Destination & Port Lecturers

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Greta Band
Destination Lecturer World Wide
Coming from: Sutton Coldfield,  West Midlands  UK
Greta's professional background has been in education, sport, drama and the BBC. Her travels have taken her to all major continents of the world and to most of its oceans. When not travelling, Greta is a Magistrate and lecturer on retirement planning, expounding the virtues of living life to the full, naturally including the world of cruising. With her extensive travel background, Greta is a capable destination lecturer.

Susan Beerling
Destination Lecturer & Enrichment Speaker
Norway & Iberian Peninsular Specialist
Coming from: Rudgwick,  West Sussex  UK
Susan is an experienced and popular Destination Lecturer who lives in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, England and in Southern Spain. Her expertise lies in the culture and history of Mediterranean countries and Norway and she speaks French and Spanish.

Dan Benedict
Astronomer & Astronomical Historian
Journalist, Educator, FRAS
Coming from: Dayton,  TN  USA
Astronomy journalist and educator Dan Benedict's interest in astronomy began at an early age and he is an avid practitioner of naked-eye astronomy, observing those celestial objects and phenomena that can be easily seen by the casual stargazer with the unaided eye. Selected as a participating journalist for a 1998 total solar eclipse cruise, Dan developed a particular interest in astronomy in the unique environment found aboard cruise ships, which he has been sharing with passengers ever since. An avid member of the Travelers' Century Club, he has sailed to more than 150 countries.

Armida Bordi
Destinations & Enrichment Lecturer
Coming from: Genoa,    Italy
Dr Armida Bordi, a former professor of literature and the history of civilisations, lives in Genoa, Italy. After gaining 2 degrees from Genoa University she was the recipient of several British Council grants to British universities and a three time Fulbright scholar to the US. She is now teaching lifelong learning programs offering adult learners courses combining history and art with foreign languages. As a long-time lecturer for many cruise lines, Armida has travelled extensively in different continents. She likes exploring new places and she can communicate in Italian, English, Spanish, French, Greek and Portuguese.

David Burgess
Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Liverpool,  Merseyside  UK
David is a well-respected and experienced destination speaker who delivers his presentations in an entertaining, enjoyable, humorous and unique style. David’s presentations draw on his many years of foreign travel as well as his college lecturing skills mixed in with more than a dash of his naive Liverpool humour that make his series of on board lectures a 'must see'.

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.

Jennifer Hastings Caithness
Social History & Destinations
British Social History & Literature
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Jenny is a museum and heritage site specialist, and social historian, who greatly enjoys delivering both enrichment and destination talks on cruise ships. Born in the Bahamas and brought up in England, Jenny lived and worked in Sydney, Australia, for five years after graduating from Southampton University. She presents an extensive range of talks on British social history and literature and on destinations in Europe and the United Kingdom.

Patrick Cherry
Destination Lecturer
Former Marketing Director, Page & Moy
Coming from: Mansfield,  Nottinghamshire  UK
Patrick spent 15 years with Page & Moy, latterly as their Marketing Director responsible for developing their land-based holidays. In 1992 he became deeply involved in establishing their Cruise business, which developed into a major part of the Group's activity. Widely travelled, he has visited all major continents with the exception of Antarctica, and is particularly familiar with Scandinavia, the Baltic, UK/Ireland, the Far East and the Mediterranean/Atlantic Islands. An accomplished and experienced presenter, he delivers well constructed, professional 'Powerpoint' presentations embelished with his own photographs.

Howard Cook
Historic Aircraft Historian & Destination Lecturer
Historic Aircraft Display Pilot
Coming from: Bury St.Edmunds,  Suffolk  UK
Howard has been involved in the world of historic aircraft for 25 years. He started off as part of the Messerschmitt Display Team operating the Messerschmitt for nine years. He has flown a wide range of vintage aircraft from Tiger Moth, Stearman, Harvard Spitfire MkV, Hurricane, P51 Mustang and P40 Kittyhawk. Howard writes for a number of aviation magazines and has known many of the great fighter aces and test pilots which provides inspiration for his series of talks.

Tina Cresswell
Destination Lecturer
BSc (Hons)
Coming from: Christchurch,  Dorset  UK
For many years Tina was an Air Hostess with British Caledonian Airways, travelling far and wide and visiting all the continents of the globe. She spent a lot of time in South America, and West Africa. As an experienced port lecturer she now has the privilege of travelling more sedately at sea and she enjoys sharing her travel experiences with passengers and helping them to make the most of every minute ashore.

Mike Curtis
Maritime, Naval & World History
Life in a Submarine
Coming from: Havant,  Hampshire  UK
Mike is an ex Royal Navy Officer who served for 22 years in both the surface and sub-surface Fleet. Mike joined from school as an Electrical Engineer Artificer Apprentice eventually specialising in Sonar and Gunnery systems. Following the Navy, Mike carried on his career in the Commercial World of manufacturing and Defence Research. He provides Guest Speaker services to the cruise industry and other interested shore based groups talking about all aspects of;submarines, maritime history, and geographical history of the planets oceans and surrounding countries.

Ricky Deutsch
Adventure Traveler and Author
Coming from: San Jose,  California  USA
An avid outdoor adventurer, Rick Deutsch has explored the seven continents from Antarctica to Egypt. His talks present the geology, history, and culture of prominent “bucket list” places. He covers popular destinations, such as Venice, Barcelona and Galapagos, but also gives presentations on unusual but fascinating topics to round out his offerings. Rarely touched by other special interest speakers are his lectures on UFO’s, The Space Age, and the History of the World. As member of the National Speakers Association, he regularly gives presentations to organizations, museums, associations, and companies.

Simon Dunbavand
Classical Music Historian, Composer & Choirmaster
MA (Cantab), MMus, ARCO, ARCM
Coming from: Torquay,  Devon  UK
Simon Dunbavand held scholarships at the universities of Cambridge and Sheffield, and is active as a musician in fields as diverse as performance, composition, ethnomusicology, and research. He is a keen traveller and explorer, having visited 96 countries already, and has travelled extensively across Latin America, Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Simon lectures on music, as well as rehearsing and conducting passenger choirs at sea. Now he brings his experience and expertise to destination presentations in the hope that some of this wanderlust may rub off.

Evelyn Evans
Colonial History of the Far East and Australasia
Coming from: Evercreech,  Somerset  UK
Although Evelyn was born in Shanghai, she was brought up in Hong Kong and educated in Ireland. The daughter of "Old-China Hands", she was Chinese bi-lingual from the cradle and this was to open doors throughout her professional life which was based in South East Asia. Despite reading History at Trinity College Dublin, Evelyn went on to train as an Advertising Copywriter and later Creative Director with Ogilvy & Mather. She presents an extensive series of talks on Far East history and culture and Australia.

Kathy Fawcett-Stearne
Landscape History & Ecology
Ph.D B.Sc. C Env.
Coming from: Melksham,  Wiltshire  UK
Kathy gained a Doctorate in Agricultural History & Ecological Management, from Imperial College London, in 2004. She has many year’s experience both as a civil servant and in private consultancy, organising lectures, activity workshops and study trips in England. Kathy is a member of the Speakers Club of Great Britain and is also an experienced destination lecturer. She has a passion for travel, meeting new people and seeing new places. Kathy has a range of Presentations on; Destinations, British traditions, and the countryside, which can be tailored to destinations or seasons as required.

Aldon Ferguson
Military Aviation Historian & Russia Expert
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Aldon was brought up in the North West of England developing a strong interest in aviation. After a period in the RAF he graduated as a Chartered Surveyor. He specialised in commercial property in London and then set up the first property company in post-Communist Russia. Initially opening in Moscow and quickly expanding into St Petersburg and Kiev in Ukraine. Simultaneously, Aldon's love of all things aviation and related buildings led to him becoming one of the leading experts in RAF history.

Steve Flowers
Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Sheffield,  South Yorkshire  UK
Steve graduated from Sheffield City Polytechnic with a BSc in Applied Science in 1984, since when he has spent his career with Sheffield Hallam University, mainly in teaching Departments and Faculties supporting staff and students from an IT perspective. These posts have required a high degree of communication and presentational skills which he puts to good use as a destinations and port lecturer for the Baltic, Mediterranean and Canary regions in particular.

Richard Grainger
Destination Lecturer
Scandinavia and Caribbean Specialist
Coming from: St. Lawrence,  Jersey  UK
Richard qualified in medicine at the University of Leeds. After the usual "doctor" experiences he decided to see a little of the World and spent time working in the developing world, spending three years on St Helena Island, in the South Atlantic, where Napoleon spent his last years in exile. He finally retired from the post of Medical Officer of Health for Jersey and has been serving as a Port and Destination Lecturer since 2007.

James Grant-Peterkin
Islands of the Pacific Ocean
MA Cambridge University
Coming from: Hanga Roa,  Easter Island  Chile
James was born in Inverness, Scotland and fulfilled a childhood dream when he first set foot in the South Pacific in 1996. He went on to read Modern languages at Cambridge University, writing his finals dissertation about the linguistic situation on Easter Island, and later specialising in Polynesian languages. He came back to live on Easter Island after completing university, and has been leading archaeological tours of the island for over 15 years. James has been the British Honorary Consul on Easter Island since 2009, and living in Polynesia has given him a unique insight into these exotic islands.

Martyn Green
Destination History, Culture & Travel
Fellow Institute Sales & Marketing Management [1992]
Coming from: Skipton,  North Yorkshire  UK
Fifty years of travel has taken Martyn to over 130 countries. As a retired member of the International Press Association he has been giving enhancement lectures on cruise ships for 17 years. These can be a Destination Lecture, or, more popularly, a mix of History, Arts, Science and Cuisine. These are highly visual experiences with between 120-150 photographs of the country & city being visited. Martyn has lectured on all seven continents, on over 50 cruise ships, some over a dozen times, always carrying several general topic lectures for those long multiple sea-days.

Hazel Griffiths
Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Nantwich,  Cheshire  UK
Places and people…all have a history that makes them unique. This makes travel so interesting". It was this passion that led Hazel to change direction after 20 years in banking. She combines her love of travel and photography with her skills as a presenter and researcher. An accomplished Destination & Port Lecturer, she speaks with passion and clarity, to cover history, geography and culture, with useful information to help guests have an enjoyable and safe visit. Covering almost 150 destinations, Hazel also offers a selection of general talks that complement itineraries.

Pauline Griffiths
Destination & Port Speaker
Coming from: Crewe,  Cheshire  UK
At the tender age of just 14, a lifetime interest in travel was developed as a result of embarking on her first educational Mediterranean cruise, and Pauline hasn’t stopped travelling since! Different cultures and peoples hold a captivating fascination and a desire to find out what shapes them. Since her retirement in 2013 she has continued to travel extensively, including many cruises and is now looking to share her enthusiasm and excitement for travel with other like-minded people as a Destination Speaker and Port Lecturer.

Stuart Gustafson
Destinations; Classical Music Composers
Coming from: Boise,  Idaho  USA
Stuart Gustafson took early retirement from his high-technology career so that he could spend more time with his family. He's been sharing his knowledge and his experiences with cruise ship passengers since 2012, and the rave reviews he's received from guests and staff have continued to encourage him. His formal education of a B.A. in Mathematics and an MBA surprise some guests who think he was a history professor. It's just that his keen interest in helping passengers enjoy their cruise has enabled him to develop interesting talks on Destinations, the specific Ports, a few general Travel subjects, and even Classical Music Composers.

Jack Hardy
Destinations, History, and Marine Exploration
BA-Univ. California, MS-Oregon State, PhD-Univ. of Washington
Coming from: Portland,  Oregon  USA
Over the past 13 years professor, historian, and underwater explorer Jack Hardy has lectured on 56 different topics on more than 55 cruises. His richly-illustrated lectures focus on the history and culture of many popular cruise ship destinations, from the Baltic to the Mediterranean and Pacific. Also, as a diver and underwater photographer, other lectures include regional marine life, ancient shipwrecks, and famous ocean explorers. He has published more than 100 research papers and books. His research and exploration has taken him to 98 countries around the world.

Mike Head
Destination Lecturer & Jazz Historian
Mediterranean, Atlantic Islands & Middle East (inc UAE & Oman)
Coming from: Weybridge,  Surrey  UK
Mike Head was a career UK Civil Servant for 40 years, during which time he visited France, Belgium & Sweden for the EU. He has also travelled extensively throughout the Mediterranean, Middle East, North Africa and Adriatic, regions on which he is also an accomplished destination lecturer. Mike has been involved with music from an early age, plays the jazz piano and guitar & regularly gives talks on music.

Brian Healey
Art Historian and Instructor & Destination Speaker
BA, Diploma in History of Art
Coming from: Blackburn,  Lancashire  UK
Brian Is a graduate in French and German from the University of Keele and also holds diplomas in History of Art from the University of Vienna, and Interior Design from Blackburn University College. Parallel to his career a senior languages teacher at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School Blackburn, Brian has enjoyed much success as a professional artist since his early teens, having inherited the genes from his father. He has been working on cruise ships regularly since 2005, both as art tutor and Art Historian lecturer.

Peter Hipkin
Destination Lecturer
The Travel Industry
Coming from: Sutton Coldfield,  West Midlands  UK
Since early childhood in Norfolk, Peter has been an avid explorer. He joined British Rail, and over the next 25 years visited every rail linked point in Europe as well as a range of the, then less accessible, parts of Eastern Europe and Asia. Since retirement, Peter decided to use his ‘gift of the gab’, as a destination and port lecturer to help cruise passengers get the very best out of their ports of call. Over the years he has collected thousands of pictures, anecdotes and helpful hints on all the regularly visited ports.

Jackie Hoyle
Destination & Port Speaker
Coming from: Ringwood,  Hampshire  UK
Jackie was born and educated in Poole Dorset. Whilst serving in the West Riding of Yorkshire Constabulary she met and later married Graham Hoyle, who was at that time in the Lancashire Constabulary. She is a freelance first aid at work tutor, working for large retail chains and fast food restaurants as well as in the care sector. Her husband Graham, is also an enrichment speaker, a Murder Mystery Events Organiser on various cruise ships. This has meant that Jackie has travelled extensively over the last 2 years on numerous cruises, and has enjoyed being a Tour Escort on ships excursions many times.

Huw Jenkins
Natural Historian & Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Blaenau Ffestiniog,  Gwynedd  UK
Huw Jenkins graduated in law before joining a computer company and spent 25 years working in the IT industry living in Malawi, Russia, Croatia, Czech Republic and UK. In 2004 Huw and his wife Sue moved to Snowdonia where they run a self-catering holiday business. He is an experienced and enthusiastic presenter able to construct and tell a story in an engaging manner. After many years of living overseas he is quick to assimilate key aspects about new destinations and convey the important things you won’t discover in guide books.

Professor Bel Kambach
Destinations & Enrichment
Scandinavia / Caribbean / Mediterranean & Wildlife
Coming from: St. Cloud,  Minnesota  USA
Professor Bel Kambach spent seven winters in Suomi-Finland and considers herself a Dominican-American-Finn at heart. She is connected to Finland by friendship ties, curiosity and an overwhelming love of the place. Finland is her favorite place to live. Born and raised in the Caribbean, she developed an early love for the ocean while growing up near the seashore and exploring Caribbean beaches. Her addiction to adventure and love of animals inspired her to always seek, lecture and write about wildlife destinations.

Johanne Leahy
Gemstones & Jewellery and Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Belfast,  Northern Ireland  UK
During a successful broadcasting career with Ulster TV, Johanne has cruised extensively and collected many interesting pieces of jewellery. She offers talks on famous jewellery collections like that of Elizabeth Taylor and the Duchess of Windsor. She has an extensive knowledge of all the Mediterranean ports with a love of ancient history bringing these places to life. Her travels include the Caribbean, Mexico and Costa Rica. Visiting family in Dubai she has watched it’s mesmeric development and that of other Arabian Gulf destinations. However she regards Hawaii as her spiritual home, talking with passion about the essence of Aloha.

Martin P. Lee
Destination Lecturer & Gentlemen Dance Host
Coming from: Poole,  Dorset  UK
Martin P. Lee graduated with first class honours in geography and geology from King's College London in 1975 followed by a masters degree in geography from Keele University. After service as a fellow at Lancaster University, he became a lecturer at Leicester University, and then a senior lecturer at the Royal Military College of Science. Upon early retirement in 2006, Martin has been a Gentleman Dance Host and Port Lecturer. He now spends half the year at sea and half the year at his home in Bournemouth.

Christopher Legrand
Destination Lecturer & Presenter
Coming from: West Moors,  Dorset  UK
Christopher acknowledges that he has been very fortunate in having had opportunities to travel as he enjoys photography and researching and in particularly he loves to share his experiences with others. Through his series of fully illustrated talks, which are professionally constructed and include music and animations, he invites you to sample the history, culture, personalities and scenery of those exciting parts of the world he has visited. He has delivered lectures and presentations for many years, is an accomplished speaker, currently giving around 50 talks a year, and has been a destination presenter on various cruise ships.

Susan Leng
Destination Lecturer & Russian Historian
Coming from: Colchester,  Essex  UK
Susan has been a Port and Destination Speaker since 2008, and now also offers a set of Enrichment talks on the History of Russia, the Tsars and the Romanov Dynasty. She specializes in the Baltic ports, Scandinavia and Northern Europe, the British Isles and Ireland, presenting illustrated talks on the many aspects of these countries. Her richly illustrated cruise ship presentations reflect the history, culture and sights of the ports in her on-board talks, which are given in a clear and easily accessed style for guests who want to enhance their cruise experience.

Wendy London
Destination Speaker - New Zealand
Coming from: Hawera,  Taranaki  NZ
Wendy is a leading cruise tourism sector specialist. She has a Masters in Tourism and PostGradDiploma (Distinction) in Tourism from Otago University (Dunedin, NZ). Wendy also has a JD (Seton Hall), Masters (Columbia) and an AB Franklin & Marshall College (Pennsylvania). Before starting her career in tourism, Wendy was a lawyer specialising in IT law, and was also the IT Director for a City of London law firm. She has lived in New Zealand since 1994. An avid cruiser (including Antarctica and the Arctic), Wendy’s favourite cruise itinerary is New Zealand. Wendy loves to share her passion for New Zealand with her fellow cruise passengers.

John Lucas
Destinations, Geography & History
Historical Geographer, BA, MSc, MBA, DipM, PGCE, MIEnvSc
Coming from: Bowdon,  Cheshire  UK
John took a BA(Hons) in Economics and Environmental Sciences at Lancaster University, a MSc in Geography and Economics at London University, and a MBA at the Open University. Initially he taught Geography and Economics in a grammar school, then worked as a mail order sales promotion manager, before being appointed as lecturer in the department of Economics and Geography at Salford University. John has lectured on cruise ships as a destination lecturer and enhancement speaker with his broad knowledge of geographical and historical facts.

Tiiu Lukk
Journalist & Naturalist
Art, History, Natural History & Culture
Coming from: Santa Monica,  California  USA
Tiiu has served as an enrichment lecturer and a naturalist for more than 23 years. She has visited 119 countries throughout the world and has served on 8 different cruise lines, as well as a Smithsonian Journeys Expert on both land and sea. Her career has encompassed work as a journalist, a foreign correspondent in southern Africa for ABC News and the Washington Star, as a documentary filmmaker, and an author. Tiiu’s beautifully illustrated presentations focus on the history, culture, art, architecture, and natural history of destinations, so that passengers step ashore with more understanding and knowledge of their cruise destinations.

Stanton Marcus
Specialist Taxation Advisor & Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Westcliff-on-Sea,  Essex  UK
Stanton works as a specialist legal advisor in the field of taxation law, a professional career he has been following for more than 30 years. It’s a full time job but he slots in a few cruises each year, giving talks to passengers on "Keeping tax bills down - legally of course". Stanton is also a highly-skilled Destination Speaker and is widely regarded as an outstanding communicator on the history, sights and culture of ports of call visited by cruise ships. Stanton has the knack of involving his audiences in his presentations in a friendly and fun way and is proud to say that they always leave with a smile on their faces.

Patrick McCormack
Destination & Enrichment Speaker
The Caribbean and pre-columbian culture & history.
Coming from: Jacksonville,  Florida  USA
Patrick took his degrees in Sociology and Psychology at the University of Massachusetts (Dartmouth), emphasizing research, analysis and the development of personality. Having lived in Andaluz, España; Okinawa Prefecture, Nippon, and Sydney, Australia, he developed an interest the evolution of societies and thus, early humans. As a lecturer, he specializes on the peoples of the pre-Columbian Caribbean and Mesoamerican civilizations. On the post-Columbian side, Patrick’s list of subjects include: The Bermuda Triangle; Ancient Atlantis; and 3,000 years of pirates!

Diane Medwell
Destinations & Port Speaker
BA(Hons)SW, DipSW, DipHE
Coming from: Worthing,  West Sussex  UK
Diane has worked and lived abroad, having lived near to Hamburg in Germany, and currently having a residence in Egypt on the Red Sea. For some years Diane worked as Cabin Crew for a Major Airline travelling the globe in the days when there was the opportunity for longer stopovers in some of the destinations. This developed Diane’s love and passion for travel and gave her the chance to learn about the local culture, history and customs of the countries she visited. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with passengers in order for them to enjoy their time ashore and make the most of their cruise experience.

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.

Gary Miles
Destination Lecturer - British & European History
M.A. (Oxon); FCIPD;
Coming from: Carshalton,  Surrey  UK
Gary was born in London and brought up in Kent. His main loves in life are history and cricket. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Modern History and went on to follow a career in Human Resources. Gary is now a director of a leading UK Business School, Roffey Park Institute in Sussex. Gary loves to travel and cruise as much and as far as possible. Apart from destination presentations, he also delivers history lectures on Tudor and Stuart Monarchs and European History amongst others.

Sandra Mowry
Author, Historian, & Nutritionist
Destination History
Coming from: Collegeville,  Pennsylvania  USA
Sandra is an author, historian, and nutritionist. Beginning as an undergraduate history major, she continued a life-long learning process with continuing education courses, independent studies and travel. She received a Master’s degree in English, as well as naturalist training, and also certification in nutrition from the University of Pennsylvania. Sandra presents a varied range of subjects including ancient civilizations, artifacts and architecture. She has successfully presented on over 100 cruises on numerous cruise lines.

Dan Ostler
Enrichment Speaker - Destinations
Coming from: Kemble,  Ontario  Canada
Dan Ostler graduated in Biophysics from the University of Waterloo and pursued a career in medical radiation physics. Working in the areas of forefront research and product design, Dan travelled internationally staging leading-edge seminars focusing on the implications of the latest medical imaging advances. Now in retirement Dan is a perennial shipboard favorite, presenting entertaining informative lectures on cruises all over the world. His dynamic presentations weave the charms of the destinations with the applicable science, history and anthropology.

David Ottley
Destinations and Enrichment
Coming from: Somersham,  Cambridgeshire  UK
David is a retired police officer who served in both the Metropolitan Police and with Cambridgeshire Constabulary. During his C.I.D service he served on the Regional Crime Squad, Robbery Squad and the Major Incident Pool in central London. In 1990 he transferred to Cambridgeshire and when John Major became Prime Minister David was employed on his personal protection team. After retiring from the service he studied Global Warming and Ecosystems with Reading University and then Oceanography and Marine Archaeology at Southampton University. David is both a destination speaker and enrichment speaker presenting a series of talks on his life in the police and oceanography.

Graeme Payne
Destination & Enrichment Speaker
Travel Writer / The Cruise Business
Coming from: Aldwick,  West Sussex  UK
Graeme studied Transport at London University and travelled the world, working for Gulf Air in the late 1970s. From 1980 until 2001 he trained travel agents and travel managers in corporations for Reed International’s travel publishing division. Since 2001 he has specialised in luxury travel and cruising, lecturing at Ryerson University in Toronto and Liverpool John Moores University. A seasoned cruise passenger, Graeme has an intimate knowledge of a multitude of cruise destinations.

Alan Perks
Port and Destination Speaker
Education / B Ed Hons - Uni of Warwick
Coming from: West Haddon,  Northampton  UK
Promoting learning & exploration of the world around us has always been a high priority for Alan. A graduate of Warwick University, Alan holds Honours Degrees in Psychology, Sociology and Special Educational Needs. Having had a very successful career as a Headteacher, he moved to join the Inspectorate and worked extensively with OFSTED. He has travelled to many countries across the world and has a growing knowledge of very varied cultures and activities. Alan is building on his cruise experiences as a Port Lecturer and has recently enjoyed a trip to Alaska and a cruise on the rivers Rhine and Mosel.

Anthony Pont
Geographer & Port Lecturer
B.A., Cert. Ed., M.Sc., D.Phil.
Coming from: Nether Heyford,  Northamptonshire  UK
Tony graduated with an Honours Degree in Geography from the University of Leeds before training as a teacher and entering Further Education in Yorkshire. He went on to obtain a Masters degree in Behavioural Sciences and later his D.Phil. He has worked extensively throughout the world, notably the USA, Europe, the Middle East & South East Asia. He has written extensively in the field of training and development and is the author of 5 books. Tony is passionate about world travel, has visited 70 countries and has undertaken cruises with several cruise lines to many destinations around the world.

Peter Quartermaine
Maritime & Cultural History and Destinations
BA (Hons), PhD
Coming from: Exeter,  Devon  UK
Peter is a Research Associate of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, and a former Associate of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). He has published books on modern ship design and port architecture, and also on literature, fine art and photography. He has a Joint Honours Degree in English and Philosophy, and a PhD in Photography and the Visual Arts. Peter has a longstanding interest in ships and before retiring in 2002, was Senior Lecturer and Director of the Centre for American & Post-Colonial Arts at Exeter University.

Ernest Rea
Religious Affairs
Coming from: Alderley Edge,  Cheshire  UK
Ernest Rea was born in Northern Ireland and gained degrees in History, Politics and Theology. In 1976 he embarked on a career in Religious Broadcasting working for BBC Northern Ireland and BBC1 Television eventually becoming responsible for all the BBC's religious output across radio and tv. He has expertise in all religions, in the history of the ancient world, in the modern history of Britain and Europe, and in contemporary political issues that affect religion and ethics, .

Rolf Richardson
Destination Lecturer & Norway Specialist
Coming from: Henley,  Oxfordshire  UK
Rolf started travelling at a tender age, shuttling across the North Sea between England and his mother’s country, Norway. The war put a temporary stop to this, but travel resumed with National Service in the RAF and then with BOAC for 25 years in which he flew to all the inhabited continents, finishing up on 747's. Rolf has acquired a vast collection of photos from over 110 countries which complement his destination lectures and his enrichment lectures on Norway.

Doreen Ritchie
Destination Lecturer & Craft Instructor
Coming from: Bournemouth,  Dorset  UK
Doreen has been a keen traveller all her adult life and her passion for cruising has taken her to many parts of the world; and in 2005, as an experienced crafter, she started teaching craft on cruise ships. Acutely aware, as a cruiser herself, what passengers enjoy during sea days, she has designed exclusive projects to appeal to both beginners and experienced crafters alike. Wishing to broaden her horizons, Doreen has successfully completed a Port & Destination Speaker course and is eager to pass on her enthusiasm and knowledge of the many wonderful places there are to explore.

Commander Jeff Roberts
Enrichment & Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Gosport,  Hampshire  UK
Jeff graduated with a B.Sc. in Geology and Geography from the University of Wales before being commisioned into the Royal Navy. He then gained added qualifications in Meteorology and Oceanography and during his career was promoted to Commander. Following his service he joined a Building Society as Head of Training and Development and then as as a Freelance Presenter and Consultant. Jeff is an experienced destination lecturer and he also has talks on global warming and military history.

Corey Sandler
Destination Lecturer & Special Interest Lecturer
Bestselling author, wire service correspondent, photographer
Coming from: Nantucket,  MA  USA
Corey Sandler has been a storyteller all his life. Beginning as a reporter for a small-town daily paper, he covered two national Presidential campaigns and become a correspondent for The Associated Press. He has written more than 200 books on history, sports, travel, computers, and business; several titles have become national bestsellers. He has appeared as a guest on NBC’s “Today” show, CNN, National Public Radio, and The Travel Channel. Sandler has worked with the world's leading luxury cruise lines for many years. His lectures blend a broad understanding of history and culture in an entertaining package of photos, music, and video.

Angela Schneider
Music, History & Culture
Coming from: Vancouver,  British Columbia  Canada
Angela Schneider holds Masters degrees in Music and Medieval History from Aachen University and is currently a violist with the Vancouver Symphony. Since 1995, she has been involved in the popular, new field of culinary history, which studies the ways in which food has shaped social, cultural and political history. Angela is much in demand as a speaker thanks to presentations that are entertaining, informative and visually rich. She is a popular Destination and Enrichment speaker on cruise ships because she brings history alive by humanizing the subjects and examining what motivates the larger processes of historical change.

Michael Scott
Destination & Ports Speaker
Coming from: Bordon,  Hampshire  UK
Mike is from a service family, Army and Royal Navy, but spent most of his career in education including a period in management at one of the most prestigious schools in the United Kingdom. In his 30 years as a teacher, mainly teaching History and the Humanities Mike led groups of students on tours across the world sharing his love of travel, culture and History with his pupils.. Mike is a member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of ports and destinations to help everyone get the most out of our precious time in each location.

Marcus Sherwood
Classical History & Destinations
Coming from: Chichester,  West Sussex  UK
Marcus is a Classics graduate who has travelled widely in Europe as a teacher and lecturer in Classical History. He now enjoys lecturing on cruise ships both as a Classical Historian and as a Destination Lecturer. His expertise is in tracing the influences of ancient civilizations on modern culture. Marcus draws on his years of foreign travel and knowledge of popular destinations to help passengers get the very best out of ports of call, covering history, geography and culture. He is a popular, experienced and enthusiastic speaker who engages his audiences with pace, passion and humour.

Bill Simpson OBE
Military/Aviation Historian, Author & Port Speaker
Coming from: Poole,  Dorset  UK
Bill Simpson served in the Royal Air Force for 25 years. Responsible for air transport operations in Northern Ireland, he was awarded an MBE in 1979. He then commanded two RAF Stations, receiving an OBE from Queen Elizabeth in 1988. Bill's acclaimed biography ‘The Prince’ was published by HarperCollins in 2006 and he now writes historical novels. Bill is an experienced enrichment and destination speaker having completed 30 cruises over 5 years and he has employed his passion for - and comprehensive knowledge of - military & aviation history to great effect. In March 2017, Bill was selected to join Viking Ocean as a Resident Historian.

John Skinner
Destination Lecturer
Coming from: Chew Magna,  Bristol  UK
John was educated at King Edward’s Birmingham & St. Bartholomew’s, Newbury. He attended King’s College, London and later took Master’s degrees at the University of Bristol & Magdalene College, Cambridge. He went on to become a mathematics teacher. Since taking early retirement John has been a Destinations Lecturer for many cruise lines. A life time’s passion for travel has taken him across Russia & China; Canada & the USA; most of Europe & N. India; New Zealand & Australia and more.

Kathy Slamp
Enrichment Speaker - Destinations
Alaska & Mediterranean Specialist
Coming from: Vancouver,  WA  USA
Kathy Slamp's childhood was spent in Alaska. She is an experienced public speaker who has literally spoken around the world. Through her early Alaska experiences, Kathy has become a well-loved and frequently requested Alaska cruise ship naturalist and lecturer. She has presented on at least 150 different Alaska cruises! Her down-to-earth sincerity and sense of humor endear her to audiences wherever she goes. People relate to her quickly and easily. Kathy has also traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean Region and into the Black Sea.

Peter Stuart Smith
Destination, Port & Enrichment Lecturer
Coming from: Sevenoaks,  Kent  UK
Peter has primarily a technical and military background. Early in his career he joined the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm as a helicopter pilot. Following basic flying training, he was forced by a detached retina to transfer to the Air Traffic Control branch and served both at Royal Naval air stations and Royal Air Force area radar units. After leaving the RN, he moved with his wife Sally to the Principality of Andorra, in the eastern Pyrenees. Since 2003 he has worked as a full-time author. He’s also a very experienced destination and enrichment speaker for many of the cruise lines.

Suzanne Spink
Destination Lecturer
Mediterranean and Arabian Peninsular
Coming from: Hereford,  Herefordshire  UK
Suzanne grew up in a rural farming community. Although she enjoyed both arts and sciences at school she took up a successful career in accountancy working in and being promoted through a number of organisations. Suzanne loves travelling; exploring new cultures, sights and sounds. Over the past few years she and her husband have traveled extensively. It is this love of travelling, combined with a thirst for knowledge and learning that has taken her along the road to becoming a Destination Lecturer. She gets a real 'buzz' from helping holiday makers, make the most of their own adventure.

Rt Revd Tim Stevens
Lecturer in History, Classics, Culture & Religion
Coming from: Bury St Edmunds,  Suffolk  UK
Tim Stevens is a recently retired senior Church of England bishop, who served as lead bishop in the UK House of Lords. He has lectured in Europe, Africa, Caribbean, South America and The Arctic on the cultural, historical, religious and political background in 23 countries. Tim was for 16 years Bishop of Leicester, the UK’s most multi-religious city. Tim travels extensively as a cruise lecturer and as Prelate of the International Order of St John, with responsibility for chaplains in 40 countries world wide.

Gillian Taylor
Destination & Ports Speaker
Coming from: Brentwood,  Essex  UK
Gill Taylor, originally from London, is a qualified French linguist. Her love of languages and international cultures was deepened by her years living in Hong Kong where her public speaking experience also began. Following her travels in the Far East she has more recently spread her wings in almost every continent. Her years of English language teaching have prepared her well for destination speaking and it is a great pleasure for her, mixing facts and figures with self-deprecating London humour so that audiences are well informed and also entertained.

Malcolm Teasdale
Author, Adventurer and Enrichment Speaker
Coming from: Destin,  Florida  USA
Malcolm Teasdale was born in Coventry, England and is a successful entrepreneur who now spends his time traveling to “off-the-beaten-track” places. Since retiring from the technology industry, he now travels to the more unusual destinations in the World in search of rich cultural experiences. His 4th travel book has just been published called, “Religion, Spirituality and the way of life in the Himalayas” which describes his experience in the Himalayan Kingdoms of Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet and Myanmar. Malcolm has a wide repertoire of talks on destinations, adventure and travel.

Daniel Thebault
BSc (Hons), ARCS, MSI, TEP
Coming from: Grouville,  Jersey  UK
Daniel was born and reared in the Channel Island of Jersey of French parents. As a young man he attended Imperial College of Science and Technology in London where he studied Botany and continued there as a postgraduate. He then joined the International arm of Barclays and over the next 15 years was involved in the management of offices all aroound the globe. Since retiring, Daniel has lectured for a number of cruise lines as a destination lecturer covering Central and South America (including the Amazon), the Caribbean, the Baltic region, Iberia/Canaries and the Northern Mediterranean.

Allan Thomas
Oceanographer & Destination Lecturer
Coming from: St. Columb Major,  Cornwall  UK
Allan joined the Royal Air Force in 1960 eventually becoming an Air Electronics Officer and aircraft captain serving on Maritime Patrol aircraft keeping an eye on the Soviet Navy, especially its submarine force. In 1993 Allan was seconded to the United States Navy where he qualified as a military oceanographer prior to taking command of operations at a joint US-UK Undersea Surveillance Facility. In his talks he describes undersea geology, historical oceanographic events, and marine animals: focussing on the waters that each cruise passes though accompanied by some amusing anecdotes from his Service days. He is also a qualified and accomplished Destination Presenter.

Alan Walker
Destination & Enrichment Lecturer
Historian. Travel Writer & Speaker. Regional Analyst
Coming from: Abergavenny,  Monmouthshire  UK
Alan is a Destination & Port Lecturer, Historian and Geographer and has undertaken extensive research and travel in the U.S.A. and Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, the Mediterranean World including Egypt, Israel, Turkey and the Black Sea, South Africa, large cities of South-East Asia, Australia and the frozen worlds of Iceland. He has lectured on world voyages for many of the major cruise lines, and offers a comprehensive and interesting range of lectures in History, Geography and Environmental Studies.

Gillian Walnes Perry MBE
Social History & Destinations
Was CEO of the Anne Frank Trust UK for 26 years
Coming from: Southampton,  Hampshire  UK
Gillian was the CEO of the Anne Frank Trust UK for 26 years and is well known internationally for this. She retired from running the charity in 2016 and now lectures on the ‘Life and Inspiring Legacy of Anne Frank’, as well as other social history topics. Gillian has travelled extensively around the UK and internationally as a speaker and setting up educational projects and campaigns. She has met Presidents, Prime Ministers, royalty and people who actually knew Anne and have shared first hand recollections about her. She uses her engaging presentation skills to lecture on a range of popular social history topics, geared to the cruise destinations.

Janice West
Destination Lecturer
Baltic Region
Coming from: Hayfield,  Derbyshire  UK
Janice is a northern girl born and bred now living in Cheshire. During a lifetime spent in education first in Yorkshire and then Cheshire she has taught students of all ages in a range of subjects. Having retired, she was certainly not ready to put her feet up and her love of the outdoors and travel provided the perfect opportunity to utilise her skills, developing presentations which take travellers beyond the guide book. Her enthusiasm makes destinations come alive.

Graham White
Destination Lecturer
FRIN (Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation)
Coming from: Warrington,,  Cheshire,  UK
Graham was born in London and joined the London Nautical School at the age of 13, before joining the British & Commonwealth Shipping Company at the age of 16 as a Navigating officer cadet. In this role he travelled widely. In the late 60s he left the sea and trained as an Air Traffic Controller until 2003 when he retired. He has been lecturing about Navigation, Air Traffic Control, Ports and Destinations on various Cruise Ships since 2005.

Stefan White
Destination, Port & Enrichment Speaker
Gardening, Golf & Wine Expert
Coming from: Hurley,  Berkshire  UK
Stefan White is a young-at-heart and healthy Englishman, married and recently retired from a successful entrepreneurial business career. Having been appointed Enrichment Speaker by 3 different cruise companies, in 2009 he attended a course organised by The P&R Agency on becoming a Destination and Port Lecturer which he passed with distinction. He has a passion for golf, wine, gardening and travel and, in addition to his Destination and Port talks, he has developed a wide portfolio of varied, amusing and informative Enrichment talks, which he is happy to offer on sea days.

Samuel Whiteside
Port/Destination Lecturer
BA History & MA Crusader Studies
Coming from: Lowestoft,  Suffolk  UK
Sam has been working on cruise ships since 2011 and has travelled extensively in that time to many key tourist highlights and attractions. His experience of organizing shore excursions and his current role of presenting destination lectures, has allowed him to develop a unique perspective of destinations and personal experiences to share with many cruise guests. Sam enjoys delivering personal and more informal styles of presentations to help cruisers make informed decisions about how to make the most of their time ashore and feel comfortable going out and exploring amazing places.

Jack Wilson
Destination & Port Lecturer
Local & Maritime Historian
Coming from: Southampton,  Hampshire  UK
Jack spent most of his working life in Social Housing in the South of England, working for local Councils and Housing Associations. For the last several years he has been running his own consultancy in Housing Management and Care and has pursued a long-standing interest in Local History to qualify as a Green Badge Tourist Guide. Jack and his wife have always enjoyed travelling, and have been cruising since 2002. Jack has worked as a port lecturer and enrichment speaker talking on maritime subjects and social history.

Gary Witheyman
Destination & Port Lecturer
CLIA Master
Coming from: Haltwhistle,  Northumberland  UK
Gary spent much of his earlier career in sales eventually reaching senior management level. He then went on to start his own business in 1976 acquiring and managing hotels. For the past 35 years Gary and his family have been regularly cruising. An enthusiastic perfectionist Gary has recently qualified as a Master for the CLIA, and having visted over 120 ports and completed studies on a great many enables him to speak as a destination lecturer with authority and enthusiasm.