Cunard has revealed that adventurer Bear Grylls will join one of its Alaska 2023 sailings, marking his first appearance speaking on a cruise ship.
He will be on board Queen Elizabeth’s maiden Alaska voyage next year, departing Vancouver on 8 June.
During the cruise, Grylls will share his experience as one of the youngest-ever climbers of Mount Everest, a bestselling author, TV presenter and adventurer.
The voyage will mark the first time that Grylls has returned to Alaska since his visit with the then President of the United States, Barack Obama, in 2015.
Queen Elizabeth will sail six further voyages from Vancouver throughout June, July and August, visiting the likes of Skagway, Juneau, Anchorage and Sitka.
Each voyage will have an exploration Insights Programme, featuring award-winning naturalist, Dr Rachel Cartwright, a cultural heritage guide from Alaska Native Voices, as well as talks and Q&A sessions from an expert in the field of adventure and exploration.
These will include British mountaineer Kenton Cool – who has summited Mount Everest 15 times, Ann Daniels – one of Britain’s leading polar explorers, and Felicity Aston MBE, a polar scientist turned explorer.
In addition, one voyage will feature British maritime archaeologist Mensun Bound, who has led some of the most famous shipwreck discoveries, including the discovery of Shackleton’s lost ship Endurance earlier this year in Antarctica.
Carnival UK president Sture Myrmell said: “We’re delighted to welcome all of our world-class adventurers on board next year for yet another fantastic enrichment programme.
“There’s no better way to experience Alaska – one of the most magnificent places in the world – than aboard the magnificent Queen Elizabeth.”