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Joseph V. Micallef is a historian, bestselling author, syndicated columnist, 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 the natural world. He has also written several books.

Mr. Micallef holds a Graduate Degree (M.Sc.) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was a Fulbright Fellow at the Italian Institute of International Affairs. He has lectured extensively on military history and world affairs at a variety of venues including the Institute of Strategic Studies (London), the World Future Society, the NATO Defense College (Rome), and the Italian Institute of International Affairs (Rome), and at universities and professional organizations around the world.

He is a member of the National Speakers Association and has often been called upon to be a key note speaker for a variety of business and professional organizations. He has also appeared on a variety of broadcast venues including Fox News, CNN and Fox News radio and has also been a Visiting Professor at several universities around the world.
He is a columnist for the Huffington Post,, and a Contributor to Joe’s column “Global Pulse” is also syndicated by Troy Media to 1,800 Canadian media outlets. In addition, he is also the Scotch Whisky Editor at Large for the Whisky Wash, a whisky lifestyle news site.

Among his recent books are Understanding World War One: A Concise History (2014), Islamic State: Its History, Ideology and Challenge (2015), Scotch Whisky: Its History, Production and Appreciation (2015). The D Day Landings (2017) and The Whisky Isles, 2017, Two new books, Leadership in Uncertain Times: Management in an Opaque Future and A Cruisers Guide to Sharks of the World , are forthcoming. He also covered Mediterranean and Middle East Politics, including the civil war in Chad, for several Italian newspapers (1978-80).

Mr. Micallef has also frequently spoken on the history of food, wine and spirits. He holds the Diploma in Wine and Spirits and the Professional Certificate in Spirits (with Distinction) from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (London). Joe is also a certified wine judge in the California State Fair Wine Judging Competition and judges for the International Wine and Spirits Competition (London) and the Irish Whisky Awards (Dublin)

He is fluent in Italian, Spanish, and English, has a working knowledge of French and some proficiency in Arabic and German.

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1. The History of Exploration and the Age of Discovery
A variety of talks geared to various cruising venues around the world that cover:
- Alaska and the Northwest Coast (6 Talks)
- The History of the Columbia Basin and the Pacific Northwest (6 Talks)
- The North Pacific. (6 Talks)
- Australia and the South Pacific (8 Talks)
- The Discovery and Exploration of the Caribbean (10 Talks)
- How Piracy Shaped the Caribbean (3 Talks)
- The Exploration of Central and South America (8 Talks)
- The Discovery, Exploration and History of the Amazon River (3 Talks)
- The Discovery and Exploration of the Americas (9 Talks)
- Anglo-French Rivalry and the Struggle for North America (3 Talks)
- The Viking Discovery and Exploration of North America (2 Talks)

2. 19th and 20th Century Military History
A range of talks geared to military history of the 19th and 20th Century. Among the topics covered are:
- The Origins and Consequences of World War I (6 Talks)
- World War I in the Middle East
- The Gallipoli Campaign (3 Talks)
- The Murmansk Conveys (1 Talk)
- Understanding World War II: The Pacific Campaign (6 Talks)
- Understanding World War II: The Campaign in Europe and North Africa (6 Talks)
- Understanding World War II: The Eastern Front (3 Talks)

3. The Vikings and Russian History
- Origins and History of the Vikings (5 Talks)
- Viking Exploration, Seamanship and Navigation (3 Talks)
- Origins and History of Russia (3 Talks)

4. Maritime History
- The Maritime History of the Mediterranean" (6 Talks),
- The Exploration of the Indian Ocean" (3Talks)
- Portuguese Discovery of Africa (3 Talks).
- Naval Warfare in the Age of Sail (3 Talks)

5. The History of Food and Spirits.
- The History and Appreciation of Scotch Whisky
- Understanding Irish Whisky
- Understanding Rum"
- Understanding Cognac
- Understanding Tequila
- Various topics on wine: From the History of Champagne, to Understanding Burgundy, Everything Pinot Noir to The Story of Port (6 Talks)

6. I am also an expert on pearls. I have a degree in pearls from the Gemological Institute of America and have spoken on "Understanding and Appreciating Pearls" on several South Pacific cruises. (5 Talks)

7. Australia and New Zealand
A variety of talks on the discovery, exploration, history and wines of Australia and New Zealand. (10 Talks)

8. Marine Mammals
A series of talks on marine mammals based on a forthcoming series of books.
- Sharks of the World
- Whales of the World
- Marine Mammals of the World

9. Miscellaneous Topics
- A History of the Royal Jewels (Forthcoming)
- A History of the Scottish Isles (Forthcoming)
Joseph has spoken more than 100 times on approximately 3 dozen cruises, with presentations ranging from 2 to as many as 8 lectures. These have included: Royal Caribbean: Bermuda, Caribbean (4), South Pacific, Alaska; Cruise & Maritime Ventures: Baltic, Celebrity: Mediterranean (5), Ireland/UK (2), Panama Canal (2) Caribbean (6) Quebec and the Maritimes (2) Alaska (3), Princess (Pacific (2) Caribbean (3) Alaska (3) Viking Mediterranean and Quebec and the Maritimes.

Joseph has been both a destination speaker focusing on local history as well as general enrichment topics.
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Viking Jupiter JU200124 South America & the Chilean Fjords 17 Valparaiso (for Santiago) Friday, January 24, 2020
Viking Star ST191031 Cities of Antiquity & the Holy Land 14 Piraeus (Athens) Thursday, October 31, 2019
Viking Star ST191022 Empires of the Mediterranean 9 Venice Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Viking Sky SK190801 Iceland's Majestic Landscapes 12 Bergen Thursday, August 1, 2019
Viking Sky SK190721 Majestic Fjords & Vibrant Cities 11 Copenhagen Sunday, July 21, 2019
Viking Star ST190214 Cultural Cuba 7 Miami, Florida Thursday, February 14, 2019
Viking Star ST190207 Cultural Cuba 7 Miami, Florida Thursday, February 7, 2019
Viking Star ST190131 Cultural Cuba 7 Miami, Florida Thursday, January 31, 2019
Viking Sun SU180908 Viking Homelands 14 Bergen Saturday, September 8, 2018
Viking Sun SU180825 British Isles Explorer 14 Greenwich, London Saturday, August 25, 2018
Viking Star ST180714 Into the Midnight Sun 14 Greenwich, London Saturday, July 14, 2018
Viking Sky SK170215 Shakedown Cruise 8 Venice Wednesday, February 15, 2017