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Dr. Charles Urbanowicz has traveled throughout the Pacific for almost 50 years. After completing graduate research in the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga, he received the Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Oregon in 1972, the same year he began teaching at the University of Minnesota. In 1973 Charlie joined the faculty of the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Chico and retired from there in December 2009. During his tenure at Chico he was recognized as one of the five "Master teachers" of the university and in 2016 and 2017 he was designated a "Smithsonian Journeys Expert" for two cruises through French Polynesia. In addition to authoring articles in several professional journals Charlie has contributed chapters to Hosts and Guests: The Anthropology of Tourism (1977, 1989, & 2001). Since 2004 he has provided lectures on more than thirty-seven Pacific itineraries. His presentations have included information on peoples and cultures of the Pacific, World War II, Paul Gauguin, as well as the research of Charles Darwin (accompanied by videos wherein Charlie portrays Darwin in the first person).

Dr. Urbanowicz holds life membership in The Polynesian Society and his Pacific interests and travels have taken him to several islands in Polynesia, Melanesia, and Micronesia. His wife Carol ("Sadie") has also lectured on Pacific itineraries.

For the maps of Charlie and Sadie's cruises, please see
#1. Pacific Islands and who "discovered" them.
Thousands of years ago some of the islands of the Pacific Ocean were discovered and settled by people out of southeast Asia and hundreds of years ago new explorers re-discovered the islands and brought them to the attention of the rest of the world. Join Charlie to learn what happened.

#2. Explorers of the Pacific: Magellan and More!
Magellan did not survive the 1519-1522 circumnavigation of the globe associated with his name but some of his crew did, and as a result, the world changed.

#3. Technology and Maps
As human beings traveled around the globe they improved the technology and built upon the maps needed to explore and survive! How was this accomplished?

#4. Captain Cook and his contemporaries.
Captain James Cook had an illustrious career, right up until the day of his death in Hawai'i on February 14, 1779. How did he become so famous, why was he killed, and who were some of his ocean-going contemporaries?

#5. Traditional and Changing Pacific life in Hawai'i.
What were the islands of Polynesia like when they were first contacted by non-islanders and how did the inhabitants adapt to their environment and eventually change over time?

#6. Traditional and Changing Pacific life in Samoa, Tahiti, and other islands.
Islanders came into contact with numerous individuals, from explorers to missionaries, traders, artists and anthropologists. Learn about some of these individuals, including Paul Gauguin, Robert Louis Stevenson, Aggie Grey, Margaret Mead, and Charles Darwin.

#7. Mariners and others in the Pacific!
Throughout the Pacific there were certain elements which can be found in some combination in every island group: mariners, monarchs, missionaries, merchants, and the military! Charlie provides some specifics about these "M" individuals, as well as beachcombers and castaways on selected Pacific islands.

#8. Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa after many years!
Contact between Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa occurred for centuries after the islands became inhabited. Charlie will discuss these interactions and changes he and Sadie have seen since they were first there in 1970.

#9. Islanders and artifacts.
Adapting and utilizing their environment in utilitarian ways islanders throughout the Pacific created, and continue to create, magnificent artifacts which were (and are) magnificent. Charlie provides a kaleidoscopic overview of some of these items that are still in the islands and in Museums around the world.

#10. Impact in the Pacific: From whaling ships to cargo cults!
The first documented whale ship to enter the Pacific was the Amelia in 1789 and radical changes began from Hawai'i to Tahiti to New Zealand. Cargo cults were a 20th century phenomenon which brought continued change to certain islands after World War II. How did this all happen?

#11. Paul Gauguin and French Polynesia.
Gauguin's name will forever be associated with French Polynesia but he also drew inspiration for some of his Tahitian paintings from other islands, including New Zealand and Easter Island.

#12. World War II in perspective.
World War II was a global conflict and, depending on your culture, it began in 1931, 1939, or 1941. Please join Charlie as he places Pacific aspects World War II into perspective.

#13. Crucial events in World War II.
Early in the Pacific war significant military actions involved Wake Island, Guam, Corregidor, the Battle of the Coral Sea, the Doolittle raid on Japan, Midway, and Guadalcanal. These events, and others, are covered in today's presentation.

#14. World War II and French Polynesia.
Numerous islands played a role in World War II events, Even though no battles were fought around Bora Bora some could say that this island was the most important of all in the Pacific. Why?

#15. The home front in World War II.
World War II was a conflict involving numerous nations for many years. Items had to be manufactured, and supplies, as well as individuals, had to be transported all over the globe. Charlie provides information on how this was accomplished.

#16. Women in World War II.
In addition to the Wendy-the-welder and Rosie-the-riveter images one must include the many nurses, pilots, and armed combatants who played a major role in the global conflict: what did they do?

#17. Propaganda and deception in World War II.
The ability to control the narrative of World War II was not limited to a single nation. The use of newspapers, magazines, movies, newsreels, advertisements, and posters were some of the ways that the public, and the opposing nation, was provided with certain information.

#18. Espionage and codes World War II.
From the operstives on the ground as well as "Magic" and "Ultra" and "Enigma" World War II was a combination of human being and technology: how did it all work? What was the role that the "Allied Intelligence Bureau" played in the Pacific Theater of Operations?

#19. Selected battles of Europe!
Some battles in Europe, just to mention a few, were named Barborossa and Bagration as well as the Battle of the Bulge, and the battle for Berlin. World War II known also as "The Great Patriotic War" was truly a world war and Charlie provides information on specific aspects of the European war. IMPORTANT NOTE: Depending on the itinerary this is one to four presentations.

#20. War in the Pacific: Various conflicts!
Decisions had to be made: Central Pacific versus South Pacific versus Taiwan invasion versus return to the Philippines: MacArthur, Nimitz, Halsey and others all had an influence on which "road to Tokyo" would be taken! What were the personalities of those involved in the decision-making process?

#21. Australia and New Zealand in World War II.
The cities of Auckland, Palmerston, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, and Freemantle all had major roles in World War II: what were they?

#22. World War II finally and formally ends.
The end of World War II came on September 2, 1945 in Tokyo Bay. Charlie discusses the horrific events associated with Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki that led up to the formal end of World War II. Were the nuclear devices needed to end the war? You might be surprised at Charlie's answer!

#23. New Zealand: The first discoverers.
Hundreds of years before Europeans "discovered" New Zealand, those islands were settled by individuals from Rarotonga. The lives of those first settlers, eventually known as the Maori, swiftly changed as a result of European contact.

#24. New Zealand: The Treaty of Waitangi and beyond.
Potatoes, the musket wars, and the Treaty of Waitangi all contributed to how New Zealand became the nation it is today. How did it all happen?

#25. Australia: The original discoverers.
People had been living in Australia for thousands of years prior to its "discovery" by Europeans but where did those "first Australians" come from and what was their life like?

#26. Australia: Changes Over Time.
A presentation on the history and development of Australia, from a land once unknown to the outside world to the nation it is today.

#27. Evening presentation and information on specific locations in the Pacific.
Charlie and Sadie have been coming to the antipodes since 1970 and they would like to share information on some of their favorite locations to enrich your cruise through the Pacific.

#28. Charles R. Darwin and his research.
Utilizing a professional video, wherein Charlie portrays Darwin in the first person, the impact and implications of Darwin's work in the 21st Century is presented. IMPORTANT NOTE: Depending on the itinerary this is one to three presentations.

#29. Science, technology, and creativity!
Charlie examines the connections between ST&C and has some words on changes over time, from Captain Cook of 1769 through 1969 as well as 2069!

#30. Peopling and prehistory of North and South America.
People arrived in North and South America thousands of years ago: learn about their travels and the sacred cities of Cahokia (Illinois), Chitchen Itza (Mexico), and Machu Picchu (Peru) . IMPORTANT NOTE: Depending on the itinerary this is one or two presentations.

#31. Your Anthropology Couple for the Cruise and Future Presentations.
Please join Charlie as he introduces himself and will describe future presentations that he and his wife Sadie will make prior to their disembarkation. Today's presentation will also deal with particulars on the geography and geology of Pacific islands. IMPORTANT NOTE: This presentation is the first one given when Carol ("Sadie") Urbanowicz is also providing lectures on the same cruise.

#32. Polynesian plants and their uses. By Sadie Urbanowicz
As people migrated across the Pacific they carried plants important to them. Sadie talks about the plants and how they were used by those early Pacific island settlers.

#33. The Mutiny on HMAV Bounty. By Sadie Urbanowicz
Just off one of the northern islands of Tonga the Mutiny on the Bounty took place. Why? What happened to those men?

#34. Writers in the Pacific. By Sadie Urbanowicz
Writers of both fact and fiction visited the islands of the Pacific. Sadie provides some information about them and their publications. IMPORTANT NOTE: Depending on the itinerary this is one presentation on fiction writers and one presentation on factual writers.

#35. Polynesian plants and their uses. By Sadie Urbanowicz
As people migrated across the Pacific they carried plants important to them. Sadie talks about the plants and how they were used by those early Pacific island settlers.

#36. Specific significant Pacific women. By Sadie Urbanowicz
Sadie transports you back in time to the women who played prominent roles in the Pacific.

#37. An historical perspective on beverages, or "what can I getcha to drink?" by Sadie Urbanowicz.
In this presentation Sadie provides information on our earliest beverage (water) then deals with beer and wine and on through tea, coffee, chocolate and liquor to modern sodas and "pop."
Seabourn Sojourn 33-day cruise from Los Angeles to Auckland (October 15-November 19).
Maasdam cruise segment from San Diego to Hawai'i (March 25-March 31).
Maasdam transpacific segment from Auckland to San Diego, (February 1-February 25).
Inaugural world cruise of the Viking Sun for the transpacific segment from Los Angeles to Auckland (January 5-January 29).

Seabourn Sojourn 33-day cruise from Los Angeles to the South Pacific (and Hawai'i), returning to Los Angeles (October 14-November 15)
"Smithsonian Journeys Expert" on the Paul Gauguin "Voyage To French Polynesia" (February 9-19).

Amsterdam 42-day "Tales Of The South Pacific" cruise from Honolulu, Hawai'i to San Diego, via various South Pacific islands (October 6-November 17).
Noordam 10-day cruise from Vancouver, Canada, to Honolulu, Hawai'i (September 25-October 5).
"Smithsonian Journeys Expert" on the Paul Gauguin "Voyage to Tahiti and French Polynesia" (February 4-14).

Amsterdam for a 40-day "Tales Of The South Pacific" cruise from Seattle to Pape'ete, French Polynesia (September 27-November 4).
Statendam for a 30-day cruise from San Diego to Pape'ete, French Polynesia, returning to San Diego (February 13-March 15).
Ocean Princess 25-day cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Pape'ete, French Polynesia (January 2-January 17).

Volendam 24-day transpacific cruise from Vancouver, British Columbia to Sydney, Australia (September 24-October 19).
Sapphire Princess 26-day transpacific cruise from Los Angeles (San Pedro) to Osaka, Japan (April 3-April 19).
Statendam 19-day cruise from Honolulu to Pape'ete, French Polynesia (February 14-March 5).

Statendam 25-day cruise from Honolulu to San Diego, via French Polynesia (October 10-November 3).
Amsterdam 10-day cruise from Pape'ete to Auckland, New Zealand (January 7-February 6).

Star Princess 15-day cruise from San Francisco to Hawai'i (and return) (October 21-November 5).
Oosterdam 15 day cruise from San Diego to Hawai'i (and return) (March 17-March 31).
Cunard Queen Elizabeth 24-day transpacific cruise from San Francisco to Sydney (February 4-February 28).

Zandaam 9-day cruise from San Diego to Honolulu (October 30-November 7).
Royal Caribbean Rhapsody of the Seas 16-day cruise from Honolulu to Auckland, New Zealand (via French Polynesia) (September 21-October 6).
Cunard Queen Victoria 14-day cruise from Los Angeles to Hawai'i and return (February 17-March 3).

Rotterdam 13-day cruise segment from Honolulu, Hawai'i, to Pape'ete, French Polynesia (November 1-December 11).
Rotterdam 21-day cruise segment from Honolulu, Hawai'i, to the Cook Islands and French Polynesia and then to San Diego, California (September 30-October 23).
Volendam 28-day cruise from Sydney, Australia, to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (via New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, and the Hawai'ian Islands) (April 17-May 12).
Rotterdam 33-day cruise from San Diego to Hawai'i (including the Cook Islands and French Polynesia) returning back to San Diego (March 8-April 10).

Spirit of Oceanus 30-day cruise from Tahiti to Guam (February 13-March 13).
Prinsendam 12-day cruise segment from Fortaleza, Brazil, to Rio de Janeiro, Argentina (January 22-February 2).

Zaandam 18 day from Seattle/Vancouver, Canada to Hawai'i (April 23-May 11).
Zaandam 4 day cruise from San Diego to Seattle/Vancouver, Canada (April 18-22).
Zaandam 15 day cruise from San Diego to San Diego (April 3-April 15).
Amsterdam 18-day cruise from French Polynesia to Sydney, Australia (January 23-February 10).
Ryndam 18-day cruise from San Diego, California, to French Polynesia (January 6-January 23).

Paul Gauguin (part of Regent Seven Seas Cruises) 11-day cruise from Pape'ete to various islands of French Polynesia (June 30-July 12).
Sapphire Princess 12-day cruise "Scholarship@Sea" program from Sydney (via Tasmania) to Auckland, New Zealand (February 28-March 12).
Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2 28-day cruise from Los Angeles to Sydney, Australia (January 22-February 21).

Pacific Princess 21-day cruise "Scholarship@Sea" program from Sydney, Australia, to Osaka, Japan (April 26-May 17).

Pacific Princess 25-day cruise "Scholarship@Sea" program from Honolulu through Micronesia and Melanesia with the cruise stopping at Nagasaki (Japan) and ending in Xingang (Beijing), China (May 29-June 24).
Tahitian Princess "Scholarship@Sea" program through French Polynesia and the Cook Islands, providing lectures dealing with anthropology and various World War II events in the Pacific (January 2-January 12).

Tahitian Princess "Scholarship@Sea" program through French Polynesia, providing lectures dealing with anthropology and various World War II events in the Pacific (December 23, 2004-January 2, 2005).
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Viking Sun SU171215 The Viking World Cruise 2017 - 2018 140 Miami, Florida Friday, December 15, 2017