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EXPERTISE
Destinations & Ports
History - General
Travel & Destinations
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BIOGRAPHY
Martyn has been an avid traveller for over fifty years. He has visited over 130 countries whilst serving with the Royal Air Force, British Airways or on vacation. For approaching twenty years he has given Enrichment Lectures, specialising in Destinations and Travel, for many different cruise companies, sailing on over 50 different cruise ships, on some over a dozen times. For the past several years he has concentrated on cruises in the Mediterranean, the Baltic & the British Isles. He was made a fellow of The Institute of Sales & Marketing Management in 1992. He is a former member of the International Press Association (IPA). His large collection of richly illustrated lectures, covering all continents, have between 100 and 120 photographs covering the local features. A 45 minute lecture would include a brief history of the country, region or city, along with details of the countries structure, culture, tradition and cuisine. Details of museums & galleries are included, with the talks often closing with amusing local peculiarities, anecdotes, or folk tales. Several 'None destination' lectures are available for those multiple sea-days.

For a complete list of cruise ships sailed on, lecture titles, both for 'Destinations' and titles of other 'Travel talks' about places of interest visit Martyn’s website >> www.destinationlecturer.com
REGIONS OF EXPERTISE & TALK TITLES
Destination and Cruise Enhancement Lectures - [History & Culture, Art & Architecture, Cuisine & Customs]

Cruise Companies have differing approaches to the way lectures are presented, for example, one cruise company I lecture for on a regular basis, state I should include 'History, arts & sciences. Some cruise companies still prefer the 'Old style' Port Lectures, which might include the "How, what, why & where" of the destination, even including things such as the colour of the taxis and buses, and how far is the walk into town! I can adapt to most formats required.

I have Destination orientated lectures on over 300 destinations/ports/islands in the European/Mediterranean area. I have many others covering all continents including Antarctica.

For those long ocean crossings, I have a selection of travel related lecturers, here are just a few examples:-
‘Great Feats of Engineering – The Panama Canal’ [The history, building, transit, new locks 2016]
‘Great Feats of Engineering – The Suez Canal’ [The history, building, transit, new sections 2015]
‘The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World’
‘The City of London, the Square Mile’
‘The City of Westminster’
‘From the Rise to the Demise of the world’s only Supersonic Airliner, Concorde’
Egypt - The riches of the Nile Delta. [Alexandria, Port Said, Cairo, Giza, etc]
Egypt - The South, Luxor, Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, etc]

I have given, from the bridge, talks as the ship sails through the Panama Canal, Suez Canal and Kiel Canal on many occasions.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
Martyn has been lecturing on cruise ships for 17 years. He has lectured for 15 cruise companies, on over 45 ships, on some over a dozen times. Whilst working for most of the worlds major cruise lines, he has sailed & lectured on several full World Cruises of 100 days+ and covered sectors, of thirty days+ on many others. Martyn has lectures covering orts of call on all continents.
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Viking Sun SU190831 World Cruise 2019 - 2020 Sector 1 14 Greenwich, London Saturday, August 31, 2019
Viking Sky SK180901 Viking Homelands 14 Stockholm Saturday, September 1, 2018
Viking Star ST180414 Iconic Western Mediterranean 7 Civitavecchia (for Rome) Saturday, April 14, 2018
Viking Star ST180201 Southern Mediterranean Discovery 7 Civitavecchia (for Rome) Thursday, February 1, 2018
Viking Star ST180125 Iconic Western Mediterranean 7 Barcelona Thursday, January 25, 2018
Viking Sea SE170528 Viking Homelands 14 Bergen Sunday, May 28, 2017