Hebridean Princess Guest Speakers

Enriching guest speakers

The enrichment of discovery and thrill of knowledge put Hebridean Princess 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. During our 2020 season Guest Speakers will accompany 8 specially selected cruises.

Easter Explorer

Oban to Oban, Tuesday 30th March to Tuesday 6th April 2021, 7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners

Guest Speaker - Kenneth Steven

Kenneth Steven is a Scot who grew up in Perthshire and spent every summer holiday in the Hebrides. He now has the privilege of living on the Isle of Seil, south of Oban, with his partner Kristina. Kenneth has a passion for wild places and their stories: he is best-known as a poet, but he is also a novelist and a children's author too. At the heart of the Hebrides, for him has always been the island of Iona, about which he has written a number of books. Kristina and he now lead annual Celtic Christian retreats on Iona every autumn.

Glorious Gardens of the West Coast

Oban to Oban, Tuesday 4th to Tuesday 11th May 2021, 7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners

Guest Speaker - David R Mitchell

Previously a Curator at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, where he is now a Research Associate. David has over forty years experience in Scottish Horticulture with a specialist interest in West Coast gardens. Throughout his career he has managed gardens and scientific plant collections before focusing on project work. David also has extensive broadcasting experience in television and radio augmented with many years working around the globe as a guide and expedition lecturer. He is currently Chairman of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme and a Trustee of both the National Trust for Scotland and Pitlochry Festival Theatre.

Western Isles Wildlife

Oban to Oban, Tuesday 18th to Wednesday 26th May 2021, 8 nights including 2 Gala Dinners

Guest Speaker - Andy Bunten

Andy has been an obsessive wildlife enthusiast ever since he can remember. Educated at Cambridge, Newcastle and Imperial College, he then embarked on a career in nature conservation.  He has worked for local government, wildlife trusts, and, for 26 years, the RSPB.  Andy has cruised and lectured extensively, is an enthusiastic traveller and has led wildlife groups to numerous places around the world.

 

St Kilda and Scotland’s Remote Archipelagos

Oban to Oban, Tuesday 1st to Tuesday 8th June 2021, 7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners

Guest Speaker Amelia Dalton

Amelia Dalton is an author and one of travel’s aficionados. Her best-selling book Mistress and Commander, is a lively account of the pitfalls and triumphs of an English, middle class girl amongst the colourful, chauvinistic fishing communities of the Hebrides.  She has spoken at Literary Festivals from Scotland to Cornwall, appeared on Saturday Live, BBC World Service and Radio Scotland. In addition to writing, she uses her hard-won marine skills creating specialist expeditions world-wide for charities such as Durrell Conservation Trust and is also a keen naturalist. 

Cycling over The Minch

Oban to Oban, Tuesday 15th to Tuesday 22nd June 2021, 7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners

Accompanied by Olympic Cyclist Chris Boardman

Chris Boardman took Britain's opening Gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Britain's first cycling gold in 72 years. He then went on to lead the R&D team for GB Cycling in the run up to Beijing, where they became the most successful British sporting team of all time. Between Barcelona and Beijing, Chris won three stages of the Tour de France, set numerous world records (several of which still stand) and became arguably Britain's most successful cyclist to date.

 

St Kilda and Wester Ross

Oban to Oban, Tuesday 22nd to Tuesday 29th June 2021, 7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners

Guest Speaker John Alexander Love

Born and raised in Inverness, John studied zoology at Aberdeen University before moving to the Isle of Rum to manage Phase 1 of a Project to reintroduce the white-tailed sea eagle to Scotland. During his 10 years living there he also guided on a small charter vessel round the Hebrides out of Oban. He has been visiting islands round the Hebrides surveying seabird colonies for many years. So islands and seabirds are obvious passions, along with interests in photography, drawing, archaeology and Highland history, traditional music and lighthouses.

Following the Fleet

Oban to Inverness, Tuesday 13th to Wedneasday 21st July 2021, 8 nights including 2 Gala Dinners

Guest Speaker Dr Roger Knight

Roger Knight had a twenty-seven year career at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.  He then taught in the Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich as a Visiting Professor and is now a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. He published a prize-winning biography of Nelson and led research projects into the Napoleonic Navy. 

 

 

Island Kingdoms of the Vikings

Inverness to Oban, Thursday 26th August to Friday 3rd September 2021, 8 nights including 2 Gala Dinners

Guest Speaker Professor Donna Heddle

Donna is Director of the interdisciplinary Institute for Northern Studies and Head of Cultural Heritage at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Her research interests are Scottish and Northern Isles cultural history, small island studies, language and literature, and Old Norse. She has published widely in these areas and is currently leading several national and international research projects involving Northern Studies.  Donna was awarded a Personal Chair by UHI in June 2013.

 

Clyde Castles and Stately Homes

Greenock to Greenock, Tuesday 2nd to Tuesday 9th November 2021, 7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners

Guest Speaker Professor Anne Anderson

With a first degree in archaeology and a PhD in English, Anne was a senior lecturer in Art and Design History at Southampton Solent University for 14 years. She has curated three national exhibitions and her book on The Perseus Series was published to accompany the Edward Burne-Jones exhibition (2018).   She has held several prestigious fellowships and is currently a tutor for the V&A Learning Academy. Anne specialises in Art Nouveau and the Arts and Crafts movement and her career as an international speaker has taken her all over the world.