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Renowned Cruise Ship Lecturer John Maxtone-Graham to Speak on Princess Cruises in 2011
John Maxtone-Graham, author of "The Only Way to Cross."
John Maxtone-Graham, New York-based author of the trilogy "The Only Way to Cross," "Liners to the Sun" and "Crossing and Cruising," as well as co-author of "Queen Mary 2: The Greatest Ocean Liner of Our Time," is the doyen of cruise ship lecturers. Author of several other books, including three Cunard histories, he has made hundreds of Transatlantic crossings, not to mention cruises, and he celebrated his 80th birthday on board RMS Queen Mary 2 in New York on 30 July 2009.
Traditionally, but not exclusively, he has lectured on Cunard ships, spending about half his year at sea, but for 2011, in something new for Princess Cruises, the line has engaged him to speak on nine cruises on four different ships.
Between 26 January and 24 March Maxtone-Graham will join the 2,600-guest Star Princess for three 14-night cruises between Santiago and Rio de Janeiro, followed by a 15-day northbound positioning voyage from Rio de Janeiro to Fort Lauderdale.
Between 7 and 22 May, he will be making a 15-night Transatlantic crossing in the 3,114-guest Crown Princess from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton.
And between 2 July and 25 August, he will speak aboard the 688-berth Ocean Princess, on three 18-night northern sailings - one round trip from Dover to northern Norway and Russia, a cruise to the "Top of the World" while en route from Dover to New York, and a return "Fire and Ice" cruise from New York to Dover. The Ocean Princess is one of Princess’s boutique ships, which fewer than 700 passengers.
Maxtone-Graham will follow these voyages with an 18-day Atlantic crossing in the 3,114-guest Ruby Princess from Venice to Fort Lauderdale, between 19 October and 6 November. With four crossings next summer on Princess, Maxtone-Graham will be putting in much Transatlantic time.
Ashore, Maxtone-Graham lectures at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, New York’s Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society and the Four Arts Society of Palm Beach.
For those who might like to hear him, Maxtone-Graham will be speaking to the Ocean Liner Society in London on Tuesday, 4 January 2011, in a special presentation on the s.s. France, which in 1980 became the world's first mega cruise ship, the s.s. Norway. This talk follows the recent publication by W W Norton and Dover Press of his latest book "France/Norway" - now available at Waterstones. There is a modest admission fee for this talk, details of which are available from the Ocean Liner Society.
For further information on booking Princess Cruises please contact The Cruise People Ltd at 020 7723 2450, Freephone 0800 526 313 or visit their web site www.cruisepeople.co.uk.
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1. The Cruise People Ltd specialise in niche cruise markets including ultra-luxury, small ship cruising, expedition voyages and freighter travel. For further information please contact The Cruise People at 020 7723 2450, Freephone 0800 526 313 or visit their web site www.cruisepeople.co.uk.
2. The Ocean Liner Society is a non-profit organisation whose members celebrate the passenger ship in its many forms. Members include employees of major shipping companies, authors, ship enthusiasts, inveterate travellers and armchair sailors.
3. Copies of "France/Norway" by John Maxtone-Graham are available at branches of Waterstones for £55 each.
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Posted 9th December 2009