Meh. What is he supposed to do with an Egyptology degree but no Ph.D.? It is mostly confined to elite and flagship public schools, but indeed there are academics who do this kind of stuff
Join Egyptologist Dr. Robert K. Ritner on a magnificent tour of Egypt, featuring the Pyramids of Giza, Sakkara, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Abu Simbel, Luxor, Medinet Habu, a Nile cruise, a visit to Chicago House, and more!
I have not been on one of these cruises myself, but judging from the stories of friends who have done them, these aren't middle class affairs and probably put Cruise Lady to shame. I don't see anything wrong with this in general, or with the Mormon version in particular. You can parse this by making a distinction between education and private business down to a Talmudic level, which is what I'm sure the righteous hysterics at FPR would like us to, but frankly that's ____ for reasons we don't need to get into deeply here. In any case, there are lots and lots of private companies that do this kind of thing. Cruise Lady is one more, and educated Mormon adults with brains who believe in this stuff are willing to pay to have a vacation that confirms their beliefs.
I'm still reeling from Reverend Kishkumen's brilliant insight into earliest Mormonism as starting out, basically, as a tourist venture. Obviously it is more layered and complex, but that seems to be a fruitful germ inside of Mormonism. I see Cruise Lady as an offshoot if that stalk. But Cruise Lady's hiring Indiana Jones look-a-likes to ennoble a vacation with a few entertaining "educational" lectures isn't an innovation or unique to Mormonism. Come to think of it, I'm describing the bedrock of the Egyptian economy.
"As to any slivers of light or any particles of darkness of the past, we forget about them."
—B. Redd McConkie