Radio Guest List–the Azamara Pursuit–September 1, 2018
Azamara Club Cruises
This week Peter Greenberg Worldwide broadcasts from the Azamara Pursuit, sailing out of Southampton, England to Bergen, Norway. Joining Peter this week is Captain Carl Smith, who shares the colorful past history of the Pursuit and how it now sails to some of the most interesting, smaller ports in Europe–destinations not accessible to the mega ships. Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor-in-Chief of CruiseCritic.com, on the new trend not only in longer cruises but more overnight stays as well as Azamara’s trademark “white parties.” Then Glenn Silber, Emmy-winning & Academy Award-nominated Documentary Producer joins Peter. (In the interest of full disclosure, Silber also shared an Emmy award with Peter for best investigative reporting for an ABC News 20/20 piece on the crash of the last flight out of Vietnam carrying orphans.) Glenn explains how the anti-Vietnam War movement changed the political culture of the United States and created the environment of mass protest, laying the groundwork for today’s Women’s March and anti-gun movements — and how his The War at Home is now being brought back to theaters across the U.S. And Azamara Pursuit’s Executive Chef Monica Ortiz on how she sources local food at each port and how that immerses her guests in the culture and cuisine. There’s all this and more as Peter Greenberg Worldwide comes from the Azamara Pursuit.
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Carl Smith, Captain of the Azamara Pursuit, talks about his first ship experience in Venezuela at the age of 16. He then shares the history of The Pursuit, which went through five different names, and how it now sails to the tiniest ports in Europe.
Glenn Silber, Emmy-winning & Academy Award-nominated Documentary Producer, talks about how the anti-Vietnam War movement changed the political culture of the United States and created the environment of mass protest. He discusses how this movement laid the groundwork for today’s Women’s March and anti-gun movements.
Amanda Poulson, Cruise Director of the Azamara Pursuit, explains why after her first cruise ship job, she sold her house and stored all of her personal belongings to make the Azamara Pursuit her home. She also shares what people should know before taking a cruise for the first time.
Fiann Paul, Ocean Rower and 20-time Guinness World Records holder, talks about his experiences rowing in all the major oceans. For example, in the Arctic Ocean, Paul and his team had to go against the weather most of the time, but they still achieved a record-breaking speed of 2.7 knots completing the trip in 22 days instead of the normal 70 days! Psychology is key, according to Paul.
Amanda Heckert, Editor for Garden & Gun, talks about her recent article on lakes and explains why people tend to form emotional connections with them. She also gives her tips on visiting lakes off-season.
Carolyn Spencer Brown, Editor-in-Chief of CruiseCritic.com, explains why a great, new concept in cruising is longer cruises with more overnights. She then discusses Azamara’s signature White Night Parties.
Ryszard Gusmann, Hotel Director of the Azamara Pursuit, shares what is different on the Pursuit, and spoiler alert: the size matters. He also sheds light on the difference between American and Norwegian smoked salmon.
Monica Ortiz, Executive Chef of the Azamara Pursuit, discusses why bringing local food on board is so important. She then reveals which dish surprisingly doesn’t do that well and which dish is loved by most passengers (no surprises here).
By Alisa Sokolova for PeterGreenberg.com