Alaska guest speakers

Our Cunard Insights® enrichment program 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.

For our 2024 Alaska season, we will continue to partner with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society to provide their thought-provoking speakers on every sailing. Plus, we welcome some famous faces from the worlds of exploration and more, to tell their tales on board.

On selected voyages

Alex Debogorski

In 2006 Alex became a familiar face on the History channel’s new reality show Ice Road Truckers, portraying the lives of extraordinary people as they risked their lives transporting essential supplies over frozen waters which double as roads in winter.

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Preet Chandi, MBE

Preet Chandi, known as Polar Preet, broke two Guinness World Records in January 2023, for both the longest solo unsupported one-way polar ski journey for a woman, and the longest solo unsupported one-way polar ski journey overall, spending a total of 130 days alone on the ice and covering 1,622 miles across Antarctica.

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Kenton Cool

Kenton Cool is an English mountaineer and mountain guide. He is one of Britain's leading alpine and high-altitude climbers and has summited Mount Everest 17 times, including leading Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ 2008 and 2009 Expeditions and Ben Fogle’s 2019 Expedition.

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Ben Fogle

Ben Fogle is an award-winning broadcaster and adventurer. Ben has climbed Mount Everest, rowed across the Atlantic, raced across Antarctica to the South Pole and crossed the deserts of the Empty Quarter in the Middle East.

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Doug Allen

Doug Allan is a freelance wildlife and documentary cameraman who films both topside and underwater. His TV credits include The Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet, Frozen Planet, Expedition Iceberg, Forces of Nature and many other programs.

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Alan Chambers, MBE

Polar adventurer Alan Chambers MBE led the first successful British unsupported expedition from Canada to the Geographic North Pole. Over 70 days they walked 672 nautical miles in temperatures as low as -65°C, dragging a sledge the weight of a baby elephant. Alan has since led over a dozen North Pole expeditions.

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Adrian Hayes

Adrian Hayes is a British record-breaking adventurer, author, keynote speaker, business coach, documentary presenter and sustainability campaigner. A former British Army Gurkha Officer, he has conquered Everest, K2, the North and South Poles, the length of Greenland by kite-ski and the Arabian Desert by camel.

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Apa Sherpa

Surviving an avalanche at only three months old, Apa has since summited Everest 21 times, holding the world record for most summits until 2018. In 2012 he started The Apa Sherpa Foundation with a focus on educating young Sherpa children.

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Caroline Hamilton

A record-breaking polar explorer and a successful businesswoman, Caroline is part of the first all-women team to ski to both the North and South Poles.

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Ross Kemp

An icon of British television, investigative journalist Ross Kemp has received critical acclaim and a BAFTA for his hard-hitting reports. In 1999, Ross filmed Alive in Alaska, a documentary journeying through the Denali National Park in Alaska.

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On all Alaska 2024 voyages

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) is dedicated to understanding and educating people about the diverse human and physical landscapes of Canada and beyond. With more than 26,000 full-time educators from across the country and a robust Fellowship of distinguished thought leaders and those committed to geographical literacy, the RCGS is one of Canada's largest non-profit geographical and educational organizations.

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Our guide to Alaska

Explore the ultimate guide to cruising the region. Cunard has considered weather, cruise routes and history, local highlights, what to pack, and even a reading list, so that preparing for your journey is as smooth as possible.

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Where we sail in Alaska

Each day in Alaska presents you with awe-inspiring wonders. Revel at the blue hues of the immense Hubbard Glacier and journey through the Inside Passage, which culminates in Glacier Bay National Park, where you’ll experience some of the world’s most spectacular tidewater glaciers.

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Alaska packing guide

Explore our complete packing guide for this fantastic region, including tips for sea and shore, what not to pack, and useful packing lists for every suitcase.

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Alaska Shore Experiences

From whale watching on a private yacht to a guided tour of Portage Glacier, an Alaska cruise with Cunard offers more than 140 unique ways to enhance your time on and off shore.

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Rocky Mountaineer cruise tours

Why not extend your Alaska adventure with a luxury train journey either before or after your voyage? The Rocky Mountaineer winds through some of North America's most spectacular scenery.

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