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07 April 2007

OCEAN CRUISE
Sandi Toksvig
takes to the high seas to explore the watery world of an ocean cruise.  The number of passengers from the UK has doubled in the past decade and more than a million travellers took an ocean cruise last year.

Sandi is joined by Robin Maclear, publisher of World Cruising magazine; Iwein Maassen, author of The Contemporary Cruise; Peter Rushton arranger of lecture programmes for cruise lines and Gary Williams, singer and cruise entertainer.

They discuss the latest destinations and favourite ports of call; discover what is converting people to a floating holiday; ask whether passengers are spending the “children’s” inheritance or taking a budget-trip; is it an eco-friendly way of travelling and do passengers really put on a pound in weight a day?


Presented by Sandi Toksvig

The Queen Mary in an unidentified location


Photo:  The Queen Mary

This week's guests: 

Robin Maclear is Publisher of World of Cruising magazine, UK’s longest running cruise publication, founded in 1998. Peter is currently the Managing Director of The Cruise Line Ltd an independent cruise specialist.

Iwein Maassen is a Dutch communications expert and photographer who has travelled the globe on cruises. Iwein has just published a book entitledThe Contemporary Cruise filled with photographs he took on his travels ranging from expeditions to alternative cruises on tall ships.

The Contemporary Cruise: style, discovery, adventure
Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN-10: 050051349X
ISBN-13: 978-0500513491 

Gary Williams is a Cruise Entertainer. Gary recreated the role of Frank Sinatra in the theatre’s “The Rat Pack Live from Las Vegas” and regularly appears in cabaret and concerts. He has entertained countless numbers of passengers singing on cruise ships.

CD Title:In The Lounge With Gary Williams
Track 6: I've Got the Sun in The Morning
Label: Vocalion CDSA6814

Peter Rushton ran away to sea as a young man and eventually became a Union Castle line officer in the sixties. For several years now, Peter has devoted his working life to the cruise industry with his wife Rosemary. They specialise in arranging Lecture and Enrichment programmes for many major cruise lines.  Peter also gives lectures on the ports en route and talks on maritime history. 

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