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 return to cruising as the year progresses. However, with the current rollout of vaccines for the virus, and the wider availability of mass testing, a phased return to cruising, with tight hygiene requirements in operation, has begun, at least to the more developed parts of the world, and I am hopeful that more bookings may be forthcoming in the near future.



Provided that current UK Covid travel arrangements do not change, I am thrilled to have been appointed as wildlife speaker by Viking Ocean Cruises on four cruises, beginning and ending in Reykjavik, on four consecutive Saturdays starting on 26th June. The 7-day cruises, entitled ICELAND'S NATURAL BEAUTY, begin with a full day in Reykjavik, then circumnavigate Iceland with visits to Isafjordur, Akureyri, Seydisfjordur, Djupivogur, and Heimaey on the Westman islands - all delightful ports that I know well. This is a great time of year for wildlife spotting, and the shore excursion programme includes many interesting wildlife trips. Sue will join me on at least the first two cruises. Viking Sky will be running at 50% capacity to allow for social distancing, with regular Covid testing of crew and guests using a dedicated PCR lab onboard, and guest will be allowed ashore only on carefully monitored shore excursions. These cruises were only advertised in the US and I believe are fully booked, but bookings may still be available from Europe for later sailings on this itinerary,

The two other cruises I was booked on for October-December have now been cancelled (not unexpectedly and very sensibly), although I hope other options might arise for cruises based around the UK and Europe.  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, 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 are now fully coronavirus vaccinated (as of April 23rd).

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