The West Indies is a remarkably diverse collection of islands, ranging from green mountain peaks to caster sugar sand, pirate coves and vivid tropical reefs. Learn about the histories of the people, plants and medicine of the West Indian islands on this wonderful cruise. Tour leaders, Bill and Helen Bynum, are medical and botanical historians and will give specialist talks throughout the cruise.
Escorted shore excursions during the cruise include spice and fruit plantations, formal and botanical gardens, sugar estates, mansions and imposing forts. Learn about the colourful history of these hotly contested islands and the rich natural flora that provided medicine as well as food for the islanders throughout the ages.
The cruise is on Fred Olsen MS Braemar, a lovely classic mid-sized ship with light and airy décor. It has a gym with sea views, a small spa and salon, a crafts room, two swimming pools, two whirlpools, golf nets and deck games. There is also a card room and Internet room near the library. In addition to the main Thistle Restaurant, there’s the more intimate Grampian Restaurant and a self-serve buffet, plus a choice of bars and two evening entertainment venues.
Bill Bynum is Professor Emeritus at University
College London. A Yale graduate in medicine,
he began his career in the history of medicine
with a Cambridge PhD before moving to the Wellcome Institute for the History of
Medicine. His 'History of Medicine: A Very Short
Introduction' and 'A Little History of Science' have
been translated into 14 languages.
After a PhD in the History of Medicine from University College London, Helen Bynum lectured at the University of Liverpool before beginning a freelance career as a medical historian and popular science writer. Together with Bill she edited 'Great Discoveries in Medicine' before turning their attention to the world of plants and their histories in 'Remarkable Plants that Shape our World' and 'Botanical Sketchbooks'. ‘Team Bynum’ have led and lectured on successful tours and cruises for Jon Baines Tours.
Cabin prices range from USD $3,901 for an outside twin share cabin. Please check brochure for range of cabin options.