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History - General
History - Maritime
Science - General
Alís background is a mixture of science, economics, technology and education. Al was an electronics instructor while in the U.S. Air Force, a Programing Instructor at New York University, and a Computer Systems Engineer and Instructor at IBM.
His teaching experience includes a two-year assignment at IBMís International Education Center in La Hulpe Belgium where he lectured on a variety of management subjects to students from a variety of countries,
His lectures on Data and Computer Security involved travel to locations in Western Europe and Singapore.

He has worked as a Certified Personal trainer for World Gym and received two first place trophies as a body builder in a senior division. Now, after cruising, he is trying to get back in shape

Over a period of 10 summers Al has given a variety of enrichment lectures at Sunrise Senior College which is associated with the University of Maine. His penchant for research has enabled him to give lectures in a wide range of subjects: Gypsies, Pirates, Privateers, Canals, Transatlantic liners, Oceanography, Salt, Lord Nelsonís love affair and tattoos.

Al has provided enrichment lectures on nine different cruises for four different cruise lines. His PowerPoint presentations include pictures and imbedded videos to support the narrative wherever possible.

His audience, laughs, argues, learns and in one case fell off the bar stool.
He is looking forward to developing more lectures and doing more cruising.

1. Life Of A Seaman Under Sail - Although a hard and dangerous life, it was often better than life ashore and provided adventure as well as as opportunities for financial gain and social advancement.

2. Canals Of The World - Includes: reasons for canals, kind of canals and the history of some famous canals such as: the Suez Canal, The Canal du Midi in France, the Llangollen Canal in England, The Corinth in Greece, the3, Grand Canal in China and others.

3. Masks And Illusions - Examines the thesis that regardless of ethnicity, social status, geography and time, people will contrive to change their self-image, the way they look, and how they are perceived by others. We will see how this is accomplished through a wide variety of techniques and affectations.

4. History Of Salt - Examines the influence of salt on the development of civilization, its' impact on language, taxes, national wealth, myth, diet and exploration.

5. Privateers, Pirates Or Patriots? - Looks at the differences between pirates and privateers. The most famous privateers were Queen Elizabeth's "Sea Dogs" who are famous for not only looting Spanish ships but for; major explorations, helping defeat the Spanish Armada and the settling of North America by England.

6. Lord Nelson - Reviews his role in the defeat of the French, Spanish and Danish navies during the Napoleonic Wars. Discussed are the tactics at; the battle of St. Vincent, the Battle Of The Nile, The Battle Of Copenhagen and the Battle Of Trafalger.

7. Lady Hamilton - Emy Lyon was one of the most beautiful women of her time. She was the muse of artists and lauded by poets. She followed a path that led from the gutters of London to the palace of Lord Hamilton. Lord Nelson won many battles, but he lost his love and his senses to Lady Hamilton.

8. Greyhounds Of The Seas- Part 1 - Looks at the evolution of ocean crossings from sail to steam, from wood to iron and steel, from paddle wheel to screw propulsion, from basic accommodation to luxury. All part of a relentless quest for speed, safety and comfort at sea,

9. Greyhounds Of The Sea - Part 2 - Highlights the great ocean liners of the 20th century and the race for the "Blue Riband" among ships that continually raised the bar, changed history and often ended up tragically destroyed or forgotten. The history of these ships mirrors the the industrial revolution and the history of the times.

10. History Of The Gypsies - They came out of India over a thousand years ago and have been a source of mystery and an object of fear, misunderstanding and persecution ever since.

11. History Of The Panama Canal - A story of political intrigue, gunboats, revolution and the struggle to overcome disease, geology and engineering and logistics problems to finally link the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Under budget and ahead of schedule.

12. The Ocean Explorers - A look at some famous explorers and expeditions. We tell the story of the lost Franklin Expedition and how a British Ships timbers came to be made into a desk and reside in the White House.

13. The Golden Age Of Piracy - A look at how movies and books have influenced the way we perceiven t pirates. We review the reasons for piracy and the rules by which the pirates lived and governed themselves. We discuss the foibles and misdeeds of some of the most infamous pirates and visit some of their safe havens including their Pirate Republic on New Providence Island, (Nassau).
I have lectured aboard the following ships. All sessions were well attended and received positive feedback. In a few cases the attendance overflowed the room and had to be moved to a larger venue.
1. Royal Caribbean - Adventure Of The Seas
2. Celebrity - Summit 2x
3. Princess - Island Princess
4. NCL - Epic 2x
5. NCL - Star