What was your first cruise vacation and the place did you go?
My first cruise vacation was by way of the Panama Canal with my younger household – it was an unbelievable expertise. The spotlight, after all, was passing by way of the Panama Canal itself and witnessing the engineering marvel up-close.
What do you’re keen on most about cruise holidays?
That may be the mixture of onboard hospitality and onshore adventures, alongside the best way. A cruise is an opportunity to expertise a wide range of cultures, in a brief time frame, with out the trouble of unpacking.
What can be your ultimate cruise vacation spot and why?
I’d like to take my household on a cruise as much as the Arctic Circle. Crusing by way of the icy waters, seeing the glaciers, and naturally, the Northern Lights, can be a dream voyage for us. I do know Scenic has some unbelievable itineraries within the Arctic that we might like to expertise.
What’s the perfect (and worst) factor ever to occur to you at sea?
One of many highs was browsing in Santiago throughout a coaching camp earlier than the 1984 Olympics – what an adrenaline rush. The worst expertise was shedding management of a windsurf board in St Vincent – let’s simply say that it led to a less-than-graceful dive into the Caribbean.
What do you wish to eat and drink when on a cruise?
Good food and drinks is, for me, one of many many highlights of cruising – and one thing I’m eager to get pleasure from onboard Scenic with chef Tom Goetter on the helm. I get pleasure from attempting several types of meals onboard and sampling the native delicacies at every port of name. And on the subject of drinks, I’m a fan of a well-made Bloody Mary.
What’s your prime journey tip?
Pack mild. I’ve realized through the years that you just by no means find yourself sporting half of the garments that you just deliver. So deal with the necessities: preserve it easy and convey versatile clothes catering to numerous events.
What one factor would make your journey life simpler?
Time-travel can be a game-changer, permitting us to keep away from the hours spent in airports and ready in strains. To skip the airport expertise altogether can be ultimate.
Which locations are nonetheless in your bucket listing and why?
I’ve at all times wished to go to Cuba. The concept of experiencing its distinctive tradition, historical past and allure, earlier than it adjustments an excessive amount of and turns into overly commercialised, is a powerful draw for me.
You received 5 Olympic gold medals at 5 consecutive Olympic Video games from 1984 to 2000. Which was probably the most memorable?
It is extremely laborious to choose only one out of these unbelievable victories. Nevertheless if I had to decide on, I’d say my first gold in Los Angeles 1984 – it holds a particular place in my coronary heart. It was the start of a outstanding journey and the combination of feelings made it a second I’ll always remember.
Will you be concerned, in some capability, within the Paris 2024 Olympics?
As of now, I’ve not been assigned a task, however I anticipate having some involvement and am positive that I’ll discover a option to contribute to the occasion in Paris.
What I do know is that I shall be becoming a member of a special-edition eight-day crusing cruise, with Scenic, two weeks earlier than Paris hosts the video games. I’m wanting ahead to assembly the visitors and visiting the village of Auvers-Sur-Oise, biking alongside the Seine and toasting to the upcoming successes of Workforce GB.
You’ve got not too long ago been recognized with testosterone deficiency. Do you may have a message for our readers round this?
Definitely: I believe it’s necessary to know that going through well being challenges – akin to testosterone deficiency – is a actuality that many males encounter, throughout the part dubbed as a ‘male mid-life-crisis’.
Having the check may choose up different medical issues too, so it’s at all times good to take care of your well being and go for that check.
Sir Steve Redgrave shall be joined by Daley Thompson on a Scenic Luxurious Cruises and Excursions’ special-edition itinerary: an eight-day Sporting Legends Cruise: Paris & Seine. Departing on July 8, from Paris, the cruise will see Sir Steve Redgrave and Daley Thompson host a spread of actions in addition to talks on their careers and overcoming adversities and obstacles to realize success.