Cruise Ship Speakers

Maritime History
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Michael Anderson
Marine Historian
BSc (Nautical Studies)
Coming from: Haywards Heath.,  West Sussex  UK
Michael first joined the merchant navy as a Deck Officer for both tankers and dry cargo ships before gaining his nautical studies degree. He went on to have a long career in Shipping Industry. On finally retiring he became involved with the Wey & Arun Canal Trust where he became treasurer as well as training skipper for the trip boats. Michael presents a series of lectures on maritime and merchant ship history.

Brian Beck
Maritime History
Coming from: Montgomery,  Texas  USA
After an early career as a marine engineer in the British Merchant Navy, Brian Beck entered the field of electrical engineering. As a chartered engineer and with over 30 years’ experience in the electrical industry in Europe and USA, he has participated in electric supply restructuring in UK and North America. Brian has been an active member of Toastmasters International and is a regular cruise ship speaker with several cruise lines. His many interests include maritime history, self-improvement studies, travel, cooking and golf.

Kelvin Edward (Ted) Bourn
Navigation & Maritime Law
BSc MBA, Professional Royal Navy Navigator & Marine Biologist
Coming from: Waterlooville,  Hampshire  UK
A graduate Marine Biologist, Ted joined BRNC Dartmouth. Postings followed as the Navigator of ARETHUSA, Warfare Officer in ARDENT and then as a specialist Navigator during the Falklands Conflict in the Frigate ANDROMEDA. Navigator in the Australian Navy Tanker HMAS SUPPLY during a 2 year Exchange, interest then grew into the Real Reasons why the British colonised Australia. Command of HMS ANGLESEY followed, and then a posting raising the Navigation Procurement Requirements for all RN ships. Since retirement Ted is happy to talk on Australian History, Navigation & Maritime Law.

Melvyn Bowen
Maritime History & Marine Science
Extra-Master Mariner, MPhil., PhD.
Coming from: Rotorua,    NZ
Melvyn was born and raised in U.K., and completed his secondary education at the Haverfordwest Grammar School in Pembrokeshire. He commenced a career in the British Merchant Navy and after 10 years became a qualified Master Mariner before studying Nautical Sciences at the University of Wales. Following this, he went on to lecture in a range of maritime-science disciplines at several Universities and Polytechnics. He now lives in New Zealand and regularly talks about Maritime History on cruise ships.

Paul Brown
Maritime Historian & Author
Coming from: Welford,  Northamptonshire  UK
Dr Paul Brown is a maritime history author and speaker. He is a consultant to National Historic Ships, the UK’s authority on the preservation of historic ships and boats, and a maritime photographer. A member of the Society for Nautical Research, he was until recently a university lecturer and senior university manager, and has also lectured at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Amanda Butcher MBE
Tall Ships & Maritime History
Coming from: Mr. Malmsbury,  Wiltshire  UK
Amanda joined the Royal Air Force after completing a degree in Pure Mathematics at Exeter University. During her time in the RAF she held a variety of posts. Towards the end of her military career she specialised in computer and communications security matters. She reached the rank of wing commander. During her service career she represented the RAF at several sports including offshore sailing. In 1982 she was part of the RAF team competing in the China Sea Race when the Falklands crisis broke. Amanda is an expert on Tall Ships and is a regular speaker on cruise ships.

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.

Paul Covell
Ocean Yachtsman, Adventurer & Maritime Historian
Round the World Sailor
Coming from: Chalfont-St-Giles,  Buckinghamshire  UK
In July 2000 Paul took early retirement from the Printing Ink Business and that year he was a crew member aboard "Quadstone" in the BT Global Challenge round the world yacht race, otherwise known as the worlds toughest yacht race. After 17 days crossing the Atlantic, “Quadstone” won the 1st. Since returning from this epic voyage Paul has undertaken many adventures including walking and cycling the length and breadth of Britain, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and travelling the high Andes of South America.

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.

Robert Cutts
American and Maritime History
BSc (Eng) London Univ, former CEng, Member SW Maritime Hist Socy
Coming from: Downend,  Bristol,  UK
Robert worked in industry as a control engineer for 20 years before becoming an engineering lecturer. In 1987 he became an IT consultant and worked in computer-orientated fields before finally retiring in 2004. After taking numerous cruises, in 2007, Robert became a Saga Ambassador giving talks about Saga holidays to Women’s Institutes and the like. This led him to start giving talks on maritime subjects mainly draw from the Journal that his great-grandfather, Henry Taylor, kept during his voyages to the west coast of the north and south of America in 1862.

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.

Eileen Goulding
The Ancient World
Coming from: Crystal Palace,  London  UK
Eileen specialises in the History, Arts, Myths & Legends of the Ancient World and as a qualified Egyptologist, author and lecturer, is also an authority on the people of Ancient Egypt, their history, language, art, religion and funerary practices. She is an experienced Guest Speaker on cruise ships, lectures to Archaeology/Egyptology societies in the UK and is also an accredited Lecturer for NADFAS.

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.

Michael Hill
Maritime & Family History
Coming from: Waterlooville,  Hampshire  UK
Mike was born in Poole, Dorset and joined the Royal Navy in 1954. During the next 30 years he visited most places in the world, serving on a variety of ships from frigates to aircraft carriers, and achieving promotion through the ranks from Junior Stores Assistant to Lieutenant Commander. His lecture repertoire covers Naval and family history including an eyewitness account of the Hydrogen Bomb Tests in the Pacific and his experiences as Supply Officer during the Falklands War.

Stephen Howarth
Historian
Coming from: Shelton,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Stephen is a professional author of history and an experienced public speaker. He has published 15 major books of history so far and more than two dozen minor ones, as well as many articles and contributions to the New Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. His principal speaking specialisation is in naval and maritime history. Topics include many aspects of Britain’s Royal Navy in the 18th century; the US Navy; the Imperial Japanese Navy throughout its existence; the development of sailing ships from the 13th century to the 19th; the technical development of Shell’s oil and gas tankers; and the Second World War spy ring known as the Shetland Bus.

David Hutchings
Maritime Historian & Author
I Eng; MRINA
Coming from: Lee-on-The Solent,  Hampshire  UK
David hails from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, so ships and the sea have played a major part in his life. He turned his lifelong love of ships into a career, both as a maritime author and in shipbuilding. David's shipyard career was spent in Southampton and Portsmouth. He is a member of The World Ship Society and the Ocean Liner Society. He regularly lectures on cruiseships about maritime history and ocean liner history.

Derrick Kemp
Cruising World Wide
Master Mariner
Coming from: Liverpool,  Merseyside  UK
Captain Derrick Kemp began his sea career at the South African Training Ship “General Botha“, Gordon’s Bay, Cape Town. During his 52 years seafaring career he has served aboard a variety of Cargo Passenger, Refrigerated, Heavy Lift and Container ships. Captain Kemp has also been in command of the following passenger vessels - Expedition Ship “Caledonian Star“, “Saga Rose”, “R1“ and “R4” for Renaissance Cruises and the “mv Discovery”. He has travelled the world and sailed the Seven Seas and more. His knowledge of Cruising to be admired.

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"¯ 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.

Patrick McCormack
Destination & Enrichment Speaker
The Caribbean and pre-columbian culture & history.
Coming from: Jacksonville,  Florida  USA
Patrick took his degrees in Sociology and Psychology at the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), emphasizing research, analysis and the development of personality. Having lived in Andaluz, Espańa; Okinawa Prefecture, Nippon, and Sydney, Australia, he developed an interest the evolution of societies and thus, early humans. As a lecturer, he specializes on the peoples of the pre-Columbian Caribbean and Mesoamerican civilizations. On the post-Columbian side, Patrick’s list of subjects include: The Bermuda Triangle; Ancient Atlantis; and 3,000 years of pirates!

Malcolm McRonald
Maritime History
BA
Coming from: Wirral,  Merseyside  UK
Malcolm McRonald is the author of three books on Maritime History, under the collective titles of "The Irish Boats". In addition, Malcolm has had articles published in many Shipping magazines. He has built up an extensive collection of his own photographs, mainly covering coastal/cross channel ships, and he has a large collection of postcards and photographs of passenger liners and other ships. Over the years, he has given many illustrated talks on the subject of ships and cruising.

Joseph Micallef
Age of Exploration, Military and Maritime History
Published Author, Fox News and CNN Commentator, Keynote Speaker
Coming from: Tualatin,  Oregon  USA
Joseph V. Micallef is a historian, best selling author, keynote speaker and commentator on military and international affairs. He has produced, directed or written dozens of documentary programs on military history and world politics as well as written a number of books. He has an M.Sc. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs. Joseph has lectured extensively on military history and world affairs at a variety of venues, and also frequently speaks on the history of food, wine and spirits. He is fluent in Italian and English.

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.

Geoff Peters
Maritime Explorers and Adventurers
Coming from: Sunshine Coast,  Queensland  Australia
Edu-tainment is the best way to describe Geoff’s speaking style, providing educational, entertaining and authoritative presentations whilst also injecting humour and personal experiences documenting his time at sea. Recently retired, Geoff and his wife Leanne have purchased a boat in the UK, cruised across the English Channel and now spend much of each year cruising the rivers, canals, and coastlines of Europe, creating their own adventures.

Justin Reay
Art & Naval History
Coming from: Oxford,  Oxfordshire  UK
After officer training in the Royal Navy and a long career in business, Justin studied the History of Art at Oxford University. He is Lectures Secretary for the Colloquium of Learned Societies at Oxford, and a tutor in art history. He is an advisor to museums and media companies, appearing in the PSB film ‘Anthem’. He is editor of Samuel Pepys’ papers at the Bodleian Library, has written about the Admiralty buildings in London and is editing a catalogue raisonné of maritime art. In his talks Justin introduces and interprets a rich variety of art and sheds new light on naval history.

Mike Rendell
Social Historian & Author
Eighteenth Century Social History
Coming from: Ashburton,  Devon  UK
After a thirty-year stint as a lawyer Mike retired to become a historian. He writes, blogs and gives talks on all aspects of life in the 18th Century. He is custodian of a treasure trove of old family papers – everything from shopping lists to recipes and household accounts, dating back to the early 1700s. His talks cover such questions as what did the Georgians eat and drink, what did they do for entertainment, and why etiquette was so important. He talks about everyday life in the England of Dr Johnson – and of Jane Austen.

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.

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.

Gavin Roser
Shipping & Transportation
Coming from: Ayr,  Ayrshire  UK
Gavin has been in the shipping industry for 45 years, and in this time has seen remarkable changes in one of the few industries that operate regardless of national boundaries. Over the years he has been in many senior positions and in between times he runs his own maritime consultancy firm. Gavin also works with the Northern Maritime University in Northern Europe promoting new thinking in maritime education. His talks on how shipping affects us will surprise and entertain you.

Franz Schneider
Enrichment Speaker on Maritime Subjects
Ocean Racing, Navigation, Classic Ocean Liners
Coming from: Cambridge,  Massachusetts  USA
Franz Schneider enjoys giving talks on cruise ships because of his love of the sea. A sailor all his life, Franz became active in ocean racing as a teenager. He sailed many thousands of miles with Ted Turner, starting with races from Bermuda to Copenhagen in 1966, and from California to Honolulu in 1967. In the 1970s, Franz was Turner’s navigator in many ocean races including the classic Newport to Bermuda, and Miami to Montego Bay races. He was also the founder of Landfall Navigation, a firm that offers navigational supplies and services. Franz talks about ocean racing, as well as several about navigation, including celestial navigation

Cathy Shelbourne
Toastmaster & Speaker on Maritime Heroes
Coming from: Ipswich,  Suffolk  UK
Cathy was born in Norfolk to an Army family, who were constantly on the move. She attributes her love of the sea to her mother, who was a pursar on the Oronsay after the Second World War, when passenger cruises to Australasia were re-introduced, and her passion for sailing to her father, who took part in Olympic yachting trials off the coast of Suffolk. Cathy is a member of the Yachting Journalists’ Association, writes regularly for Anglia Afloat magazine, and has contributed articles on a range of subjects, including maritime heroes about which she talks on cruises.

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.

Allan Thomas
Oceanography
BSc, NMSM, RAF(Rtd)
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.

Stephen Timms OBE
Naval & Maritime History
OBE MBA BSc MSc FIMarEST CEng CMarEng
Coming from: Lyndhurst,  Hampshire  UK
A submarine specialist and chartered Marine Engineer, Stephen served for 37 years in the Royal Navy until retirement in 2006. In the course of his cold war service at sea he operated both nuclear deterrent submarines and hunter killer submarines, from the North Pole to the extreme South Atlantic. He has had a distinguished career which included service at NATO headquarters Brussel, Commander of naval forces in Gibraltar, and Naval Attache at the British Embassy in Brazil. His final appointment was as Commander of UK's naval reserve forces during the period they were deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Michael Turner
The Life and Voyages of Sir Francis Drake
BEd. Hons
Coming from: Burnham on Sea,  Somerset  UK
Michael Turner from Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, England began teaching physical education and geography to secondary school students in 1982. During the holidays, he continued backpacking and hitch-hiking in 83 countries taking photographs to enhance his lessons. His other reason for adventurous travel is to be the only person in the world to photograph the life & voyages of Sir Francis Drake. This has taken him to 46 countries; which makes his illustrated talks unique. Michael has lectured to the Royal Geographical Society, London, the Old Bodleian Library, Oxford and to the Ashridge Circle, Eastbourne. Michael appeared on television and radio documentaries for the BBC and History Channel.

Martin Woodward MBE
Professional Diver and Marine Consultant
Treasure & Commercial Deep Diving, RNLI work, Adventure Challenges,
Coming from: Bembridge,  Isle of Wight  UK
Martin has been a professional diver since 1968, and is still actively diving in the UK and other locations worldwide. He was also involved with the RNLI for a total of 38 years. Martin’s diving career includes “deep saturation” diving in the North Sea, oilfields in the Persian Gulf and many other locations worldwide. His great love has always been finding shipwrecks and artefacts from under the oceans.

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.