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.

Bear Grylls.

Bear Grylls is probably the most recognisable face of adventure on the planet. The former 21 SAS soldier was one of the youngest ever climbers of Mt Everest, despite breaking his back in a free-fall accident only months earlier.

Bear’s TV shows include the legendary Discovery channel show MAN Vs WILD and the hit show RUNNING WILD with Bear Grylls, now in its seventh season on National Geographic Channel. His Running Wild guests have included President Obama and Roger Federer and Natalie Portman.

Mensun Bound.

Born in the Falkland Islands, Mensun Bound was the Triton Fellow in Maritime Archaeology at St Peter’s College, Oxford, and the director of the first academic unit for underwater archaeology in England. Known as the ‘Indiana Jones of the Deep’, Bound has conducted wreck surveys and excavations all over the world in a career that spanned 40 years. During that time he excavated one of the oldest known shipwrecks (600 BC) and, in 1997, he used saturation diving methods to carry out the deepest shipwreck excavation there has ever been.

Kenton Cool.

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.

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).

Ann Daniels.

Polar Explorer Ann Daniels is a world record holder and one of Britain’s leading explorers. Starting out as a mother of young triplets and without any outdoor experience, pure hard work and belief led her to being selected from over 200 more experienced women to take part in her first North Pole expedition. From these humble beginnings, she went on to conquer the South Pole and in 2002, along with her teammate Caroline Hamilton became the first and only women in history to ski to the North and South Poles as part of all women teams.

Pen Hadow.

Pen Hadow is a leading explorer of the Arctic Ocean, now dedicated to advancing protection for the wildlife and ecosystem in the international waters around the North Pole. Hadow leads the 90 North Foundation, which is advocating an upgrade of the existing fishing and shipping agreements to create a North Pole Reserve through a subsequent Arctic Treaty System. He is also director of the annual scientific research and public engagement programme, Arctic Mission, which supports the Unit’s work.

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 our 2023 voyages, offering on deck commentary, talks on wildlife, and manning our Alaska Outpost in the Garden Lounge.