11 April 2019, 10:03

Ray Mears and Benedict Allen to share sense of adventure with Saga cruise guests

Ray Mears and Benedict Allen to share sense of adventure with Saga cruise guests: GEN Ray Mears EXT 25418
  • Wilderness Bushcraft expert Ray Mears on Wild about Iceland cruise
  • Explorer Benedict Allen on Summertime in Arctic Norway sailing

Discover some of the planet’s wilder regions with two leading survival experts on board Saga Sapphire this summer.

Bushcraft expert Ray Mears joins the Wild About Iceland cruise and explorer Benedict Allen meets guests on the Summertime In Arctic Norway voyage.

Both no-fly, all-inclusive cruises depart from Dover and the adventurers will give fascinating talks about their experiences, with guests invited to join them for question and answer sessions.

Ray Mears has become a household name through TV series including Tracks and World of Survival and is an authority on bushcraft and survival.

Having developed a fascination with the natural world as a child in Southern England, where he learned to track foxes, he founded Woodlore, the School of Wilderness Bushcraft in 1983 to teach others, as he puts it, "to drink at the well of Bushcraft".

A schoolteacher who had fought in Burma during the Second World War inspired Ray to challenge conventional wisdom about survival in the wild, with the motto: “Maximum efficiency from minimum effort.”

Benedict Allen has been inspiring TV viewers with his daring, lone exploits, filmed without an accompanying TV crew, in which he often joins remote communities to learn their techniques for survival.

He says: "Exploration isn't about going where no one's gone before in order to leave your mark, but about making yourself vulnerable, opening yourself up to whatever's there and letting the place leave its mark on you."

A father of three young children, his latest solo expedition to the heart of Papua New Guinea, attempting to reach the remote Yaifo community, underlined that vulnerability, as he suffered from both malaria and dengue fever, faced a series of freak storms and found himself trapped in an area of forest, where local communities were at war, before being rescued by helicopter.

A trustee and member of the council of the Royal Geographical Society, he has published 10 books, including The Faber Book of Exploration and Into the Abyss.

For details visit saga.co.uk/ocean-cruises or call 0800 50 50 30.

Wild About Iceland, 16 nights from £2,939 per person, departing Dover on July 22, 2019.

Summertime in Arctic Norway, 15 nights from £2,799 per person departing Dover on August 30, 2019.

Prices include UK travel package to and from Dover, all meals and entertainment, all-inclusive drinks (a choice of table wines at lunch and dinner, house-branded spirits and soft drinks, afternoon tea, 24-hour room service, welcome cocktail party and unlimited tea and coffee in selected venues), free wifi, all on-board gratuities, porterage, free shuttle bus to nearest town centre (whenever possible and when the ship is berthed more than 500 yards away), optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a discount if passenger has own insurance.

Both prices are based on two people sharing an Inside Guarantee cabin where guests receive their cabin number shortly before sailing (or at embarkation) and not at the time of booking. Your cabin may be located anywhere on the ship and twin cabins may have two single beds or one double bed. Further terms and conditions apply. Please call for further details. Fare was correct at the time of going to print and is subject to availability and change.

Excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change.



Alex Brazier