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.
In August, Michael (with Sue) will be back as a Smithsonian speaker on Seven Seas Navigator for a cruise called EXTRAORDINARY NORTHERN EXPLORATION, leaving from Montreal on August 18th, via Quebec and Saguenay (with the chance of belugas!), Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island, St Pierre & Miquelon, and St John's in Newfoundland, before sailing across to Greenland with stops in Nuuk, Paamiut and Qaqortoq and a scenic transit of Prins Christian Sund, before ending in Reykjavik in Iceland on September 1st. Visit the RSSC website here for details of that amazing trip (see below).
We then stay on board Navigator for a few extra days at the start of the next cruise, IDYLLIC FJORDS, visiting Isafjordur and Akureyri in Iceland and Torshavn in the Faroe Islands, before leaving the ship in Ålesund, Norway, before being replaced for the rest of the cruise by Terry Bishop as Smithsonian speaker.
Our next trips are 'overland' tours, not cruises, for the Smithsonian Institution visiting Machu Picchu and the Galapagos Islands in September and October 2017, so click here or on the 'Smithsonian Journeys' tab on the left for more information on those trips.
2017 ends with two more Regent Seven Seas cruises on board Seven Seas Navigator. The first, somewhat oddly entitled GLAMOROUS GUSTAVIA, sails from Miami on November 12th, with calls in Puerto Rico, Antigua, Martinique, Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia and indeed Gustavia on St Barts, before returning to Miami on 25th November. Further details of that one are available here.
This is immediately followed by EAST, WEST & PANAMA CANAL. As well as Michael's 3RD transit of the canal, this cruise includes visits to George Town on Grand Cayman island, Cartagena in Columbia, Golfito and Puntarenas in Costa Rica, Corinto in Nicaragua, Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala, Acapulco and Cabo San Lucas in Mexico and ending in Los Angeles on December 11th. See more on the Regent website here.
2018 begins with three 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 AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE. This begins in Auckland on February 6th, with return visits for us to Tauranga for Rotorua, Napier, Picton and Port Chalmers for Dunedin, as well as a first visit to Lyttelton for Christchurch, all in New Zealand. Then it's on, via Milford Sound, to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Port Lincoln and Esperance in Australia before ending in Fremantle (for Perth) on 25th February. Read more about that cruise here.
After a brief return home to recharge our batteries, we rejoin Navigator for two back-to-back cruises, The first of these, UNTAMED DISCOVERIES, 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 Saquenay, on to Quebec City and ending in Montreal on September 18th. See the Viking website here for details of that great adventure.
It's then back onto Seven Seas Navigator for NORTHEAST BRILLIANCE, a 10 night cruise departing from New York on October 18th and calling at Newport on Rhode Island, then Portland and Bar Harbor in Maine, before heading to Canada to visit St John, Halifax, Gaspe, Saguenay and Quebec City and ending in Montreal on October 28th. For more on that cruise, see the Regent website here.
We then end the year with a return visit to New Zealand on board Seven Seas Mariner (just for a change) for RSCC. ANCIENT FJORDS & MODERN CITYSCAPES begins In Auckland on November 30th, with visits to Tauranga, Gisborne, Wellington, Lyttleton for Christchurch and Port Chalners 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.
We will be beginning 2019 back with Regent Seven Seas Cruises, but for the first time on their newest ship Seven Seas Explorer, for 1½ 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 4th 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.
This is then followed by two spectacular, back-to-back for Viking Ocean Cruises. The first of these, NORTH PACIFIC PASSAGE on one of their newest ships, Viking Spirit, 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 Spirit 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.
We are always happy to discuss future opportunities with cruise companies, either directly or via the P&R Agency at Peel Talent.