Cultural

Cultural Specialists

A local watchman hikes over the moss-draped spongy forest grounds of Haida Gwaii sharing his people’s stories and bringing to life the myth and mystery of the islands. A Cambodian professor comes aboard on the Mekong River to share firsthand stories of his country’s struggles, and then joins guests on the outside deck to give voiceover to the hope and future he sees in the people working along the riverbanks. And in South America an ethnomusicologist joins the expedition to curate a series of concerts aboard the ship and ashore that offer a deeper look into the cultures guests explore. 

On select expeditions, cultural specialists who are experts in their fields are added to an already impressive expedition team to further illuminate local life. They are chosen not just for their academic background, but for their ability to enable an authentic connection to the people guests meet along their journey. 

In regions that focus on history and culture — like Egypt, Vietnam, the Caribbean, or the Mediterranean — two or more cultural specialists may join the full expedition. One may be an archeologist, another an expert everyday lives of ancient people. They often have deep local connections formed from spending years or even decades studying in the regions they illuminate for guests. 

And in wild places, like Alaska for example, a cultural specialist may come aboard the ship to relate stories of the indigenous people who once lived in Glacier Bay as guests sail through the park—or they may meet guests as they get off a ship and visit a first nations community. 

No matter the topic, they add to guests’ appreciation and contribute a vital, but not easily discovered, facet of a region. 

A local watchman hikes over the moss-draped spongy forest grounds of Haida Gwaii sharing his people’s stories and bringing to life the myth and mystery of the islands. A Cambodian professor comes aboard on the Mekong River to share firsthand stories of his country’s struggles, and then joins guests on the outside deck to give voiceover to the hope and future he sees in the people working along the riverbanks. And in South America an ethnomusicologist joins the expedition to curate a series of concerts aboard the ship and ashore that offer a deeper look into the cultures guests explore. ...

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Meet our Cultural Specialists