Cruise Ship Speakers

Royalty & Monarchy
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Dickie Arbiter
The Monarchy & Royalty
Press Secretary / Commentator / Broadcaster
Coming from: Kensington,  London  UK
Dickie Arbiter, a former press secretary to HM The Queen, is a broadcaster and journalist with over 40 years experience covering royalty, heads of state, and other recognised personalities. Dickie began his TV and radio career in the 1960s in Southern Africa. After returning to the UK in the early 1970s, he began travelling extensively covering the British monarchy, his area of expertise. Having had unprecedented access to so many notable figures of our time, he now brings his personal insights into the public forum as a multi-media royal commentator and international lecturer.

Alan Barr
Tudor History
16th and 17th Century English History
Coming from: Tea Gardens,  NSW  Australia
Alan Barr has an abiding interest, some say passion, for 16th and 17th Century English history, with an emphasis on the Tudor period. Although a non-Academic in this field, Alan’s accumulated knowledge is immense. To add to his continuing research and reading, he visits the UK and Europe twice yearly, attending historic sites, libraries and institutions, as well as participating and engaging in, small specialised historian led tours. A captivating story-teller, he quickly establishes rapport with his audience, bringing historical figures to life and relating historical facts to contemporary issues.

Simon Cousins
Crime Prevention & Royalty Protection
MVO, BA, Dip Crim
Coming from: Bookham,  Surrey  UK
Simon is a retired Detective Superintendent who served for 30 years with the Metropolitan Police in London. This was followed by a further 10 years with the Independent Police Complaints Commission. Simon was then selected for transfer to the Royalty Protection Department and for the next 15 years served as a protection officer with members of the Royal Family, in particular with Prince William, The Princess of Wales and Princess Margaret. He travelled to over 30 countries and has a wealth of experiences to recount. More recently Simon has been involved with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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.

Oliver Everett
Royal Librarian & Former Diplomat
Coming from: Great Dunmow,  Essex  UK
Mr Everett is Librarian Emeritus of the Royal Library, Windsor Castle. He was Librarian there from 1985 to 2002, wrote the official guidebook on Windsor Castle, taught a course on its history and advised on a television programme on it. Mr Everett was educated at Cambridge University and did post-graduate work at Tufts University, USA, and at the London School of Economics. He lectures widely in Britain and abroad, including at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Boston Museum of Fine Art.

David Kingrea
Destination Historian
Viking Resident Historian
Coming from: Marietta,  Georgia  USA
As an experienced ship destination lecturer and historian, Dave draws on a rich background including teaching, engineering, military service, corporate business and consulting. Dave weaves stories about history from his travel insights, research, experiences and knowledge. History is not just about dates and facts but about people, relationships and life stories. Dave tells their stories with a unique style blending travel experiences to over 130 countries, creative narratives, humor, and engaging trivia (he was even a four time champion on the TV program ”Jeopardy”).

Nicholas Merchant
Art Historian
NADFAS Lecturer on the Decorative and Fine Arts
Coming from: Harrogate,  North Yorkshire  UK
Nicholas’s career has mirrored his abiding interest in antiques. He has worked for some of the major auction houses in London and in the provinces as well as running his own successful reference book business, devoted to the Decorative and Fine Arts, with which he exhibited in Europe and America. His particular interest is English 18th century furniture and country houses. However, his interests are broad and he likes to discuss the art and artefacts in their historical context.

Mike Seigel
Classical History
Viking Resident Historian
Coming from: Kingston upon Thames,  Greater London  UK
Mike Seigel earned his MA at Oxford, and has since spent his life in education. As well as teaching Latin and Greek and History, Mike has led numerous trips abroad and is as passionate about travel as about history. Mike loves sharing his passion with others, and in recent years has lectured on several luxury cruise lines. He has written academic text books as well as a children’s historical novel. He has wide experience of public speaking, not least from his eight years as a Headmaster, and was recently appointed Tipstaff and Town Crier for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

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.

Dr Christopher Whelan
The European Union
Coming from: Woodstock,  Oxfordshire  UK
Dr Christopher Whelan is Associate Director of International Law Programmes at the University of Oxford and a Visiting Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University School of Law (since 2005, Spring Semester) in Virginia, USA. He is also a practising barrister, specialising in Employment Law, at 3PB in the Temple. His current research interests are in the fields of Lawyers’ Ethics and European Union Law, but he has over 70 publications on a wide variety of topics in international and comparative law. Dr Whelan is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.