Skip navigation

Special Guest Hosts

 

     
Jameson Fink  

Jameson Fink

 

Jameson Fink knows a thing or two about wine and has spent an admirable amount of time learning the ins and outs of the industry. He has visited vineyards and wineries from South Africa to Australia and New Zealand, Chile and Argentina, throughout Europe including France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Greece, and in his home country, including California, Washington, Oregon, and Virginia.

 

His decade of experience in the retail wine business, as contributing editor at Grape Collective, and manager of his own wine blog, has led to numerous nominations: 2013 Saveur Best Food Blog Awards (Wine or Beer Blog Category); Wine Blog Awards (Best Overall Wine Blog for 2012 and Best Writing for 2013); and named “One to Watch” by Paul Mabray of VinTank in “The 9 Most Important Wine Bloggers in the US.” While he also likes beer and cider, he’d rather be drinking Champagne and enjoys sipping his wine wearing t-shirts and jeans.

 

Join Jameson on a WINE themed cruise:

 

     
Gary Freitag  

Gary Freitag

 

An expert in oceanography and salmon fisheries since 1972, Gary Freitag has been involved with ocean research in many disciplines. Gary works with NOAA’s marine mammal stranding network facilitating marine life rescue missions and conducting necropsies on those not so fortunate. His contributions also include research, evaluation, and management of salmon aquaculture programs for both the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and for the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association. And he’s long supported the Alaskan salmon fishery industry—since 1984—by participating in the Pacific Salmon Commission process.

 

As a faculty member in the public service unit of the School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences Sea Grant Program, Gary also provides education to a number of Alaska’s marine resource industries. Gary calls Alaska home, and among his numerous academic endeavors, he also finds time for hobbies–he built his own plane (and flies it), scuba dives and takes underwater photography, and is an avid beachcomber.

 

Join Gary on a MARINE BIOLOGY themed cruise:

 

     
Jackie Hedgpeth  

Jackie Hedgpeth

 

Travelling to Alaska each summer since 1997—Jackie has followed the population dynamics of humpback whales, orcas, sea lions, seals, sea otters, salmon, fish, shellfish, and sea birds. Her passion for seeking marine wildlife has expanded into worldwide scuba diving and underwater photography adventures in all the aquatic biomes, although scuba, snorkeling, and underwater photography in Alaska rank among the top.

 

Jackie has sailed worldwide, working aboard ships as a guest Marine Biology host and lecturer for almost twenty years. She is also a community college teacher with two Masters Degrees—Biology and Health Sciences. When on break from her college teaching schedule, Jackie travels the world studying marine mammals, fishes, invertebrates, and ecosystems of the world’s oceans. As with her students, Jackie will share her knowledge and experiences through lively edutainment-style presentations focused on the physiology, feeding, mating, and survival behaviors of the marine organisms.

 

Join Jackie on a MARINE BIOLOGY themed cruise:

 

     
Wolfgang Kaehler  

Wolfgang Kaehler

 

Award-winning Wolfgang Kaehler studied photography and photo engineering in his native Germany for six years. Since 1977, he has photographed around the world on assignment for various magazines, advertising agencies, and travel companies, including four years exploring some of the world's most remote regions on expedition cruises.

 

Wolfgang's photos appear in some of the world's most prestigious publications--National Geographic, Smithsonian, Audubon, and Travel & Leisure, to name a few. He currently lectures for photography organizations and museums, and also leads photo safaris.

 

Join Wolfgang on a PHOTOGRAPHY themed cruise:

 

     
Letters from Home  

Letters from Home

 

Letters From Home are the bombshell singing sensations that have been fondly referred to as "America's New Sweethearts"! Audiences of all ages across the country enjoy their beautiful harmonies, brilliantly choreographed tap dancing, side-splitting hilarious comedy, and audience interaction.

 

The group was created by Erinn Diaz, whose father served in the United States Coast Guard and suggested she produce an Andrews Sisters tribute show. Erin thought it would be a fun way to entertain and an opportunity to perform some great music and had no idea at the time that this "little show" would have such a significant impact on her life and on the lives of others. Together with Serah Haley, Letters from Home tours the country to honor veterans, active military and their families through song.

 

Join Erinn and Serah for a MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT themed cruise:

 

     
Stephen Matera  

Stephen Matera

 

Combining a passion for all things outdoors with a unique eye, Seattle-based photographer Stephen Matera creates images for some of the world’s leading publishers and outdoor companies.

 

Stephen has developed and applies his vision as a natural landscape photographer to active outdoor sports and lifestyle images. His clients, which include The New York Times, Microsoft, Time, the Audubon society, and Outside Magazine (to name just a few), rely on his ability to consistently deliver creative, inspirational and authentic images for their advertising and editorial stories.

 

Join Stephen on a PHOTOGRAPHY themed cruise:

 

     
Nate and Becca Schons  

Nate and Becca Schons

 

Co-owners and brewers of Island Hoppin’ Brewery on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juans, Nate and Becca Schons are located right in the middle of the Pacific Northwest’s exciting and innovative craft beer scene. Delving into backyard home brew nearly 15 years ago, they successfully turned their passion into their trade in 2012 when they opened a brewery including a 6-tap tasting room with their brewing partner, Jim Parker.

 

Fascinated by the art and science of crafting delicious libations, they’re growing their business with steady forward momentum. While their beer is delicious, interesting, and thoughtfully crafted, their passion for the craft of beer is immediately infectious—a likely contributing factor to their tasting room becoming such a magnetic community hub on the island.

 

Join Nate and Becca on a CRAFT BEER themed cruise:

 

     
Robyn Schumacher  

Robyn Schumacher

 

Robyn Schumacher is one of the owners and brewers at Stoup Brewing in Seattle, Washington. Stoup Brewing melds Robyn’s two great loves—beer and science. As a recovering high school science teacher, she brings an educator’s mind to the art and science of beer.

 

Robyn’s beer journey started with her first sip of craft brewed Hefeweizen while studying biology in Helena, Montana. The beer seed was planted right then and there and would follow her for the rest of her life. After her first career—13 years teaching—she decided that the beer industry was just too alluring to ignore. In a reversal of roles, Robyn hit the books and immersed herself in the brewing community while studying for the Cicerone Certification Exam. In 2012, Robyn became Washington State’s first female Cicerone (certified beer server).

 

Join Robyn on a CRAFT BEER themed cruise:

 

     
Dave Verner  

Dave Verner

 

A lifetime birder, Dave Verner began his life list in 1989. He's travelled extensively, observing and amassing a list of over 2,000 birds—Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica, most of Europe, and every state in Mexico.

 

Dave has been a naturalist aboard sightseeing boats and whale watching trips in the Sea of Cortés, and leads a weekly birding field around his home of San Carlos, a small town in Sonora, Mexico, where he enjoys year-round birding. In his previous life, he owned a skydiving center in Illinois for 34 years and made 5541 jumps.

 

Join Dave on a BIRDING theme cruise:

     
Todd Weber  

Todd Weber

 

At a young age, Todd Weber became enthralled with stories of the fur traders, Indians, and explorers of early American history. He made his first pair of moccasins as a teenager and continued building his collection of clothing and accoutrements until he had either made or acquired all that was necessary to re-enact the life of a frontier mountain man. Years of reading journals and studying historical accounts of the fascinating characters of America's past have taught him the facts and details of this time in history.

 

Todd has shared stories and taught countless groups the history of Lewis and Clark’s Corp of Discovery, about frontier mountain men, and of pioneers along the Oregon Trail. Since the Lewis and Clark bicentennial of 2004-2006, Todd has been an on board presenter on the Columbia River, sharing his appreciation for the stamina, ingenuity, and character that existed in those who helped shape the history of the American West.

 

Join Todd on an enhanced LEWIS & CLARK themed cruise:

 

     
Ken Wilson  

Ken Wilson

 

Ken Wilson's interest in nature and science began with birds when he was only 10 and grew with each passing year. Now, with a Bachelor of Science in neurobiology from Cornell University, Master's in applied science from the University of Washington, and a teaching degree from Seattle Pacific University, he passionately shares the wonders of the natural world. He’s researched birds while backpacking 300 miles across Arctic Alaskan tundra, living in a lighthouse on an uninhabited island in Norway, camping in Alaska's Brooks Range, and conducted seabird surveys 500 miles out in the North Pacific.

 

With his exceptional knowledge of natural history and birding, Ken has taught university courses for educators, provided teacher trainings, given keynote presentations, and authored a book, “Tools for Energized Learning.” And he’s led group expeditions in wild Alaska, Hawaii, New England, the Rockies, the Galápagos, and throughout the Northwest. Ken has a contagious enthusiasm and engaging style!

 

Join Ken on an BIRDING themed cruise: