Cruise Ship Speakers

General History
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Patricia Andrew
Art & Cultural History
AMA, FSA, FSAScot, FRSA (NADFAS)
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.

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.

Dr Norman Berdichevsky
Cultural & Social Geography
Coming from: Orlando,  Florida  USA
Dr Norman Berdichevsky is a Freelance lecturer, teacher, translator, writer, researcher, editor, cruise enrichment speaker, interpreter, tutor, and community events manager with sophisticated communications skills; He has forty-five years’ experience teaching at university, college, and junior college levels in the United States, Denmark, Spain and Israel – 6 published books, more than 300 articles in a variety of American, British, Danish, Spanish and Israeli journals; fluent in Hebrew, Danish, Spanish and Esperanto and has conducted many cruise enrichment lectures.

Caroline Boggis-Rolfe
Cultural History
PhD
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Robert Cribb
World History (especially Asia, Australia)
Viking Resident Historian
Coming from: Canberra,  ACT  Australia
Robert is an Australian historian with a nose for interesting stories. He has lived in Europe, Asia and the U.S. and delights in enthusing undergraduates with the span of historical change in Asia and the Pacific. He knows Indonesia best, but also works on Japan, China, Mongolia, Korea, Myanmar and Vietnam. He has written seven books on Asian history on topics from opium smuggling and war crimes trials to orangutans and historical maps.

William Crowley
Geography, History & Wine
PhD
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.

Ricky Deutsch
Adventure Traveler and Author
BS, MS, MBA
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".

Monty Dobson
Archaeologist & Filmmaker
PhD Archaeology, Viking Resident Historian
Coming from: Springfield,  MO  USA
Dr Monty Dobson is an archaeologist and documentary filmmaker who earned his doctorate in archaeology from the University of York and his MA in history from Central Michigan University, where he serves as a Research Assistant Professor. As a public archaeologist and historian, he has worked internationally on archaeological sites, as well as in senior and executive roles in museums. Monty is an engaging public speaker and his passion for history, archaeology and culture shine through his lectures, presentations and roundtable discussions.

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
TD, MA, MB, Bch, FFOM
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.

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.

Gary Evans
Enrichment Speaker
Caribbean, Panama Canal, US, Alaska, Canada histories
Coming from: Westmount,  QC  Canada
Semi-retired Professor Gary Evans teaches History and Film Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Since 2012 he has entertained cruise ship audiences with Caribbean and Panama and South American Destination talks. He also offers Special Interest talks about film (He has introduced shipboard feature films) and has discussed Alfred Hitchcock, Marilyn Monroe and Hollywood favorites during in-depth talks. Mr. Evans’ popularity extends to his coverage of topics with both earnest and entertaining vignettes.

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.

Mark Fitzpatrick
World Affairs
Coming from: Washington,  DC  USA
Mark Fitzpatrick is a former senior US diplomat who now heads the North American office of one of the world’s premier think tanks. A leading expert on nuclear issues who lectures widely at international conferences, he is a frequent guest on BBC, NPR, CNN and other media outlets, particularly on current issues regarding North Korea, Iran and Pakistan. He is the author or co-author of nine books relating to nuclear dangers.

Derek Fraser
Historian
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.

Dr Mike Gibson
Music & Destinations
PhD MPhil FRCP
Coming from: Southampton,  Hants  UK
An RAF medical air commodore, CEO of an occupational health company & a member of the Tribunal service, Mike was Honorary Surgeon to HM the Queen for 5 years. He has published widely with passions including history, bagpipes and travel.

Dr Samuel Glassner
Medical and World History
Coming from: Alameda,  California  USA
Dr. Glassner’s enrichment presentations look at history through the eyes of a physician. His talks reveal the little-known medical factors which influenced geopolitical events that shaped the course of western civilization. All of his presentations are meticulously researched, cogently presented and geared toward the layperson – no medical jargon is used.

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.

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.

Terry Greenberg
Adventurer & Destination Expert
Asian Culture and History; Asian Current Affairs
Coming from: Gibsons,  Vancouver  Canada
Terry Greenberg is a highly-experienced, entertaining and effective public speaker on a wide range of topics. He has honed his craft as a speaker over five decades in which he has spoken to foreign audiences as a diplomat; lectured to university students in Canada, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam and Austria; and entertained passengers on cruise ships from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. Hi talks are entertaining as well as educational and informative. All his talks are designed to be thought-provoking; to elucidate little-known information that is relevant and useful to the audience; and fun.

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
BA, MRAeS
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
PhD
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
BA(Hons) MA MEd FRGS
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.

Dr Sherry Hutt
Destinations - History and Culture
Art, Architecture & Economics
Coming from: Delray Beach,  Florida  USA
Dr. Sherry has been honored for heritage preservation and protection through teaching in law, museum and public lands management, co-authoring texts, as editor of the Yearbook of Cultural Property Law and publishing journal articles, prior to Cruise through History storybooks. She was a judge, attorney, museum trustee and head of the U.S. program for cultural heritage repatriation in the Department of the Interior. Her degrees are in Speech and Theater, Law and Forestry Economics. A world traveler, she now delights in presenting port destinations to cruise travelers.

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 Annes, 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.

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.

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
Broadcaster
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.

Ronald Largent
Modern History and World Affairs
Coming from: Anderson,  CO  USA
Ron has over 50 years travel experience where he has either worked, lived, or traveled in over 60 countries. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara; attended the Air Command & Staff College and the Air War University in international relations, retiring as a reserve Colonel. He has also taught college courses in international business and travel. Currently, he is a professional travel speaker, motivational speaker and an international travel consultant-advisor to travel interest groups. His specialty is international travel destinations, international business, culture, history, and world current events.

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.

Caroline Malloy
Historian
PhD
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.

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.

Sandra Mowry
Author, Historian, & Nutritionist
Destination History
Coming from: Collegeville,  Pennsylvania  USA
Sandra is an author, historian, and nutritionist. Beginning as an undergraduate history major, she continued a life-long learning process with continuing education courses, independent studies and travel. She received a Master’s degree in English, as well as naturalist training, and also certification in nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania. Sandra presents a varied range of subjects including ancient civilizations, artifacts and architecture. She has successfully presented on over 100 cruises on numerous cruise lines.

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.

Knut Nesse
Enrichment Speaker
Viking Resident Historian
Coming from: Westmount,  Quebec  Canada
Knut O. Nesse, a native Norwegian living in Montreal, was Norway’s Trade Commissioner to Canada, and later Commercial Counsellor & Consul for the Norwegian Embassy in Germany. As a student leader in the 1980s, he was active on the European political scene, and had the opportunity to participate at high-level meetings with European and world leaders. This unique experience developed his knowledge of the politics of Europe and the world, and shaped a lifelong interest in the political life, culture, and history of Europe. His special interests include the Vikings and Arctic Explorers.

Chris Newlands
Classical History & Religion
Coming from: Lancaster,  Lancashire  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.

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.

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
MSc CEng FIET
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.

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.

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.

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.

William Rickett
Forensics, Famous Trials, WWII and Destinations
Coming from: Wooster,  Wayne County, Ohio  USA
Bill Rickett is a retired judge, former law professor and criminal trial attorney. Forensic evidence was always an important component of his practice, teaching and judicial duties. Hundreds of his former students practice throughout the country as prosecutors and defense attrorneys. Rickett earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctor cum laude from The University of Akron. He retired from the bench in 2012. That same year, he was appointed to but declined a seat on the Supreme Court of the Republic of Palau.

Nicholas Ridley
History and Culture
Spain, South America, Malta & Mediterranean
Coming from: Canterbury,  Kent  UK
Nick read French and Spanish at Oxford, and has taught and spoken these languages for a lifetime. He has travelled extensively around Europe. Whilst teaching in Edinburgh, he became an avid mountaineer, and was co-leader of a school expedition to Spitsbergen. He then moved to Canterbury where he was Headmaster of St Edmund's School for 11 years. Since retirement from teaching, he has turned to writing and lecturing on mediterranean history and culture.

Robb Robinson
Maritime & British Historian & Author
PhD
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.

Dr Joyce Salisbury
History, Religious History & Art History
Coming from: Kissimmee,  Florida  USA
Dr.Joyce Salisbury, Professor Emerita from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, has a PhD in Medieval History from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is an author of more than ten books and is also a lecturer for “Great Courses,” that produces educational DVDs. Her course “History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad” is a current best-seller. Salisbury was an award-winning teacher for over 25 years. She has done many radio shows and television interviews on her academic subjects, and since retiring in 2005, she has been teaching and lecturing on religion and medieval history while circumnavigating the globe.

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.

Professor Michael Share
History & World Affairs
Russia and Asia
Coming from: Macau,  SAR  China
Michael was born and raised in upstate New York and attended SUNY Binghamton for his BA in European history. Then he went overseas to the London School of Economics for his MA in International History. Returning to the US, Michael completed a PhD in Russian history at the University of Wisconsin. Michael Share taught numerous courses in European, Russian, US, military and diplomatic history for the past 40 years, either part time or full time, in the US, Russia, Hong Kong, and currently at the University of Macau. Michael has lived in the USA, Russia, the UK, Hong Kong and currently in Macau.

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.

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
CBE
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.

Michael Taylor
Stock Trader, Investor & Historian
BA, MA, MSc
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.

William Thayer
History, Science/Technology & World Affairs
Coming from: San Diego,  California  USA
William Thayer received his BS in Math from Stanford, an MS in Aerospace Engineering from USC and an MBA from USC. He has spent 30 years in the aerospace industry in aircraft, missiles and spacecraft and 10 years in real estate/finance. Although he has a technical/financial background, history has always been his passion. He enjoys lecturing on great human accomplishments and great historical events. William enhances his historical experience by actually traveling to where history happened. He has visited all 7 continents, over 60 countries and been around the world 3 times.

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.

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.

Christopher West
History & Geography
Competitive Intelligence & Industrial Espionage
Coming from: Chipstead,  Surrey  UK
After graduating from the London School of Economics Chris had a career that spanned the oil industry, economic analysis market research and competitive intelligence. He founded and ran what became one of the largest providers of competitive intelligence in Europe. He has written and lectured extensively on marketing and competitive intelligence. As a consequence of his competitive intelligence activities, Chris became interested in industrial and commercial espionage, which is neither legal nor ethical. His talks deal with some fascinating international cases of espionage and theft.

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
Historian
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
Archaeologist
FSA, FSA Scot, MCIFA
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.

David Wilson
Historian & Film Maker
MA,
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
Travel, World Affairs, Literature & Humanities
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.

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
History
Ph.D
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.

Dr Kathleen Wulf
Enrichment Speaker - Destinations
Coming from: Camarillo,  California  USA
Professor Kathleen Wulf has lectured on board cruise ships since 2009 in the Mediterranean, Baltic, Black, North, and Caribbean Seas. Her presentations focus on the culture and history of the countries and ports visited, along with relevant present-day political, social, and economic information. On longer ocean voyages, she conducts a series of lectures titled Voyages of Discovery on seafaring explorers of the world. For the past six years, she has lectured more than 100 days per year, receiving ratings of outstanding from guests.