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BIOGRAPHY
Captain Paul Eschenfelder has been blessed to wear two hats. For almost forty years he has not only flown over the Seven Seas from Osaka to Amsterdam but sailed them as well, from Alaska to Zanzibar. He has bargained with the Masai in Africa, stumbled across antiquities in Greece and Ireland and benefited from the spirit of ohana in Hawaii. He has worked in the planning rooms of the Warsaw Pact, been a guest of the Shah of Iran and flown the former King of Greece. He lived on the leeward side of Oahu when sugar was still king, studied goonie birds on Midway Island and talked politics and pina coladas in Grand Cayman. Whether living in Asia or America his home has been his suitcase and his world has two sunrises every 36 hours. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Texas and a course developer and adjunct professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is the author of Captain’s Stories – Tales of Travel based on the many lectures he has delivered on cruise lines around the world and blogs about travel at www.captaincruising.wordpress.com.

A recognized speaker he has presented to professional audiences from Athens to Vancouver and has appeared on national TV and radio news programs. He has served as a consultant to governments from Canada to Columbia and served on advisory committees to the US government. A graduate of the University of Texas he also attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.


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Please see my website at: www.captaincruising.net or my blog at: www.captaincruising.wordpress.com
TALKS
THE 'STORY' IN HISTORY - NORTHERN EUROPE

1. “Mutiny on the Baltic” – Top secret. This mutiny in the Baltic by the Soviet Navy at the height of the Cold War has been held secret by both the Soviets and the West for 30 years. Why?

2. “The Peterhof and Versailles” – two outsized egos competed for the most sumptuous palaces in the world. Both succeeded.

3. “Iceland – Land of Fire, Ice, Free Men & Empowered Women”- A tiny island, formed by volcanoes but capped by glaciers, tells a tale of uniqueness and survival.

4. The Vikings
“Part I, Vikings Emerge” – Geography influenced culture. That culture influenced all of Western Europe even until today. How were they formed, who were the Vikings?
“Part II, Vikings Change the World” – Brazen or courageous? Viking actions changed nations across Europe and all the way to North America. What did they do?

5. Portugal in the Age of Exploration
“Henry, Pepper and the Moon Shot” – Portugal, one of Europe’s smallest countries, attempts to launch a 15th century moon shot which will change the world.
“The Whole World to Die In” – Portugal’s successful 15th century moon shot to India has some surprising side effects.

THE MED

1. “It’s Greek to Me!” – Four thousand years of Greek myth, beauty, religion, drama all in 45 minutes. Hang on.

2. “Rome and the Turks” – the 16th century saw the epic struggle for the center of the world between the expansionist Turks and the reawakening West. It was long, fearful and formed the Europe we know today.

3. “Ephesus – Glory of the Empire” - the Apostle Paul took his mission to Ephesus because it was the wealthy crossroads of the Roman Empire. Paved streets, hot and cold running water, a library with a notorious side door and a riotous assembly at the amphitheater were hallmarks of its opulence.

4. “God sent Hell – the Fourth Crusade” – Against their oath, against their Pope, against their religion, Crusaders sacked both Zadar and Constantinople. Pope John Paul II would apologize 700 years later. Do we blame Venice? Or do we blame greed?

5. “Santorini Through the Ages” – one of the most striking destinations in Europe has a compelling story of both past and present. Did the Santorini eruption destroy the Cretan civilization? Is it the lost Atlantis? Why is it so unique today?

6. “The Knights of Rhodes” – European knights, horseback and on ship, dominate the eastern Mediterranean. Their stamp lingers on our world.

7. “Vesuvius and Pompeii – Worlds Collide” – what led the people of Pompeii to settle on the slopes of an active volcano? Why did Pliny the Elder rush toward the erupting volcano? Find out what happened those terrible final days.

8. “The Knights of Malta” – a barren group of rocky islands bequeathed to hospital keepers became the light of the Mediterranean. Voltaire would say: “Is anything better known than the siege of Malta?”

9. “Michelangelo – the David, the Sistine and St. Peter’s Basilica” – clearly one of the most gifted men the world has known left us not only magnificent art but legend and humor What was he thinking?

10. “Venice at High Tide” – the Venetian Republic was so wealthy it could dominate the seas and send Marco Polo to China. It also stole St. Mark’s bones, helped sack Constantinople and reneged on its treaties. It was an interesting era.

11. “Monaco – Grace under Pressure” – Europe’s smallest principality has a long history, wealth, beauty, glamor, gambling, a reigning monarch and Grace.



THE NEW WORLD

1. “Empire by Mistake” - in the late 19th century America’s conflict with Spain saw the U.S. slide, kicking and screaming, into becoming a world power - a role it still fills today. And Teddy Roosevelt led the way.

2. “At War with the Earth – The French, Suez and Panama” - Part 1 - French audacity led to triumph at Suez. The same type attempt at Panama was catastrophic, harder on France than a war. The beneficiary of the disaster was America.

3. “At War with the Earth – The French, Suez and Panama” - Part 2 - America steps into the void left by the French and a revolution results. New ideas and new players result in ‘…the greatest thing in the world’, the Panama Canal.

4. “Cuba – donde esta manana?” – Where is modern Cuba going, what is happening there today? Why does this communist country maintain a monument to an American battleship, have a statue of Abe Lincoln on its Avenue of Presidents and adopt American baseball as its national pastime?

5. “So Far from God” – Mexico’s proximity to the United States has been both a blessing and a curse. In 1846 it caused the fracture of the nation and the remarkable return of the Mexican phoenix – Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna.

6. “Disturb Us, Oh Lord” – the English sea dog Francis Drake sacked Panama, terrorized the Spanish Main, circumnavigated the globe and defeated the Spanish Armada. He also wrote prayers. He was an interesting fellow.



POLYNESIA AND THE PACIFIC

1. “Courageous Voyaging” – the Pacific islands are the most isolated islands in the world. How did they come to be populated by a homogeneous people? Was it simple luck, a fortuitous shipwreck? Or a bold plan by a courageous people seeking a new home?

2. “Paradise Undiscovered – Polynesia before Cook” – for a thousand years before the coming of the Europeans to Polynesia a society existed which was remarkably successful: orderly, prosperous, fun loving. Discover how the early Polynesians lived.

3. “Living with an active Volcano” – is that Kilauea or Madam Pele? Let’s discuss how the Polynesian islands came to be formed, why they appear as they do today and what it’s like to live with an active volcano in Hawaii or New Zealand today.

4. “Pearl Harbor – What Happened & Why” – examine the events leading to December 7, 1941, the missed clues, the spy, the catastrophe for American forces and its impact on the future of the world.

5. “Through Paradise with Capt. Bligh” - yes, that Captain Bligh of HMS Bounty fame. His crew mutinied yet he was able to sail a small open boat through these waters 3,000 miles to safety without losing a man. He was court martialed twice in his career yet retired an admiral. He had an interesting career path.

6. “The King, Duke and Commander Rodgers” – Kamehameha, Duke Kahanamoku, Commander John Rodgers: each left his stamp on Hawaii and changed it forever.

7. “No Man over 35…” – the Great Pacific War of 1941-45 began with bravery and blunders, courage and catastrophe. Relive the desperate days in the South Pacific at the start of the war.

8. “Land of the Long White Cloud” – New Zealand developed in isolation but the coming of mankind changed things.



BEYOND EDEN - SUEZ AND EAST

1. Jerusalem, Jerusalem – a small town, fought over for 4,000 years, has been the scene of miracles and mayhem. Three worldwide religions feel it is the key to heaven and yet it knows no peace.

2. Suez – the 3,000-year dream of a canal at Suez comes true under French leadership, changing the region and the world.

3. Aqaba, T.E. Lawrence & the Arab Revolt – Did ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ lead the Arab revolt during World War I? Were the Arabs responsible for the defeat of the Turks? Was Aqaba important? Find out what really happened and where Hollywood misled us.

4. Piracy – National Policy or Opportunistic Capitalism? – Over the centuries many rulers have supported cut-throat pirates, often making them admirals in their fleets. Piracy reshaped the Mediterranean and lingers on in the modern world.

5. Modern Women in Ancient Times – in an age when women had virtually no standing whatsoever, three women could have been lifted from modern times: Jezebel, Cleopatra and the Queen of Sheba. Why?

6. “The Saint Has Left our Shores” - Mohandas Gandhi begins a lifelong journey against a world of opposition, changing the world and creating a legend.



BIG OIL

Big Oil, Part 1: Oil in America - new ideas are shifting the oil & gas landscape in North America, changing old patterns and threatening old relationships worldwide. Is it really shale vs. sheiks?

Big Oil, Part 2: Oil in the Mideast - what forces drove oil exploration in the Mideast, an area so prolific a blind man literally found oil. How is it changing today? Where are we going tomorrow?



EXTRAORDINARY LIVES

1. “Charles Lindberg & Beryl Markham” – like Ginger Rogers dancing with Fred Astaire, Beryl Markham did everything Lindberg did, only backwards and in heels, yet her fame was fleeting. She not only was the first woman to fly solo across the North Atlantic, she did it westbound. What did this British woman, an early aviation pioneer, achieve and why did she disappear from sight?

2. “Young Winston” – Churchill’s youth as an opportunist and self-promoter gave way to a young hero, accomplished author and man of action. The childhood was terrible but the result helped save civilization.

3. “The Saint Has Left our Shores” - Mohandas Gandhi begins a lifelong journey against a world of opposition, changing the world and creating a legend.

4. “Through Paradise with Capt. Bligh” - yes, that Captain Bligh of HMS Bounty fame. His crew mutinied yet he was able to sail a small open boat through these waters 3,000 miles to safety without losing a man. He was court martialed twice in his career yet retired an admiral. He had an interesting career path.

5. “Rascals in Paradise” – the Western view of Polynesia is affected by some of the most famous, or notorious, characters who passed through Paradise. The truth is stranger than fiction.

6. Aqaba, T.E. Lawrence & the Arab Revolt – Did ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ lead the Arab revolt during World War I? Were the Arabs responsible for the defeat of the Turks? Was Aqaba important? Find out what really happened and where Hollywood misled us.

7. “Disturb Us, Oh Lord” – the English sea dog Francis Drake sacked Panama, terrorized the Spanish Main, circumnavigated the globe and defeated the Spanish Armada. He also wrote prayers. He was an interesting fellow.



AIR AND SPACE

1. Flying the North Atlantic - peek behind the cockpit door and see how we fly the world’s busiest and longest air routes: 80% of the air traffic between Europe and North America pass over the North Atlantic tracks; some of the world’s longest flights traverse the Pacific. Remarkable advances in technology power these freeways in the sky.

2. Charles Lindberg & Beryl Markham – like Ginger Rogers dancing with Fred Astaire, Beryl Markham did everything Lindberg did, only backwards and in heels, yet her fame was fleeting. She not only was the first woman to fly solo across the North Atlantic, she did it westbound. What did this British woman, an early aviation pioneer, achieve and why did she disappear from sight?

3. Space Travel & You – discover the future of space travel, how you can book a flight into space and how ‘deregulation’ of space travel will affect you.

4. Hit the Boat – aircraft carriers project power worldwide. View the strategy and learn how to land your aircraft on an aircraft carrier. Yes, there’s a trick to it!
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
Cruise presenter for 8+ years - Seabourn, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Celebrity lines.
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Viking Orion OR180819A Passage to India 20 Piraeus (Athens) Sunday, August 19, 2018