Those travelers who have sailed the waters of Alaska know how important it is to have knowledgeable guides along for the ride. On our past sailings in Alaska, with Princess Cruises and Holland America Line, U.S. Forest Service rangers came aboard lend guests their expertise on Alaskan history, culture, nature and wildlife for the duration of each cruise.
American Cruise Lines has announced its lineup of guest speakers for its 2013 Alaska Inside Passage cruises.
Local speakers will also join the resident speaker(s) at various ports, including Glacier Bay. 2013 will be the line’s second season in Alaska, following this year’s very successful inaugural season.
Next season’s featured guest speakers include:
- Todd Weber –This highly celebrated river-running historian shares with guests his appreciation for the stamina, ingenuity and character that existed in those who braved the Last Frontier. In addition to sharing the beauty and wonder of Alaska’s wildlife and scenery, Weber brings its history to life with period clothing and colorful presentations. See ILiveHistory.com for more on Weber’s work.
- Ian Sampson – A professional natural resources interpreter and historian, Sampson lends his skills to help guests gain an understanding of the history, culture, geology, geography, flora, and fauna of each area visited. Trained by world renowned professor and author, Sam Hamm, Sampson has accrued over 15 years of experience conducting interpretive programs in Alaska, the Northwest, and other regions of the world.
- Tom Stanley – A well respected biologist with over 35 years of professional experience, Stanley has traveled on small cruise ships since 1995, sharing his knowledge of natural resources and the environment.
“Having our guest speakers aboard is really helpful to passengers; it gives context to what they’re seeing,” said Timothy Beebe, Vice President, American Cruise Lines “We are excited for our guests to spend time with these fascinating personalities.”
Additionally, to complement the guest speakers, when visiting Glacier Bay, that park service ranger and native cultural interpreter we had on our sailings will join passengers aboard to provide added narration and insight. They will help guests spot wildlife, including humpback whales and orcas, share traditional songs and stories of the local Huna Tlingit people, and educate on their history and modern way of life
“Enriching and educating our guests on each destination is an important element of every American Cruise Lines cruise and one which has earned us great praise from our guests,” added Beebe.