Cruise Ship Speakers

General History
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Patricia Andrew
Art & Cultural History
Coming from: Edinburgh,  Scotland  UK
Patricia has enjoyed a wide-ranging career in cultural services. After teaching English in Italy, she became a curator and manager of museums and galleries, responsible for collections and services ranging from art to archaeology, military history to geology. She holds degrees in English literature and art history, and has published widely. She now works freelance as a lecturer, writer and consultant, her specialisms being art and culture, social and garden history, from the 17th to the 21st centuries.

Keith Appleyard
Military Intelligence & History
Current Affairs
Coming from: Sleaford,  Lincolnshire  UK
Keith is a consultant in education management and teaching skills, working both independently and employed by organisations such as Nottingham Trent University. In the 1960s and 70s Keith worked for 15 years as a RAF intelligence officer. This was in the hidden world of signals intelligence and it is this experience that forms the basis of his cruise ship lectures. Each talk focuses on a specific aspect of signals intelligence and each is illustrated by personal experience and analysis of historical events, as far as the Official Secrets Act will allow!

Richard Atkins
Motorsport Commentator & Aviation Historian
Raconteur: exciting tales of exploits on land, sea and in the air
Coming from: Hastings,  East Sussex  UK
Richard Atkins is a respected cruise enhancement lecturer specialising in light hearted entertaining lectures to explain some of the worlds most amazing engineering achievements especially by women and historical famous pioneers. Richard’s initial career was in Formula one Motorsport where he worked with many famous names. He talks with enthusiasm and humour about his experiences in the motorsport and aviation arena.

Andrew Baker
Modern History, Politics & Extraordinary Lives
Author, consultant, lecturer and ex Grammar School Headmaster
Coming from: Thorpe Bay,  Essex  UK
Andrew is an engaging and entertaining speaker whose presentations have been praised for their warmth, humour, clarity and accessibility. He is a former Headmaster, an author, a consultant and a lecturer with a sharp eye for detail and anecdote. Andrew brings to life sensational episodes from the 60s and 70s; paints vivid and unforgettable portraits of those who have shaped today’s world, looks at the huge social changes in our lifetimes and explores current issues such as Brexit and Post Truth. Sit back, reflect, remember, laugh and see our own times more clearly.

Ian Beckett
Modern and Military History
PhD, FR Hist S
Coming from: Penzance,  Cornwall  UK
Ian retired as Professor of Military History from the University of Kent (UK) in 2015. Previously Ian held chairs in both the UK and the US, including the Horner Chair in Military Theory at the US Marine Corps University, Quantico, Virginia as well as being Visiting Professor at the US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. He was also on the academic staff of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst for 15 years. Ian has an international reputation for his work on the First World War and on the history of the British Army. On cruise ships, however, he speaks more widely on modern and contemporary history.

Ian Black
Caribbean History & Politics
Coming from: Henley-on-Thames,  Oxfordshire  UK
Ian read History and Economics at university, majoring on American History & Politics. He started work as a lecturer in Computer Applications and Communications with a major computer manufacturer, and was posted abroad to the Caribbean in 1972 where he lived for 3 years. He later set up a PC dealership which grew into a group of computer support companies that was bought by a US corporation. In 2002 he took early retirement and has spent 8 years travelling in the Caribbean, South America and Alaska. Ian's extensive range of talks cover Caribbean and American History & Politics.

Caroline Boggis-Rolfe
Cultural History
Coming from: Haywards Heath,  West Sussex  UK
Caroline took a BA Hons in Italian at London University, and a MA in French and the Theory of Literature. She followed this at UCL with a PhD on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century. For some years she lived abroad, in Berlin and Italy, and much of her career was spent teaching at school and university. She has been lecturing regularly since 2009 on cruise ships and for charity events, offering a variety of subjects ranging from the Romanovs and Russian and Scandinavian history, the Portuguese royal family and the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, to the events that shaped the Caribbean.

Sir Tony Brenton KCMG
Diplomacy & International Affairs
Russian History & Culture Expert
Coming from: Cambridge,  Cambridgeshire  UK
Sir Tony Brenton is a distinguished British diplomat, writer on international issues, and Fellow of Cambridge University. He joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1975 and, in the course of a 33 year career, served in the Arab world, the European Union, Russia and the USA. He served as British Ambassador in Moscow 2004-2008 during the most difficult period in modern British/Russian relations. He talks on a wide variety of international affairs and history, including Russian history and culture, middle eastern affairs, the history of diplomacy, and environmental issues.

Prof. Graham Buchanan
Policing Specialist & Criminologist
BSc (Hons), NdipM, PGCE, CMgr FCMI, MIoD, MIfL
Coming from: Horley,  Surrey  UK
Professor Buchanan is a writer, lecturer and advisor specialising in all aspects of leadership and change. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor at London Metropolitan Faculty of Business and Law. He spent 30 years as a police officer before retiring in 2005 in the rank of Chief Inspector. He still lectures in criminal law at various colleges in the South East of England. As a cruise ship enrichment lecturer, Graham talks on policing and an insight into some notorious criminal cases.

David Burgess
Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Liverpool,  Merseyside  UK
David is a well-respected and experienced destination speaker who delivers his presentations in an entertaining, enjoyable, humorous and unique style. David’s presentations draw on his many years of foreign travel as well as his college lecturing skills mixed in with more than a dash of his naive Liverpool humour that make his series of on board lectures a 'must see'.

Charles Burnett
Historian & Heraldry Expert
DA, Mlitt, FHSS, FSAScot
Coming from: Portsoy,  Banffshire  UK
After graduating from a Scottish Art School Charles was employed in London at the Central Office of Information where he was a member of the design and management team for the British Pavilion at Expo 67 in Montreal, Canada. In 1983 Charles was appointed one of the Queen’s Heralds in Scotland, an honorary position which involves ceremonial duties, giving advice, and lecturing on heraldry and related subjects. As a result he has travelled extensively and delivered many lectures on Heraldry, Scottish and European History.

Sir Michael Burton KCVO, CMG
History & World Affairs
Coming from: London,    UK
Sir Michael Burton is a highly experienced Lecturer. His wide-ranging diplomatic career and extensive travels in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and South and South East Asia provide the material for many of his lectures. These cover the history and current affairs of regions visited – ranging from Indonesia to the Panama Canal - as well as more general subjects such as the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Royal Visits and the British Honours System. A retired ambassador and Arabist, he currently advises a global conglomerate and gives master classes on current affairs.

Roger Carrick KCMG, LVO
Diplomacy & International Affairs
Coming from: Minehead,  Somerset  UK
Sir Roger Carrick is a retired senior British career Diplomat, Consul-General, Ambassador and High Commissioner. A skilled public speaker with Cold War experience behind the Iron Curtain, four years in Paris and eight around the USA, he also has a profound knowledge of South East Asia and Australasia. Sir Roger is an accomplished and entertaining lecturer in professional circles and at Literary and Arts Festivals, and a sought after speaker aboard cruise ships.

Stephen Carr-Smith
Military History
Major General
Coming from: Nether Wallop,  Hampshire  UK
Major General Stephen Carr-Smith spent 33 years in the Army. During this time he served in Germany at the height of the Cold War and served in NATO after the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR. His last appointment was as the Deputy Director General of the NATO Communications Agency in Brussels. Since 2007 Stephen has been a regular speaker on cruises with several different cruise lines. His particular interest is history, and his style is to present an historical event that is relevant to the geography of the particular cruise.

David Charlton
Historian & Bridge Instructor
EBUTA Member/Speciality - The Knights of St. John
Coming from: Huddersfield,  West Yorkshire  UK
David joined the St. John Ambulance Brigade in 1973 and attended many events as a first-aider. He and his wife Margaret became First-Aid trainers and were Superintendents of the two Cadet Divisions in Huddersfield, until they retired at the end of 1995. David is now able to combine his two hobbies, the Knights of St. John and Travel, with his experience of lecturing, to give a rounded view of the events in the Middle East, from the eleventh Century onwards. David is also a qualified Bridge Instructor.

Patrick Cherry
Destination Lecturer
Former Marketing Director, Page & Moy
Coming from: Mansfield,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Patrick spent 15 years with Page & Moy, latterly as their Marketing Director responsible for developing their land-based holidays. In 1992 he became deeply involved in establishing their Cruise business, which developed into a major part of the Group's activity. Widely travelled, he has visited all major continents with the exception of Antarctica, and is particularly familiar with Scandinavia, the Baltic, UK/Ireland, the Far East and the Mediterranean/Atlantic Islands. An accomplished and experienced presenter, he delivers well constructed, professional 'Powerpoint' presentations embelished with his own photographs.

Peter Conradi
Historian & Biographer
Coming from: London,    UK
Peter is the foreign editor of The Sunday Times, author of several books and an occasional TV pundit. His main interests are twentieth century history, international relations and royalty, about which he has written widely. A graduate of Brasenose College, Oxford, and Munich’s Ludwig-Maximilian University, Peter began his journalistic career at Reuters, before moving to The European and then The Sunday Times. Peter is a veteran of the literary festival circuit and is an entertaining and informative speaker who tackles serious subjects with humour.

Tony Coutts-Britton
Battlefield Guide & Historian
First & Second World Wars
Coming from: Westbury,  Wiltshire  UK
Anthony is an experienced battlefield guide and military history lecturer, specialising in the World Wars and the Napoleonic period. His other interest areas encompass the English Civil War, the Roman Army and Political and Social History of the United Kingdom. He served in the Army, commanding a battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and in senior staff posts. His lecture subjects continue to grow and he is regularly engaged as a dinner speaker and cruise ship lecturer on a wide variety of subjects. He is an elected Fellow of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides.

Alan Crisp
Maritime Historian
Coming from: Wild Street,  London  UK
Alan was born and grew up in South Africa. In the early 60's he came to England and worked for a number of years in advertising before trying his hand in acting. He later went on to appear in 20 pantomimes, repertory, musicals, film and television series until retirement in 2000. Since then he has cruised almost 100 times as a destination speaker and enhancement speaker delivering many talks on maritime history.

William Crowley
Geography, History & Wine
Coming from: Santa Rosa,  California  USA
Dr William Crowley obtained a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, spending his teaching and research career at Sonoma State University. He is now Professor Emeritus, having retired in 2007. William taught classes in Urban Geography, Cultural Geography, Latin America, Field Experience in Baja California, Wine Geography, and History of Geographic Thought. William has spent time in all the countries of Latin America and is fluent in Spanish. Since retirement he has been both a destination speaker and special interest speaker for several cruise lines.

Mike Curtis
Maritime, Naval & World History
Life in a Submarine
Coming from: Havant,  Hampshire  UK
Mike is an ex Royal Navy Officer who served for 22 years in both the surface and sub-surface Fleet. Mike joined from school as an Electrical Engineer Artificer Apprentice eventually specialising in Sonar and Gunnery systems. Following the Navy, Mike carried on his career in the Commercial World of manufacturing and Defence Research. He provides Guest Speaker services to the cruise industry and other interested shore based groups talking about all aspects of;submarines, maritime history, and geographical history of the planets oceans and surrounding countries.

Tony Davies
Aviation & Aerobatics
Former Vulcan Bomber pilot
Coming from: Bourton,  Dorset  UK
Tony is a retired fast-jet pilot and an enthusiastic historian with a degree in Medieval and Modern History. He was a career officer in the RAF before retiring early in the rank of Wing Commander after 28 years, followed by 14 years flying Air Cadets with the RAFVR. Tony was a V-bomber captain during the Cold War, flying Victors and Vulcans worldwide. He presents a series of illustrated and informative talks on Military Aviation and a series on History, which is his first love.

Charles De Chassiron CVO
Diplomat & Historian
Coming from: Epsom.,  Surrey  UK
Charles was born in 1948, and was educated at Cambridge (History) and Harvard (Public Administration). He served in the Foreign Office from 1971 to 2006, working in Europe as British Ambassador from 1994 to 1997, and in Mozambique and Brazil. He was awarded a CVO in 2000. Charles speaks French, Swedish, Portuguese and Italian. He lectures on aspects of the Baltic Sea and Mediterranean history, especially Italian, history and culture. His interests include travel and art history.

Gerald Deslandes
Art History & Maritime History
Coming from: London,    UK
Gerald is a former curator, tour leader and lecturer. He has organised exhibitions by artists such as Antony Gormley, Andy Goldsworthy and Damien Hirst and now leads cultural tours throughout the UK and to 10 European destinations. He has given talks on 5 cruises as well as to NADFAS groups in Spain, Australia and New Zealand. He has a particular interest in non-European art and offers lectures on maritime history and the history of exploration from the Age of Discovery to Shackleton and Scott.

Ricky Deutsch
Adventure Traveler and Author
Coming from: San Jose,  California  USA
An avid outdoor adventurer, Rick Deutsch has explored the seven continents from Antarctica to Egypt. His talks present the geology, history, and culture of prominent “bucket list” places. He covers popular destinations, such as Venice, Barcelona and Galapagos, but also gives presentations on unusual but fascinating topics to round out his offerings. Rarely touched by other special interest speakers are his lectures on UFO’s, The Space Age, and the History of the World. As member of the National Speakers Association, he regularly gives presentations to organizations, museums, associations, and companies.

Alan Dingsdale
Historical Geographer
History, Britain, Europe, World 1500-1800
Coming from: Newark,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Alan was educated at Hayward Grammar School and the University of Durham and took his doctorate at Leeds University. He taught at Nottingham Trent University specialising in the historical geography of Europe and the geography of Central and Eastern Europe. His naturally friendly and enthusiastic manner has captured the interest of all kinds of audiences with his series of talks on "This Scene of Man" and "The Age of Monarchy".

Richard Doherty
Military Historian & Writer
Coming from: Co. Londonderry,  Northern Ireland  UK
One of the leading military historians in the UK and Ireland, writer and broadcaster Richard Doherty has 26 books to his credit, two of which were nominated for the prestigious Templer Medal. A popular speaker he has addressed a wide variety of audiences in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, France and Italy, as well as the USA. He leads battlefield tours in Ireland, Normandy and Italy, and has lectured on cruise ships since 2002 with topics ranging from military and naval history to Irish myth, history and culture.

Peter Dorling
History of the BBC
Former member of the BBC’s official Speakers’ Panel
Coming from: Wendover,  Buckinghamshire  UK
Peter was on the staff of the BBC for 40 years and began in the BBC’s overseas services with audiences of 100 million people when he read the news. He then transferred to BBC TV News where he spent 30 years as producer, reporter, interviewer, news presenter, and film-director. On retirement he was in demand as a television training consultant for other television stations around the world. Peter uses his film-making experience to give on-board practical ‘tutorials’ for passengers keen to make professional-looking personal videos of their holiday.

John Dornan
Medical & Military Historian
Coming from: Nottingham,  Nottinghamshire  UK
After qualifying in medicine at Trinity College Dublin, John joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and served as a regular officer for 6 years, then transferring to the Reserve Army for a further 25 years. John’s special interests include the advance of medicine and surgery due to war and the effects of work on health. John’s love of history combined with his long standing career in medicine really brings the talks and presentations alive with wonderful anecdotes and real life stories experienced by him or passed down the line from within the actual settings!

Sir David Durie
International Affairs & Geographical History
KCMG / Former Governor of Gibraltar / Scottish Heraldry
Coming from: Richmond,  Surrey  UK
Sir David Durie, who has had a distinguished career in the public service, was Governor and Commander-in-Chief, Gibraltar, from 2000 to 2003. Between 1995 and 2000 he was Director General for Enterprise and Regions in the Department of Trade and Industry in London, and before that he was UK Permanent Representative to the European Union in Brussels. David's talks include the history of Gibraltar and his experiences living there, the Ottoman Empire and the Mediteranean more generally, the workings of the European Union and Scottish heraldry.

Dr. Peter Durrans
Historian (General, Exploration & Travel)
BA, MA, DPhil
Coming from: Tyne and Wear,  Sunderland  UK
Dr Peter Durrans was educated at the universities of Hull (BA), Carleton, Ottawa (MA) and Oxford (DPhil). A professional historian he has been a university lecturer in the UK, Canada and the United States and was a history adviser to the UK's Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA). His last appointment was as Associate Dean at the University of Sunderland. Peter now lectures regularly on cruise ships. His aim is to both inform and entertain and he has been described in cruise reports as 'a great speaker and orator'. His specialist interests include empire, exploration and travel.

Douglas J Eaton
Social, Cultural and Showbiz History
Coming from: Ashington,  West Sussex  UK
Doug's formative years were spent in Liverpool, where he became well known on the music scene of the 1960s. He played in The Cavern Club alongside The Beatles with his rock group, The Detonators. After university, he spent a successful international career in marketing and general management. He is a popular speaker with social groups, and has retained a passionate interest in music. His talks range from Madcap Inventions and Murder, to Pirates and Ages of Discovery, and Showbiz talks with musical accompaniment.

Patsy Erskine-Hill
Art History, Destinations & Social History
NADFAS Speaker; Prof of Italian literature; Masters Imperial Russia
Coming from: Charing,  Kent  UK
Patsy has lived in Spain, France and Italy, and holds degrees in French and Italian from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Masters in Economic and Social History from the University of Edinburgh, specialising in Imperial Russia. She has worked as a court interpreter and translator, taught Italian Renaissance and medieval literature and speaks fluent Italian, French and rusty Spanish as well as a little Russian. Her informative talks cover the history and art of Russia, Italy and England.

Captain Paul Eschenfelder
Destination Expert
Coming from: Spring,  Texas  USA
Captain Paul Eschenfelder has been blessed to wear two hats. For almost forty years he has not only flown over the Seven Seas from Osaka to Amsterdam but sailed them as well, from Alaska to Zanzibar. He has bargained with the Masai in Africa, stumbled across antiquities in Greece and Ireland and benefited from the spirit of ohana in Hawaii. Whether living in Asia or America his home has been his suitcase and his world has two sunrises every 36 hours. He regularly lectures on cruise lines around the world, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Texas and a course developer and adjunct professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Evelyn Evans
Colonial History of the Far East and Australasia
Coming from: Evercreech,  Somerset  UK
Although Evelyn was born in Shanghai, she was brought up in Hong Kong and educated in Ireland. The daughter of "Old-China Hands", she was Chinese bi-lingual from the cradle and this was to open doors throughout her professional life which was based in South East Asia. Despite reading History at Trinity College Dublin, Evelyn went on to train as an Advertising Copywriter and later Creative Director with Ogilvy & Mather. She presents an extensive series of talks on Far East history and culture and Australia.

Michael Eyley
Spanish Teacher/Spanish History & Culture speaker
Jewellery, Watches and Gemstone Expert B.S. Dip. M.I.L.A.M.
Coming from: Sheringham,  Norfolk  UK
Mike was born in Bedford, England, but at an early age his parents moved to Spain. He returned to the UK as a bi-lingual 9 year old to complete his formal education. He went on to study Business and Marketing at Sheffield University and followed a career in the leisure industry. At the age of 45 he decided to follow his passion for watches and jewellery, initially as a watch and jewellery dealer and later setting up his own Auction House. Mike presents a series of talks on jewellery, watches and gemstones as well as the opportunity to run workshops to appraise and value jewellery.

Lawrence Fairman
Art History & Geography
Coming from: Knutsford,  Cheshire  UK
Dr. Lawrence Fairman was born and bred in the far north of England. After retiring from a long period as a University lecturer he returned to industry where he gave talks and organized training courses in many countries around the world. This provided him the opportunity to travel widely and develop an interest in the art and culture of many cities popular on the cruise circuit. He has a portfolio of enrichment talks that cover most of the European cruise destinations all of which fully illustrate the history and artistic heritage of the areas visited.

Jean Finney
Historian & Ukulele Teacher
Coming from: Widnes,  Cheshire  UK
Jean's earlier career involved being a singer and writer of songs and monologues, with folk and country influences. She loves to sketch and paint, leads a very active and full life, and has a passion for history. She recently achieved an Open University degree in art and music. Over the last few years Jean has enjoyed being guest speaker for all kinds of groups, on topics widening to meet the demand for return bookings. Wherever possible, art, music and humour have been included.

Karl Fox
History, Travel, Current World Affairs & Cultures
Professor of History
Coming from: Dunnellon,  Florida  USA
Karl Fox is a retired History Professor from Canada. He taught History, Current World Affairs, Human Resources, and Business Communications in an Ontario College (Canada) for 27 years. Working at the College provided the opportunity to travel four months every year. He made the most of this by visiting/working in over 130 countries and visiting all seven continents several times. Karl has conducted trans-continental trips across Africa and Asia as well as leading numerous safaris in Africa. He is a frequent lecturer on cruise ships and his presentations on Maritime History are interesting, insightful, and humorous.

Derek Fraser
BA, MA, PhD, FRHistS
Coming from: Leeds,  West Yorkshire  UK
Professor Derek Fraser is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Teesside where he served as Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive for 11 years. He has had a varied career involving time as a schoolteacher, university lecturer, HMI, senior civil servant and deputy director of a polytechnic. He has been awarded professorships at three universities, Bradford, UCLA and Teesside. Derek has been lecturing in cruise ships since 2003 on a wide range of historical subjects. He is a keen bridge player and is a qualified English Bridge Union county level Tournament Director.

Tony Gledhill GC
Crime, Victoria & George Cross Heroes
Panama Canal History
Coming from: West Chiltington,  West Sussex  UK
Tony was born on the outskirts of Southampton and at an early age he decided on a career in the Police service. There followed a distinguished career in the Police, during which time he was involved in a number of major murder and other more controversial cases. In 1967, following a violent brush with a car full of East End gunmen, Tony was awarded the George Cross. Tony's memoirs, entitled 'A Gun at My Head' were published in 2006 and provide material for his series of talks.

Bennett Gold
Maritime History and Famous Trials
Coming from: Reston,  VA  USA
Bennett Gold, a Stanford University graduate served in the US Navy for 21 years. While on active duty, he served aboard 6 ships including his own command. After retiring from the Navy, he spent 22 years in the computer industry and for the past 15 years he has been serving as a docent at the US Supreme Court. Bennett has been a Special Interest speaker on Maritime subjects and Famous Trials aboard a number of cruise ships. His in-depth knowledge of his subject areas, keen sense of humor, and the joy he takes in presenting to his audiences, make his presentations memorable.

Richard Grainger
Destination Lecturer
Scandinavia and Caribbean Specialist
Coming from: St. Lawrence,  Jersey  UK
Richard qualified in medicine at the University of Leeds. After the usual "doctor" experiences he decided to see a little of the World and spent time working in the developing world, spending three years on St Helena Island, in the South Atlantic, where Napoleon spent his last years in exile. He finally retired from the post of Medical Officer of Health for Jersey and has been serving as a Port and Destination Lecturer since 2007.

Hilary Green
Author & Teacher of Creative Writing
Coming from: Barnston,  Wirral  UK
Hilary trained for the stage, but then decided to go into teaching. She has spent the greater part of her life teaching drama and theatre studies in a variety of schools, from a girl’s boarding school in Kent to Comprehensives in London and on the Wirral. She writes historical fiction set during World War l and World War ll. Hilary is an experienced public speaker and gives talks about "how to write fiction" and about her books.

Martyn Green
Destination History, Culture & Travel
Fellow Institute Sales & Marketing Management [1992]
Coming from: Skipton,  North Yorkshire  UK
Fifty years of travel has taken Martyn to over 130 countries. As a retired member of the International Press Association he has been giving enhancement lectures on cruise ships for 17 years. These can be a Destination Lecture, or, more popularly, a mix of History, Arts, Science and Cuisine. These are highly visual experiences with between 120-150 photographs of the country & city being visited. Martyn has lectured on all seven continents, on over 50 cruise ships, some over a dozen times, always carrying several general topic lectures for those long multiple sea-days.

Hazel Griffiths
Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Nantwich,  Cheshire  UK
Places and people…all have a history that makes them unique. This makes travel so interesting". It was this passion that led Hazel to change direction after 20 years in banking. She combines her love of travel and photography with her skills as a presenter and researcher. An accomplished Destination & Port Lecturer, she speaks with passion and clarity, to cover history, geography and culture, with useful information to help guests have an enjoyable and safe visit. Covering almost 150 destinations, Hazel also offers a selection of general talks that complement itineraries.

Jack Hardy
Destinations, History, and Marine Exploration
BA-Univ. California, MS-Oregon State, PhD-Univ. of Washington
Coming from: Portland,  Oregon  USA
Over the past 13 years professor, historian, and underwater explorer Jack Hardy has lectured on 56 different topics on more than 55 cruises. His richly-illustrated lectures focus on the history and culture of many popular cruise ship destinations, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and Pacific. Also, as a diver and underwater photographer, other lectures include regional marine life, ancient shipwrecks, and famous ocean explorers. He has published more than 100 research papers and books. His research and exploration has taken him to 98 countries around the world.

Joe Harland
Historian & Art Historian
Coming from: Guildford,  Surrey  UK
Joe joined the RAF on leaving school and served 12 years during which time he was stationed in Malta and in Singapore, travelling widely in the Mediterranean, Africa, and the Middle and Far East. On leaving the RAF, Joe was employed on military aircraft projects for the MoD. He has always had an interest in History and the Arts and took every opportunity in his travels to visit galleries, museums and sites of historical interest. Joe has been a regular lecturer on cruise ships where his objective is always to be entertaining and informative rather that academic.

Ted Harrison
Writer, Broadcaster, Journalist & Historian
Coming from: Folkestone,  Kent  UK
Ted is a writer, artist, broadcaster, cartoonist, documentary-maker, lecturer and theologian. Few can claim a top reputation in so many areas. For 20 years he was a regular and well-known voice on Radio 4 as a reporter, correspondent and presenter. He is still in demand as a broadcaster, most recently on Radio 3’s The Essay and Radio 4’s Last Word. He has a BA in politics and economics, an MA in fine art and a PhD in theology, awarded for his innovative research into stigmata. An experienced public-speaker, he once held the Guinness World Record for the longest after dinner speech!

Graham Hawkins
Historian & Traveller
Coming from: Totnes,  Devon  UK
Graham is a graduate of the Universities of Exeter and Bath. For 40 years he pursued a career as a professional educationist, senior manager and consultant in the UK and Middle East. He has always been an enthusiastic traveller, visiting 65 countries. In 1996 Graham founded British Studio Arts to export studio ceramics and paintings to Kuwait where he held 22 exhibitions and ran 3 British Art Festivals in partnership with the British Embassy. During this time he developed an interest in modern Arab art. Graham's talks cover a range of Middle East and Indian historical subjects.

John Haywood
Dark Age European Historian & Author
BA Hons (1st class), PhD early medieval maritime history
Coming from: Lancaster,  Lancashire  UK
Born and brought up in the north of England, Dr John Haywood studied medieval history at the universities of Lancaster and Cambridge, and Copenhagen. His doctoral dissertation, published as Dark Age Naval Power in 1991, was a study of north European seafaring before the Viking Age. The author of over 20 books, John has written on a wide range of historical topics but his main interests are the Vikings, maritime history and historical atlases. John Haywood formerly taught medieval history at Lancaster University, but since 2002 has been a full-time writer and tour leader and lectures on cruise ships.

Rab Houston
British and Irish History
Coming from: Edinburgh,  Scotland  UK
Professor Rab Houston took a first class honours degree in Modern History from the University of St Andrews and, after six years at the University of Cambridge as a research student and research fellow, returned as a lecturer in 1983. A full professor since 1995, he has held visiting professorships. Rab has written 10 books on subjects such as early modern British and European literacy, British demography and urbanisation and society. In June 2017 he acted as an ‘expert’ lecturer on a ‘Smithsonian Journeys’ tour of Scotland. His talks on British and Irish History are entertaining and stimulating.

Graham Howard
History - Roman to Tudor Period
Coming from: Edinburgh,  City of Edinburgh  UK
Graham has had two lifelong obsessions. One with the Sea and the other being History. After being educated at Kingsbury Grammar School, Dunstable, he joined the Merchant Navy, being accepted as an Engineer Cadet by P&O. During his career at sea he served on cargo vessels worldwide and the School Cruise ship SS Nevasa. His other big interest is history especially the period from the Roman Empire up to the 15th Century. He talks in a entertaining way hoping that each audience member learns something that they did not know before.

Vanessa Jenkins
Medical, General & War Historian
MBBS (Hons surgery), MRCS, LRCP. D.Obst RCOG
Coming from: Bromley,  Kent  UK
Vanessa qualified at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital with honours in Surgery, and became an occupational physician with Marks & Spencer and BUPA. In her later career she worked for the Benefits Agency assessing disability and examining War Pensioners. This latter function gave her a great interest in WWII events and battles, and proved to be a fund of reminiscence from veterans. She has served as a ship's doctor for several cruises and speaks on a wide range of historical issues.

Dan Jones
Historian & Archaeologist
Dip Arch, MA, PhD
Coming from: Suffolk,    UK
Dan holds a PhD from University of East Anglia and is currently working on post-doctoral mediaeval material from Norwich. He has been a Member of Kent Archaeological Society since 1965 and has assisted in excavations, mainly on Roman and Mediaeval sites in UK and France since 1965. Dan is particularly interested in practical archaeology, ecclesiastical architecture and near-eastern ancient and classical history and talks on specific sites, or the general history of an area.

John Kelly CMG, LVO, MBE
Diplomat & Historian
Caribbean & British Overseas Territories Expert
Coming from: Royston,  Hertfordshire  UK
John Kelly retired from HM Diplomatic Service in 2000 having served in Leopoldville, Cairo, Bonn, Canberra, Antwerp, Grenada, Bermuda, and Turks and Caicos Islands. He was the Resident British Representative in Grenada from 1982 to 1986 and was Deputy Governor of Bermuda from 1989 to 1994. His last overseas appointment was as Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands from 1996 to 2000. He gives talks on cruise ships on a variety of subjects including his experiences as a diplomat, in matters mainly related to the Caribbean and the British Overseas Territories.

Iain Kennedy
Geography & Economic History
Coming from: Haslemere,  Surrey  UK
Iain was educated in Lytham St Anne’s, Lancashire and then read law at Liverpool University. He qualified as a solicitor in 1972 specialising at the outset in advocacy before moving on to corporate work. Travel in the Caribbean and Central America have added dimensions and additional material for his engrossing presentations on the construction of the Panama Canal, Liverpool and the Slave Trade, Pirates of The Caribbean and the cotton and sugar trade. Iain is also passionate about the history and people of Cuba and their long suffering.

Susan Kikoler
Cultural History
M.A.(Oxon) - Italian Culture & Jewish History
Coming from: Edgware,  Middlesex  UK
Since 2004 Susan has been Honorary Director of the British-Italian Society, the UK’s leading Anglo-Italian cultural association. She first fell in love with Italy as a teenager visiting Florence and after studying English Language and Literature at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, Susan taught English for five years in Syracuse, Sicily, which remains her second home. She has lectured on Italian culture and history since 2005 both in the UK and abroad to a wide variety of audiences. She loves travelling to new places and meeting people.

Alan Kingshott MVO
Beefeater & Historian of HM Tower of London
Chief Yeoman Warder at Historic Royal Palaces
Coming from: Lancing,  West Sussex  UK
Alan was born in Sussex and joined the army at the age of 15. At 18 he became a tank gunner in the Royal Hussars. He saw active service in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, Far East and Middle East and has travelled worldwide. After 25 years in the army he left and became a retail manager. In 1998 he was recruited to become a Yeoman Warder at Her Majesty’s Tower of London. After several promotions he took over the top role of the Chief Yeoman Warder in 2012. As a Beefeater, he conducts regular tours and presentations, and recently he and his wife have given presentations on cruise ships.

Rachel Kolsky
Social & Modern Historian
Coming from: London,    UK
Engaging, knowledgeable and well-researched Rachel Kolsky is a prize-winning London Blue Badge Tourist Guide. Focussing on the 'human stories behind the buildings' Rachel's presentations are filled with images past and present, anecdotes and information imparted in a fun, informative and interesting way. From cinemas to shopping to famous personalities, memories of all aspects of London's rich and varied social history come flooding back. She is a trustee of her local independent cinema, The Phoenix, East Finchley. Rachel’s first book, "Jewish London", was published in March 2012.

Gary Koverman
Forensic Science
Coming from: Las Cruces,  New Mexico  USA
Gary Koverman is a forensic scientist and has worked for over 30 years in forensic laboratories in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico. He has examined many world class crimes and is still working in his own private business in New Mexico. His expertise in a wide variety of forensic fields gives depth and understanding to many forms of physical evidence. Gary has lectured various law enforcement police agencies in the area of forensic science and has taught at universities in Ohio, Colorado, and New Mexico. He is also a great student of history and enjoys seeking out relevant historical events with a fresh forensic perspective for his talks.

Alastair Lack
BBC,Oxford University, MCC
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Alastair was educated at Whitgift School and University College, Oxford where he read Modern History. In 1971 he joined the BBC where he spent almost all of his more than twenty-seven years at the World Service, during which time he travelled widely as a presenter, producer, editor and manager for a broad range of programmes. Following his retirement, he was Secretary of the Oxford University Society and is is now an official guide for the city. He talks about his time with the BBC and the City of Oxford.

Andrew Lambert
Military & Aviation Historian
Air Commodore, MPhil
Coming from: Lapford,  Devon  UK
Air Commodore Andrew Lambert flew Phantoms and went on to run the RAF's "Top Gun"ť school. A planner for the 1991 Gulf War, he then commanded a Tornado fighter squadron on operations over Bosnia. As an Air Commodore he commanded in the Falklands and the Iraqi Northern No Fly Zone. A Military Historian, he has also published a number of papers on the Psychological Impact of Air Power and Coercion and British Defence Policy.

Ronnie Landau
Classical and Modern European History
BA (Hons) Classics, PGCE Classics, M.Phil (History & Education)
Coming from: London,    UK
Ronnie Landau is both a Classicist and modern European historian. A widely published author, his books are used extensively throughout the British and American university systems. His illuminating lectures on Graeco-Roman civilisation and the History of Israel are authoritative and thought-provoking, yet his style is relaxed, accessible and full of humour. He can also offer ‘enrichment’ sessions on a variety of topics, including The Seven Deadly Sins, on which he has written an amusing book.

Clive Leatherdale
International History and Geo-Politics
Coming from: Southend-on-Sea,  Essex  UK
Clive Leatherdale is an author, editor, publisher and lecturer. He has been a cruise-ship lecturer, for various cruise-lines, since 2013. He specialises in international history and geo-politics. His preferred destinations are worldwide. Clive is the author of more than a dozen books.

John Lello
The Renaissance
Coming from: Lyme Regis,  Dorset  UK
Educated at the City School Lincoln, Sheffield University and St. John's College Oxford, John enjoys meeting new people and visiting fresh places. Previously he alternated between lecturing in history at Oxford and Cambridge and being a headmaster. First he was at Tiverton Grammar School and then at Sexey's School Bruton and found the contrast between university and school nourishing. His lecturing range covers most history, where he specialises in the Renaissance with special reference to education.

Susan Leng
Destination Lecturer & Russian Historian
Coming from: Colchester,  Essex  UK
Susan has been a Port and Destination Speaker since 2008, and now also offers a set of Enrichment talks on the History of Russia, the Tsars and the Romanov Dynasty. She specializes in the Baltic ports, Scandinavia and Northern Europe, the British Isles and Ireland, presenting illustrated talks on the many aspects of these countries. Her richly illustrated cruise ship presentations reflect the history, culture and sights of the ports in her on-board talks, which are given in a clear and easily accessed style for guests who want to enhance their cruise experience.

Sandy Leong
Coming from: Loughborough,  Leicestershire  UK
Sandy Leong is passionate about the history that isn't in the history books. She is a lively and entertaining speaker bringing to life the origins of many things that we take for granted. She is also a trainer & published author and has had a lifelong career as an educator and developer of people; she is a qualified teacher, past CEO of a Racial Equality Council and guest lecturer at universities and colleges of further education. Sandy is an active member of the National Association of Speakers Club, holding the Advanced Speaker Award.

Michael Lister
Naval Historian
Cert Ed, B.Ed(Hons) MA(Dunelm)
Coming from: Hartlepool,  Cleveland  UK
Living close to the sea led Michael to develop a lifelong interest in all topics related to the sea. He is currently the Educational link with the trustees of H.M.S. Trincomalee the second oldest ship afloat which is berthed in Hartlepool. He has been an historian for over 40 years with wide ranging teaching experience in a number of educational establishments. A natural communicator Michael enjoys a wide variety of interests and gives a series of talks on naval history.

John Long
President Reagan's Term in Office
Coming from: Fairway,  Kansas  USA
Dr. Long was a senior advisor to Tom Scully, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Baltimore and Washington, DC. During the 1980’s Dr. Long was appointed by the USSS as the western White House physician for the Secret Service and President Ronald Reagan. During his Santa Barbara adventure, he was exposed to numerous threats and attempts against President Reagan. These have been classified up until now. Dr Long is a regular speaker on cruises introducing passenger to the secret world of US Presidential protection during the 1980's.

Professor Ed Lynch
International Relations & Foreign Policy
Coming from: Roanoke,  Virginia  USA
Dr. Ed Lynch is Chair of Political Science at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. He is a recognized expert on foreign affairs, international relations and diplomacy, especially that of the Mediterranean world. He has sailed with several cruise lines as an expert speaker, traveling to South America, the Caribbean, Australia, Europe, Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. Ed is a frequent commentator on political affairs for television, radio and newspapers. His travel adventures include visiting 20 countries in one year, experiencing a minor earthquake in Guatemala, and nearly getting killed in Ecuador, protecting a fellow traveller.

Thomas Macan
Diplomacy & World Affairs
Retired Ambassador and Governor
Coming from: Ambleside,  Cumbria  UK
Tom Macan is a retired British Diplomatic Service Officer with extensive experience of western and central Europe, the Caribbean, South Asia and the Portuguese-speaking world. His final post was that of Governor of the British Virgin Islands, having previously been Ambassador to Lithuania and Deputy High Commissioner to India. His history talks range from the Baltic region, South America, Mediterranean and the Caribbean.

Caroline Malloy
Coming from: Chicago,  IL  USA
Dr. Caroline Malloy is a freelance educator and scholar based in Chicago, IL. She earned her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught Humanities and History at both Villanova University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Other academic ventures have included working on an archaeological dig in Italy and reviving the Latin language at an independent Academy in Philadelphia. Dr. Malloy has been invited to deliver lectures on Empires, Nationalisms, and Heritage Projects throughout the US and Europe to both professional and public audiences. She is a specialist in both the British Empire and Ancient Rome.

The Revd. Richard Martin
Destinations & History
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Richard has been lecturing aboard ships for most of his professional life. He has a Master of Arts degree from Oxford University, as well as a Diploma in Biblical and Theological Studies from Oxford and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from London University. He taught English and History for 10 years at Harrow School before becoming Chaplain and Head of Theology at Magdalen College School, Oxford. Richard lectures on Destinations and historical subjects and also specializes in Art and Architecture in European, Baltic, Mediterranean and North and South Atlantic ports and destinations.

Roger Mason
Personalities & Headline Events
Coming from: Leighton Buzzard,  Bedfordshire  UK
Roger is a Chartered Certified Accountant and has written 18 books, one on the subject of public speaking and the most recent, a fascinating review of the London to Birmingham railway journey. For many years a leading member of Toastmasters International, he has both won and judged many speech contests He lectures in an interesting and entertaining way, and brings the same approach to his accounts of famous personalities.

Janette Merilion
Horticulture, Garden History and Design
Coming from: Lincoln,  Lincolnshire  UK
Janette is a well known horticultural lecturer and historian with a successful garden design business based in central Lincolnshire. After a career in marketing on the south coast of England, she returned to her roots, attending De Montfort University to study horticulture and garden design. Janette has had a love affair with plants all of her life. She is a talented, innovative designer, who not only provides inspiration and practical advice, but is now making a considerable name for herself as a professional speaker. She is a registered speaker of the Royal Horticultural Society and her list of talks ranges from seasonal flowers to garden design through the ages.

Gary Miles
Destination Lecturer - British & European History
M.A. (Oxon); FCIPD;
Coming from: Carshalton,  Surrey  UK
Gary was born in London and brought up in Kent. His main loves in life are history and cricket. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Modern History and went on to follow a career in Human Resources. Gary is now a director of a leading UK Business School, Roffey Park Institute in Sussex. Gary loves to travel and cruise as much and as far as possible. Apart from destination presentations, he also delivers history lectures on Tudor and Stuart Monarchs and European History amongst others.

Rose Monk
Social Historian
Coming from: Dudley,  West Midlands  UK
Rose had been a guest speaker in schools, colleges, retirement villages and business groups for 15 years and for the last 4 years on small cruise ships, originally presenting her award winning documentary about Busby babe Duncan Edwards who tragically lost his life as a result of the 1958 Munich air crash, resulting in Rose winning Woman producer of the year. With a catalogue of over 50 lectures, each presented in a creative, informative and engaging manner, Rose will enhance any cruise. Rose also has travel and destination lectures relating to her many years travelling the globe.

Alan Nazareth
Former Indian Ambassador
MA (Economics & Politics)
Coming from: Bangalore,  Karnataka  India
Holding a Masters Degree in Economics from Madras University, Alan was selected for the Indian Foreign Service in May 1959. He has served in India’s diplomatic and consular missions in Tokyo, Rangoon, Lima, London, Chicago and New York and as India’s High Commissioner to Ghana and Ambassador to Liberia, Upper Volta, Togo, Egypt, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador & Belize. Ambassador Nazareth retired in May 1994 and since then has been guest lecturer at several Institutes as well as lecturing on cruise ships. He presents a diverse range of talks on Indian culture & history, Africa & the Middle East and general history.

Malcolm Nelson
HM Customs & Excise
Certified Australian Specialist (Australian Tourist Board)
Coming from: Lower Earley,  Berkshire  UK
Malcolm worked for 40 years for HM Customs and Excise in every aspect of catching smugglers. He was mainly based at Heathrow but he also spent time at London Port, Dover, St Petersberg (Russia), Malta, and at most major airports throughout the EU. Since retirement in 2005 he has developed his speaking activity and now gives talks on catching smugglers, the history of smuggling, historical events in Australia and the Russian revolution.

Chris Newlands
Classical History & Religion
Coming from: Lancaster,    UK
Chris was born in West Yorkshire and his love of drama and the stage led to him going to Bristol University to study Drama and French, before his love for travel took him to Algeria, where he remained for two years, teaching English and encouraging an interest in theatre, music and the arts on behalf of the British Council. He returned to England to study Theology at Cambridge, before being ordained as an Anglican priest. In 2010 he became Vicar of Lancaster, working in the historic setting of Lancaster Priory Church. Chris presents a series of talks on classical history subjects.

Peter Newsham
Cultural Geography
BA, MA, FRGS (Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society)
Coming from: Croydon,  Surrey  UK
Peter’s teaching career in Sub-Saharan Africa and London, as Head of Humanities, and Lecturer at King’s College London was punctuated by educational journeys, and travels with family and friends. In addition to travel writing and journalism, he is the author of ‘Occidental Odyssey’, and, with Dr Claudine Fournié, ‘Kissing Candles; Venetian Loves’, a romantic mystery based on truth. His lectures combine accessibility, scholarship and humour about the personalities who populate history. Peter also offers Poetry Interludes; from the amusing to the sublime, from Seduction to Romance.

David Nicholson
Imperial and British History 1880-1960
Coming from: Tiverton,  Devon  UK
Born in Cheshire, brought up in Lancashire, David studied Modern History at Christ Church, Oxford. Following a period as a civil servant and as Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research, he worked in the Conservative Research Department, briefing Ministers under Heath and Thatcher. In 1987 David was elected as Conservative MP for Taunton. His career as MP ended with the landslide defeat of the Tories in 1997. Since then, until retiring in 2012, he worked as a public affairs consultant. His cruise talks cover the "Turning Points for the British Empire 1880-1940", and his impressions of the Conservative leaders he served: Heath, Thatcher and Major.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Nijensohn
Cultural Historian
Professor of Neurosurgery, MD, MS, PhD, FACS, FAANS (L)
Coming from: Fairfield,  Connecticut  USA
Dr. Daniel E. Nijensohn was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina, where he graduated in the National University of Cuyo Medical School with an MD degree. He interned at the University of Buenos Aires teaching hospitals, followed by a surgical internship at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center. He subsequently moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he trained as a neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Nijensohn is an Honorary (Emeritus) Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Yale University. He has lectured extensively including on about 30 ocean cruises. His interests include History, Geography, Biology, the Arts, Science, World Affairs and/or Extraordinary Lives.

John Nixon
Scandinavian & Baltic Countries
B.Sc (Econ), M.Sc, MBA
Coming from: Pershore,  Worcestershire  UK
John Nixon holds degrees in economics and business planning. As a result of his extensive range of work in the Far East and Scandinavia especially in China, he was recently presented with the highly prestigious Dunhuang Award. He offers talks on current developments in Norway and neighbouring countries set against the background of their recent history, social structures and economies. His presentations are superbly illuminated and compliment all voyages in the northern hemisphere. These talks go together with port talks very well indeed.

Alan Oliver
Scientist & Spanish Historian
BSc, MSc
Coming from: Marlborough,  Wiltshire  UK
Alan has both a BSc and an MSc in Natural Sciences, and was a University Lecturer for 18 years in these fields. This followed a career in international sales and marketing and he lectured widely at professional conferences all over the English speaking world, and consequently is an extremely experienced speaker. Since retirement, he has been very active on the speakers' circuit talking about Spanish history and scientific topics.

Lady Susette Palmer
Ancient Civilisations & Medieval History
Coming from: London,    UK
Lady Susette Palmer has always been fascinated with traveller’s tales and ancient history. She has lectured on two seasons of Voyages to Antiquity and has just finished a very successful cruise on Fred Olsen. She also lectures to various societies in her home Borough of Barnet. Susette prides herself in making her talks relevant to, and individually tailored for the particular cruise. Her accompanying partner, Lord Monroe Palmer is also an accomplished speaker on the Houses of Parliament.

Colin Parrish
Royal Historian
Coming from: Virginia Water,  Surrey  UK
The study of British and European royal history has been Colin’s life-long passion. Having given up his day-job as a civil servant he has been able to devote more time to his second career of teaching royal history. He is also an approved speaker for the Workers Education Association (WEA) Southern Region. Colin specialises in 18th, 19th and early 20th century royal history but on request he has run courses on monarchs as early as the Anglo Saxon kings.

Geoff Parsons
Flags & Banners
Coming from: Southsea,  Hampshire  UK
Geoff is a former senior Royal Naval officer who has had a keen interest in flags and sundials for over 30 years. He is the Chairman and a Trustee of the Flag Institute which is the United Kingdom's national flag charity and the largest flag organisation in the world. He specialises in talks about the development of royal banners and state flags and the use of flags. Cruise passengers often enquire about the flags flown on board their ship, and in the countries and harbours they visit. Geoff very much enjoys lecturing and likes to fully interact with his audience.

John Penycate
History & Current Affairs
Historian, author & former Correspondent for Panorama
Coming from: London,    UK
John was for seventeen years an on-screen Correspondent for Panorama, The Money Programme and Newsnight, and worked in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hotspots. He has given widely-praised lectures on his historical specialisms: Constantinople; the fall of the Romanovs; World War II issues; and the Vietnam War (as co-author of The Tunnels of Cu Chi) - plus current topics like demography and the media.

Helen Poole
Archaeology & History
BA, Dip Arch, AMA, PGCE
Coming from: Haywards Heath,  West Sussex  UK
Helen studied English, History and Archaeology at Bristol University before going on to postgraduate studies in archaeology at Durham and museum studies at Leicester. Teaching qualifications at Brighton followed later. A vacation studentship at the British Museum led to a lifelong enthusiasm for a museum career. Helen is an enthusiastic sharer of information and she has been lecturing on cruises in and around the Mediterranean and the Red Sea from 2005.

Derek Potter
Southeast Asia, Maritime and Military History
BSc(Hon), MA (x2)
Coming from: Tyne and Wear,  Sunderland  UK
Coming from a long line of sea captains and chief engineers Derek has a strong interest in maritime history, and being a former officer in P&O lines and an ocean-going yachtsman, has a fascination for ocean liners and circumnavigation in the age of sail. He graduated as a marine engineer and enjoyed a successful career in the maritime and offshore oil industries throughout Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

David Price
Social Historian
B.A., M.A. Author of Cancan!; History lecturer for W.E.A.
Coming from: Rugby,  Warwickshire  UK
David specialises in well-illustrated, informative and amusing talks, often with film clips and musical extracts. He has a BA in modern European studies and an MA in Soviet history and politics. He is the author of a book on the French Cancan dance and his talks on the Cancan have proven very popular. He also covers a number of other aspects of France in the 19th century and has a range of talks on everyday life under communism in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. He is also an enthusiast for musical theatre, and other talks look at the social history behind well-known musicals.

Stephen Prickett
Art History & Literature
Coming from: Charing, near Ashford,  Kent  UK
Stephen has an MA and PhD from Cambridge, and has taught and lectured all over the world. An Honorary Professor at the University of Kent, he was previously Director of the Armstrong Browning Library, at Baylor University, in Texas, and before that Regius Professor of English at Glasgow University. He has also taught in Nigeria, at the University of Sussex, and held the chair of English at the Australian National University in Canberra. Though his main enthusiasm is Romantic and Victorian literature, especially the borderlands of poetry and theology, given the slightest opportunity he produces and directs Shakespeare plays – which he has done on three continents.

Martin John Pucci
Medical Historian
Mb ChB (Doctor of medicine) and Senior Lecturer
Coming from: Ellon,  Aberdeenshire  UK
Doctor Martin John Pucci was bought up in Chesterfield Derbyshire then moved to Aberdeen to to study medicine and qualified in 1979. After surgical training he entered General Practice in Ellon from 1983 until 2009 when he retired. Has has taught medical students throughout his career and is still a clinical senior lecturer at Aberdeen University. Martin's series of talks cover the history of medicine and disease.

Hugh Purcell
Author, Historian & Documentary Film Maker
Chevalier d'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, FRSA,MA (Cantab)
Coming from: London,    UK
Hugh was a history programme maker with the BBC for many years, ending as Managing Editor of the TV Documentary Department and winning a BAFTA for a series on the American Civil War. Since then he has turned to writing; journalism for the New Statesman and History Today and biographical books, specialising in British India, modern British history, the Vikings and Scandinavia.

David Pybus
Criminologist, Historian & Scientist
Dragons Den Winner: MD Scents of Time Limited
Coming from: Cheriton,  Kent  UK
David has worked for over 12 years as a cruise enhancement speaker for a number of cruise lines, both British and American. In work where one is as good as one's last cruise David has been invited back time after time as his presentations are pure “edutainment”- educational and entertaining - and are far from being 'a lecture'. He can stand alone for a talk, but normally he presents a 45 minute highly audio visual extravaganza on a number of entertaining topics ranging from crime to code-breaking and from perfume to vikings and more.

Rod Repton
Criminology, Forensics, History & Folklore
B.A(Hons) Former Detective Chief Inspector, Scotland Yard
Coming from: Milford,  Derbyshire  UK
Rod retired from the police service in August 1999 having served 34 years in the Derbyshire Police Force. During the period of service he specialised in Criminal Investigation in C.I.D, Drugs Squad and Special Branch. He progressed through the ranks to Detective Chief Inspector. In 1999 he set up his own Private Investigations Company which has a sister company in New York. Born out of his experience comes a unique view on life. In his talks he’s never short of an anecdote or humorous tale on his experiences in both the public and private sector.

Sir Tom Richardson KCMG
Former Diplomat & Historian
BA History
Coming from: London,    UK
Sir Tom Richardson , whose last diplomatic job was Ambassador to Italy, has given many cruise lectures on Italian, Mediterranean and Black Sea topics, and has travelled extensively round the region. He also had two postings to Britain's UN mission in New York, the second as Deputy Permanent Representative, and has lectured on diplomacy and international relations in Britain and Italy. He is an avid traveller and historian, likes getting off the beaten track, and can talk nostalgically about his early foreign service years in Africa.

Robb Robinson
Maritime & British Historian & Author
Coming from: Cottingham,  East Yorkshire  UK
Robb is based at the Maritime Historical Studies Centre, part of the University of Hull. He is from a family which has been engaged in the business of seafaring for generations. He has contributed to a number of TV history programmes, is author of many articles and books and is Trustee of the British Commission for Maritime History. Robb talks on a wide range of maritime history and british history topics.

Jon Roper
American History, Politics and Culture
B.A. (Oxon) Ph.D Kent
Coming from: Swansea,  West Glamorgan  UK
A graduate of St. Catherine’s College, Oxford and the University of Kent, Jon is currently Emeritus Professor of American Studies at Swansea University. He has travelled widely in the United States, which has been the focus of his academic career as a lecturer, researcher and advocate for international education. One of the UK’s leading authorities on the American presidency, he is an engaging and popular speaker on topics that reflect his wide interests in American politics, history and culture. He is also a frequent commentator on contemporary American issues for BBC Radio Wales.

Paul Sanders
PhD, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
Coming from: Reims,    France
Doctor Paul Sanders is an Anglo-German historian and management scholar. He is an associate professor at Reims Management School, one of the top business schools in France, and a visiting professor at Lomonosov University in Moscow, Russia. His historical work specialises in WW2 topics and he has published extensively on occupied France and the Channel Islands. Paul can cover any topic on French, German and Central European history relating to the World Wars, international history, the Cold War, Russian and Soviet affairs, and leadership.

Philip Sanders CBE
Military & European Historian
Coming from: Taunton,  Somerset  UK
After training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Philip served 30 years in the British Army retiring in 1993 in the rank of brigadier. He commanded the 4th Royal Tank Regiment, the British Army of the Rhine’s reconnaissance forces, the tri-national Berlin Relief Force and was a director of operations at the British Joint Force Headquarters during the 1st Gulf War. He attended the Army Staff College as both a student and instructor and graduated from the Royal College of Defence Studies. He was awarded the CBE in 1986. As a guest speaker he gives talks on military and modern European history.

Corey Sandler
Destination Lecturer & Special Interest Lecturer
Bestselling author, wire service correspondent, photographer
Coming from: Nantucket,  MA  USA
Corey Sandler has been a storyteller all his life. Beginning as a reporter for a small-town daily paper, he covered two national Presidential campaigns and become a correspondent for The Associated Press. He has written more than 200 books on history, sports, travel, computers, and business; several titles have become national bestsellers. He has appeared as a guest on NBC’s “Today” show, CNN, National Public Radio, and The Travel Channel. Sandler has worked with the world's leading luxury cruise lines for many years. His lectures blend a broad understanding of history and culture in an entertaining package of photos, music, and video.

Kate Schroder MBE
Forensic Archaeology & Medical History
Surgery, Health, Medicine, Medical Ethics, NHS Management
Coming from: Selsey,  West Sussex  UK
Kate was awarded an MBE for services to health in 2009, and the Cabinet Office Turnaround award and Kings Fund award for Innovation in Health, during the following year. She was CEO for 8 years around that period, working across six hospitals at one time. Originally qualifying as a forensic archaeologist in the 1980's, Kate has worked in the NHS for 17 years and has also been a non-executive director fof the Queen Alexandra, a hospital for disabled and injured servicemen and women. Kate presents and interesting series of talks on the forensic archaeology and the history of medicine.

Brigadier Mike Shaw
Maritime & Military Historian
Ocean Yachtmaster
Coming from: Bishops Lydeard,  Somerset  UK
Brigadier Mike Shaw was a regular soldier for 30 years rising to command a field force brigade and director in the MoD’s Central Staffs before taking early retirement to concentrate on his principal interests of history and travel. Aside from a wide understanding of military and naval matters, as an ocean yachtsman he also has an interest in early voyages of discovery and the mercantile empires that resulted. Mike is an experienced lecturer to mature audiences and all his lectures are tailored to provide historical background specific to the cruise in progress.

Colin Shindler
Social History, Film, TV & Sport
M.A. Ph.D. (Cantab.)
Coming from: London,  -  UK
Colin Shindler has maintained an active interest in twentieth century American and British social and cultural history whilst pursuing a wide-ranging career as a writer and producer in television, radio and motion pictures, and as an author of books and journalism for forty years. He was awarded his Ph.D by Cambridge University and has been lecturing for the History Faculty there on film and history in the area of modern British and American social and cultural history since 1998. He has lectured on cruises both for Cunard and Swan Hellenic.

Bryan Shorrocks
African Wildlife
Coming from: Middleham,  North Yorkshire  UK
Bryan is a retired population biologist who has worked on a variety of species from lichens to giraffes, but for the last 20 years has worked exclusively in Africa. Born in the North of England, he studied Biology at Leicester University and Population Biology for his doctorate at Manchester University. He spent most of his academic life at the University of Leeds, becoming a Professor in 1991. He is now an Honorary Professor at the University of York. His hobby is ancient Mediterranean civilisations and military history.

Robert Simpson
Russian History & Popular Science
Coming from: North Berwick,  East Lothian  UK
Robert was educated at Aberdeen and Oxford Universities and he has had two careers. The first was as a lecturer in moral philosophy at Aberdeen University for about twenty years. In the mid-1980s he decided to seek a new career, and re-trained as a tax consultant, specialising in VAT, working for KPMG. He has always had an interest in history and science and this now provide the inspiration for his series of cruise ship lectures.

Tony Sloman
Film & Cinema Historian
Coming from: London,    UK
Tony is recognised worldwide as one of the world's leading cineastes and has been involved with the film industry all his life. He is an acknowledged authority on all aspects of film production, distribution and exhibition. He has lectured on subjects as diverse as Digital Editing, Cinema and Widescreen Cinema, and on feature film technique. In his series of talks for cruises, he talks about Cinema History and popular Movie Genres.

Peter Stuart Smith
Destination, Port & Enrichment Lecturer
Coming from: Sevenoaks,  Kent  UK
Peter has primarily a technical and military background. Early in his career he joined the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm as a helicopter pilot. Following basic flying training, he was forced by a detached retina to transfer to the Air Traffic Control branch and served both at Royal Naval air stations and Royal Air Force area radar units. After leaving the RN, he moved with his wife Sally to the Principality of Andorra, in the eastern Pyrenees. Since 2003 he has worked as a full-time author. He’s also a very experienced destination and enrichment speaker for many of the cruise lines.

Joseph Snyder
Destination and Special Interest
International Relations
Coming from: Kensington,  Maryland  USA
Snyder was a diplomat with the U.S. State Department Foreign Service for thirty years. He served in Thailand, Iran, Taiwan, Malaysia and Austria, as well as in Washington. Among his positions was Director of the State Department Press Office and Spokesman, when he often delivered a televised daily briefing with reporters, and Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, where he directed work on nuclear issues in North Korea, Iran and Iraq. For the past nine years he has been a destination and special interest lecturer on cruise ships, private jet tours and Smithsonian Journeys land tours.

William Sterling
Cultural History
MA, PhD, Cert Ed
Coming from: Eltham,  London  UK
William took early retirement from the Civil Service in 2008 with a generous redundancy package. He was educated at Colfe’s Grammar School, Lee and Keele University. His BA in 1980 was in History and Geography. He specialised in Mediaeval History (Anglo-Saxons and Hundred Years War) winning the Wedgwood Prize for an essay on King Athelstan. He has a wide range of talks on Composers, Music of the Sea, Vikings & Anglo Saxons and Classical History.

Rt Revd Tim Stevens
Lecturer in History, Classics, Culture & Religion
Coming from: Bury St Edmunds,  Suffolk  UK
Tim Stevens is a recently retired senior Church of England bishop, who served as lead bishop in the UK House of Lords. He has lectured in Europe, Africa, Caribbean, South America and The Arctic on the cultural, historical, religious and political background in 23 countries. Tim was for 16 years Bishop of Leicester, the UK’s most multi-religious city. Tim travels extensively as a cruise lecturer and as Prelate of the International Order of St John, with responsibility for chaplains in 40 countries world wide.

Struan Stevenson
Global History
International Lecturer and Broadcaster.
Coming from: Girvan,  Ayrshire  UK
STRUAN STEVENSON served three terms as a UK Member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2014. He is an award-winning author, lecturer, newspaper feature writer and broadcaster. 'The Course of History - Ten Meals That Changed The World' is his fifth book and reflects his fascination with global history and the way major decisions are often taken over the dinner table, assisted by generous quantities of food and wine.

Ian Stone
BA, BSc, MEd, PhD
Coming from: Isle of Man,    UK
Dr Ian Stone retired from the University of Kent in 1996, and today is an Honorary Polar History Research Associate at the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge. He is also an Editorial Advisor to 'Polar Record', the principal journal of polar studies. Although a polar specialist, having visited the Arctic and Antarctic more than 50 times each, he has an in-depth knowledge of, and experience in, the Mediterranean, the Baltic, the Black Seas and the Atlantic Islands.

Derek Taylor
Foreign Correspondent & Historian
M.A. (Oxon)
Coming from: Stow-on-the-Wold,  Gloucestershire  UK
Derek Taylor is a former international TV news correspondent who now works as a writer and historian. He gives talks on his experiences as a TV journalist, on Magna Carta, and English destination places. Working for ITN, he reported from Northern Ireland, Rome, South Africa, the USA and the Middle East, where he covered five wars. In retirement, he’s had two books published. "A Horse in the Bathroom", a light-hearted look at how English villages survive in the 21st century. And "Magna Carta in 20 Places" published by The History Press to mark the 800th anniversary of the Great Charter.

Michael Taylor
Stock Trader, Investor & Historian
Coming from: Hartlepool,  Durham  UK
Michael Taylor is a successful full time private investor, having achieved triple digit compounded portfolio returns for each of the last three years. Currently he is seeking to analyse previously unseen primary material on the life of Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood. He has been invited to speak in front of investment clubs, and delivered the results of a commissioned research paper on populism and the socio-economic effects on the European Union to leading academics and industry experts. Michael expects to publish his book on investing with Harriman-House in Q4 2018.

Anthony Terry
Maritime History & Antique Cartography
Former Diplomat - South America, Caribbean & Pacific
Coming from: London,    UK
Anthony is a former officer of the Diplomatic Service with extensive experience of South America in a variety of roles covering political, intelligence, economic and commercial issues. His other overseas experience includes Cuba, Chile, Kenya, Guatemala and the former Yugoslavia. He makes annual visits to Chile in connection with his map business and related research, and since 2007 has lectured regularly on cruise ships on the subject of early voyages and antique cartography.

Richard Thomas
Political Historian & Africa Specialist
GeoPolitics/Imperial and Colonial History
Coming from: Farnham,  Surrey  UK
Richard was educated in England, Canada and Ireland obtaining his Masters in Development in 1971 and his PhD in Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin in 1975. He has worked in the field of International Development for most of his career. From 1991 to 2011 he was a senior adviser for the Overseas Development Administration (part of the Foreign Office) and its successor the Department for International Development. Since retirement he has undertaken several consultancies and has lectured to local U3A groups, Rotary, Nadfas and on several Cruise ships.

Rina Tillinger
Anglo-American History
Serious with a Splash of Humour
Coming from: Mickle Trafford,  Chester  UK
From the Midwest US and the Northwest UK, Rina Tillinger speaks on Anglo-American history with a dash of culture-clash comedy. She is the female Bill Bryson! Rina wrote a weekly humour column called Yankee Doodles about amusing differences between America and Britain in The Chester Chronicle. An accomplished paper and fabric cutter, she also makes unique cards, coasters, pictures, earrings, mounts and scarves. Rina regularly gives talks to the Cheshire Women’s Institute, U3A, Rotary Club, Inner Wheel and Probus Club.

Alan Walker
Destination & Enrichment Lecturer
Historian. Travel Writer & Speaker. Regional Analyst
Coming from: Abergavenny,  Monmouthshire  UK
Alan is a Destination & Port Lecturer, Historian and Geographer and has undertaken extensive research and travel in the U.S.A. and Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Mediterranean World including Egypt, Israel, Turkey and the Black Sea, South Africa, large cities of South-East Asia, Australia and the frozen worlds of Iceland. He has lectured on world voyages for many of the major cruise lines, and offers a comprehensive and interesting range of lectures in History, Geography and Environmental Studies.

John Waters
World History
MSC International Politics
Coming from: Trinity,  Jersey  UK
John is a retired history teacher and lecturer from Jersey. He was educated at the universities of Exeter and UCW Aberystwyth where he received a Master’s degree in International Politics. John is an enthusiastic traveller and brings these experiences to his talks. In his talks he discusses the lives and achievements of controversial figures in history with special reference to their reputations, the good and the bad, their supporters and their critics. The talks are scattered with historical references, ironies and humour and he attempts to place their legacy in the world today.

Stefan White
Destination, Port & Enrichment Speaker
Gardening, Golf & Wine Expert
Coming from: Hurley,  Berkshire  UK
Stefan White is a young-at-heart and healthy Englishman, married and recently retired from a successful entrepreneurial business career. Having been appointed Enrichment Speaker by 3 different cruise companies, in 2009 he attended a course organised by The P&R Agency on becoming a Destination and Port Lecturer which he passed with distinction. He has a passion for golf, wine, gardening and travel and, in addition to his Destination and Port talks, he has developed a wide portfolio of varied, amusing and informative Enrichment talks, which he is happy to offer on sea days.

Flint Whitlock
Military Historian and Author
Coming from: Denver,  Colorado  USA
Flint Whitlock graduated from the University of Illinois in 1964 with a degree in art, but has always been as much a writer as an artist. His love for military history began at an early age. Wanting to serve his country, Flint was commissioned a 2nd Lt. through ROTC and served in Germany and Vietnam before retiring in 1970. He has authored 13 books (mostly on WWII), lectured on Viking, and guided WWII battlefield tours for the Smithsonian, National Geographic, and other tour operators.

Paul Whittle
Travel, Military History & Railways
Former Banker and TA Officer
Coming from: Woking,  Surrey  UK
Paul served 34 years as a Major in Royal Signals TA and his first book, the history of his regiment, was published in 2002. His interest in military affairs is wide-ranging. He is Vice Chairman, Darjeeling Railway Society and was a keynote speaker at India’s first conference on steam heritage tourism. He has visited over 50 countries and his travelogues often include unusual/exciting rail travel e.g. Siberia, Burma and are enjoyed for their mix of history, culture and people – imagine Michael Portillo but minus pastel jackets!

William Whobrey
PhD Medieval and German Studies
Coming from: Monterey,  California  USA
With over 20 years experience in ocean and river cruise lecturing, Bill Whobrey has brought to cruise guests the same expertise, enthusiasm, and dedication that have served his students at Yale and Stanford universities. Having grown up in Germany, his early interest in history, language, and literature propelled him to a PhD in Medieval and German Studies from Stanford University. Bill spent 25 years teaching and lecturing on topics ranging from medieval epics, Icelandic sagas, Viking history, to medieval manuscripts and books. With his engaging speaking style, lively presentations, and insightful commentary, Bill has enriched the experience of many cruise guests over many years.

Caroline Wickham-Jones
Coming from: Kirkwall,  Orkney  UK
Caroline is a consultant archaeologist living in Orkney. In 2015 she retired from lecturing in the Department of Archaeology at the University of Aberdeen. She is particularly interested in communities living in northern environments, from the Stone Age to the Viking Period. Her research has taken her to many remote communities from Arctic Norway to the Beagle Channel and Central Asia. Lecturing and communication is not just an important part of her work, it is something that she loves doing whether she is speaking to an academic audience or a local society.

Jim Williams
Historian & Author
Frauds and Charlatans
Coming from: Stockport,    UK
Jim comes to lecturing with a background as a formerly practising barrister, a lawyer in the international construction industry and an internationally published author of eleven novels and two non-fiction works. One of the novels, The Hitler Diaries, caused a sensation when it was published nine months before the famous forgery scandal. Jim talks about his specialist knowledge of the history and practices of charlatans: the frauds and colourful characters who manage to persuade other people to believe in the most improbable things.

Arthur Williamson
World Historian
MA (Cantab), M.Phil., Ph.D.
Coming from: Cambridge,  Cambridgeshire  UK
Dr Arthur Williamson read history at Cambridge University. He served in an Army Intelligence section in Cyprus, Sudan and Eritrea and has also worked as a Government Cartographer and then as a Kenya Police Officer during the Mau Mau emergency. His historical projects include the Zulu-Boer wars, RAF Bomber Command losses, and WW2 in SE Asia. Arthur gives a series of talks with personal knowledge and experience of the Mau Mau in Kenya.

Brigadier Hugh Willing CBE
Military & Colonial History
Coming from: Staplecross,  East Sussex  UK
Hugh Willing was a professional soldier for 36 years before retiring in 2007. Born and brought up in Kenya but latterly educated in Britain, he spent his teenage years in Nigeria and Ghana. He joined the British Army in 1971 and served with the Royal Green Jackets and 2nd KEO Gurkha Rifles in many parts of the world. A Swahili, Arabic and Gurkhali speaker he has travelled widely in Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, Arabia and the Far East both in a military and private capacity. As an experiended enrichment speaker, Hugh presents an extensive series of talks on military and colonial history.

David Wilson
Historian & Film Maker
Coming from: London,    UK
David has been making films about history and archaeology for twenty-five years. Passionate about history since the age of six, he studied history at Cambridge University and went on to work at Thames TV where he learned his trade. Since then David has directed some of the top talent in television. He has worked for all the British TV channels and his films have been shown around the world. His enthusiastic approach to his subject has garnered audiences in their millions on television, and nothing excites him more than telling his stories in the places where they happened.

Richard Wilson
Arts & Humanities relating to itineraries
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Professor Richard Wilson was educated at Cambridge, Oxford and in France. After a time in publishing, his early career was as a British Council lecturer in Africa and the Middle East. He is a BBC-trained radio and television presenter and has taught at the University of York and at The Open University. Tailor-made for each voyage, Richard’s lectures develop the theme of his BBC series Writers and Places, offering insights into the places visited and the seas crossed.

David Winchester
Destinations and History
Freeman of the City of London
Coming from: Burnley,  Lancashire  UK
For over forty-four years David worked in the plastering industry, from apprentice through to college lecturer and international author. In 2010 he was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Plasterers, and given the freedom of the City of London. Whilst cruising with various cruise lines over the past 15 years, David has also developed a wealth of knowledge on many of the destinations he visited. His educational and enjoyable destination related and historical talks on subjects such as Castles and Cathedrals are delivered using PowerPoint with short film clips.

Dr Karen Woodman
Destination History & Culture
Coming from: Brisbane,  Queensland  Australia
Dr Karen Woodman is a retired university professor, who is an entertaining cruise enrichment speaker on topics such as history, education, street art, culture, dance, language, and food as they relate to cruise destinations. Karen is also an avid social dancer who enjoys sharing her love of dance, the benefits of social dance, and the mind-body connection. She has traveled extensively, including North and South America, the South Pacific, Australia and New Zealand, the Caribbean, Cuba, Europe, Scandinavia, and South-East Asia.

John Wregelsworth
Coming from: Banbury,  Oxfordshire  UK
John combines an academic background with many years of activity in cultural tourism. For the past 15 years, he has led and lectured on tours in Europe (from Portugal to Russia) and in the Americas (from Mexico to Brazil), as well as on cruises to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. A lively and engaging speaker, John has considerable experience in giving talks on topics ranging across prehistory to the 21st century. From his extensive travels John has developed a wide-ranging knowledge of the Americas, Australia and Europe which he enjoys sharing with like-minded travellers.