails the Seymour Narrows to Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, Hubbard Glacier, Valdez and ending in Seward on June 1st, We look forward to return to explore Alaska further at this delightful time of year. Read more about that cruise on the Viking website here.
A month off, then we make a return to Seven Seas Navigator for two legs of her GRAND ARCTIC QUEST. For the first leg, FROM NORSEMEN TO ROYALS, we join the ship in Reykjavik on July 11th for a 14-night trip via Patreksfjorður and Husavik in Iceland, Torshavn on the Faroe Islands, Lerwick in Shetland, Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand and Oslo in Norway, Copenhagen and Skagen in Denmark, and Zeebrugge in Belgium, ending in Southampton, England on July 25th, More about that cruise here.
We then stay on for the next leg, NORWAY EXPLORATION, which begins in Southampton on July 25th, and then heads north via Haugesund, Flåm, Trondheim and Hammerfest in Norway, and on to Murmansk, Solovestsky and Archangel in Arctic Russia. We then return via Honningsvåg and Kristiansund in Norway, Lerwick on Shetland, Leith for Edinburgh, and Newcastle, ending in Amsterdam on August 13th (see map below). Check here for further information.
After a short break at home, we join Seven Seas Mariner in Vancouver, for the first of three short, back-to-back cruises in the 'inside passage' of Alaska. FOLK TALES & WHALE TAILS is a 7-night cruise, departing September 4th, from Vancouver to Seward (for Anchorage), stopping at Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway, Sitka and cruising the Hubbard Glacier. Details of that one are here. SPIRIT OF THE FRONTIER is essentially the same cruise in reverse, departing from Seward on September 11th, and sailing south to Vancouver (full details here). That's followed by WONDROUS WEST COAST, departing September 18th, from Vancouver to Los Angeles, again visiting Ketchikan, Juneau, the Hubbard Glacier, and Sitka, but then stopping at Victoria in Canada, Astoria in Oregon, and San Francisco on the southwards journey - see here for the full details.
Next up, probably Michael only will join GRAND ATLANTIC & AZORES on Seven Seas Explorer, heading westwards from Lisbon on November 23rd, with stops at Funchal on Madeira, Ponta Delgada and Horta in the Azores, and King's Wharf in Bermuda, before reaching Miami on December 7th. Read more about that cruise here.
We begin the year auspiciously back on Seven Seas Navigator for three more back-to-back cruises, starting with an amazing 36-night trip, appropriately called CIRCLE AUSTRALIA. This begins in Sydney on January 23rd and ending up back there on February 28th. See the map below for the full anti-clockwise navigation of the continent, and check here for more details of this very unusual cruise.
We then stay on Seven Seas Navigator for a welcome return to some NEW ZEALAND SPLENDOR, on a cruise which departs Sydney on February 28th and visits Melbourne and Burnie in Australia, Milford Sound, Dunedin, Akaroa, Wellington, Napier, Tauranga (for Rotorua) and Bay of Islands, all in New Zealand, before disembarking in Auckland on March 13th. Read all about that cruise here.
We, however, stay on for the next leg too, TAHITIAN TRADITIONS, departing Auckland later on March 13th. That one also visits Bay of Islands, then on to new territory for us: Norfolk Island (Australia), Noumea in New Caledonia, Lautoka and Suva in Fiji, Apia and Pago Pago in Samoa, and Bora Bora and Moorea in French Polynesia, before ending in Papeete, Tahiti on March 28th (see map below, or check here for further details). You can also do the latter two cruises as one delightful package, PACIFIC WONDER - see details here.
We are always happy to discuss future opportunities with cruise companies, either directly or via the P&R Agency at Peel Talent.