Onboard Experts for MS Saint Laurent

The all-new MS Saint Laurent, part of the Haimark Line, will feature an ongoing rotating roster of onboard experts throughout its summer 2015 sailings in North America.

Beginning with broadcast journalist Dan Rather as the special guest expert on the inaugural sailing (departing May 30), these experts will each join select cruises that visit America’s Five Great Lakes, New England colonies and French-Canadian Maritime provinces. They will engage in casual chats as well as present scheduled talks in the ship’s Compass Lounge that bring to life everything from the diverse history of Victorian towns rich with seafaring history and archaeological investigations of shipwrecks to fascinating insights into local cultures and remote islands with wildlife viewing.

Dan Rather, former CBS News anchor and “60 Minutes” correspondent, will talk about “Fact vs. Fiction in Journalism: Misinformation & the Internet”. Dr. Bill Cogar, an author and former U.S. Naval Academy professor, will discuss naval and maritime history. Dr. John Odin Jensen, an historian, archaeologist and policy professor, will discuss his participation in more than 50 underwater archaeological investigations of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes.

Dr. James Robertson, author and Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech, talks about his specialty, the Civil War. Frederick Stonehouse is the author of more than 30 books on maritime history. Bob Tagatz, resident Historian & Concierge for the Grand Hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, discusses historical preservation. Jay White is a Halifax, Nova Scotia-based historian who will talk about military history.

Haimark Line, based in Denver, Colorado, operates small ship coastal expedition cruises in North, Central and South America.

(Photo courtesy of Haimark Line)

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Susan McKee

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