LATEST CRUISE BOOKINGS
I work regularly as a wildlife 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. On both Viking Ocean Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises, I am generally booked to cover all aspects of the natural history of the trips, both on sea days and on shore. We are happy to highly recommend these companies (and the others we work with) for their high standards of comfort and value for money. 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 try to keep this page updated with all the latest news of our future cruise bookings.
*** For a full round-up of my past experience as a cruise ship speaker, please click here. ***
COVID-19: Because of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, virtually all cruising worldwide ceased in March 2020. At present, most companies have cancelled cruises in the first half of 2021 and are talking about a slow, phased reintroduction of cruising as the year progresses.
However, with the current rollout of vaccines for the virus, and the wider availability of mass testing, I am getting more optimistic about a phased return to cruising, with tight hygiene requirements in operation, at least to the more developed parts of the world, When cruising does resume, published schedules may change to make up for lost time and lost revenue and for the most efficient deployment of ships, with cruises concentrated on the most popular areas, and avoiding the more problematic parts of the world.
All future cruises bookings for speakers are currently "on hold" until the cruise companies are able to make a final decision as to when and how cruising can safely resume. However three of the companies with whom we have worked regularly have announced a limited, phased return with short UK-based cruises from the early summer, and I am hopeful to be joining some of those as a wildlife speaker.
I am delighted still to be booked on two cruises later in the year with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. These remain in the company's schedule although they may be subject to change, depending on the coronavirus status of the countries to be visited. The first, called ADVENTURE IN AFRICA, is a 20-night cruise on Seven Seas Voyager due to depart Abu Dhabi on October 30th, called at Fujairah in the UAE, Muscat and Salalah in Oman, then sailing on to Mahé and Praslin in the Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion Islands, Fort Dauphin in Madagascar, Maputo in Mozambique (depending on the political situation there), Richard's Bay and Mossel Bay in South Africa, before ending in Cape Town on November 21st. Full details of this exciting (and wildlife-rich) cruise are on the RSSC website here.
This is followed by SOUTH AFRICAN RADIANCE, also on Seven Seas Voyager. Always one of my favourite cruise itineraries, this departs Cape Town on November 21st then sails to Walvis Bay in Namibia (for a generous overnight there), then Lüderitz also in Namibia. Next up, after a scenic cruise past the Cape of Good Hope, is Port Elizabeth, an overnight in Durban, Maputo in Mozambique (depending on the political situation there), another overnight in Richard's Bay (great for safari trips), then Mossel Bay, before returning to Cape Town on December 7th. I am desperately hoping that the 'Rainbow Nation' will have got sufficiently on top of the virus for that wonderful cruise to go ahead. Read more about it here.
I will post here as soon as there is any further news on 2021 cruises.
2022 and 2023
Subject to contract, I am thrilled to have tentative bookings for cruises to northern Norway in search of the Northern Lights in January/February 2022, to Alaska in July 2022, Arctic Russia in September 2022, the Amazon in January 2023 and Iceland in July/August 2023, but it is premature to give further details at the moment. I'll post more information and links as soon as they are officially confirmed or contact me here and I can email full details to you.
We would be delighted to discuss future opportunities for later this year, 2022 and 2023 with cruise companies, either directly or via our agents at Peel Talent. We will be fully coronavirus vaccinated by May at the latest.