Home sweet home? Hmm…..

I’m sitting here in the lounge of Julie’s dad’s place in Wadebridge Cornwall. Having just driven from Malaga to the UK, over a period of five days, I have just a few moments for some reflection. By the time we get back to Canillas de Aceituno, around the 11th November I will have spent well over 140 days of this year (so far) on either a ship or a plane, going somewhere, usually very pleasant (sometimes not!)

It’s been a strange year, but then most are these days as we spend most of our time motoring around the world on large ships, at the speed of a combine harvester, being chaffeured by experienced sea captains, and directed by entertainment managers to do what I do, when they require it. Lectures and shows occupy my waking hours, alongside oftimes gentle explorations of ports old and new. The New Year started in the Magellan Strait with a flight back to Malaga from Sanitago, Chile, first to Rome and then home. Julie was already in the UK having ‘deserted’ the ship in Rio, and I joined her there a few days later to watch over her lens replacement surgeries. All went well and home we went, in time for me to take the flights to Auckland New Zealand to join the Voyager for 27 days to Singapore, via the beautiful landscapes and settlements that constitute the north and south islands of this distant paradise. The sun shone, the mountains drifted past, the people smiled and offered their Maori greetings…..but I didn’t see one sheep!  I met with friends in Auckland, Sydney and Brisbane (a school chum I hadn’t seen for 46 years!), and so to Singapore to spend my birthday in the airpoprt before flying to Perth to meet with the family…and Julie who had arrived to join the next cruise. We flew to Darwin and joined the Navigator for a long cruise ending in Rome, with many excellent sights and sites…denied a visit to Myanmar (Burma), we again spent days on the west coast of India, and navigated the Suez Canal. a dip (or float!) in the Dead Sea was a highlight and the cause of much merriment. The Greek isles came and went, and with about 20 lectures and 9 different cabaret shows completed we head home from Rome for a rest. The house was still standing, and ready to deal with laundry, unpacking, and repacking for the next trip…to Miami for a Caribbean, Panama Canal, west coast USA and Alaska cruise again on the Navigator. We met friends in San Francisco, Vancouver and Oregon, enjoying good company and memories of journies past, present and plans for the future. Whale watching doesn’t come much better than that which we expereinced in Victoria Canada, and the White Pass railway in Skagway, brought home to us the experiences of Julie’s great grandfathers who had both sought their fortunes in the Klondike!

Home from  San Francisco for a few weeks and then I was off again to the Baltic for a brief, yet interesting cruise, with friend Mick as company. St. Petersburg drenched us in history, folk dancing and rain! Tallin and Riga showed us their best in the autumn sunshine and the Kiel Canal was, as always, a delight. In Bremerhaven I had engineered the embarkation of Blue Weaver and his lovely wife Sigi, and for a select audience we presented our ‘relaxed’ show….An Audience with Blue Weaver….with the stories and songs of his years with the Bee Gees. (We will be repeating this, plus additional material, on three cruises in 2018!)

And so to Dover and Rochester to catch up on family matters and have the routine kebab! No more cruises (except Brittany Ferries) for the rest of the year. Time to catch up on gardening, house painting, repairs and just plain and simple time in the Spanish retreat. A few little sing songs here and there, and preparation for the work ahead in 2018. A SAGA cruise to west Africa starts in early January, and then to Australia to complete the world cruise – 48 lectures and about 11 shows! And then there’s more………

So where is home? You know I’m not really sure. Sometimes it’s Casa Sin Nombre, up a mountain in Andalucia, sometimes, but less often it’s Sage Road in Rochester….but more often it’s a cabin number.

But you know the trick is to live where you are….not wish yourself somewhere else….just enjoy it as it comes..that’s what we do best!


Yes it’s changed again!

2019 is now very different…..we are still doing the world cruise as previously announced (Jan 3rd – May 15th L.A. to New York), but the next set of cruises as advertised in the last ‘stop’ press’ item are cancelled!

I’ve been asked to cover the newly announced ‘Arctic Quest’ on the RSSC Navigator, from June 18th through to September 3rd..(77days)..it covers the UK, Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Russia and many islands in between….

You can check the full itinerary on the Regent Seven Seas websitehttps://www.rssc.com/cruises/NAV190618D/summary/default.aspx..

Very exciting……

See you there?

Cheers Terry



I’ve been offered work (lectures and shows) on the following cruises for 2019 on the Regent Seven Seas Explorer (‘the most luxorious cruise ship afloat’)……well what would you say?

30-Aug-19 Stockholm  to 11-Sep-19 Southampton
11-Sep-19 Southampton to 23-Sep-19 Southampton
23-Sep-19 Southampton to 7-Oct-19 Barcelona
7-Oct-19 Barcelona to 19-Oct-19 Venice
19-Oct-19 Venice to 29-Oct-19 Civitavecchia

This is in addition to the World Cruise on the Regent Seven Seas Navigator as previously listed.

Hey ho, and on we go……as long as the ticker keeps on ticking….




Our day in Vancouver had been superb. With friends, a good meal and wine and we arrived back on board in time for the usual safety drill and sail-away cocktails, meeting a good number of people we had met on previous voyages. And so we headed north.

Our visits to Ketchican 3 and a hlaf, Juneau, Skagway and Sitka, were all excellent. The weather cooperated pretty well, and nothing was spoiled by rain. In Ketchican we tripped out to a totem museum and gazed in wonder at the carvings and houses, and in Juneau we bussed to the Mendenhall Glacier, iridescent blue with its neighbourly waterfall pouring forth from the mountains. On the return journey two black bears chose to lope along the road, to the astonishment of all of us, especially the driver!

In Skagway we took the White Pass train up to the top, viewing the trails of old prospectors and adventurers from the Gold Rush of the 1890’s – an excellent experience. The ship took us to the Hubbard Glacier and danced pirouettes to allow a good view for all. Awesome. In Sitka we visited the site of the raising of the first US flag in Alaska after the purchase from the Russians! And back south to Victoria in British Columbia for a pre-booked boat trip to view the whales. And what a trip it was. Just 4 of us in the boat and the Captain took us in amongst the Humpbacks and Orcas as they dived and swam around us. Then on to view the seals, sealions, sea otter and bird life. A most exhilarating afternoon.

In Astoria we were able to pass on the ‘ale tour’ this time and meet up with friends Doug and Ruth and visit the home of Milt and Judi where we could stare at the ocean and watch the deer and elk in the pastures close to their house. In celebration of the this occasion (and we did have Margaret the cruise director with us!), they fired off their vintage black powder cannon!!

A sea day brought us back to San Francisco and the day of debarkation and flight home. All the lectures went well and the shows were well attended and appreciated…but its back home to unpack, launder and prepare for the concert in just a few days time…..Busy, busy!

Cruises to Avoid! (Subject to change)

Here are my ‘assignments for the foreseeable future. They are subject to change due to the wishes of the cruise management, anno dominii, family issues and health!!

10th Sept –       Join RSSC Navigator in Oslo

14th Sept         Stockholm to Dover (26th Sept)                    

2018 Cruises

8th Jan             Southampton to Portsmouth (West Africa) Saga Pearl 11 (28th Jan)

15th Feb           Sydney to Fremantle              RSSC Navigator (part World Cruise)

25th Feb           Fremantle to Singapore                     “

13th March      Singapore to Cape Town                   ”

7th April           Cape Town to Rio                              “

30th April         Rio to Los Angeles(25th May)          “

14th August     Copenhagen to Stockholm                 RSSC Explorer

24th August     Stockholm to Copenhagen

3rd Sept           Copenhagen to Southampton (leaving in Amsterdam 12th Sept)

14th Sept         Malaga to Civitavecchia (24th) Oceania Riviera

17th Oct           Piraeus to Civitavecchia                    RSSC Voyager

29th Oct           Civit to Monte Carlo

5th Nov            M.Carlo to Barcelona

12th Nov          Barcelona to Miami  (26th Nov)


4th Jan             LA. To New York (15th May)            RSSC Navigator World Cruise


24th Jan           San Francisco to San Francisco        RSSC Mariner World Cruise