Guest speakers

The enrichment of discovery and thrill of knowledge place Hebridean River Cruises in a category of their own.

Our on board speakers are chosen precisely because they are among some of the best authorities in their field. Passionate about their subject, these captivating orators bring each cruise alive and are delighted to share their knowledge with their fellow guests – a true meeting of minds.

Tulip Time on the Dutch and Belgian Waterways
Friday 28th April to Friday 5th May 2017

Graham Archer is a former British High Commissioner in Malta. He specialised during a long career in the British Diplomatic Service in international affairs and conflict resolution. A posting to the British Embassy in The Netherlands led him to take a continuing interest in Dutch and Flemish history, culture and regional development.
Since retiring from Malta Graham has been a Deputy Chairman of the South East Region of the English National Trust, a council member of The Royal Overseas League and a regular lecturer on current affairs. He is a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George and a Knight of the Venerable Order of St John.

Melodies of the Rhine
Friday 5th May to Friday 12th May 2017

A versatile musician and educator, Adrian Finnerty is an experienced teacher, lecturer, composer, conductor, pianist, organist and music historian. As a guest speaker, Adrian explores a range of composers, musicians and musical works related to a variety of European rivers and cities. His lectures are delivered in an interesting and engaging manner, providing a very enjoyable insight into the music and culture of the area. Adrian’s musical interests are very wide, including many aspects of Classical, Jazz and European Music.

Flavours of the Danube
Saturday 1st July to Tuesday 11th July 2017
A Fellow of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, Frances Bissell has been guest chef in some of the world’s leading hotels, as well as at British Embassies in Europe and the Middle East. She also lectures on a wide variety of food-related topics, has written numerous books, and was The Times food writer for many years. One of her most recent books is on the subject of baking – The Floral Baker - so she is looking forward to accompanying us to two of the world’s most famous cities for cakes and pastries, Budapest and Vienna. Frances has been a guest lecturer on Hebridean Princess and Hebridean River Cruises and is delighted to be joining this cruise where she will talk about the culinary delights of the Danube valley, not just cakes, but the glorious wines, as well as the culinary history of the region.

Secrets of the Main and Rhine
Tuesday 11th July to Friday 21st July 2017
Christopher Bradley is a NADFAS lecturer who first explored many of Germany’s historical sites by cycling around the country in the 1970s. As an author, travel photographer and guidebook writer he then spent 30 years working around the world as a tour group leader on a full time basis. He still leads a number of tours each year to a variety of destinations, designing many specialist itineraries. He is also a lecturer to noted societies, such as the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. He had been a cameraman and producer on many television documentary films for the BBC, Channel 4 and National Geographic TV. His lectures on this cruise will feature German locations and themes.