LATEST CRUISE BOOKINGS
I work regularly as a wildlife speaker on board cruise ships, often 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. Cruising is now making a cautious return, usially with strict Covid protocols on board, but companies are guarded about committing to specific voyages too far into the future as Covid rules and regulations continue to change from country to country as the virus continues to have a major 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 vaccinated, with certificates to confirm this, and I am ready to accept future bookings as a speaker from October 2021 onwards, provided I am reassured by the specific Covid precautions that the company has in place.
Having made a safe return to sea on Viking Ocean Cruises around Iceland, thanks to Covid protocols that included daily PCR tests and proximity trackers for all guests and crew, I am now ready and available to consider further bookings, preferably starting and finishing in UK or European ports that will not require long-haul flights.
I will post here as soon as there is any further news on 2021 cruises.
I am very grateful to Viking Ocean Cruises for rolling forward to 2022 and 2023 bookings that had to be cancelled during the pandemic. Assuming the pandemic relents, I will look forward to working on these, secure in the knowledge that guests and crew are protected by daily PCR tests and the required wearing of contact tracers.
Early in the year, I look forward to joining Viking Ocean Cruises again for two cruises IN SEARCH OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, which I last enjoyed in 2019. The first begins on Viking Venus in Bergen, Norway on Monday 24th January, with visits to Narvik, Alta, Tromsø, Bodø and Stavanger, and three sea days, before ending in Tilbury, England on Saturday 5th February. The second leaves Tilbury that evening, following a reverse route and ending in Bergen on Thursday 17th February. Full details of that cruise are available here.
In July, I'll be back on 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.
Hopefully more bookings will follow!
I am scheduled to begin the year back on Viking Sea for two AMAZON & CARIBBEAN ADVENTURES (Covid permitting!). 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.
Then on Sunday 16th July 2023, 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 eveing 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 long overdue return to Regent Ocean Cruises (who have adopted a new policy for enhancement speakers) on my old friend Seven Seas Voyager for probably one of the favourite cruises I have ever done, as yet unlisted and UNNAMED on the Regent website. It will begin in the 'Mother City' of Cape Town on Wednesday 13th December, visiting Walvis Bay in Namibia - the richest port I have ever visited for wildlife - for an overnight, 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!!! I'll post a link for more information on that as soon as it becomes available.
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 are now fully coronavirus vaccinated (as of April 23rd).