The following is just one of the many features that set Royal Olympic Cruises apart from other cruise lines. While Royal Olympic Cruises offers the same activities as other cruise lines such as arts and crafts, games, cooking demonstrations, etc., thanks to Ted Pedas, (the project coordinator at Royal Olympic cruises) he has developed an enrichment program like none other in the cruise industry. On select cruise itineraries guest will be treated to informative lectures on varying subjects. For example our cruise lecture series covered the geological history of the Caribbean, the extinction theories of the Dinosaurs, origin of the universe, future growth of the world population, plus. Every lecture was followed by a question and answer session, so everyone could be involved.

Below Dr. Rebecca Storey one of the onboard lectures presents a very informative lecture on the Indigenous People of the Orinoco Basin. Dr. Storey is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Houston. She received her PH.D. from the Pennsylvania State University in Anthropology. Her research has spanned from the USA to Mexico, Honduras, Belize, plus -- Not only were her lectures interesting, but very informative on the world region we were visiting thus enhancing our cruise experience even more.


In addition to the nightly "Vegas" type shows, classical concerts are also found onboard when you cruise with Royal Olympic Cruises. Our distinguished guest artist was Elena Abend (pictured below). Elena Abend is a native of Caracas, Venezuela and received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Julliard School. She has performed at New York's Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center, Carnegies's Weill Hall, plus. Elena has been a soloist and performed with all of the orchestra's of her native Venezuela and made a CD recording with the Filarmonica Nacional de Venequela. Most recently she performed in France, Scotland, London and onboard the Olympia Voyager. Elena plays with true feeling and provided a well balanced mix of music. Elena -- You did a wonderful job even during rough seas!


Pictured below is Dr. James Trefil. -- I think I will call him the man of many tee-shirts. Dr. Trefil holds a PH.D. in theoretical physics and has held appointments at some of the world's most prestigious research institutes. He is also an accomplished author writing extensively about science for the general audience. -- "Watch out for falling stardust!"


Not Pictured -- Dr. Randolph Widmer. Dr. Widmer is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Houston. He, Just as Dr. Rebecca Storey received his PH.D. From Pennsylvania State University. HMMM... must be some type of connection here. -- Actually they are husband and wife. Dr. Widmer lectured mainly on the History and people of the Caribbean.


Pictured Below is Ted Pedas, the project coordinator at Royal Olympic cruises. Ted is responsible for the introduction of eclipse cruises in which Royal Olympic Cruises was the first cruise line to offer this "different" type of itinerary.

Pat Metheny Group Midi - Dream of the Return by Franco Fabbrini