Princess Cruises has announced the newest additions to the line's Encounters with Discovery at Sea speaker series program. The program will welcome celebrities and notables to share their experiences with guests on select itineraries in 2017. The Encounters with Discovery at Sea presentations will touch on astronomy, sports, entertainment, well-being, and pop culture.
The program is part of the line's Discovery at Sea partnership with Discovery Communications. The Discovery at Sea experience offers guests themed tours, science activities, hands-on programs and games based on Discovery's brands and programming. The Encounters with Discovery at Sea speaker series will host regional destination specialists as well as naturalists and experts in their respective fields.
The California Coast
The California Coast speaker series will debut on Ruby, Star, Grand and Island Princess on five-10 day sailings departing March through May 2017. Speakers include:
- Shirley Jones: Oscar-winning actress from the 1970's TV show "The Partridge Family"
- Pete Best: Original drummer for the Beatles
- John Mauceri: Grammy, Tony, Olivier and Billboard award winner, Hollywood Bowl conductor and producer
- Denny Seiwell: Drummer and founding member of Wings
- Allan Dennis Rich: Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy nominee
- Linda Gray: Actress and director, Golden Globe and Emmy nominee
- Charles Fox: Grammy and Emmy award-winning composer, Oscar and Golden Globe nominee
The Europe speaker series will be offered aboard the Crown Princess on seven and 14-day cruises to the Mediterranean and Northern Europe from April to September 2017. Speakers include:
- Katie Nicholl: Royal correspondent and commentator
- Beverley Callard: English television actress
- Harry Redknapp: one of U.K's well known football players and managers
- Graham Gooch OBE: English cricket player and author of "Captaincy", "My Cricket Diary '81" and "Testing Times"
- Terry Butcher: English football player and author of "Butcher - My Autobiography"
- Paul Burrel RVM: One of the Royal Family's butlers and author of "A Royal Duty"
- Mike Gatting OBE: English football and cricket player, author of "Leading from the Front"
- Sherrie Hawson: actor, presenter, broadcaster and novelist
- Edwina Currie: former member of Parliament, novelist and broadcaster
Each speaker will host a 45-minute talk followed by a question and answer session as well as a meet-and-greet opportunity with photographs and book signings.