I work regularly as a speaker on board cruise ships, usually joined by my wife Sue , a marine biologist, who helps with spotting wildlife on deck.  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, but I increasingly also cover 'destinations' information in my work for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. We also 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.



We 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 Alta, 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 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.

After a break, Michael at least will then be joining a leg of the 2019 VIKING WORLD CRUISE on board Viking Sun. Michael joins the ship in Buenos Aires on November 18th, then travels via Punta del Este in Uruguay, an overnight in Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, Ushuaia in Argentina and a cruise around Cape Horn, then through the Chilean fjords to Punta Arenas, Puerto Chacabuco and Puerto Montt, ending in Valparaiso around Monday 9th December. It doesn't seem to be possible to book just for this leg, but full details of the World Cruise are available 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, ending 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.

Then in June 2020, we'll be joining two back-to-back ICELAND'S MAJESTIC LANDSCAPES cruises for Viking Ocean Cruises again, on Viking Sky. The first cruise leaves Bergen on June 3rd, via Flåm, Ålesund and Geiranger in Norway, Torshavn on the Faeroe Islands, and Seydisfjordur, Akureyri and Isafjordur in Iceland to Reykjavik where the cruise ends on June 15th. The second cruise departs Reykjavik later on June 15th, and visits the same ports in reverse order, returning to Bergen on June 27th. Check here for more information on those cruises.

Next up, we'll be back on Seven Seas Navigator for a Transatlantic Crossing from Barcelona to New York. PASSAGE TO THE NEW WORLD departs on August 28th 2020, and visits several Spanish and Portuguese ports, Madeira, Ponta Delgada and Horta in the Azores, and St George in Bermuda, before ending in New York on September 14th. Read more about that cruise here.

On October 22nd 2020, we join a 7-night LA to LA cruise called CITIES OF THE SUN, visiting three Mexican ports on Seven Seas Mariner (full details here) For is, though, that is just a prelude to LOST EMPIRES OF SOUTH AMERICA, a 16-night trip departing Los Angeles on October 29th, visiting Cabo San Lucas and Acapulco in Mexico, Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala, Corinto in Nicarague, Puntarenas in Costa Rica, Esmereldas and Manta in Ecuador, Salaverry and ending in Callao, for Lima, both in Peru. There's more here about that great trip.

We then end 2020 back on Viking Star on FROM THE CARIBBEAN TO THE AMAZON. This departs San Juan in Puerto Rico on November 29th, travelling via Bridgetown in Barbados and Iles de Salut in French Guiana to the Amazon, with stops in Santarem, Parintins, Manaus and Belem. It then returns via Scarborough in Tobago, Castries in St Lucia, St Johns in Antigua and St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, back to San Juan on December 20th, The map for that cruise is below, and full details are here.



We begin another New Year auspiciously by joining the first three legs of Regent Seven Seas Cruises' 2021 NAVIGATE THE WORLD WORLD CRUISE on board Seven Seas Mariner once more. This departs Miami on January 5th 2021, via various Caribbean islands, the Panama Canal, and South American ports south to Callao, then across the Pacific via Easter Island Tahiti, Bora Bora and Pago Pago to New Zealand, with 7 ports there, then Burnie in Tasmania, Melbourne and we leave the ship in Sydney on February 26th. The World Cruise then continues north through Asia and the Suez Canal to a range of Mediterranean ports and ends in Barcelona on May 3rd.  Read all about that cruise here, or check back later for individual legs that may be advertised from Miami to Callao, Callao to Auckland or Auckland to Sydney.


We are always happy to discuss future opportunities with cruise companies, either directly or via the P&R Agency at Peel Talent.

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