Cruise Ship Speakers

Extraordinary Lives
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Andrew Baker
Modern History, Politics & Extraordinary Lives
Author, consultant, lecturer and ex Grammar School Headmaster
Coming from: Thorpe Bay,  Essex  UK
Andrew is an engaging and entertaining speaker whose presentations have been praised for their warmth, humour, clarity and accessibility. He is a former Headmaster, an author, a consultant and a lecturer with a sharp eye for detail and anecdote. Andrew brings to life sensational episodes from the 60s and 70s; paints vivid and unforgettable portraits of those who have shaped today’s world, looks at the huge social changes in our lifetimes and explores current issues such as Brexit and Post Truth. Sit back, reflect, remember, laugh and see our own times more clearly.

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.

Richard Cooke
Action & Location Photography
Freelance photographer for over 40 years
Coming from: Cogenhoe,  Northamptonshire  UK
Richard Cooke has been a photographer for over 40 years. He always wants the unique angle, the unusual moment, the special shot and has photographed a huge diversity of subjects from, for example, the Red Arrows, circus and Formula 1, to travel in India and Nepal, to celebrities from John Arlott to Margaret Thatcher. Richard worked for all the Sunday magazines and major advertising agencies and photographed all the RAF's fast jets for recruitment advertising. He is a relaxed, eloquent and amusing speaker able to engage his audience with fascinating stories behind his pictures.

Edwina Currie
World Affairs & Extraordinary Lives
Writer, Broadcaster, Politician, Celebrity Speaker
Coming from: Whaley Bridge,  Derbyshire  UK
Edwina was born in Liverpool, UK in 1946 and went to the Liverpool Institute, the same school as Beatles George Harrison and Sir Paul McCartney. She won a scholarship to Oxford University to read Chemistry, and then switched to Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Edwina has had three successful careers - so far! She stood for Parliament in 1983 and represented South Derbyshire for 14 years. She became one of the nation's best known MPs and served in Margaret Thatcher's government 1986-88. Edwina is also a successful author & broadcaster and has been a Celebrity speaker with many cruise lines since 1994.

Mick Dawson
Adventurer & Professional Speaker
Rowing 7000 miles across the North Pacific Ocean
Coming from: Saltdean,  East Sussex  UK
Mick is a Professional Yacht Skipper, adventurer, film maker and former Royal Marine. He successfully rowed across the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in 2001, with his brother Steve. He then repeated this feat in 2005 as a last minute stand in with new rowing partner Andrew Morris. In his talks he recounts his experiences of these epic adventures.

Captain Paul Eschenfelder
Destination Expert
Coming from: Spring,  Texas  USA
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. Whether living in Asia or America his home has been his suitcase and his world has two sunrises every 36 hours. He regularly lectures on cruise lines around the world, and is a guest lecturer at the University of Texas and a course developer and adjunct professor at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

David Fitzpatrick
World Affairs, Journalism & Television News
Coming from: Fairfield County,  Connecticut  USA
A three-time Emmy Award winner, David Fitzpatrick spent more than 40 years as a producer & manager at the highest levels of network television news. He had a 25 year career at CBS News where he served as both a producer & manager, including a 3 year run as one of Morley Safer’s producers at “60 Minutes.” He joined CNN in September 2001, days after the attacks on Sept. 11. He became the principal producer for CNN Anchor Aaron Brown and again began to travel the world for CNN. David is new to cruise ship speaking and is keen to share his experiences as a TV producer both behind the scenes and covering world events.

Adrian Hayes
Adventurer & Business Coach
Keynote Speaker & Corporate Coach
Coming from: Netley Marsh,  Near Southampton  UK
Adrian Hayes is the British double World record-breaking polar explorer & adventurer, keynote speaker, corporate coach and sustainability ambassador. He set a Guinness World record in 2008 for reaching the Earth's "3 Poles" - walking all the way to the North Pole, South Pole and summiting Mt Everest - in the shortest period of time in history, becoming one of only 18 people ever to achieve the feat.

Jacki Hill-Murphy
Explorer, Speaker & Film-maker
MA
Coming from: Bristol,    UK
Jacki has travelled to some of the most inhospitable places on earth to re-create the journeys of daring women adventurers from the past. In tracking four valiant women who left inhibition at home and journeyed into the unknown, she pays tribute to their invincible spirits and achievements. Jacki's journeys are unique and so are her presentations. In her talks, she tells the stories of following in the footsteps of Victorian explorers Isabella Bird who travelled by yak across the Digar-La Pass in Ladakh, India; Mary Kingsley, who pioneered the route to the 13,255 summit of Mount Cameroon; and Kate Marsden who trudged from Moscow to Siberia in search of a cure for leprosy.

Patrick Keen
Explorer & Adventurer
Coming from: Cowes,  Isle of Wight  UK
Patrick joined the Royal Hampshire Regiment (The Tigers) and so began his life of Exploration and Adventure. His first posting was to Georgetown Guyana, in 1961, where his platoon helped quell the riots on Black Friday. Following this Patrick lead an expedition through the unexplored Amazon Rain Forest and was the first team to reach the 800 ft. King George VI Falls over land, then thought to be the highest in the world. after leaving the Army he travelled worldwide demonstrating the Singlepoint gun sight. In his series of talks Patrick recounts his adventures.

John Long
President Reagan's Term in Office
Coming from: Fairway,  Kansas  USA
Dr. Long was a senior advisor to Tom Scully, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Tommy Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Baltimore and Washington, DC. During the 1980’s Dr. Long was appointed by the USSS as the western White House physician for the Secret Service and President Ronald Reagan. During his Santa Barbara adventure, he was exposed to numerous threats and attempts against President Reagan. These have been classified up until now. Dr Long is a regular speaker on cruises introducing passenger to the secret world of US Presidential protection during the 1980's.

Anita Mays
Aviation
Pilot on Executive Jets; Humorous tales of venues and passengers
Coming from: Sunninghill,  Berks  UK
Anita Mays is the youngest of four and was born in Nigeria to Yorkshire Parents. She spent most of her young life in Africa while attending boarding school in England where she excelled in sports. At Birmingham university and Aix-En-Provence, she attained an honours degree in English and French. She is a qualified English teacher, speaks French & Italian, loves keep fit and many sports including recreational flying. After being turned down by many airlines to become an airhostess, Anita became an instructor then a qualified commercial pilot. She has enjoyed a remarkable and colourful career, flying executive jets, cooperate, airline, freight and some film work.

Jan Meek
Motivational Speaker & Adventurer
FRGS (Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society)
Coming from: Bexhill on Sea,  East Sussex  UK
Jan started her diverse and dynamic career in the early 1960s, working as a continuity girl in the film and TV industry. After ten years of rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood elite, including working with household names like Roger Moore and Sammy Davis Jr, she changed direction and moved to Saudi Arabia to work for the United States Geological Survey. Jan then developed her career with the running of several businesses. In 1997, the lure of a world record breaking adventure was too much and before she knew it she was rowing the Atlantic Ocean with her son.

Prof. Dr. Daniel Nijensohn
Cultural Historian
Professor of Neurosurgery, MD, MS, PhD, FACS, FAANS (L)
Coming from: Fairfield,  Connecticut  USA
Dr. Daniel E. Nijensohn was born and raised in Mendoza, Argentina, where he graduated in the National University of Cuyo Medical School with an MD degree. He interned at the University of Buenos Aires teaching hospitals, followed by a surgical internship at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Medical Center. He subsequently moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he trained as a neurosurgeon at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Nijensohn is an Honorary (Emeritus) Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Yale University. He has lectured extensively including on about 30 ocean cruises. His interests include History, Geography, Biology, the Arts, Science, World Affairs and/or Extraordinary Lives.

Sonia Purnell
Historical Biographies
Clementine Churchill and Virginia Hall
Coming from: London,  -  UK
Sonia Purnell is a journalist known for her investigative skills and lively writing style. She began her career at The Economist Intelligence Unit before going on to edit a weekly financial magazine at only 25 years old. She has since worked for a number of high-profile newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Independent on Sunday and the London Evening Standard. Sonia’s latest book, "FIRST LADY", explores the peculiar dynamics of the fascinating union between Clementine and Winston Churchill, a subject about which she delivers a number of talks.

Edwin Sobey
The Ocean, Polar Zones & Coral Reefs
Coming from: Redmond,  Washington  USA
Ed is an explorer, author, and former museum director. Holding a Ph.D. in oceanography, he has participated in two dozen research expeditions from the poles to the tropics. On his expeditions and travels Ed has taught or conducted research on all seven continents and three oceans, and visited 110 countries. Along the way he spent a winter in Antarctica, crossed the Pacific Ocean in a sailboat, studied whales from ocean kayaks, and explored natural wonders at every opportunity. Global encounters with whales, sea lions, sharks, and underwater treasure hunters have given Ed experiences that spark enthusiastic interest in his audiences.

Sue Stockdale
Explorer & Adventurer
MBA Entrepreneurship, MSc Quality Management
Coming from: Swindon,  Wiltshire  UK
Sue Stockdale is a polar explorer and adventurer; author, and inspirational speaker who has undertaken more challenges to date than many people do in a lifetime. In 1996 she became the first British woman to ski to the Magnetic North Pole, and has also participated in expeditions to Chile, Antarctica, Geographical North Pole and Greenland. In her richly inspirational presentations she combines her personal expertise as a polar explorer with her profound business knowledge, including areas like Change Management, Leadership, Motivation, Risk Management and Managing Diversity.

Michael Turner
Maritime History
The Life and Voyages of Sir Francis Drake
Coming from: Burnham on Sea,  Somerset  UK
Michael Turner from Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset, England began teaching physical education and geography to secondary school students in 1982. During the holidays, he continued backpacking and hitch-hiking in 83 countries taking photographs to enhance his lessons. His other reason for adventurous travel is to be the only person in the world to photograph the life & voyages of Sir Francis Drake. This has taken him to 46 countries; which makes his illustrated talks unique. Michael has lectured to the Royal Geographical Society, London, the Old Bodleian Library, Oxford and to the Ashridge Circle, Eastbourne. Michael appeared on television and radio documentaries for the BBC and History Channel.

Marshall Ulrich
Extraordinary Life
Adventurer, Mountaineer, Extreme Athlete
Coming from: Evergreen,  Colorado  USA
The author of Running on Empty, Marshall Ulrich is a versatile, world-class extreme endurance athlete: an ultrarunning icon, Seven Summits mountaineer, and competitive adventure racer. His prolific athletic career has earned him numerous wins, records, and firsts on some of the toughest courses in the world and taken him to the top of the highest mountains on every continent—all in his forties and fifties. Dubbed by Outside magazine as an Endurance King, he defies the ideas of “too far,” “too old,” and “not possible.” Revered among athletes, Marshall Ulrich is also an acclaimed speaker.

Don Wales
Land Speed Record Breaker & After Dinner Speaker
Coming from: Addlestone,  Surrey  UK
Born in 1960, Don is the grandson of Sir Malcolm Campbell MBE and the nephew of Donald Campbell CBE the famous father and son World speed record breakers in their famous ‘Bluebird’ vehicles. He left school at the age of 17 to work in photography, which is where he still earns his main income specialising in advertising, fashion and lifestyle work. World record breaking is still in his blood and he has continued the family tradition! He started breaking records in 1998 with his first UK Land Speed Record for an Electric car in ‘Bluebird Electric’, and went on to break a further 7 UK records which he held for over 12 years.

John Waters
World History
MSC International Politics
Coming from: Trinity,  Jersey  UK
John is a retired history teacher and lecturer from Jersey. He was educated at the universities of Exeter and UCW Aberystwyth where he received a Master’s degree in International Politics. John is an enthusiastic traveller and brings these experiences to his talks. In his talks he discusses the lives and achievements of controversial figures in history with special reference to their reputations, the good and the bad, their supporters and their critics. The talks are scattered with historical references, ironies and humour and he attempts to place their legacy in the world today.

John Wilcock
Archaeology, History, Science & Computing
MA(Oxon), BSc, PhD, CEng, FIET, FBCS, CITP
Coming from: Stafford,  Staffordshire  UK
Dr John Wilcock read Physics at Oxford University then worked for 7 years as an Engineer in the computer industry (1st and 2nd generations), before entering academia in 1969. He was one of the first world practitioners in Computer Archaeology (the application of computers to archaeological research). Categories include Archaeology, Egyptology, History, Computing, Espionage, Codes & ciphers, Science, Geology and Music. See full profile for suggested list of stand-alone and destination-based topics.

Isobel Petrie Williams
Antarctic Explorer & Author
MD FRCP FRGS
Coming from: Essendon,  Hertfordshire  UK
During her medical training at St George’s Hospital, University of London, Isobel discovered that Edward Wilson, who died with Scott on the return from the South Pole in 1912, had qualified in the same hospital in 1900. His iconic paintings of Antarctica fired Isobel to research his life and the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration. This interest continued throughout her busy medical career and on retirement, she published the biography of Edward Wilson. Isobel has made presentations on Antarctica and the Antarctic heroes for fifteen years to many different audiences including on cruise ships.