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I have worked regularly as a wildlife speaker on board cruise ships since 2005, often joined by my wife Sue, a marine biologist who helps with spotting wildlife on deck. Since we started this work, 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: Cruising is now making a steady but cautious return after the Covid pandemic, usually with strict health protocols on board. However, companies are guarded about committing to specific voyages too far in advance, with Covid rules regularly changing in different countries as the virus continues to have an impact.
Accordingly speakers are often not being confirmed until shortly before cruises depart - so please check back to this website regularly to see any new appointments I might have or any modifications to future bookings.
Sue and I are both fully triple-vaccinated, with the necessary certificates, and I am happy to accept future bookings as a speaker, provided I am reassured by the Covid precautions the cruise line has in place.
In July, Sue and I will be joining Viking Orion for two ALASKA & THE INSIDE PASSAGE cruises, which I enjoyed hugely on a previous trip in 2019. The first starts in Vancouver, Canada on Saturday 2nd July, calling at Ketchikan, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, Icy Strait Point, cruising the Hubbard Glacier, my personal favourite Alaskan port of Valdez, and ending in Seward on Tuesday 12th July. The second follows the same itinerary in reverse, starting in Seward on Tuesday 12th July and ending in Vancouver on Friday 22nd July. More information on those trips here.
Next up, I'll be joining Viking Star for a sold-out cruise IN THE WAKE OF THE VIKINGS, departing Bergen on August 23rd, which takes us to Montreal, via Lerwick in Shetland, Torshavn on the Faroes, Reykjavik in Iceland, Prins Christian Sund, Nanortalik and Qaqortoq in Greenland, a first visit for me to L'Anse aux Meadows on Newfoundland, then Saguenay and Quebec on mainland Canada. More information here. I then remain on for EASTERN SEABOARD EXPLORER, sailing from Montreal on September 6th, via Quebec, Saguenay, Gaspé (a new port for me) and Halifax in Canada, with an overnight in Boston before ending in New York on September 18th. Read more about that here.
I then do a quick transfer from New York to Vancouver, to return to Viking Orion again for a repeat assignment on NORTH PACIFIC PASSAGE, a cruise I very much enjoyed (in the reverse direction) in spring 2019. This time, we depart Vancouver on September 20th, with a day at sea before visiting Ketchikan and Sitka. We then spend a day exploring Glacier Bay and another visiting Hubbard Glacier, before port calls in Valdez and Seward. Next we stop at Kodiak on Kodiak Island, with a day at sea to Dutch Harbour, all the above in Alaska. Seven days at sea then follow (plus one vanishing day as we cross the International Date Line), before an overnight stop at Otaru in Japan, and another day at sea before the cruise ends in Tokyo on October 13th 2022. Full details here for that cruise.
I am scheduled to begin the year back on Viking Sea for two AMAZON & CARIBBEAN ADVENTURES. The first begins in San Juan (Puerto Rico) on Friday 6th January 2023, visiting St John's on Antigua, Castries on St Lucia, Bridgetown in Barbados and Devil's Island in French Guiana, then entering the Amazon river with stops in Santarém and Parintins before ending Manaus (all in Brazil) on Wednesday 18th January. I remain on for the reverse itinerary (no doubt speeded up by the Amazon's flow!) leaving Manaus on 18th January and ending back in San Jan on Monday 30th January. See here for details of that trip.
After a brief break at home, we are due to fly out to Sydney on Tuesday 21st February to join the AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND cruise on Viking's latest ship, Viking Mars, stopping at Melbourne and Hobart in Tasmania, then Dunedin, Littleton (for Christchurch) Wellington, Napier and Rotorua in New Zealand before ending in Auckland on Tuesday - all ports that I know well and love visiting, with lots of opportunities for wildlife spotting as we sail and ashore. We then stay on for the reverse itinerary, beginning that evening and ending back in Sydney on Tuesday 21st March. The Viking website has details of that cruise here.
I will then remain on Viking Mars for KOMODO & THE AUSTRALIAN COAST, another cruise I know well. It begins in Sydney on Tuesday 21st March 2023 and visits Newcastle, Brisbane, Airlie Beach (for Whitsunday Island), Townsville and Cairns (where we've spent lots of time exploring), Thursday island, a welcome overnight in Darwin, then onto Komodo (for its dragons!) and a first visit to Lombok (with more dragons?) and ending in Bali on Thursday 6th April. Read all about that fascinating and exotic cruise here.
I then have a month to catch up on life before joining the new Viking Saturn ship for a glorious two months on a series of new itineraries. First off is ICELAND, BRITISH ISLES & IBERIA (although in reverse order), leaving Barcelona on 9th May and visiting Valencia, Malaga, Lisbon, Lexois, La Coruña, Dublin and Liverpool before arriving in Reykjavik on 23rd May - certainly a varied cruise (details here).
The minute I read about the new ICONIC ICELAND, GREENLAND & CANADA itinerary, I contacted Viking to offer my services on a wonderful cruise. I am therefore thrilled to be appointed as speaker on the very first cruise on that itinerary, departing Reykjavik on Viking Saturn on 23rd May. It then virtually circumnavigates Iceland, with 5 port stops at Heimaey, Djupivogur, Seyđisfjörđur, Akureyri and Isafjörđur, then across to Nanortalik and Qaqortoq in Greenland, L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland and Halifax in Canada, before arriving in New York on June 6th. There then follows a naming event for the new ship in New York, before we leave there on June 7th to do the reverse itinerary back to Reykjavik, arriving there on June 21st. There's more about that exciting cruise on the Viking website here.
I was also excited by another new Viking cruise ICELAND & NORWAY'S ARCTIC EXPLORER that features the arctic environment of Svalbard, and am grateful for their confidence in appointing me as wildlife speaker on that cruise also. It leaves from Reykjavik on Viking Saturn on June 21st, visiting Isafjörđur in Iceland, then across for an overnight in Longyearbyen, then south via Honningsvag, Tromso, Leknes in the Lofoten Islands, Narvik and Geiranger, all in Norway, before ending in Bergen on July 5th (details here, although sightings of the polar bear on the webpage are exceptionally unlikely!!!). That cruise can also be combined with the preceeding cruise, departing New York on June 7th, as a grand voyage called GREENLAND, ICELAND, NORWAY & BEYOND, which has to be almost the perfect cruise for my interests (see map below). I'll look forward to sharing my excitement with guests for that amazing itinerary (map below and full details here).
On Sunday 16th July 2023, after a break of all of 10 days, I am due on Viking Jupiter for two of my favourite ICELAND'S MAJESTIC LANDSCAPES cruises, beginning this time in Bergen and visiting Flåm, Ålesund and Geiranger in Norway, Torshavn in the Faroe Islands (with a day at sea before and after), then Seyđisfjörđur, Akureyri and Isafjörđur and ending in Reykjavik (all in Iceland) on Friday 28th July. The reverse itinerary begins in Reykjavik that evening and ends back in Bergen on Wednesday 9th August. Check the Viking website here for details on those cruises.
I am then scheduled to end the year with a return to Regent Ocean Cruises (with their new Speakers Series programme) on my old friend Seven Seas Voyager for probably one of the favourite cruises I have ever done, which suits me even better with its theme this time around, WILDLIFE & WINE! It will begin in the 'Mother City' of Cape Town on Wednesday 13th December, calling at Walvis Bay in Namibia - the richest port for wildlife I have ever visited - for a very welcome overnight stay, then Port Elizabeth, an overnight in Durban, Maputo in Mozambique (political situation permitting!), celebrating Christmas with an overnight in Richard's Bay, then Mossel Bay before ending in Cape Town on Thursday 28th December - with time to get home for Hogmanay!!! The Regent website has full details of that wonderful cruise here.
We would be delighted to discuss future opportunities for 2022 especially with cruise companies, either directly or via our agents at Peel Talent. We are fully coronavirus vaccinated (including the 'booster', as of October 2021), with the required certificate available.