The Caribbean and the Americas have a long, multi-faceted history that encompasses ancient cultures and colonisation 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 amongst the natural beauty of the area, which is also rich in wildlife. Today this area is both a fascinating and attractive destination for the modern traveller with an interest in the past.
Travelling with the experienced and popular husband and wife tour leader team of John and Susi Richardson, set sail from the Dominican Republic to explore Mayan ruins, rainforests, an array of wildlife, colonial cities and contemporary society. Experience different cultures and cuisines and see the influence of colonisation and modern societies on these lands. Tour leaders John and Susi will give specialist talks and commentary throughout and there will be escorted shore excursions during the cruise.
John and Susi Richardson were the doctor and nurse respectively on The British Trans Americas Expedition 1971-2; the first ever drive from Alaska to Cape Horn and the first crossing of the Darian Gap in Panama. John also led a Jon Baines Tours tour to Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua in 2006 with Susi. He has also acted as doctor to six sailing expeditions with service personnel and students in the Caribbean.
Professor John Richardson is Emeritus Defence Professor of Primary Care and General Practice. He has led study tours worldwide and was a medical escort to parties of veterans on journeys of remembrance for the Royal British Legion. He has also run many history of medicine battlefield tours. He has visited 80 countries and worked in 41 of them as a doctor. John has previously led tours for Jon Baines to China, Central Asia, India, Turkey, Central America, Ecuador and the Galapagos, Namibia, Ethiopia, Indo-China and Burma. He has also given lectures and led on cruises.
Susi Richardson has travelled widely across the world either as an expedition nurse, or as a nurse on war grave pilgrimages for the Royal British Legion, co-tour leader for Jon Baines Tours, or accompanying her husband on his British Army medical officer postings. Five generations of her Shakespear family served in India on her grandmother’s side, and three generations of Cooke family on her grandfather’s side, covering almost continuously two hundred years of the history of British India in a variety of roles and occupations. Susi has led a number of tours to India, in Vietnam and on cruises.
Twin cabins start from US$3,596 per person (excluding international flights and transfers)