Gold & Spice
8-22 Dec 2001 15 days
Fares from £2965
Sri Lanka (Christmas in India)
8-28 Dec 2001 21 days
Fares from £4260
MARINE BIOLOGY, YOGA & BRIDGE
The corals of Indian Ocean were decimated during an unprecedented warming of the sea in 1998 but young corals are new repopulating them. Enjoy the underwater world of marine biology with Alasdair Edwards.
Join our organiser Tony Priday, in the Card Room to brush up your bridge skills. For relaxation during days at sea, join Mary Dalby, our yoga expert, for a gentle stretch.
Dr Alasdair Edwards
As a Senior Lecturer in Marine Sciences and Coastal Management at the University of Newcastle he has studied the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean and the Maldives for over 20 years. He will introduce the colourful reef fishes and coral reefs of the Indian Ocean and some of the issues which threaten them.
Begin to understand the real India through the eyes of Martin Howard who came to India in 1984 to become the British Naval attache. He has now spent fourteen of the last sixteen years living there and has a close experience and understanding of India, its people, their day to day life and hopes for the future.
Dr Maria Kalnins
One of the best ways of introducing a country and its culture is through the medium of literature. Dr Maria Kalnins, University Lecturer in Literature and an authority on Joseph Conrad, will talk about the works of authors famous - Kipling and Forster - and contemporary – Vikram Seth and Anita Desai.
Professor Keith Ward
Regius Professor of Divinity, University of Oxford, and Canon of Christ Church. Formerly Professor of the History of Religions at the University of London. His talks will explore the beliefs and practices of the religions of the area, in their social and historical context.
Please note Guest Speakers travel on the cruise portion of the holiday only.
A sun-filled pre-Christmas treat will take you from Arabia to the famed beaches of Goa,
the "spice city" of Cochin and the beautiful Kerala lagoons before you cruise to the magical Maldives
and enchanting Sri Lanka, for a chance to see elephants and the island's lush hill country.