Most of our days from LA to the Big Island of Hawaii were blessed with brilliant sunshine and impressively rolling seas.
I can’t believe we are actually here again, in beautiful Hawaii, after having been here in June celebrating Bess and Paul’s wedding! Today we were able to bring some of our new family (who actually live in Hilo) on to the ship for an afternoon visit. How exciting to share a place that is home to us for over 4 months this year!
On the final night before arriving in Hilo our ship was tossed about with even bigger waves and swells. We saw some of the effects of that storm when we arrived in the port.
Hilo, the largest city on the Big Island, is surrounded by lush rainforest and huge orchid farms. Obviously you have to leave the port area to enjoy them! Our stay in Hilo was brief, just one afternoon before we sailed on to Honolulu.
Here’s a list of the lecturers that are with us and filling our 14 sea days with excellent talks on this 22 day segment of the World Cruise.
Bruce McGill (Los Angeles, CA)
Bruce McGill is one of America's busiest character actors and has no intention of slowing down. He is a native Texan, a UT alumnus (BFA ’73), and had his first professional acting job, in San Antonio, at the age of 15. You might recognize him from Animal House, MacGyver, My Cousin Vinny, Runaway Jury, Matchstick Men, or any of the other 140 plus films, television movies, or series he has done spanning the last five decades. Bruce is currently starring with Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander and Lorraine Bracco in TNT’s hit series Rizzoli & Isles. He was recently featured in the movie Lincoln starring Daniel Day Lewis (as Lincoln), Sally Field, and Tommy Lee Jones.
Richard Roth (New York, NY)
Richard Roth serves as CNN's senior U.N. correspondent and also covers international stories in New York City. Roth has covered the U.N.'s role and responses to the Arab Spring, the unfolding Syrian crisis, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a variety of reports about American politics including the 2008 US presidential elections
General Anthony Zinni (Williamsburg, VA)
General Anthony Zinni is a retired four-star General in the United States Marine Corps and a former Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).
James Bradley (Rye, NY)
James Bradley is a New York Times number one best-selling author and a son of John Bradley, who raised the flag on Iwo Jima.
Ken Rees (Bristol, England)
Ken Rees brings to the role of destination lecturer over 25 years experience as a world-travelling foreign correspondent. During his career, he has reported extensively from Italy, Greece, and the Middle East. His many news credits include the Lebanese civil war, the first Gulf War, the loss of the space shuttle Challenger, and the sectarian troubles of Northern Ireland
Dr. Robert Freedman (Baltimore, MD)
A Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Robert Freedman lectures on the Middle East and on Russian foreign policy.
Charles Carlton (Atlanta, GA)
No one can explain the British royal family and its checkered history better than Charles Carlton. A native of England, who has lived in the United States for nearly forty years; he is a retired Professor of British History at North Carolina State University and has been a Visiting Professor of Military History at Duke.
Evelyn Evans (Somerset, England)
Although Evelyn was born in Shanghai, she was brought up in Hong Kong and educated in Ireland. The fourth generation of her family to be born in China, she enjoyed carefree trips on her father’s China coast tramp steamers from a very early age which gave her a great love of the sea, the region, and all things Asian. Evelyn is Chinese bi-lingual and speaks some Thai. Despite reading Colonial History and Anthropology at Trinity College, Dublin
Michael Freedland (Bournemouth, England)
Michael Freedland says he is more of a storyteller than a lecturer. His usual style is to sit on a stool and talk. Michael is a journalist, broadcaster and author, his most recent work being a new biography of Judy Garland.
Clint Van Zandt (Fredericksburg, VA)
Clint Van Zandt was with the FBI for 25 years where he was the FBI's Chief Hostage Negotiator as well as a "profiler" in the FBI's Behavioral Science or "Silence of the Lambs" Unit
Don Farrell (Tinian, Mariana Islands)
Don Farrell has a B.A. in Biological Science from California State College at Fullerton in 1973 and a degree in Secondary Education from California State College at San Bernardino in 1975. Don's writing career began on Guam with the 1981 publication of The Americanization of Guam: 1898-1918, which was followed by The Sacrifice of Guam: 1919-1943 and Liberation—1944.