Cultural Specialists

Provide an insider’s perspective on the cultures we explore

On select voyages, cultural specialists are added to an already impressive lineup of naturalists, historians, and guest speakers to further illuminate local life.

These cultural commentators are leaders in their fields, some still engaged in conducting research, who know the region intimately. You’ll have ample opportunity to learn from them in onboard lectures, and engage with them on a one-to-one basis to learn more about their topic or backgrounds.

When in South America, a wine expert may talk about the local vineyards and their effect on the national economies. In West Africa, you’ll learn about the vital tradition of spiritual music in this part of the world. In Alaska, a native interpreter will reveal the landscape through the filter of myth and tradition. No matter the topic, they’ll add to your appreciation and contribute a vital, but not easily discovered, facet of a region. 

Featured Cultural Specialists

Tua Pittman

Cultural Specialist
South Pacific & French Polynesia, 12 April 2021
Internationally acclaimed as a traditional master navigator, Tua has navigated canoes across the great oceans of our planet from the coastlines of Asia through to the shores of the Americas for more than 30 years, without the use of modern instruments. This Cook Islander, also of New Zealand Maori and Tahitian bloodlines, uses an ancient navigational system based upon careful observation of celestial bodies—sun, moon, and stars—as well as using ocean swells, flight patterns of birds, and other natural markers. 

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