17 August 2023More 2025 and 2026 cruises

I am excited, after too long a break, to be 'back on the books' with Regent Seven Seas Cruises, on which I am always proud to share my enjoyment with guests. I have already posted on cruises for 2023 and 2024, but now I have added an amazing cruise on Seven Seas Voyager in July 2025, which visits 15 ports in Norway, 7 of which are north of the Arctic Circle, so in my special interest zone, and 4 of which will be new to me, even after all those years of cruising. I then stay on the ship for a 12-day cruise round a diverse range of ports in the British Isles.

In August 2025, I'm scheduled to join Seven Seas Splendor for a Transatlantic cruise from Barcelona to Montreal, including visits to Madeira and the Azores, then a hop from there to Newfoundland. That's followed by Montreal to New York which will include a first visit for me to St John in the Bay of Funday, as well as welcome returns to Saguenay and Boston, and several other ports.

Even more exciting, I am booked on on Voyager again for three cruises in January/March 2026 from Cape Town to Port Louis on Mauritius, then back, which will allow me 9 days exploring 6 ports on Madagascar, a first visit to the Comoros Islands and Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania, as well as Durban, Richards Bay and Mossel Bay in South Africa. I then stay on from Cape Town to Dubai, including another visit to the Comoros Islands and Nosy Be on Madagascar, plus on overight in Mahe on the Seychelles.


12 August 2023First 2025 cruises confirmed

I'm thrilled to have my first bookings for 2025, courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises. These include a return visit to explore "Iceland's Majestic Landscapes" on the latest ship in the Viking ocean fleet in June 2025, and a wonderful 32-night cruise to "Grand Hawaii and Polynesia" in November-December, on which I will share with guests my excitement at visiting one of the last 'bucket list' ocean areas for me around French Polynesia - plus my researches into the wildlife I hope to spot there, and I look forward also to returning to three familiar and one new port for me in Hawai'i. Check my Cruise Bookings Page for full details.

11 August 2023"The Herb Book"

I had the pleasure of contributing feature spreads to another delightful large-format and highly visual book in a series produced by Dorling Kindersley. The Herb Book focusses on plants that have medicinal or culinary uses for humans, and some of their cultural associations. It includes mention on the most recent research on ones that might have potential use in the fight against Alzheimers and cancers. 

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