Alaska, by Cunard.
Our Cunard Insights™ enrichment programme offers talks, seminars and discussions by well-known explorers, sports people and other experts in their fields, offering fascinating insight into the region’s past and present.
Special guests on board.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes – acknowledged as the ‘World’s Greatest Living Explorer’ by the Guinness Book of Records – will headline an engaging series of lectures. In these, he will share personal insights of his adventures and notable expeditions, as Queen Elizabeth sails through the pristine beauty of the Alaskan wilderness.
Mountaineer Kenton Cool, one of the finest alpine climbers of his generation, will join Cunard on board Queen Elizabeth in Alaska. Cool has summited Mount Everest fourteen times, and holds the unique title of being the first person in history to climb the three Everest peaks - dubbed the “Triple Crown” - in one climb, an achievement once thought to be impossible. He will share this and other remarkable life experiences with guests.
Peter is a New Zealand adventurer, mountain climber and son of Sir Edmund Hillary, the greatest mountaineer of all time. He completed the Seven Summits of mountain climbing when he climbed Mt Denali in Alaska.
Felicity Aston, MBE.
Felicity is a Polar Scientist turned explorer. In 2012 she became the first woman to ski alone across the Antarctic, entering her in the Guinness Book of World Records. Felicity has also created and led record-breaking ski expeditions to the North and South Geographic Poles, and has driven to the Pole of Cold (the coldest inhabited place on Earth).
On all voyages.
Alaska Native Voices.
Alaska Native Voices is an industry leader in cultural education and interpretation, welcoming visitors to Alaska for 18 years. Guides share not only traditional knowledge and perspectives but also share the balance of contemporary life while embracing culture and tradition. Through their cultural interpreters, the Native Voices provide guests with a historical and cultural view of the ties the Huna people have to Sít’ Eeti Gheeyi (Glacier Bay National Park).
Dr. Rachel Cartwright.
Rachel is a naturalist and researcher, currently focusing on the behavioural ecology of humpback whales, mostly in Hawaiian waters. She holds a PhD in Conservation Biology and teaches at California State University, Channel Islands. Rachel is also a former Princess Cruise naturalist, specialising in the Alaskan Inside Passage, and will be on board all of our 2022 voyages, offering on deck commentary, talks on wildlife, and manning our Alaska Outpost in the Garden Lounge.