About Us

What is the Deck Chair Naturalist

  The Deck Chair Naturalist was created to assist cruise passengers in watching and identifying wildlife observed on the ocean. Was that large bird an albatross? Just what was that dark colored marine animal? I have spent, most enjoyably, the last 15 years as a naturalist on a variety of cruise ships and understand the frustrations and joys of trying to observe wildlife from a moving deck.   The DCN will also take a look at the best areas to observe wildlife and shore excursions that are truly worthwhile to take to view wildlife in its natural habitat. .

WHO IS THE DECK CHAIR NATURALIST?

Ann Carroll Burgess, Ph.D. has been working as a cruise ship naturalist for over 15 years, on Celebrity, Princess and Royal Caribbean Cruise lines.  A former lecturer with the Museum of Science in Boston, MA, has a life long passion for sharing science and wildlife.  When not at sea Ann resides with her husband, Tom, and two house rabbits on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

WHERE IS THE DECK CHAIR NATURALIST?

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CRUISE SCHEDULE

CRUISE SCHEDULE 2017-2018

 OCT 2 – OCT 20, 2017  

CELEBRITY SOLSTICE  NATURALIST  Honolulu, Lahaina, Papaeete  Bora Bora, Auckland, NZ;  Bay of Islands, NZ; Sydney,  Australia  


 NOV 12-NOV 27, 2017  CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION NATURALIST  Rome, Messina, Athens,  Suez Canal, Aqaba (Jordan),  Muscat (Oman), Dubai (UAE),  Abu Dhabi (UAE) 


 NOV 27-DEC 7, 2017   CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION NATURALIST  Abu Dhabi (UAE), Muscat  (OMAN), Sir Bani Yas (UAE),  Bubai (UAE), Abu Dhabi (UAE) 


 DEC 7 – DEC 19, 2017  CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION NATURALIST  Abu Dhabi (UAE), Marmago  (INDIA), Mumbai (INDIA),  Muscat (OMAN), Dubai (UAE),  Abu Dhabi (UAE)   


DEC 19, 2017 - JAN 2, 2018 CELEBRITY CONSTELLATION NATURALIST JAN 2, 2018 Abu Dhabi (UAE), Muscat (OMAN),  Cochin (INDIA), Marmago (INDIA),  Mumbai (INDIA), Dubai (UAE),  Abu Dhabi 


 JAN 2 – JAN 14, 2018  CELEBITY CONSTELLATION DESTINATION SPEAKER  AbuDhabi (UAE), Muscat (OMAN),  Marmagoa (INDIA), Mumbai,  (INDIA), Dubai (UAE), Abu Dhabi (UAE)   


FEB 2 – MAR 5, 2018 CELEBRITY SOLSTICE NATURALIST  Auckland (NZ), Tauranga (NZ),  Napier (NZ), Wellington (NZ),  Picton (NZ), Sydney (AUS), Hobart  (AUS), Adelaide (AUS),   Freemantle (AUS)   


MAR 5 – MAR 21, 2018 CELEBRITY SOLSTICE NATURALIST  Freemantle (AUS), Adelaide   (AUS), Melbourne (AUS),  Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound,  Dusky Sound (NZ), Port Chalmers  (NZ), Akaroa (NZ), Wellington (NZ),  Picton (NZ), Sydney (AUS)  


 APR 15 – APR 28, 2018  CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE NATURALIST  Fort Lauderdale (USA), Kings Wharf  (BERMUDA), Ponta Delgada  (PORTUGAL), Lisbon (PORTUGAL),  Southampton (UK)   


APR 28 – MAY 7, 2018 CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE NATURALIST  Southampton (UK), Bergen,  Alesand, Geiranger and Stavanger  (NORWAY), Southampton   


MAY 7 – MAY 18, 2018 CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE NATURALIST  Southampton (UK), Kristiansand  (NORWAY), Copenhagen (DENMARK),  Tallinn (ESTONIA), St. Petersburg  (RUSSIA), Helsinki (FINLAND),  Skagen (DENMARK), Southampton   


JUN 8 – JUN 15, 2018 CELEBRITY MILLENIUM  NATURALIST  Vancouver (CANADA),    


JUN 15 – JUN 22, 2018  CELEBRITY MILLENIUM  NATURALIST  Vancouver (CANADA),    


JULY 7 – JUL 21, 2018 CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE DESTINATION SPEAKER  Southampton (UK), Bruges  (BELGIUM), Copenhagen (DENMARK)<  Nynashamn (SWEDEN), Talllinn  (ESTONIA), St. Petersburg (RUSSIA),  Berlin (GERMANY), Southampton   


JULY 21 – AUG 4, 2018  CELEBRITY SILHOUETTE DESTINATION SPEAKER  Southampton (UK), Bruges  (BELGIUM), Copenhagen (DENMARK)<  Nynashamn (SWEDEN), Talllinn  (ESTONIA), St. Petersburg (RUSSIA),  Berlin (GERMANY), Southampton  


OCT 20 – OCT 29, 2018 CELEBRITY SOLSTICE NATURALIST  Sydney (AUS), Noumea (NEW  Caledonia), Mystery Island (VANUATU),  Isle of Pines and Lifou (NEW CALEDONIA), Sydney (AUS)


 OCT 29 – NOV 8, 2018  CELEBRITY SOLSTICE NATURALIST  Sydney, New Castle, Airlie Beach,  Cairns, Willis Island, Brisbane,  Sydney (AUS)