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For over 30 years, John Rossi, a professor at the prestigious New York University has educated and inspired numerous audiences on subjects ranging from South America, Europe and the Pacific Northwest to technology and finance.
An aficionado of world history, Professor Rossi’s interest was ignited on his first cruise to Alaska. Since then he has delivered enrichment lectures around the world. He has been invited by numerous cruise lines including Azamara, Royal Caribbean, Princess and Holland America to entertain and educate passengers on more than 120 cruises.

John’s knowledge and enthusiastic lectures highlight the history of your ports-of-call using Power Point presentations, animation, video, rich illustrations and photos.

In a friendly and informal atmosphere, John encourages audience participation, including his trivia questions about famous figures and historic sites. “You know it well” is one of his tag lines when he asks passengers to guess the answer.

I always end all my lectures with the audience laughing "See Ending lecture with humor."

(Click images above to download a selection of John's video clips)
I have over 50 titles. Below is a sample:

England - Amazing History
In 1707, Scotland and England decided to merge to form what was then known as the Unified Kingdom of Great Britain. In 1800, Ireland also jumped into the picture. During this time, the Parliament of England was formed, which is one of the most significant elements of the history of England

Iceland - Land of Ice and Fire
Iceland is shaped by fire and ice with active volcanoes, geysers and geothermal pools contrasting with fjords, glaciers and waterfalls. The Vikings established the first permanent settlement in 870 A.D. Steam from hot springs inspired Reykjavík's name, which loosely translates to “Smoke Cove.”

Amazing Vikings – Explorers, Inventors, Pirates and Shipbuilders
They explored and settled in many parts of England, Scotland, Asia and North America. Their "long ships" were the best war ships of their day. They were long and narrow, could sail in shallow water and can be pulled right on to a beach. A woman’s honor was taken very seriously by the Vikings.

Norway - Nature at its best Fjords and Glaciers
Eidfjord, has the second longest fjord in Norway and the Magdalena Fjord sits on top of the world. During the ice ages, deep valleys and narrow inlets filled with ocean water, creating the natural wonders that the modern world often refers to as fjords. Although there are many fjords across the globe, the ones that grace the Norwegian coastline reign as the most popular because of their astonishing beauty.

Renaissance Period – The Rebirth of European Civilization after the Middle Ages
The Renaissance witnessed the discovery and exploration of new continents, the decline of the feudal system and the growth of commerce. Renaissance had placed human beings once more in the center of life's stage and infused thought and art with humanistic values. To the scholars and thinkers of the day, however, it was primarily a time of the revival of classical learning and wisdom after a long period of cultural decline and stagnation.

Mysterious Civilizations - Steeped In History, Cloaked In Mystery And Wrapped In Excitement
In Mesoamerica (an area encompassing Central America and Mexico), three of the most important civilizations to have flourished before 1492 were the Mayans, Incas and Aztec Empires. Both possessed complex societies and high levels of technology. The Mayans of Mexico were master mathematicians and time worshippers.

American‘s Greatness - Creativity, Power, Inspiration and Excellence in Engineering:
The Panama Canal is one of the greatest engineering achievements the world has known. It dramatically shortened the distance between the east and west coasts of North America. Very few human endeavors have ever been able to achieve changing the face of the planet on which we live as did the successful completion of the inter-oceanic Panama Canal in 1914 by the United States.

Alaska -The Final Frontier "Beauty and Gold"
In 1898, one of the largest events to affect Alaska’s future was the discovery of Gold! The real gold however is the beauty surrounding this country. Considered "Seward's Folly" when then Secretary of State William H Seward made the purchase from Russia on March 30, 1867 for 7.2 million dollars. Alaskans voted to approve statehood in 1946, but it wasn’t until 1959 that President Eisenhower signed in Alaska as the 49th state of the Union.

The Amazing Amazon - Magical, Vibrant and Passionate
The Spanish soldier, Francisco de Orellana, gave the river its name after reporting pitched battles with tribes of female warriors, whom he likened to the Amazons of Greek mythology. The Amazon rainforests are the largest ecosystem of the world and are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna.

Playgrounds for The Rich and Famous
Monaco, the tax haven on the French Riviera, is experiencing a luxury-housing boom that includes the world’s most expensive penthouse as developers prepare for an influx of millionaires and billionaires escaping higher taxes. Saint Tropez and Cannes has been synonymous with images of movie-stars, oligarchs and models enjoying champagne on yachts and dancing in nightclubs. The Mexico’s Riviera on the Yucatan Peninsula has become a millionaire's hotspot, that contains amazing weather, fantastic fishing and spectacular beaches.

Italy - Birthplace of the Renaissance
The Renaissance was a time of "coming out of the dark". …..rebirth of education, science, art, literature, music.

The Growth and Collapse of the Roman Empire
Rome's history spans two and a half thousand years from the 1st century BC until the 7th century AD.

Sicily - Fascinating Country Combined with a Unique Culture
The Black Death entered Europe through Messina’s harbor. Because of Sicily’s strategic position in the middle of the Mediterranean, it was frequently invaded and formed a melting pot of various cultures.

The Golden Age of Greece
Democracy was established in Athens around 500 B.C. Ancient Greece laid the foundation for Western civilization, having a large influence on the Roman Empire and European culture.

Suez Canal - Excellence in Engineering
In the mid-1800s, French diplomat, Ferdinand de Lesseps, convinced the Egyptian viceroy, Said Pasha, to support the building of the Suez Canal. After successfully finishing the canal, de Lesseps was hired by Columbia to build the Panama Canal.

Playgrounds for the Rich and Famous
Dubai’s goal seems to be constantly having the biggest and best of everything. ….the best and most luxurious hotels, largest shopping mall anywhere else on earth. We will learn history and facts about the playgrounds of the rich and famous from all over the world.

Lighthouses and Ships
The Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt was the first lighthouse in the world and took twenty years to complete. Ships have been instrumental in the development of civilization with greater mobility, whether for trade, transport, fishing or warfare.

Canary Islands - Rich in History with Diverse Geographical Features
Canary Islands, consist of seven islands are Spanish with a volcanic origin. The “Whistle” from the Island of La Gomera, is a living language that is only used by very few groups of people in the world.

Istanbul - Rich in History
The largest city in Turkey and the largest metropolitan area in all of Europe. The history of this metropolis is one of the oldest and most elaborate. It changed hands between many empires and governments over time and became a faith center for many of the world's religious.

Cuba - Magical, Vibrant and Passionate
Near the entrance to Cienfuegos Bay is Castillo de Jagua a fortress erected in 1745 for protection against Caribbean pirates. Cienfuegos, one of the chief seaports of Cuba, is a center of the sugar trade as well as coffee and tobacco. While sugarcane is the chief crop, local farmers also grow coffee.
In 1951 while living in Cuba, Ernest Hemingway’s novel “The Old Man and the Sea “was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. The Cuban health system is recognized worldwide for its excellence and efficiency. Modern Cuban dance styles emerged when European settlers and African slaves fused traditional dances to form a distinct and unified Cuban culture.

Captivating Cuba – Rich in Treasures
Santiago is the second most important city on the island. The city is in a strategic area and at one time was the capital of the country. Due to its location on the far eastern end of the island, Santiago has a history that is notable for the many Spanish expeditions embarking from its port
Cuban cigars are prized as the very best in the world. Cuba has excellent conditions for growing tobacco, and several hundred years of growing experience. In Havana, the Castillo de la Real Fuerza is one of Latin America’s most beautiful castles. Since 1982, the castle became a UNESCO World Heritage Site. About 400 sunken Spanish ships lie in and around Havana harbor. The ships contain gold bullion, silver coins, ingots, gems and emerald studded jewelry worth billions of dollars.

Explore Cuba
Cuba is by far and away Latin American leader in the Olympics having won over 200 medals. Boxing is the country’s most prolific Olympic sport which has brought Cuba a total of 67 medals to date, including 34 gold medals. Cuba has about 60,000 vintage American cars. Cubans often use restored cars for special celebrations. The Cathedral of Havana is constructed from blocks of coral cut from sources in the Gulf of Mexico's ocean floor.
RCCL Cuba Cruise 25-Mar-2019 to 30-Mar-2019

Empress of the Seas 12-17-18 to 12-23-18 Destination Anthem Of The Seas 11-10-18 to 11-17-18 Destination
Explorer Of The Seas 08-09-18 to 08-17-18 Destination
Royal Princess 04-09-17 to 04-19-17 Destination
Navigator of the Seas 06-14-17 to 06-25-17 Destination
Carnival Paradise 09-21-17 to 09-25-17 Special Interest
Azamara Journey 10-02-17 to 10-17-17 Destination
Azamara Quest 09-08-15 to 10-15-15 Destination
Regal Princess 02-07-14 to 02-14-14 Destination
Explorer Of The Seas 10-28-12 to 11-04-12 Destination
Independence of the Seas 11-8-10 to 11-18-10 Destination
NCL STAR 02-14-09 to 02-21-09 Destination
NCL Sun 11-23-08 to 12-07-08 Special Interest
Coral Princess 12-10-07 to 12-20-07 Destination