World-renowned peace and human rights crusader Archbishop Desmond Tutu will bring an especially intimate perspective of South Africa — and the world — to our March 13 voyage through his homeland. Sailing from Perth to Cape Town, where Tutu is Archbishop Emeritus, the voyage is a segment of Crystal Serenity’s 2015 World Cruise.
In a complimentary presentation and interactive Q&A session, the Archbishop, a 1984 Nobel Laureate, will share personal insights about South Africa’s history and topics like “Bridging the Chasm between Black and White.” He will also speak to universal themes that can inspire all, such as the search for spiritual values in today’s world and the power of unity and goodness in business.
The son of a schoolteacher and a domestic worker, Tutu was considered his country’s “voice of conscience” throughout its struggle against apartheid and is still one of world’s leading voices for freedom and justice. Service to others is part of Desmond Tutu’s heritage. Throughout his lifetime, he has advocated for human rights and equality, acting as a spiritual and political leader during perhaps the most tumultuous period in South Africa’s history.
As General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches (SACC), the often controversial Tutu pursued his objective to end apartheid and achieve racial reconciliation vigorously. He continued to bridge South Africa’s racial gap as Bishop of Johannesburg and Archbishop of Cape Town.
Still making headlines in the name of justice, Mr. Tutu now works to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS and climate change as chairman of the Elders, a nonpartisan group of statesmen from around the world. Most recently, he made headlines by joining Ireland’s President Mary Robinson in the fight for environmental justice at the world’s first International Conference for Climate Change.
The Archbishop boasts some of the world’s highest honors for his contributions to humanity, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, as well as honorary degrees from more than 130 universities worldwide.
The voyage also visits several South African cities that are central to Archbishop Tutu’s legacy, including Durban, Port Elizabeth, Richards Bay (maiden call) and Cape Town (overnight). Other calls include ports in the Republic of Mauritius, France, Madagascar (maiden calls), Mozambique, and the embarkation port of Perth, Australia. “Book Now” fares are available until October 31.