Destination & Port Lecturers

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Armida Bordi
Destinations & Enrichment Lecturer
Coming from: Genoa,    Italy
Dr Armida Bordi, a former professor of literature and the history of civilisations, lives in Genoa, Italy. After gaining 2 degrees from Genoa University she was the recipient of several British Council grants to British universities and a three time Fulbright scholar to the US. She is now teaching lifelong learning programs offering adult learners courses combining history and art with foreign languages. As a long-time lecturer for many cruise lines, Armida has travelled extensively in different continents. She likes exploring new places and she can communicate in Italian, English, Spanish, French, Greek and Portuguese.

Dr Ann Burgess
Naturalist, Ornithology, Astronomy and Destination Speaker
Coming from: Parksville,  British Columbia  Canada
Dr Ann Carroll Burgess is an award-winning writer, photographer, and lecturer who has had a varied and distinguished career in several disciplines. After graduation, she was hired by the Museum of Science in Boston as a planetarium lecturer, the youngest and only the second woman to hold that position at that time. Fifteen years ago Ann took up the challenge of lecturing at sea, sharing her passion for nature and astronomy as an enrichment lecturer. She continues to write and her Deck Chair Naturalist website is devoted to how you can to best observe nature from a ship.

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.

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

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.

Dr Bette Daoust
Enrichment Speaker
Destinations & Crafts
Coming from: Vancouver,  British Columbia  Canada
As a cruise ship lecturer, presenter, and hands-on craft facilitator, Bette is one of the best in the business. Her speaking experience goes well beyond the classroom. She has belonged to the National Speakers Association with a speaking career as a key-note speaker and subject matter expert. Combining her passions with Travel has led her to her starting an online craft store which features arts and crafts from all over the world. Due to researching and learning about many cultures and their history, Bette is an ideal guest speaker.

Phil J DeMeulenaere
Enrichment Speaker - Destinations
Coming from: Port St. Lucie,  Florida  USA
Phil calls his style "Destitainment" : combination of relevant information mixed with humor. Laugh and Learn!! Phil has extreme variety in his program offerings which total approximately 70 at this time, special interest and destination. Phil has traveled extensively and is an experienced and sought after cruise ship speaker having completed over 48 cruise assignments with 7 cruise lines. His goal is to Make Memorable Moments and he's very good at that. Accolades are MANY.

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.

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.

Aldon Ferguson
Military Aviation Historian & Russia Expert
FRICS, MRAeS
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Aldon was brought up in the North West of England developing a strong interest in aviation. After a period in the RAF he graduated as a Chartered Surveyor. He specialised in commercial property in London and then set up the first property company in post-Communist Russia. Initially opening in Moscow and quickly expanding into St Petersburg and Kiev in Ukraine. Simultaneously, Aldon's love of all things aviation and related buildings led to him becoming one of the leading experts in RAF history.

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.

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.

Stuart Gustafson
Destinations; Classical Music Composers
Coming from: Boise,  Idaho  USA
Stuart Gustafson took early retirement from his high-technology career so that he could spend more time with his family. He's been sharing his knowledge and his experiences with cruise ship passengers since 2012, and the rave reviews he's received from guests and staff have continued to encourage him. His formal education of a B.A. in Mathematics and an MBA surprise some guests who think he was a history professor. It's just that his keen interest in helping passengers enjoy their cruise has enabled him to develop interesting talks on Destinations, the specific Ports, a few general Travel subjects, and even Classical Music Composers.

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.

Brian Healey
Art Historian and Instructor & Destination Speaker
BA, Diploma in History of Art
Coming from: Blackburn,  Lancashire  UK
Brian Is a graduate in French and German from the University of Keele and also holds diplomas in History of Art from the University of Vienna, and Interior Design from Blackburn University College. Parallel to his career a senior languages teacher at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Blackburn, Brian has enjoyed much success as a professional artist since his early teens, having inherited the genes from his father. He has been working on cruise ships regularly since 2005, both as art tutor and Art Historian lecturer.

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.

Janis Leader
Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Southampton,  Hampshire  UK
Janis was born in London and lived near Hampstead Heath for many years until a recent move to southern Spain. She benefits from a fascinating world-wide career in tourism spanning more than 20 years. Her extensive career principally focused on work a Tour Director, escorting and being responsible for passengers on long haul destination tours and cruises for major UK companies. She now combines her widespread and diverse travel knowledge with her love of cruising as a Destination Lecturer.

Martin P. Lee
Destination Lecturer & Gentlemen Dance Host
BSc(Hons) MSc FBCS CITP
Coming from: Poole,  Dorset  UK
Martin P. Lee graduated with first class honours in geography and geology from King's College London in 1975 followed by a masters degree in geography from Keele University. After service as a fellow at Lancaster University, he became a lecturer at Leicester University, and then a senior lecturer at the Royal Military College of Science. Upon early retirement in 2006, Martin has been a Gentleman Dance Host and Port Lecturer. He now spends half the year at sea and half the year at his home in Bournemouth.

Christopher Legrand
Destination Lecturer & Presenter
Coming from: West Moors,  Dorset  UK
Christopher acknowledges that he has been very fortunate in having had opportunities to travel as he enjoys photography and researching and in particularly he loves to share his experiences with others. Through his series of fully illustrated talks, which are professionally constructed and include music and animations, he invites you to sample the history, culture, personalities and scenery of those exciting parts of the world he has visited. He has delivered lectures and presentations for many years, is an accomplished speaker, currently giving around 50 talks a year, and has been a destination presenter on various cruise ships.

Dr Wendy London
Destination Speaker - New Zealand
Coming from: Hawera,  Taranaki  NZ
Wendy is a leading cruise tourism sector specialist. She has a Masters in Tourism and PostGradDiploma (Distinction) in Tourism from Otago University (Dunedin, NZ). Wendy also has a JD (Seton Hall), Masters (Columbia) and an AB Franklin & Marshall College (Pennsylvania). Before starting her career in tourism, Wendy was a lawyer specialising in IT law, and was also the IT Director for a City of London law firm. She has lived in New Zealand since 1994. An avid cruiser (including Antarctica and the Arctic), Wendy’s favourite cruise itinerary is New Zealand. Wendy loves to share her passion for New Zealand with her fellow cruise passengers.

Tiiu Lukk
Journalist & Naturalist
Art, History, Natural History & Culture
Coming from: Santa Monica,  California  USA
Tiiu has served as an enrichment lecturer and a naturalist for more than 23 years. She has visited 119 countries throughout the world and has served on 8 different cruise lines, as well as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert on both land and sea. Her career has encompassed work as a journalist, a foreign correspondent in southern Africa for ABC News and the Washington Star, as a documentary filmmaker, and an author. Tiiu’s beautifully illustrated presentations focus on the history, culture, art, architecture, and natural history of destinations, so that passengers step ashore with more understanding and knowledge of their cruise destinations.

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, España; 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!

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.

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.

David Ottley
Destinations and Enrichment
Coming from: Somersham,  Cambridgeshire  UK
David is a retired police officer who served in both the Metropolitan Police and with Cambridgeshire Constabulary. During his C.I.D service he served on the Regional Crime Squad, Robbery Squad and the Major Incident Pool in central London. In 1990 he transferred to Cambridgeshire and when John Major became Prime Minister David was employed on his personal protection team. After retiring from the service he studied Global Warming and Ecosystems with Reading University and then Oceanography and Marine Archaeology at Southampton University. David is both a destination speaker and enrichment speaker presenting a series of talks on his life in the police and oceanography.

Ernest Rea
Religious Affairs
Coming from: Alderley Edge,  Cheshire  UK
Ernest Rea was born in Northern Ireland and gained degrees in History, Politics and Theology. In 1976 he embarked on a career in Religious Broadcasting working for BBC Northern Ireland and BBC1 Television eventually becoming responsible for all the BBC's religious output across radio and tv. He has expertise in all religions, in the history of the ancient world, in the modern history of Britain and Europe, and in contemporary political issues that affect religion and ethics, .

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.

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.

Commander Jeff Roberts
Enrichment & Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Gosport,  Hampshire  UK
Jeff graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology and Geography from the University of Wales before being commisioned into the Royal Navy. He then gained added qualifications in Meteorology and Oceanography and during his career was promoted to Commander. Following his service he joined a Building Society as Head of Training and Development and then as as a Freelance Presenter and Consultant. Jeff is an experienced destination lecturer and he also has talks on global warming and military 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.

Angela Schneider
Music, History & Culture
Destinations
Coming from: Vancouver,  British Columbia  Canada
Angela Schneider holds Masters degrees in Music and Medieval History from Aachen University and is currently a violist with the Vancouver Symphony. Since 1995, she has been involved in the popular, new field of culinary history, which studies the ways in which food has shaped social, cultural and political history. Angela is much in demand as a speaker thanks to presentations that are entertaining, informative and visually rich. She is a popular Destination and Enrichment speaker on cruise ships because she brings history alive by humanizing the subjects and examining what motivates the larger processes of historical change.

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.

Marcus Sherwood
Classical History & Destinations
Coming from: Chichester,  West Sussex  UK
Marcus is a Classics graduate who has travelled widely in Europe as a teacher and lecturer in Classical History. He now enjoys lecturing on cruise ships both as a Classical Historian and as a Destination Lecturer. His expertise is in tracing the influences of ancient civilizations on modern culture. Marcus draws on his years of foreign travel and knowledge of popular destinations to help passengers get the very best out of ports of call, covering history, geography and culture. He is a popular, experienced and enthusiastic speaker who engages his audiences with pace, passion and humour.

Bill Simpson OBE
Military/Aviation Historian, Author & Port Speaker
OBE
Coming from: Poole,  Dorset  UK
Bill Simpson served in the Royal Air Force for 25 years. Responsible for air transport operations in Northern Ireland, he was awarded an MBE in 1979. He then commanded two RAF Stations, receiving an OBE from Queen Elizabeth in 1988. Bill's acclaimed biography ‘The Prince’ was published by HarperCollins in 2006 and he now writes historical novels. Bill is an experienced enrichment and destination speaker having completed 30 cruises over 5 years and he has employed his passion for - and comprehensive knowledge of - military & aviation history to great effect. In March 2017, Bill was selected to join Viking Ocean as a Resident Historian.

Dr David Slamp
Mediterranean History and Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Vancouver,  Washington  USA
Dave Slamp is an experienced author, teacher, and public speaker. He has traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean, Black and Aegean Seas for over 30 years. He has personally hosted more than a dozen groups to Egypt, Israel, Turkey, and Greece and has taught Near Eastern Studies at the university level. An accomplished Port/Destination and Enrichment speaker, Dave has lectured throughout the region for 6 years. His extensive knowledge, sense of humor, diversified portfolio, and winsome way with people quickly win him the hearts of his listeners.

Kathy Slamp
Enrichment Speaker - Destinations
Alaska & Mediterranean Specialist
Coming from: Vancouver,  WA  USA
Kathy Slamp's childhood was spent in Alaska. She is an experienced public speaker who has literally spoken around the world. Through her early Alaska experiences, Kathy has become a well-loved and frequently requested Alaska cruise ship naturalist and lecturer. She has presented on at least 150 different Alaska cruises! Her down-to-earth sincerity and sense of humor endear her to audiences wherever she goes. People relate to her quickly and easily. Kathy has also traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean Region and into the Black Sea.

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.

Malcolm Teasdale
Author, Adventurer and Enrichment Speaker
Coming from: Destin,  Florida  USA
Malcolm Teasdale was born in Coventry, England and is a successful entrepreneur who now spends his time traveling to “off-the-beaten-track” places. Since retiring from the technology industry, he now travels to the more unusual destinations in the World in search of rich cultural experiences. His 4th travel book has just been published called, “Religion, Spirituality and the way of life in the Himalayas” which describes his experience in the Himalayan Kingdoms of Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet and Myanmar. Malcolm has a wide repertoire of talks on destinations, adventure and travel.

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.

Gillian Walnes Perry MBE
Social History & Destinations
Was CEO of the Anne Frank Trust UK for 26 years
Coming from: Beckenham,  Kent  UK
Gillian was the CEO of the Anne Frank Trust UK for 26 years and is well known internationally for this. She retired from running the charity in 2016 and now lectures on the ‘Life and Inspiring Legacy of Anne Frank’, as well as other social history topics. Gillian has travelled extensively around the UK and internationally as a speaker and setting up educational projects and campaigns. She has met Presidents, Prime Ministers, royalty and people who actually knew Anne and have shared first hand recollections about her. She uses her engaging presentation skills to lecture on a range of popular social history topics, geared to the cruise destinations.

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.

Dr Kathleen Wulf
Enrichment Speaker - Destinations
Coming from: Cam,  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.

Dr Sarah Wyer
Psychology / Social History / Culture
Destinations and Ports
Coming from: Churchdown Gloucester,  Gloucestershire  UK
Dr Sarah Wyer is an Expert Witness Clinical Psychologist and as so is excellent at assimilating information and presenting in an engaging way. She has worked for the NHS for over 20 years helping people with physical health conditions and for 5 years worked as a MacMillan End of Life psychologist. As an antidote for such work, she have always been an active traveller. Sarah loves researching and finding out the highlights of a destination as well as lesser known gems. She considers cruising is the best way of travelling and discovering new horizons, as well as our own depths.