Let introduce you with a very special person, Doctor Tim Berlyn.
Tim was born in East London, South Africa, and grew up in the diamond city of Kimberley. Nature and nurture have always nudged him towards the interesting intersection of medicine and life at sea. Dad – a pediatrician – has been taking him on ward rounds since the age of 5, and Granddad – a Welsh ship’s captain – was Port Captain of Cape Town harbour for many years.
The fact that he was chairman of the school’s orchestra and a provincial representative for 3 sports probably even helped him get into medical school. Today, he spends his spare time doing interesting activities like reading medical, computer science and history books and communicating with web developers.
His last book was called “Applied Deep Learning with Python”, and he would strongly recommend that do NOT read it..
After medical school, he spent time getting experience in a wide range of medical disciplines, from delivering babies to overseeing crime scenes and forensic post-mortems to performing orthopedic and neurosurgical procedures.
In this spirit, he would eventually spend time working on land as a generalist in 4 countries – South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Britain.
His career as a ship’s doctor started in 2007. Over the next decade and a half, he would be privileged to set foot on over 120 countries and 30 ships, ranging from the QE2 (the “last” doctor on board) to the Love Boat (Pacific Princess); even giving birth to 3 ships.
Tim joined Seabourn as a doctor on 1 January 2016 and is delighted to say that he’s still with Seabourn… and still practicing to be a doctor!
Video and photo by Tatjana Vleeshouwers from Seabourn Sojourn, January 29, 2023