Holland America Line has recently announced that Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former archbishop of Cape Town, Desmond Tutu is set to lecture on a segment of its 2014 Grand World Voyage on-board the line’s pacific flagship, ms Amsterdam.
The legendary human rights activist will be on-board the ship during its time in South Africa, joining the cruise in Durban on March 28 and staying on-board until it sails into Cape Town on April 2. He is scheduled to deliver two lectures, in which he’s expected to discuss his role as the first black African to serve as archbishop of Cape Town and his on-going work towards worldwide racial equality. Since making a firm stance against apartheid in South Africa, he’s continued to work tirelessly for peace and democracy across the world and a question and answer section as part of each lecture will give guests the chance to gain further insights into his life and work.
HAL’s Executive Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Guest Programs Richard Meadows, explained the importance of the former archbishop’s presence on the cruise: “We strive to bring our guests the most interesting, relevant and unique experiences, and to have a lecturer of the caliber of Desmond Tutu on the Grand World Voyage is as thrilling for me as I know it will be for our guests. To give our guests an opportunity to hear from someone like Desmond Tutu during their vacation is a shining example of our commitment to enhancing the cruise experience through our enrichment program.”
Tutu is one of the world’s leading human rights activists and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards which acknowledge his ongoing campaign for justice and peace, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, the Pacem in Terris Award in 1987, the Gandhi Peace Prize in 2007 and the United States’ Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.
By Simon Brotherton