The Caribbean and Cuba have a long, multi-faceted history that encompasses ancient cultures, colonisation and revolution, to the modern day. This cruise explores coastlines which were strategic, bountiful and beautiful, making them hotly contested by colonial powers over centuries. They attracted investment from the wealthy of the day, leaving a legacy of magnificent architecture - as well as its dark side, slavery - amongst the natural beauty and rich wildlife of the area. Travel with journalist and historian Carrie Gibson, an expert on the history of the Caribbean, for fascinating insight into the places you will visit.
Carrie Gibson is a US-born, UK-based historian and journalist. She received her PhD from Cambridge in 2011, and her thesis focused on the Hispanic Caribbean in the era of the Haitian Revolution. She is the author of the 2014 book Empire’s Crossroads: A History of the Caribbean from Columbus to the Present Day. Her second book, El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America, was published in 2019. She has spent years travelling and researching in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States. Before embarking on a career as a historian, Carrie was a journalist for the Guardian and Observer, and continues to contribute to media outlets, including the BBC. She lives in London.