Interviews

Meet the astronomer who's teaching cruise passengers how to read the stars

Dr David Mannion (PhD), is an astronomer onboard the £300m Viking Jupiter – the line's newest ocean ship.

Mannion – who is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a teacher, the head of science in an international college and an extremely enthusiastic speaker on all topics to do with astronomy – stepped away from the telescope to share what inspires him to explore the mysteries of the universe, with Telegraph Cruise.  

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/meet-physics-teacher-cruise-passengers-astronomy/

'If I can do it, you can do it too': meet Belinda Bennett, the world's first black female cruise ship captain

Rewind 200 years and the only women found on a cruise ship were the carved wooden figureheads of topless ladies (an offering to the oceans in exchange for calm weather), attached to the bow. Women had no place onboard because they were believed to be bad luck on ships, while their presence was said to distract the sailors and steer them off course. 

Not that Belinda Bennett – the world’s first black woman cruise ship captain – let the antiquated idea that women don’t belong at sea, break her stride. 

Ahead of Mothering Sunday, we caught up with the woman who joins Serena Melani (the first woman to captain a new cruise ship) and Kate McCue (the first American woman to captain a giant cruise vesse), in helping make cruise ship history. 

Read the interview here: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/-if-i-can-do-it-anyone-can-do-it-meet-belinda-bennett/

Sophia Loren: ‘What brings me joy? A nice walk with a friend. I’m an easy person to please’

The legendary Italian actress, 84, has become a godmother again – to her 14th cruise ship, the £1bn MSC Bellissima. Ahead of the star-studded naming ceremony for Bellissima the screen star spoke to Telegraph Cruise about family, films and being low maintenance.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/cruises/articles/seven-minutes-at-sea-with-sophia-loren/

Talking Travel: Ecuador

Ecuador maybe small, but there's no shortage of things to see - from snow covered mountains to Amazonian rainforest and incredible wildlife - in this small Andean nation. 

For an insight into Ecuador, tune into ‘Talking Travel’ at Women's Radio Station later this month - where Ecuadorian, Monica Alexander, will be revealing why if homeland isn’t on your bucket list, it’s because you have already been…...

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