Holland America Line has added three BBC Earth talents to Volendam’s Oct. 27, 2017, Feature Cruise to Taiwan and Japan. The experts include Creative Director of the BBC Natural History Unit, Dr. Mike Gunton; Ecologist, Natural History Presenter and Writer Mike Dilger; and Digital Producer Sam Hume. While onboard, they will host talks and question-and-answer sessions in their field, allowing guests to learn directly from the show’s creators. Read on for a deeper look into these BBC Earth experts.
CREATIVE DIRECTOR DR. MIKE GUNTON
Dr. Mike Gunton is the Creative Director of BBC’s Natural History Unit. He has overseen more than 120 wildlife films that include award-winning and critically acclaimed series such as “Yellowstone,” “Life,” “Africa,” “Attenborough and The Giant Dinosaur,” “Shark” and “Life Story.” During this Holland America Line and BBC Earth exclusive event Gunton will discuss his remarkable career and share details of his filming experiences throughout the world. He will also host a master class that will explore how innovation in filming techniques, technology and storytelling is a key element throughout all his films, especially in his latest blockbuster — the record-breaking “Planet Earth II.”
TV PRESENTER MIKE DILGER
Mike Dilger is an ecologist, writer and natural history television presenter with a life-long passion and encyclopedic knowledge of both European and tropical flora and fauna. Over the last 10 years he has worked as on-screen talent across a variety of BBC wildlife programs and currently makes weekly appearances as the wildlife reporter for BBC1’s “The ONE Show” and “Inside Out.” Volendam guests can attend a talk with Mike where he’ll discuss the special skills and knowledge required to work as a natural history television presenter, as well as the unique challenges this career can face.
DIGITAL PRODUCER SAM HUME
Digital Producer Sam Hume is credited with producing original wildlife and science films for BBC Earth’s YouTube channel “Earth Unplugged” and has worked on hit series like “Big Blue Live” and the ground breaking 2017 “Alaska Live” series. Sam also works with the BBC Earth team to develop new and exciting ways to engage an ever-changing audience online. During this cruise he will host a digital masterclass where he’ll reveal some of his favorite tips and tricks for making fantastic wildlife films on your smartphone!
Would you love to join our last BBC Earth feature cruise? There’s still time to join the Oct. 27 voyage, book now!