LATEST CRUISE BOOKINGS
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. On Viking Ocean Cruises, we generally have responsibility to cover all aspects of the natural history of these trips, both on sea days and on shore. I increasingly also cover 'destinations' information in my work for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. We are happy to highly recommend both these companies, both for the superb 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.
COVID-19: Because of the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, all cruising worldwide ceased around the middle of March, with many cruises truncated and guests sent home. At present, companies typically have said they are cancelling cruises until the end of August or September 2020. Given the projections for the spread of viral infections, not least in the United States, I doubt that cruises can safely begin again until October, probably with siognificantly changed itineraries, and possibly not until 2021. Schedules may then change to make up for lost time, and avoid the more problematic parts of the world - so all the cruises below are provisional at best.
If you're interested in any of the cruises below, email me here and I'll let you know as soon as I hear whether or not they are likely to go ahead.
The rest of 2020
Norway has closed its borders to visitors until August 20th, and so Saga Cruises have had to cancel ARCTIC EXPEDITION which was scheduled to sail to Svalbard from Dover in July.
We have no further bookings until late October, and wait to see if these will go ahead. Our first booking is on a 7-night LA to LA cruise, departing on October 22nd 2020, called CITIES OF THE SUN, visiting three Mexican ports on Seven Seas Mariner (full details here). For us, 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 Nicaragua, Puntarenas in Costa Rica, Esmereldas and Manta in Ecuador, Salaverry and ending in Callao, for Lima, both in Peru - although this cruise will surely depend on the prevailing health conditions in all these countries. There's more here about that great trip.
We were then due to end 2020 back on Viking Star on FROM THE CARIBBEAN TO THE AMAZON, departing San Juan in Puerto Rico on November 29th. I know this will still be an amazing cruise, if it goes ahead, but, with huge regret, I have decided that, at my age, I do not want to risk the current situation in Brazil, both politically and with respect to Coronavirus. I have there cancelled my participation in this cruise and Viking are appointing another speaker.
I am much more optimistic for cruises in 2021, beginning with us joining Viking Venus on February 2nd to repeat a cruise we enjoyed hugely in 2019 called IN SEARCH OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS. This departs Tilbury, and visits Stavanger, Bodø, overnight stays in Tromsø and Alta (to allow for aurora-hunting!), Narvik and ends in Bergen on February 14th. We then stay on to do the full cruise again in reverse order, arriving back in Tilbury on February 26th. Full details of those cruises are on the Viking website here.
In April, I am delighted to be rejoining Saga Cruises on their new ship Spirit of Adventure for a short cruise called IDYLLIC NORWAY, departing Dover on the evening of 28th April and returning on 5th May, in between visiting Bergen, Geiranger and Stavanger. Get more information on that cruise here.
We then have a gap for other possible cruises before we're due to return to our favourite Seven Seas Navigator for a cruise called SUMMER IN GREENLAND, starting from New York on May 31st, visiting Martha's Vineyard, Boston and Bar Harbour, then St John's in the Bay of Fundy. Next are return visits to Halifax, Sydney and Corner Brook in Canada, Nuuk, Paamiut and Prins Christian Sund in Greenland, then Isafjordhur in Iceland before ending in Reykjavik on June 16th. The full cruise details are here.
In July and August, we're pleased to be booked on two Viking Ocean Cruises that were cancelled in June 2020 - two back-to-back ICELAND'S MAJESTIC LANDSCAPES cruises on Viking Sun. Note that the schedule for these has changed from what was first posted here. We'll now be joining the ship in Reykjavik on July 17th. We then sail via Isafjörður, Akureyri and Seydisfjörður in Iceland to Torshavn on the Faroe Islands, then via Geiranger, Ålesund and Flåm in Norway to Bergen, where the cruise ends on July 29th. The second cruise begins in Bergen later the same day, then visits the same ports in reverse order, ending in Reykjavik on August 10th. Check here for more information on those cruises.
I end the year back on Seven Seas Voyager, beginning with ADVENTURE IN AFRICA. This starts from Abu Dhabi on October 30th, visiting Fujairaj in the UEA then Muscat and Salalah in Oman. Three days at sea then take us to Mahe and a first visit to Praslin in the Seychelles. Next up are visits to the usual ports in Mauritius and Reunion, followed by a first visit for us and Regent to Fort Dauphin in Madagascar. The cruise then ends with Maputo in Mozambique, then Richards Bay and Mossel Bay before ending in Cape Town in South Africa on November 21st. The Regent website has details of that great cruise here.
That's immediately followed by a 16-night Cape Town round trip, appropriately called SOUTH AFRICAN RADIANCE. We then have an overnight in my favourite port of Walvis Bay, followed by Luderitz in Namibia. The cruise then visits Port Elizabeth, Durban (for another overnight), Maputo, a third overnight in Richard's Bay, before a stop in Mossel Bay on the way back to Cape Town on December 22nd, with just enough time to get home for Christmas. More information on that here.
We are always happy to discuss future opportunities with cruise companies, either directly or via the P&R Agency at Peel Talent.