"A One-Man Entertainment Explosion"

Cruise Director Richard Sykes's personal website including unreleased material, blog, twitter feed and locator.


demoA listener's approach to writing music using chords and sound. No crotchets, no quavers. Based on Richard's onboard composition classes

April 3, 2012

Murder on the Marco Polo

demoRead extracts from a cruise diary written by Clive Leatherdale, Richard and many passengers during Marco Polo's Amazon cruise 2011

April 4, 2012

Music Downloads

demoListen to some of Richard's own compositions and his recordings of some of the songs used in his shows

April 1, 2012


Journal Download

demoA pictoral journal detailing Richard's 2010 trip to Japan. Downloadable as a PDF.

Updated: April 2012


A listener's guide to songwriting

A new approach to learning the basics of music

Updated: April, 2012


Cruise Comments

demoA collection of comment cards from Marco Polo's 2011/12 season

Updated: April 3rd, 2012


Richard is a Cruise Director with Cruise and Maritime Voyages. He's also a Guest Act and a Creative Director for Creation Worldwide Ltd.

During his varied career Richard has played Lionel Diamond at Alton Towers Hotel alongside Tanya Hyde, has written songs, sketches and a complete musical - 'Good Grief' - performed as 'Curtains' by Woodhouse Operatic Society as their Milennium show. He's sung with charity group 'Music and the Deaf' and sung to a dinosaur's backside. He's also a published writer and presenter.

This website is for anyone interested in following his exploits and adventures and his army of loyal cruise fans. With Twitter updates and a calendar of cruise and show dates, you can track him wherever he is in the world.


Good Grief

After further success and acclaim for the show in 2017, Richard's show (formerly called 'Curtains') still has licensing windows available in late 2018 and throughout 2019. Register your company's interest in this putting on this extraordinary musical here.


Voyages to Antiquity

RIchard has just completed two hugely successful seasons as Cruise Director on a 300 passenger ship - Voyages To Antiquity's MV Aegean Odyssey. He's travelled from India to the Mediterranean and Iceland to Morocco.

VTA Aegean Odyssey


My Favourite Things

Enjoy the highlights of our cruise with RIchard again and again by downloading the 'My Favourite Things' comedy song, specifically written for your holiday. Based on an idea by Welsh WIzard of Comedy, Andy Rudge, and music by Rogers and Hammerstein, these songs have proved very popular and are currently being downloaded by 30 passengers on every cruise.

To find your own 'Favourite Things', head to the Downloads button above, put your cursor on the button and follow the links through to 'Audio' and 'Compositions'.


New Features

  • Extra Bonus Content taken from recent events
  • Cruise Calendar - Looking ahead to another great year of cruising, find out where Richard's going to be... weather permitting
  • Pictures from all over the world in the Photo Library
  • YouTube links
  • Tracks and CDs available for purchase
  • A new CV
  • Adobe Flash features. A clock, MP3 player and display unit. A Flash free pad-friendly layout is on the way

What's in store?

You can buy some of Richard's songs including each cruise's 'My Favourite Things' in the new online store. Try before you buy with samples and give feedback.



Take a look at some of the comments written about Richard in this series of 'Star of the Cruise' award nominations collected during 2011 & 2012.


Top of the Ports

Presented at the Kensington Olympia Telegraph Cruise Show in 2012, here are some of Richard's favourite cruise ports.



A brief look at his approach to music; this is Richard's take on the art of composition. His popular lectures onboard ships provide a window into the often overcomplex world of music. No crotchets, no quavers... here's a guide to understanding music from a very different perspective.


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