Having a luxury cruise on board Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines promises a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and now the company is offering even more with the exclusive addition of its own resident astronomer.
Stephen Tonkin has been brought onboard to give passengers an opportunity to explore the night sky in ways they never thought possible.
Tonkin, who has more than 20 years of experience in astronomy, is the first ever resident astronomer to be employed by a cruise line and is a fountain of knowledge on the galaxies and constellations passengers can observe while sailing in the open seas.
The best spot on a Fred. Olsen ship to observe the stars, according to Tonkin, is the aft deck. Located on the back of the vessel, it offers an uninterrupted view of the sky, making it the perfect place for stargazing.
Tonkin recommends visiting the aft deck during the night and early morning hours, when the stars are brightest and the sky is clearest. He also suggests bringing along binoculars, as they allow you to get a closer look at the stars, as well as a good quality torch to help you see the constellations in the night sky.
Tonkin also organises stargazing sessions on the aft deck for passengers, during which he explains the stars, planets and constellations visible in the night sky. The sessions will also include stories about some of the most famous stars and constellations, as well as a look at the planets and other objects that can be seen in the night sky.
So, if you’re looking for a truly unique experience while cruising with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, be sure to explore the night sky with its very own resident astronomer, Stephen Tonkin. And don’t forget to visit the aft deck for the best views of the stars.