Cruise Ship Speakers

Vikings & Scandinavia
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Fenella Bazin
The Vikings & Norway
Coming from: Ramsey,  Isle of Man  UK
Fenella is an accredited NADFAS lecturer. Recently retired from her role as Director of Postgraduate Studies in the Centre for Manx Studies, Dr Fenella Bazin’s enthusiasm for Norway enhances the experience of passengers to northern waters, introducing them to aspects as varied as the everyday life of Vikings, wartime Norway, and the natural wonders of this spectacular journey. She also performs and listens to the Music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras.

Susan Beerling
Destination Lecturer & Enrichment Speaker
Norway & Iberian Peninsular Specialist
Coming from: Rudgwick,  West Sussex  UK
Susan is an experienced and popular Destination Lecturer who lives in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, England and in Southern Spain. Her expertise lies in the culture and history of Mediterranean countries and Norway and she speaks French and Spanish.

Edward Butler
History, Genealogy, Law & Travel
Award winning author of history/genealogy/family history books
Coming from: San Antonio,  Bexar, Texas  USA
Judge Ed Butler was a Ford Foundation Scholar at Vanderbilt University School of Law, where he graduated with honors. For many years he was a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney by both the Texas and National Boards. He is a retired federal judge; retired Naval Intelligence Commander; & former law school professor. His honors include the DAR Medal of Honor, SAR Gold Good Citizenship Medal, and he was selected to the Texas Genealogical Hall of Fame. He's listed in Who's Who in America & Who's Who in the World. He is a world traveler who has visited over 200 countries.

Frank Buzzard
Astronomy and Space Exploration
Coming from: Vail,  CO  USA
Frank Buzzard spent a distinguished 30 year career with NASA at the Johnson Space Center retiring in 2003 after leading the NASA Columbia Accident Investigation Task Force. He then served as Program Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) Mission Integration Contract from 2003-2005. During his NASA career Mr. Buzzard served as Chief Engineer of the Space Shuttle, Chief Engineer of the ISS, and ISS Program Director/Senior System Integration Manager at NASA HQ. Mr Buzzard loves talking about Astronomy and Space Exploration.

Elizabeth Cassell
Social Anthropologist - Scandinavia & The Baltic
Arctic Peoples - Inuit, Sami and Russian Indigenous People, Canada
Coming from: Wivenhoe,  Essex  UK
Elizabeth is a social anthropologist who worked as a commercial property partner in London before entering academic life. After spending a year of research at the renowned Scott Polar Research Institute, she was inspired to pursue her long-standing interest in Arctic peoples. She has travelled the length of the west coast of Greenland, researched the history of settlement in Eastern Canada and lived with the Innu people. She presents a series of lectures on the indigenous peoples of the Arctic, beautifully illustrated with film, sound and her own photographs.

Jim Clement
Destination Lecturer & Maritime Historian
Baltic, Mediterranean. Asia, Caribbean,Latin America, Panama, Norway,
Coming from: Largo,  Florida  USA
Jim is a retired USA Diplomat who lived in 13 countries and has given Destination/Maritime History Lectures on more than 120 cruises in Europe, Asia, S. America. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (BSc) and University of Chicago (MBA). He was a US Navy Submarine Officer, VP International for Fortune 500 companies. He was a University Professor for History, Geography, Logistics, and International Marketing. Having lived and worked in Panama and transited the Panama Canal 30 times and Suez Canal 4 times, Jim can give the ship's bridge commentary about the history of the Canal in English or Spanish. He has also narrated bridge commentary about Glaciers in Chile and Norway.

Jane Ann Davey
Linguist & Norwegian Specialist
Coming from: Hereford,  Herefordshire  UK
Jane Ann is a professional linguist who was educated in Singapore and England. She gained her Post Graduate Diplomas for Linguists, specialising in French, German and Norwegian. She had a varied career in business, before becoming a technical transalator in Norway. Her lecture topics include Norwegian History, the Vikings, the geography of Fjordland and Norwegian Folklore.

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.

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.

Geoffrey Farrell
Archaeology & Natural History
BA BSc(Hons) Dip Ed
Coming from: Woking,  Surrey  UK
Geoffrey attended Grammar School in Penzance and went on to train as a lecturer of Geology. His interests are Archaeology and Geology and he participated in a glaciology expedition to Iceland and Archaeology digs with Professor Philip Rahtz at Glastonbury. He was commissioned from RMA Sandhurst in to the Royal Army Educational Corps for four years and then the civil service before returning to teaching from which he semi-retired in 2014.. He now lectures to adults and leads visits to Classical sites in Italy, Greece and the Aegean Islands.

Tore Fauske
Norwegian & Viking History
Norway during the occupation.
Coming from: Cheltenham,  Gloucestershire  UK
Born in Bergen, Norway, in 1931, Tore Fauske found the German invasion in 1940 very exciting – until he learned it was serious. From 1955 he worked as assistant purser onboard Bergen Line’s M/S ‘VENUS’ until he went ashore to work in the Company’s London office in 1959. In 1968 he went freelance as a translator and conference interpreter. As the latter he has worked all over the world; now retired, regularly giving talks to Probus and Rotary clubs, WIs, and similar organisations. Tore has written several books, one of which came out in England under the title “Bloody Vikings”.

Kathy Fawcett-Stearne
Landscape History & Ecology
Ph.D B.Sc. C Env.
Coming from: Melksham,  Wiltshire  UK
Kathy gained a Doctorate in Agricultural History & Ecological Management, from Imperial College London, in 2004. She has many year’s experience both as a civil servant and in private consultancy, organising lectures, activity workshops and study trips in England. Kathy is a member of the Speakers Club of Great Britain and is also an experienced destination lecturer. She has a passion for travel, meeting new people and seeing new places. Kathy has a range of Presentations on; Destinations, British traditions, and the countryside, which can be tailored to destinations or seasons as required.

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.

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.

Ivar Hellberg OBE
Nordic & Viking Specialist
Coming from: Wembury,  Devon  UK
Ivar has Norwegian blood in his viens and has spent long periods of time in the country of his fathers, climbing and skiing as well as participating in winter deployment training when he was in the Royal Marines. He left the Armed Forces in 1998 after serving many years in operational service in South East Asia and the Middle East. Ivar was instrumental in setting up the Resilience Centre at Cranfield University where he lectures in Risk and Security Management, corporate security and military history.

John Hussey
Scandinavian History, Genealogy, Criminology
B.Sc (Hons)
Coming from: Southport,  Merseyside  UK
A former Detective with Liverpool Police and the Regional Crime Squad, John Hussey is now retired. After leaving the police, John obtained a degree in Psychology and qualified as a teacher, working as a Lecturer in IT for 10 years before ending his career as a Fraud Specialist in the National Health Service. He now spends his time researching topics covered in his talks, as well as preparing new ones. John has an easy-going, light-hearted and informative style of speaking which has been well received by audiences.

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.

John Lucas
Destinations, Geography & History
Historical Geographer, BA, MSc, MBA, DipM, PGCE, MIEnvSc
Coming from: Bowdon,  Cheshire  UK
John took a BA(Hons) in Economics and Environmental Sciences at Lancaster University, a MSc in Geography and Economics at London University, and a MBA at the Open University. Initially he taught Geography and Economics in a grammar school, then worked as a mail order sales promotion manager, before being appointed as lecturer in the department of Economics and Geography at Salford University. John has lectured on cruise ships as a destination lecturer and enhancement speaker with his broad knowledge of geographical and historical facts.

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.

Paul Nutley
Art & Cultural Historian
BA, MSc, PhD
Coming from: Wincanton,  Somerset  UK
Dr Nutley is an accomplished cruise lecturer, and brings a wide knowledge of global history to the cruise destination and regions in which he delivers his lectures. His approach is to focus on the specific ports of call and their history; their strategic significance for the wider world; the influences these locations are likely to have had on Britain and the lives of the passengers to whom he presents. Paul offers a range of talks on History and culture; Spies, espionage and intelligence; and Creative writing.

Helen Playford
Art History, Famous Artists & Cultural History
MA Arts Curtin University West Australia
Coming from: New Milton,  Hampshire  UK
Helen Playford's expertise is in Fine Arts, famous artists, art history, cultural history, understanding contemporary arts, art changing lives, etc. A leading portrait artist, landscape, still life, abstract painter, arts lecturer, workshop tutor and frequent cruise lecturer. Previous business interests including working in the Mining and Oil exploration. Helen's talks are created for Cruise Industry passengers. Short, interesting, amusing, and educational. The lectures provide A fascinating insight into the historical times and lives of the artists whose famous works contribute and change our perceptions.

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.

Rolf Richardson
Destination Lecturer & Norway Specialist
Coming from: Henley,  Oxfordshire  UK
Rolf started travelling at a tender age, shuttling across the North Sea between England and his mother’s country, Norway. The war put a temporary stop to this, but travel resumed with National Service in the RAF and then with BOAC for 25 years in which he flew to all the inhabited continents, finishing up on 747's. Rolf has acquired a vast collection of photos from over 110 countries which complement his destination lectures and his enrichment lectures on Norway.

Nicholas Rodger
Naval & Maritime Historian & Author
Professor of Naval History
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
Nicholas is a naval historian, educated at Ampleforth College and University College, Oxford, after which he spent seventeen years as a Assistant Keeper in the Public Record Office. After several years Professor of Naval History in Exeter University, in 2008 he became a Senior Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He has appeared in many television productions and lectured to different audiences all over the world.

Vivianne Rowan
Ancient Civilizations & History
Coming from: Southport,  Merseyside  UK
Vivianne has been a student of Ancient Egypt for many years. She developed her knowledge primarily via diploma courses at Manchester University, and the British centre of Egyptian studies. She has attended many seminars and lectures and worked on projects at the Cairo Egyptian Museum and Pertrie Museum. Vivianne has visited Egypt in excess of fifty times, travelling extensively to visit the many ancient historic sites, often taking small groups of people and acting as guide. She has a series of talks that she tailors to fit the type of audience to make them interesting and not too academic.

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.

Tim Severin
Explorer, Traveller & Author
D.Phil, Gold Medallist Royal Geographical Society
Coming from: Timoleague,  Co. Cork  Ireland
Acclaimed adventure writer and explorer Tim Severin, was born in 1940 and educated at Tonbridge School and Oxford University. He has made a career of retracing the storied journeys of mythical and historical figures and has many published books to his credit. His travels have been the subject of award winning documentary films and a major BBC documentary series title "TIME TRAVELLER". He has written regularly about his expeditions in the National Geographic Magazine and has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book award.

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.

Charles W. Sullivan III
Scandinavian & British Mythology & Culture
Coming from: Floyd,  VA  USA
Emeritus Professor of English, Dr. C.W. Sullivan III is retired from the English Department at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, USA. Among his honors there, he was named Distinguished Research Professor of Arts and Sciences at ECU, ECU Board of Trustees Distinguished Research Professor of English, and UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching. He is also a Full Member of the Welsh Academy for his contributions to the study of medieval Welsh Celtic myth and literature, a past president of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, and the former editor of the ejournal, Celtic Cultural Studies.

Ellie Targett
Norwegian Customs & Culture
Occupation of Norway during WW2
Coming from: Leominster,  Herefordshire  UK
Ellie was born and brought up in Norway where she lived on the West Coast. Her father, a scientist, was a member of the Norwegian resistance during World War ll and wrote his story which was published in 2005 under the title, "Another Man's Shoes". Ellie spent many years as an actress, and also worked in commercial radio as a presenter and voice-over artist before moving to the BBC in 2000. She is a very accomplished speaker, and tells the story of her father's escape extremely eloquently. She also talks with personal first-hand knowledge of Norwegian culture, customs and costumes.

Allan Thomas
Oceanographer & Destination Lecturer
Coming from: St. Columb Major,  Cornwall  UK
Allan joined the Royal Air Force in 1960 eventually becoming an Air Electronics Officer and aircraft captain serving on Maritime Patrol aircraft keeping an eye on the Soviet Navy, especially its submarine force. In 1993 Allan was seconded to the United States Navy where he qualified as a military oceanographer prior to taking command of operations at a joint US-UK Undersea Surveillance Facility. In his talks he describes undersea geology, historical oceanographic events, and marine animals: focussing on the waters that each cruise passes though accompanied by some amusing anecdotes from his Service days. He is also a qualified and accomplished Destination Presenter.

John Turkington
Art & Cultural Historian
Vikings / Art history and philosophy
Coming from: Blackburn,  Lancashire  UK
John is now retired but spent the whole of his working life in education, ending his career as a headteacher with an added role as an Information Technology adviser. He has a degree in philosophy, an MA in research and various teaching diplomas. John has a wide, eclectic mix of interests including theatre, music, and painting in watercolours combined with extensive reading. He has an extensive series of talks on Vikings as well as art history and philosophy.

Stuart Usher
Military Historian & Norway Specialist
ex. Royal Air Force & UK Ministry of Defence
Coming from: Stonehaven,  Aberdeenshire  UK
Stuart enjoyed an early career abroad in the photographic branch of the Royal Air Force. During the 1970s he was involved in a number of significant underwater expeditions to Norway to recover a WW2 Halifax bomber and a Royal Navy midget submarine. Stuart’s talks cover these expeditions and also some of the lesser-known personalities and operations of World War 2 in Scandinavia, the Mediterranean and South East Asian theatres of the war.

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.

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.

Alan Wright
Travel Writer & Motivational Speaker
After Dinner Speaker, Enrichment and Destinations
Coming from: Hartlepool,  County Durham  UK
Alan’s career as a travel writer and professional speaker goes back over thirty years. He was an award-winning BBC broadcaster for over 25 years and is busy these days on training in presentation skills and media for some of the biggest companies in the UK and Middle East. In the 1990's he became Chief Executive of Durham County Cricket Club. He specialises in business and VIP travel to the Middle East about which he gives talks as well as on cricket.