Leaving Sydney on your 46-night luxury cruise, your first call is at New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. On South Island, you’ll visit the historic French-British settlement of Akaroa and Auckland, where excursions include the 1,076 ft Sky Tower.
Your cruise to Los Angeles includes visits to some of the most beautiful Pacific island destinations, including Rarotonga and Papeete in Tahiti - home to painter, Paul Gauguin. After Los Angeles and the glamour and glitz of Hollywood, you’ll visit Mexico and Nicaragua, then, via the Panama Canal, Colombia, the Cayman Islands and Fort Lauderdale, before heading north to Port Canaveral, home to the Kennedy Space Center, and historic Charleston. When you arrive in style at the world’s most exciting city, New York, there’s so much to see and do – Broadway, Times Square, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Greenwich Village, Central Park and, of course, fabulous shopping.
James Bradley is the New York Times number one best-selling author of Flags of Our Fathers, Flyboys and The Imperial Cruise. He is a son of John Bradley, who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. Joe Rosenthal’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of that event is the world’s most reproduced photo. Clint Eastwood told their father-son story in his movie, Flags of Our Fathers.
James attended Sophia University in Tokyo and is the president of the James Bradley Peace Foundation, which for the last decade has been sending American students to China and Japan to live for a year.
James is America’s best-selling Pacific historian. His first book, Flags of Our Fathers, chronicled the island-hopping campaign and the battle of Iwo Jima; his second book, Flyboys, detailed the air war and the dramatic story of George Herbert Walker Bush’s close escape from capture and death; and his third book, The Imperial Cruise, tells the story of how President Theodore Roosevelt concluded secret agreements in 1905 that lit the long historical fuse on World War II in the Pacific.
An acclaimed professional speaker who has entertained thousands, James brings Pacific history alive like no one else.
Mick was born in Suffolk, but began his Police Career in 1964 in the Metropolitan Police, serving in London’s East End.
In 1974 he transferred to the Suffolk Constabulary and worked for many years in the Criminal Investigation Department and on Crime Squads until joining the Marine Department and completing 30 years service.
Mick joined the Royal National Lifeboat Institution in 1977 and during his lifeboat service, served as a crewmember and then helmsman of the Inshore Lifeboat, and crewmember and Second Coxswain of the All Weather Lifeboat at Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station in Suffolk.
During his 23 years service the lifeboats on which he served are credited with saving 68 lives. Mick is the holder of the R.N.L.I. Bronze Medal Badge for his part in the rescue of 6 people from a yacht in force 11 gale and heavy seas in August 1996. He is currently the Lifeboat Press Officer and in charge of Public Relations at Aldeburgh Lifeboat Station.
World traveler, adventurer and historian, Miriam Meidam, turned her passion for exploration into an 18-year career, creating memories of a lifetime for visitors to California State Parks. She has a wide variety of experience from leading tours through Hearst Castle to interpreting the history and natural wonders of the West Coast from Baja Mexico to the gold fields of California, the political hotbed of Sacramento and the majestic redwoods of Northern California.
Miriam now serves as a tour director for the Smithsonian Institute, bringing the history of America and the world to life for students and travelers from around the globe. Miriam’s programs are designed for people who want to truly experience the places, not just see them.
Park Sims is an American who has lived and worked in England for more than 30 years.
During his ‘first’ career Park worked as: a petro-chemical engineer in Texas; a military meteorologist in England; a nuclear intelligence officer in Washington DC; a laser-research scientist in California; a university professor in Colorado; the Chief of Staff of a large USAF fighter wing in Europe; and the Managing Director of a leisure company in England.
For a ‘second’ career he created his own consultancy in England and for more than 20 years ran management training courses for British industry.
Warren Fahey is a cultural historian, writer and performer.
Author of over 20 books, he has been recognised as a ‘national treasure’ in his native Australia and has been awarded the nation’s highest honours including the Order of Australia and Prime Minister’s Centenary Medal. Whether he is talking about the Australian bush, international maritime history or the folklore of food he guarantees to educate and entertain with songs, ditties and humour whilst firmly pushing nostalgia buttons. He claims to be a graduate of the Dingo University of the Outback.
Fred Chernow is a retired professor of psychology from St. John’s University in New York and a seminar leader in the field of memory improvement. He has presented memory enhancement programs to major Fortune 500 companies, such as Dow-Corning, AT&T, General Electric, and Merrill Lynch. His techniques are easy-to-learn and can be put to use immediately.
When not sailing around the world lecturing on cruise ships, he appears on countless radio and TV talk shows demonstrating his user-friendly memory tips and strategies.
The Sharper Mind, his best-selling book, published by Prentice-Hall, has been widely praised for its breezy style and its dozens of practical techniques. Excerpts from it have appeared in Modern Maturity, Men’s Health, and Marie Claire magazines and it was a feature selection of the Prevention Book Club. It has also been published in Russian, Arabic, and Portuguese.
The Sunday New York Times ran a full-page interview with Dr. Fred, which included some simple tips on remembering names, reducing absentmindedness, and avoiding “senior moments”. The lectures he will present on this cruise will include these topics as well as practical ways to boost and retain memory as people mature. All of his presentations involve audience participation and are laced with humor and hands-on techniques.
Fred lives in Floral Park, New York, where he is a personal memory coach to business executives interested in improving their powers of recall and retention.