Guest speakers

The enrichment of discovery and thrill of knowledge place Hebridean River Cruises in a category of their own.

Our on board speakers are chosen precisely because they are among some of the best authorities in their field. Passionate about their subject, these captivating orators bring each cruise alive and are delighted to share their knowledge with their fellow guests – a true meeting of minds.

From Bavaria to the Moselle 

Nuremberg to Remich

Wednesday 25th August to Sunday 5th September 2021

11 nights including 2 Gala Dinners


John DuckerA freelancer wearing two quite distinct ‘hats’, John is a member both of the Association of Wine Educators and the élite Circle of Wine Writers, with many sea and river miles behind him as a lecturer.  Happily, and never quite having recovered from the surprise of winning the BBC’s Zanussi-sponsored competition ‘The Taste of Italy’ many years ago, judged by Antonio Carluccio,  his interest in wine is completely interlocked with that of food…. and of creating exciting balanced wine/food matches. Not a food professional himself, his main focus has centered principally around the sheer diversity of European cuisine, not simply theoretically but practically too, as an accomplished home cook. Under John’s other ‘hat’ is a professional actor of many years standing with, in his later years, a world-wide reputation for ‘doggedness’…. Yes, pun intended.  Wait and see!

From the Moselle to Alsace

Remich to Basel

Sunday 5th to Wednesday 15th September 2021

10 nights including 2 Gala Dinners


Mark Corby is a former Officer in the Welsh Guards and a military historian. He is a member of the Institute of Classical Studies and the Royal Archaeological Institute, and is a freelance lecturer in history and architecture, lecturing for the Arts Society as well as the Institute of
Archaeology. He is also a researcher and presenter of TV historical documentaries, including "The Real Spartacus", "Roman London", "Vespasian, The man who saved Rome" and "The Defeat of the Spanish Armada", and a tour leader on numerous adventures to Spain, Sicily, Italy, Cyprus, Turkey, Libya and Ireland.
Mark delivers his lectures in an entertaining and irrepressible style, and one of his most popular talks, `Roman Officers – A Retrospective View’, looks at the Roman army from the perspective of a modern army officer.


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