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, virtually all cruising worldwide has ceased, with just a few companies making tentative returns to cruising on short cruises mainly within their home country. At present, most companies, including Viking Ocean Cruises, have cancelled cruises until the end of the year, and are talking about a slow, phased reintroduction of cruising in 2021.
We have lost bookings for 100 days of cruising in 2020, and are deeply disapppointed not to have the opportunity particularly for return visits to Svalbard and the Amazon, in particular. As for 2021, everything is currently very tentative. When cruising does resume, published schedules may change to make up for lost time and lost revenue, with cruises concentrated on the most popular areas, and avoiding the more problematic parts of the world - so all the cruises listed below should be regarded as 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 have any confirmation that they are likely to go ahead.
I know that Viking Ocean Cruises have already put a lot of thought into how cruising can resume safely for their guests, with enhanced safety measures and reduced capacity on their ships. Provided Norway does not suffer a major second wave of coronavirus, I am therefore hopeful that our first cruise booking of the year will go ahead. We are scheduled to be 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 also feel fairly confident about 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 scheduled 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 - 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.
At the end the year, we're due back on Seven Seas Voyager, beginning with a cruise called ADVENTURE IN AFRICA, although I guess that one is very dependent on how to pandemic plays out in that part of the world. It is scheduled to start from Abu Dhabi on October 30th, visiting Fujairah 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 (although currently the Seychelles government has said it will not welcome cruise ships again until 2022, so those stops may change). 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 continues 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 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.