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Mike Read

The DJ, song writer, author, historian and TV presenter has been a household name for more than 35 years. But when the time comes to relax you’ll find him exploring the world on a cruise ship

I enjoy cruises; the standard of food is fantastic, the entertainment is brilliant and you don’t have to keep unpacking and packing every few days. Each day is something new, whether you’re at sea or visiting a new place.

I join in everything when I’m on a cruise. I’m there for shuffleboard, deck activities… and I like talking to people. People are fascinating.

I’ve done Norway two or three times now. The fjords are amazing – I was staggered at the enormity of them and my mouth was just hanging open. I’ve stood at the northern-most point of Europe, where there’s just one hour of daylight, and it was lovely. I also went on a cruise to St Petersburg. The buildings are amazing, especially the Winter Palace.

The furthest I’ve been is Pearl Harbour. We sailed back from there to San Francisco and I just had to be awake and go and watch on deck as we sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge at six o’clock in the morning.

I like going to unusual places. When we were in Stockholm I went to look for the 1912 Olympic stadium, and in Athens, while everyone else was going to the Parthenon, I told the taxi driver to take me to the 1896 Olympic stadium – then wait while I did a lap!

I have travelled all over the UK too. In fact I love the UK, it has such a phenomenal history. Recently I did a 125-mile walk for the Parkinson’s Disease charity, from the source of the Thames to Windsor, and there was so much history to take in en route. At Cricklade there’s the story of George Colton, who was born there in 1828. He went to America and inspired one of Elvis Presley’s songs, Love me Tender.

The worst of my travel problems turned out not be a problem at all. I was on a skiing trip and dropped my passport at a friend’s. It wasn’t until I got to Dover that I realised what had happened. The captain allowed me onto the boat, phoned my friend who sent through a fax, and ran off 12 copies. I went to Lech in Austria and back with a sheaf of copies that I gave out every time anyone asked for my passport.

This month, holidaymakers can meet Mike as he takes to the water on board Cruiseco’s Back to the 80’s Cruise from Southampton. He’s appearing as part of his Mike Read – In Conversation series. Find out more at

Chris Beardshaw

I have travelled all over the UK too. In fact I love the UK, it has such a phenomenal history.

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