"All Aboard with the Maxtone-Grahams"


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John Maxtone-Graham


Author, Lecturer and Maritime Historian


John Maxtone-Graham was born in New Jersey in 1929 of a Scots father and American mother. Three months later, a cataclysmic crash of the stock market precipitated a familial move to London. That first Atlantic crossing, at the age of six months, eastbound aboard Minnewaska, was the first of hundreds to follow. He attended schools on both sides of the Atlantic, Fessenden and Tabor here, Windlesham and Sedbergh over there and finally, Brown University, class of 1951. After graduation, he was drafted into the United States Marine Corps, endured Parris Island, then officer's training at Quantico and a year in the Korean trenches as an infantry platoon leader. Demobilized, he became a Broadway stage manager for, among others, Helen Hayes, Sir John Gielgud, Orson Welles, Tallulah Bankhead and the Lunts. Perhaps his most pyrotechnical employment was stage managing Tennessee Williams's The Night of the Iguana with Bette Davis and Margaret Leighton.

In 1972, his first book was published by Macmillan; The Only Way to Cross became the bible of the ship buffs, still in print after 35 years. Other books followed: Dark Brown is the River, a biographical novel, Liners to the Sun, about cruise ships, Safe Return Doubtful, documenting polar exploration, many company histories and Cunard: 150 Glorious Years. Crossing & Cruising was published in September 1992, Titanic Survivor in 1997 and Cruise Savvy debuted with the millennium. A mammoth book—Queen Mary 2—celebrated the arrival of the newest Cunarder.

He started lecturing aboard France in 1972 and, ever since, has continued lecturing to passengers all over the world, spending more than half his year aboard vessels that include Constellation, Summit, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth 2, Norway, Rotterdam, Sagafjord, Sea Goddess, Seabourn Pride and all Princess, Royal Viking, Norwegian Cruise Line and Celebrity Cruises tonnage. Ashore, he lectures at New York's Metropolitan Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society, the Four Arts Society of Palm Beach and also at Britain’s National Maritime Museum. Maxtone-Graham has four grown children; he and his second wife, Mary, live in the bottom half of a brownstone within comforting earshot of the piers.

Whenever television producers need advice about ocean liner history, he is in demand, whether on Dick Cavett, Mike Douglas, The Today Show, PBS’s American Experience and a variety of History and Discovery Channel programs. Moreover, if a passenger vessel is in the news, the Times, Newsweek, CNN, CBS, NBC and ABC start ringing his telephone.

Currently (2007), Maxtone-Graham has just completed a book for Norton devoted to his favorite ocean liner, Normandie.

"All Aboard with the Maxtone-Grahams" Program

Each year the Maxtone-Grahams offer one or more very special cruises that offer a unique opportunity for a limited number of people to get to know the Maxtone-Grahams aboard ship featuring private lectures, a private land tour and many special events for participants in the All Aboard with the Maxtone-Grahams (AAMG) program.

Other passengers on board the cruise will not know about these private functions and are not permitted to attend. Each program is unique and you can only reserve your space in this program thru GalaxSea Cruises of San Diego - the exclusive agents for this very special program which includes:

To get our special group price that includes all the exclusive AAMG lectures and events and be included in the limited number of special guests allowed on each cruise, one must reserve your space with GalaxSea Cruises of San Diego 1-800-923-7245, the exclusive travel agency for these special cruises. John and Rosemary Roberts are the owners of GalaxSea Cruises & Tours of San Diego and will glad to handle your reservation. If you purchase the cruise through your local travel agency or Celebrity you will not be part of this exclusive program. For the All Aboard with the Maxtone-Grahams (AAMG) program one must purchase the cruise through GalaxSea Cruises & Tours of San Diego. You are welcome to book all your other cruises with you local agent and we will not market any other cruises to you. One last point is that our special price includes all these private functions and your local agent's price includes none of these special events and is likely to be a higher price and offers less.

Letter from John Maxtone-Graham

January 2007

Dear Friends

My wife Mary and I spend more than half our year afloat, lecturing to delighted passengers all over the world. Many among my shipboard audiences ask if they can be advised of future cruises so that they can book cabins specifically to sail with us again.

Thanks to John and Rosemary Roberts of GalaxSea Cruises & Tours, that wish can now be formally implemented. Participation in an All Aboard with the Maxtone-Grahams group will include not only my regular lectures offered to all passengers but, in addition, some private talks, agreeable dinner table conversation and, where appropriate, a group excursion ashore.

Do please note that to enroll within the group and participate in our planned activities, you are obliged to reserve your shipboard accommodations through John & Rosemary Roberts at GalaxSea Cruise in San Diego, my exclusive agent for this exciting new venture.

For those of you who know and enjoy my talks and books, I cannot urge you too strongly to embark with us yet again for voyages of infinite delight, gentle erudition and endearing companionship.

Tugs are under the bow, the whistle is blowing, gangways are being withdrawn and railings are lined with excited fellow passengers. Don’t miss this very special boat!

John Maxtone-Graham

2007 "AAMG" Cruises

For 2007 we are offering one cruises. We plan to offer more cruise in 2008.

14-night Scandinavia/Russia Sept 1, 2007 roundtrip Dover

on Celebrity’s Constellation roundtrip Dover, England to Oslo, Copenhagen, Warnemunde, Tallinn, St. Petersburg (2-days), Helsinki, and Stockholm (2-days) before returning to Dover. For pricing information click here.

Date Day Port Arrive Depart
Sept 1 Sa Dover, England
5 PM
Sept 2 Su At Sea
Sept 3 M Oslo, Norway
7 AM
4 PM
Sept 4 T Copenhagen, Denmark
8 AM
6 PM
Sept 5 W Warnemunde (for Berlin), Germany
7 AM
9:30 PM
Sept 6 Th At Sea
Sept 7 F Tallinn, Estonia
7 AM
5 PM
Sept 8 Sa St. Petersburg, Russia
7 AM
Sept 9 Su St. Petersburg, Russia
6 PM
Sept 10 M Helsinki, Finland
7 AM
6 PM
Sept 11 T Stockholm, Sweden
9 AM
Sept 12 W Stockholm, Sweden
3:30 PM
Sept 13 Th At Sea
Sept 14 F At Sea
Sept 15 Sa Dover, England
4 AM




2008 "AAMG" Cruises

No information available at this time. We are still planning 2008. We welcome your suggestions.


Cruise Ship Information

Celebrity's Constellation

Many of our cruises are offered on Celebrity's top of the line premium class ships (Constellation, Infinity, Summit & Millennium). These 91,000 ton $350 million ships are larger than many new ships today but holds only about 2000 passengers. Compare this to the larger Grand Princess which is 109,000 tons but holds 3100 people. They are some of the roomiest new ships afloat except for the luxury class ships. Berlitz & Conde Nast Traveler readers rates these ships as the top large cruise ships (over 1000 passengers) and we agree! They set the standard for premium class cruising.


The Ocean Liners restaurant is the specialty restaurant on board the Constellation which sets a new standard for dining at sea. This remarkable restaurant owes much of its ambience to Maxtone-Graham, who was Celebrity's maritime consultant for all four of the Millennium-class specialty restaurants. Each offers an outstanding 5-star dining experience with highly skilled and knowledgeable staff to make this 3 hour dining experience a meal to remember. It is one of our favorite restaurants anywhere. The restaurant seats 130 guests and has a demonstration galley, along with a dine-in wine cellar. We expect it to be a dining highlight of your cruise. There is a small $30 per person service charge for the restaurant to cover staff gratuities - the food is included in your cruise fare. The Millennium's specialty restaurant is called the Olympic, the sister ship of the Titanic and includes wood paneling from the Olympic preserved after her retirement. An interesting fact is that there is an entrance area outside each of the restaurants with interesting artifacts and each has a continuously running video-tape proudly featuring John Maxtone-Graham talking about these wonderful restaurants and their historical background. I always enjoy listing to the tapes.

Each of the dining areas onboard– the "specialty restaurant", the stunning main dining room, the "Seaside Café" and "Seaside Grill" – feature the top rated cuisine of all premium class vessels. They also offer an excellent sushi bar, and healthy spa cuisine, and custom made pizzas.

These ships offer a number of interesting features and amenities, several of them industry firsts:




In addition to its new public spaces and amenities, there is also the highly-acclaimed, fleetwide signature elements, including museum-quality contemporary art collections, Cova Café di Milano (where we have informal get togethers on some days), Michael’s Club piano lounge, a cinema, internet cafe, and Martini and Champagne Bars serving caviar and other delicacies.





Pricing Information

2007 "All Aboard with the Maxtone-Grahams" Cruise Prices(1)


Sept 1, 2007 Scan/ Russia Cruise (1)

Cabin Size (Sq. Ft.)

Inside cat 9
$2963 - 2 left
no balcony
Oceanview - cat 7
$3093* -4 left
no balcony

Small Balcony - category 2B

$3793* -3 left
+38 sq. ft. for balcony

Concierge Class Balcony (2)

+41sq. ft. balcony + Concierge class amenities
251 to 1432
+57 to 1098 sq. ft. balcony, butler service & many special amenities and privileges

* Hurry we only have a few cabins left and our group prices are great values compared to the lowest prices directly from Celebrity. Their lowest current balcony is $4370 per person and a category 7 oceanview is $3692 including tax & gratuities - and their prices don't include the private AAMG program!

A $900 per cabin deposit (3) is due with confirmed booking.

(1) Prices are USD per person double occupancy and INCLUDE: port charges, taxes, gratuities & all AAMG private lectures, private land tour & other events. Space is limited. Airfare not included but available.

Please note after our special group pricing expires May 4, 2007. We may be able to still get cabins after that date but the rate may be higher. Please call after that date for the current price.

(2) Concierge Class (CC) includes many suite amenities like upgraded bedding with duvets, priority embarkation & disembarkation, special linens, upgraded fixtures, canapes served daily, fresh flowers, champagne, personalized stationary and more.

(3) Deposits are refundable if you cancel prior to final payment less small $100 administrative cancellation fee. The cancellation fee is waived for medical cancellations. If the AAMG program is cancelled for a lack of subscription, all deposits will be refunded.

Our special group prices are locked in for each cruise when initially offered. After the initial deposit deadline space is available but usually at higher prices. Book early for he best price! If prices go down later we will get you the lower price. If prices go up which is typical, if you book before our deadline you still get the lower price we locked in.

Important Information

We suggest you reserve you space early as the "All Aboard with the Maxtone-Grahams" Cruises have limited space to ensure the experience is outstanding and they will sell out quickly. You can only reserve space for this private program through GalaxSea Cruises of San Diego.

"All Aboard with the Maxtone-Grahams" cruises must be booked through GalaxSea Cruises of San Diego (1-800-923-7245). If you book through any other travel agency (or even the cruise line directly) you will not be part of our exclusive program and you will not be able to attend any of the private lectures, dinner with the Maxtone-Grahams, group meetings & functions, our welcome aboard party and our private land tour.

To reserve your space please fill out our quote request form by clicking on the button below, email us at questions@galaxsea.com or call GalaxSea Cruises San Diego at 1-800-923-7245 (or 1-760-789-9635) . .

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