Candidate Profile

Health, Medicine & Wellbeing
History - Art & Culture
Travel & Destinations
Wine & Spirits
Yvette Sciberras B.Pharm. (Hons.), M.A. (Bar.Stud.), M.Sc., is a multi-talented individual in that she has in depth knowledge in very diverse topics. She is a qualified pharmacist and conducts corporate events for one of the largest multinational companies in the world, organizing seminars and delivering presentations. The dissertation of her first master’s degree focused on well-being and at the start of the pandemic she started managing social media groups to promote wellbeing and support others during this difficult period.

Yvette’s passion for traveling took her to numerous journeys worldwide, particularly around European countries. While travelling extensively around Mediterranean countries, she discovered her interest in viticulture, gastronomy, and passion for art history. She obtained intermediate and advanced certificates in Wine and Spirits Education Trust (London) to better understand viticulture and wines. She also read for a master’s degree in art history specializing in European visual arts of the baroque period. As an art historian Yvette produced dozens of programs on 16-18th century visual arts and her great strength is to prepare highly informative PowerPoint presentations which are tailor made for the audience. She lives in Malta with her husband and 2 young boys. She is fluent in English, Maltese, and Italian, and has basic proficiency of Spanish and French. Yvette embarks on every project with enthusiasm and enjoys sharing her passion for life and culture.

[Valletta, MALTA]
1. What you see is what you get!
Caravaggio's novelty was radical naturalism which combined close physical observation with a dramatic, approach through use of light and shadow play. His style of painting is easily recognizable for its realism, chiaroscuro, and the artist's emphasis on co-extensive space. During this lecture the artist’s provocative realistic style will be discussed with emphasis on Caravaggio’s masterpieces in Valletta.

[Dubrovnik, CROATIA]
2. Cultural heritage of Dubrovnik.
The old town of Dubrovnik is surrounded by extremely well-preserved city walls. These fortifications are considered the most important tangible historical cultural heritage of this pearl in the Mediterranean. Dubrovnik has rich cultural heritage and is home to other architectural jewels including the cathedral of the Assumption, church of St Blaise and the Dominican monastery. This presentation will provide insight about these historical masterpieces

[Zagreb/ Northern CROATIA]
3. Origins of baroque in Croatia
Introduced by Jesuit monks in the 17th century, the baroque style is characteristic of northern Croatia. Zagreb has a stunningly well-preserved fine examples of baroque architecture. The Church of St Catherine, the Church of St Xavier and the mansions containing the Croatian museum of Naive art and the Croatian historical museum reflect the flourishing style. The origins of this global style will be discussed.

[Valletta, MALTA]
4. Designed to impress.
Landscape architecture became an important element in the expression of power of Kings and rulers. Sixteenth and seventeenth century rulers impressed the beholder through extensive city planning and by erecting flamboyant architecture. The City of Valletta was founded in 1566, under the rule of the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and Malta. The order aided with the most respected military engineers of the 16th century planned the city with a uniform grid plan. The fabric of the city is home to 320 monuments and some of these buildings will be discussed during this engaging presentation.

5. Ecclesiastical cultural Treasures of the Maltese Islands.
The church/ chapel is a common feature in the landscape of the Maltese islands. In Malta and Gozo there are a total of 359 churches. Many of these iconic ecclesiastical buildings were designed in baroque style. These heritage sites are considered as some of the finest examples that epitomize the Maltese transfiguration of western decorative baroque elements and some examples will be discussed in detail.

[Catania, Palermo, Sicily]
6. The Sicilian Baroque typology.
This highly informative presentation outlines the origins and the main characteristic features of this elaborate Sicilian architecture typology. During this presentation many buildings, facades and balconies in Catania, Palermo, Ragusa, Noto, and Syracuse will be used as examples to explain this ornate and lavishly embellished style.

[ROME, Italy]
7. All roads lead to Rome. Major urban re-planning and architectural projects were undertaken during sixteenth and seventeenth century Rome. Famous landmarks including piazza del Popolo and piazza San Pietro were designed, from which processional avenues would radiate connecting the various symbols of Catholicism to one another. This period transformed Rome into the magnificent baroque city known nowadays. This lecture is about the main architectural projects and city planning, undertaken in Rome during the seventeenth century.

[ROME, Italy]
8. The rivals that embellished Rome
Rome exhibited its power through great works of patronage, thanks to the papal intervention, the best artists, sculptors, and architects. Among the artists able to express timeless genius and still acknowledged today are Gian Lorenzo Bernini and Francesco Borromini, both chosen by the Roman court to embellish the city by splendid testimonies. This lecture will transport the audience to a tour through the seventeenth-century Baroque Rome.

[Florence, Italy]
9. For the love of art!
The Medici were exceptional patrons of the arts and many artists found perfect patronage from this family of merchants and bankers in Tuscany. The Medici commissioned artists and craftsmen and used their artwork as an expression of power. They had a major influence on the growth of the Italian Renaissance through their patronage of the arts and humanism. This lecture will take us through some masterpieces commissioned by the Medici family

[Eastern Sicily]
10. Sicily after the earthquake of 1693
The south-eastern part of Sicily was hit by a devastating earthquake in 1693. The period that followed was that of intensive reconstruction mastered at a great artistic level. This made Sicilian architecture distinct from Italian mainland and this will be outlined during this presentation.

[Santiago de Compostela, Spain]
11. The way of St James
Santiago de Compostela is a jewel in Galicia and the destination of one of the most popular pilgrimages in the world. For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have walked the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James), seeking penance, enlightenment, and adventure. Their destination was Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where it is believed the remains of St. James, Apostle, and patron saint of the country, are buried. This enlightening presentation provides facts, figures, and curiosities about the famous pilgrimage trail.

[VENICE, Italy]
12. Venetian gems
Baldassarre Longhena was an architect, who worked mainly in Venice who designed one of the most important religious buildings in Venice dedicated to Our Lady of Health (Salute in Italian). The Basilica of Santa Maria della Salute was constructed to celebrate the end of a terrible outbreak of the plague that began in 1630 and killed a large portion of the Veneto population. This presentation provides a journey back in time to 17th century Venice.

[Lisbon, Portugal]
13. The birth of a flamboyant architectural style
On the 1st of November 1755, Lisbon was devastated by a tsunami that followed the ‘Great Lisbon earthquake’. Great efforts were made during the years that followed to reconstruct the city. In this period of great reconstruction, the new Pombaline architectural style was born.

[Spain, Italy, Malta, Belgium]
14. A picture is worth a thousand words
"Seventeenth century Europe was characterized by the Baroque movement. Artists that contributed to the Baroque period include Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Velázquez. This lecture embarks on a European journey discussing some of the artworks of virtuous painters of the 16th century.

[Europe, Asia, South America]
15. Cruising through the first "global artistic style"
Baroque was the first style to have a significant worldwide impact. It spread from Rome throughout Europe, eventually travelling to Asia, and South America via the colonies, missions and trading posts of the Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch and other Europeans. Travelling artists and architects disseminated this unique artistic style worldwide and this fact will be elaborated during this presentation.

Wine 3600 degrees: is a series of lectures discussing important Old-world wine producing regions. As described in my bio, in addition to my master’s in arts, I obtained intermediate and advanced WSET certificates. The following 4 lectures provide information about wines, fortified wines together with regional traditions and gastronomy.

16. Through the grapevine…
Noble grapes are grape varieties that are widely planted in most of the major wine producing regions worldwide. These grapes include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Riesling. These grapes were planted primarily in France and became well known both for the wines they produce and for adaptability to the growing conditions of the winemaking regions. This presentation will discuss the most important French wine producing regions and the noble grapes associated with the region.

17. Italian dolce vita
Italy's twenty wine regions correspond to the twenty administrative regions of the country. There are 75 DOCG wines that come from different regions in Italy. This presentation will provide an overview of the main wine producing regions of Italy and some well renowned DOCG status wines.

18. The Sherry triangle
Spain is very well known for excellent red wines and for a particular fortified wine known as Sherry. Sherry wines or Vinos de Jerez are from the southern Spanish region of Cadiz. The never-ending ageing system known as Solera system and other distinguishing characteristics of sherry will be discussed during this presentation.

19. History traditions and madeira wine
Discover the unique history and traditions of Madeira. During this lecture the history of the island will be discussed together with the circumstances that made way for the birth of Madeira wine

20. The whole nine yards of port wines
One of the most important qualities of Port is the unique blend of Portuguese indigenous grapes. However, this is not the only entity that confers the unique properties to this wine. Port wines differ from normal wines because they are fortified by the addition of a neutral grape spirit leaving residual sugar in the wine. This unique fortified wine will be discussed in detail during this presentation.
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Produced dozens of programs on 16-18th century visual arts. My great strength is to prepare highly informative PowerPoint presentations with plenty of visuals including video clips where necessary. My experience onboard cruise ships so far has been with NCL, Royal Caribbean and Regent cruises for a total of 6 sailings as detailed below. I started sailing as an enrichment speaker about 10-12 years ago and produced several programs but stopped sailing as an enrichment speaker for about 5 years or so. I resumed sailing as an enrichment lecturer about a couple of years ago with Regent. The plan was to take regular assignments but this changed with the advent of the Pandemic. Given the right opportunity, I would consider sailing in the very near future as I have been vaccinated against Covid-19.

Below are details about my cruise ship enrichment experience:

3 sailings onboard NCL Gem with destination lectures reflecting the following itinerary:
Valletta, Naples, Civitavecchia, Livorno and Barcelona. Each of the 3 sailings was a 7 day roundtrip to/from Malta.

Brilliance of the seas roundtrip to/from Barcelona on a 12 day itinerary:
Barcelona, Livorno, Civitavecchia, Dubrovnik, Greek islands.

14 day cruise onboard the Independence of the seas: roundtrip to/from Southampton to Canary islands and Spain.
Vigo, Ferrol, Lisbon, Madeira, Grand Canaria and Tenerife.

12 day Mediterranean itinerary onboard Regent Cruises: Venice to Monte Carlo
Venice, Slovenia, Dubrovnik, Cephalonia, Sorrento, Amalfi, Civitavecchia, Livorno Monte Carlo
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Viking Sea SE210830 Malta & Adriatic Jewels 10 Valletta Monday, August 30, 2021
Viking Venus VE210803 Malta & Adriatic Jewels 10 Valletta Tuesday, August 3, 2021