Sad news this week in the cruise industry, (see videos below) John Honeywell, 69, from the United Kingdom, who wrote online as Captain Greybeard has died after a battle with lung cancer.
Honeywell last posted to his website World of Cruising. while he battled cancer in his final days on September 28, 2017, “Timing. It’s never been one of my strong points. So trust me to be laid up in dry dock just when there have been some significant – and long-awaited – announcements in the world of cruising. Cunard and Azamara are both adding ships to their fleets, with a new-build and an acquisition.” . . .
” The announcement comes as the company marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of QE2. Senior vice-president Simon Palethorpe says: “What better way to celebrate [QE2’s] important role in Cunard’s past than by announcing our commitment to Cunard’s future with the commissioning of a new ship.” It’s a move that many, including myself, have been waiting patiently for, and one that I discussed at length with Micky Arison, chairman of parent company Carnival Corporation, only a few months ago.”
Journalist Dave Monk, who worked with Honeywell on both Today newspaper and World of Cruising, said: “John and I may have trodden similar paths but, while I have tried to follow in his footsteps, I will never fill them. To me he was always the best cruise writer and always will be. My heart goes out to Sheila and their sons.”
Honeywell was a staunch supporter of the cruise industry as well as a critic of Cruise Bruise and more than once since 2005, he and I did not see eye to eye. That said, I always respected his opinion, even when I did not agree with it. His contribution to the cruise industry will be greatly missed.
We wish him ‘calm seas and fair winds’ in his eternal journey.
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Videos: John Honeywell’s Posted Youtube Playlist