The 75-day “Grand Pacific & Far East Voyage” is underway aboard ms Amsterdam, and it’s going to feature a whole lot more than beautiful ports, tantalizing cuisine and award-winning service. Holland America Line has added guest chefs, guest speakers and local entertainment in several ports as part of the “On Location” program.
To enrich the mind, guests will be treated to an interesting series of guest lecturers who will speak on topics relevant to the sailing region, international affairs and travel in general.
Joseph Kess (Sept. 29-Oct. 14) is the retired Emeritus Chair in Japan and Asia-Pacific Relations of the Center for Asia-Pacific Initiatives at Canada’s University of Victoria. He is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Rising Sun by the Japanese government.
Architectural historian Sandra Millikin (Sept. 29-Oct. 23) was assistant curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings collection, which is now housed in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. She also was a lecturer at Open University.
Professor Roberta Sloan (Oct. 28-Nov. 17) has produced, directed and acted in more than 200 productions. She has taught at Marymount College, Huntingdon College, University of Oklahoma and University of Central Oklahoma, and received a Kennedy Center Medal.
Stephen Sloan (Oct. 28-Nov. 17) is Professor Emeritus at the University of Oklahoma. He is a pioneer in research and teaching on terrorism, and his book “Simulating Terrorism” has been used to conduct exercises internationally. Sloan is the author of 13 books and consults for the U.S. government and internationally.
Melvyn Foster (Oct. 23-Nov. 17) has lectured extensively as a destination, wildlife and maritime speaker. He has an interest in maritime history and commerce, particularly the Atlantic and Pacific liners, and has personally logged more than 75 Atlantic and Pacific crossings.
Elizabeth Foggin (Nov. 17-Dec. 4) holds a Ph.D. in Applied Social Sciences from Université de Montréal. Her research and thesis explored the experience of leisure and tourism of people with reduced physical abilities. She is co-author of a study and report commissioned by United Nations’ Asia Pacific office concerning “Barrier Free Tourism in the Asia Pacific Region.”
Kenneth Deffeyes (Nov. 17-Dec. 4) is Professor Emeritus of geosciences at Princeton University. Since retiring from teaching, he has written three books on the world oil situation and published a picture book, “Nanoscale.”
The Culinary Arts Center presented by Food & Wine magazine will host chefs on different segments of the voyage who will whip up their favorite dishes with a local flair depending on the location of the ship. Guests will enjoy cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, question-and-answer sessions and hands-on cooking classes with the chefs in the ship’s full show kitchen. Scheduled to join the voyage are:
George Geary (Oct. 10-23), former pastry chef at Disney Corp., culinary journalist, author and educator
Naomi Kakiuchi (Oct. 24-Nov. 2), sushi expert, Asian cuisine specialist and president of NuCulinary
Paulette Mitchell (Nov. 3-27), ethnic cuisine instructor and food markets of the world specialist
As part of the On Location program, guests can participate in activities such as lei making, ukulele lessons, hula classes and Hawaiian language classes. In Honolulu, Hawaii; Kobe (Osaka), Japan; Shanghai and Hong Kong, China, and Papeete, Tahiti, local performers will entertain guests during special evening performances in the ship’s main show lounge.
Amsterdam departed on its 75-day Grand Pacific and Far East Voyage from Vancouver, B.C., Sept. 20 and returns to Los Angeles. The itinerary features Hawaii, Micronesia, China, Japan, the Philippines and French Polynesia, as well as maiden calls at the exotic ports of Majuro, Marshall Islands, and Pohnpei, Micronesia.