Cruise Ship Speakers

Wine & Spirits
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David Austin
Wine and Spirits Specialist
Coming from: Dunfermline,  Scotland  UK
David has been involved in the Wine and Spirits & Hospitality industry for nearly 30 years covering every level of the trade. During that time he has gathered a wide and strong knowledge which he enjoys relaying to others through tastings, presentation and classes. In whatever capacity he has been involved hosting and delivering tastings has formed a large part of his life. David is able to include talks on all manner of wine and spirits including Whisky & Gin and numbers coffee as one of his passions.

Gregory Bowden
Wine Expert & Historian on Pirates
Oxford trained Historian, M.A. (Oxon), Dip. WSET
Coming from: Regents Park,  London  UK
Gregory started enjoying his wines relatively early in life, not least because his father was a lifelong friend of Hubert Michelin and the two of them used to scour France in search of exciting wines which were then served at the family home. Later, at Oxford University he furthered his wine interests by becoming gastronomic advisor to various dining clubs. Today, Gregory divides his time between teaching wine merchants and sommeliers, and in his spare time, he is also the official historian of the Morgan Sports Car and an historian on pirates and piracy!

Rosalind Cooper
Wine & Food
Diploma of the Wine & Spirit Association, MA in French
Coming from: London,    UK
Rosalind began her career in California, leading wine tours and tasting wines for a wine warehouse near San Francisco. She then ran her own California wine import business in the UK. In recent years, Rosalind has written wine columns for many printed and online publications. Rosalind is passionate about wine, food and travel, which she sees as inseparable and complementary; the good things in life.

Philip Goodband
Master of Wine
Wines of the World
Coming from: Dorking,  Surrey  UK
One of only 300 Masters of Wine world-wide, Philip Goodband MW has held leadership positions at the top of his profession for many years. He is a Vintners Scholar, a former Chairman of the Institute of Masters of Wine and a Director of the Wine Standards Board of the United Kingdom. He is an accomplished and engaging public speaker who has made internet and TV programmes, appeared at BBC Masterchef live and Good Food Show, Taste of London and at many winemaker dinners world wide.

David Graham
Scotch Whisky Expert
Coming from: Danbury,  Essex  UK
David, who was brought up as a child in Inverness, enjoyed a 25-year career in the automotive industry with Ford and became Group Finance Director of Aston Martin when the acclaimed DB7 was introduced. Since then, he has worked in a number of private companies in troubleshooting & turnaround roles. He is a director of Duntelchaig Limited. Now in retirement, David maintains his strong interest in single malt whisky and through his onboard talks and classes brings his infectious enthusiasm to a wider audience so that they may gain a greater knowledge, experience and appreciation of single malt whiskies.

Douglas Harrison
Coming from: London,    UK
After many years of enjoying and learning about wine, Douglas’s wine career began in 1977 when he opened and operated three Wine Bars in the City of London and one in Leicester. And so began his long and successful career in wine wholesaling and shipping. In recent years Douglas has hosted a great variety of wine events ranging from formal dinners to tastings for local wine societies. He has also been the guest wine speaker on ocean cruises and river cruises. His talks are factual, informative, delivered with a touch of humour, and are always well received by wine imbibers at all levels.

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.

Richard Rosano
Novelist and Wine Writer
Wine, Food, and Travel Writer
Coming from: Potomac,  MD  USA
Dick Rosano has been writing about wine, food, and travel for many years. His long-running columns have appeared in The Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, Country Inns, United Airlines Hemispheres magazine, and many other nationally distributed publications. In a writing career that has spanned three decades, he has been the featured commenter – in print and in person – on every region of the world. Dick has lectured on wine for the American Institute of Food and Wine, the National Italian-American Foundation, and at the Smithsonian Institution, Johns Hopkins University, and at many conferences around the United States.