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Mike Cheshire joined the Royal Navy in the early 1960's at HMS Ganges as a Radio Communications Operator and travelled the world extensively.
In the Mid 1970's Michael undertook Officer training at the Naval College at Dartmouth, and became a Communications Specialist, and again went to sea in Destroyers and Frigates. It was in the mid 1980's Michael became a Warfare Officer and saw active service in the Gulf and in the Falklands, and has travelled world wide during his active Naval Career.

For the last 6 years of Michael's Naval Career, he was the Commanding Officer of HMS VICTORY (Admiral Lord NELSON's flagship during the Battle of Trafalgar) where his real interest in history began to expand.

His career out of the Service has been as a Management Consultant, Open University Lecturer, Local Councillor and mere recently as a Speaker on Cruise Liners.

Over the last 3 years, Michael has worked with Viking Cruises as a Guest Speaker on his specialist subjects of Maritime History, but more recently he has been appointed a the Viking Resident Historian where he has delivered a number of "iconic" lectures very successfully and has developed and delivered / facilitated a number of "Round Table" discussions and debates with the passengers that have all proved to be of great value and they have been enjoyed by those that attended. These appointments have expanded knowledge and historical portfolio of presentations further.

Michael was appointed as an MBE by Her Majesty in 1998, and he lives in Hampshire with his wife. He has two daughters and 4 grandchildren.
1. The Flagship of the Royal Navy - HMS VICTORY
2. Admiral Lord Nelson - From Sickly Boy to National Hero
3. Lady Hamilton - Heroione or Survivor
4. The Battle of St Vincent
5. The Battle of Teneriffe (Santa Cruz)
6. The Battle of Copenhagen
7. The Battle of the Nile
8. The Battle of Trafalgar
9. The Battle of Jutland (WW1)
10. Nelson in the West Indies
11. The battle of San Juan Hills
12. The French & Indian Wars prior to the American War of Independence
13. Nelson and the Naples connection
14. The Boston Tea Party
15. NATO - is the alliance still relevant?
16. Women in War
17. The Russian Revolution
18. The Hanseatic League
As a previous Commanding Officer of HMS VICTORY, I have undertaken a number of Appointments focussing on Maritime History with Viking Cruises, P&O, Fred Olsen and Cunard. My presentations deal with the most famous battles fought by Admiral Nelson and his Love affair with Lady Hamilton. These presentations always provides positive feedback. More recently, I have been asked to take up appointments as a Resident Historian with Viking Ocean Cruises.

March 2016 - The Viking Star cruise in the Mediterranean was my first experience with Viking Cruises. The enrichment programmes I presented were in accordance with my Core Subject of Nelson and his Battles and his experiences as a Naval Commander. I was also had the great privileged of presiding over the ANZAC celebrations onboard as there were a number of Australian and New Zealand guests onboard on the day. The small ecumenical service was based upon that which is conducted on Rememberence Day in the UK, and I the feedback from the Guests were very positive indeed.

Autumn 2016 - Viking Star. West Indies explorer cruise for 14 days. I delivered six enrichment presentations, not only on my core subject on Admiral Lord Nelson, but I was asked to preset a maritime perspective of the American Civil War and on other the battle of San Jaun. It was an exciting cruise, and it was a great pleasure presenting my subjects. I look forward to doing many more in the future if possible. As we were at sea on Trafalgar Day (21st October) I was able to give an informal presentation on the Battle of Trafalgar, and we made the "immortal memory" toast (with Rum) on the actual day. This was really enjoyed by the passengers and some of the crew members why had not seen anything like this before.

March 2017 - Viking Sky - Ancient Empires and Holy Lands. On this cruise I will be delivering my enrichment programme based upon Nelson transit through the Mediterranean Sea that culminated int he Battle of the Nile. it is with this cruise I introduced a new presentation that focussed on Nelson and his attachment to Naples (as we are visiting Naples, this is quite appropriate), and of course his meeting and subsequent feelings for Lady Hamilton, who he met the first time in Naples and the Ambassadors wife.

July 2017 - September 2017 - Viking Sky - Viking Homelands. On this cruise I was appointed as the Resident Historian. It was on these 3 cruises that I delivered 2 Iconic Lectures (Imperial Russia and the Hanseatic League) and developed and facilitated 3 Round Table Discussions. I was fully engaged with the Port Visits and was able to add value to the Passenger's Experience whilst ashore. I was, and still am, fully and totally supported by my wife, Wendy.

November 2017 - December 2017 - Viking Sea - West Indies Explorer. Again, I am appointed as the Resident Historian and I have been asked to deliver 3 " Iconic Lectures" on the Ages of Discovery, Pirates and Treasure Hunters and the Bayeux Tapestry. These 4 cruises will have 2 Round Table discussions, namely: the UK/US Special Relationship and Nelson and the West Indies Connection.
Whilst onboard I and my wife take part fully in all activities that we can with the ship and we always volunteer to be escorts for shore excursions whenever we can. Whist onboard, we have been asked to "host" dinner or lunch tables, which we are always delighted to do.
We are committed to ensuring that Guests leave our company with a smile on their faces.
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Viking Sky SK190327 Scandinavia & the Kiel Canal 10 Amsterdam Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Viking Sky SK190314 In Search of the Northern Lights 12 Bergen Thursday, March 14, 2019
Viking Sky SK190302 In Search of the Northern Lights 12 Tilbury Saturday, March 2, 2019
Viking Sun SU180728 Viking Homelands 14 Stockholm Saturday, July 28, 2018
Viking Sun SU180714 Viking Homelands 14 Bergen Saturday, July 14, 2018
Viking Sun SU180707 Viking Shores & Fjords 7 Amsterdam Saturday, July 7, 2018
Viking Sea SE171106 West Indies Explorer 10 San Juan Monday, November 6, 2017
Viking Sky SK170729 Viking Homelands 14 Stockholm Saturday, July 29, 2017
Viking Sky SK170311 Cities of Antiquity & the Holy Land 14 Civitavecchia (for Rome) Saturday, March 11, 2017
Viking Star ST160417 Passage through Western Europe 14 Barcelona Sunday, April 17, 2016