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Professor Mazour was a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team that won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005. In his 20 years with the IAEA in Vienna, Austria he worked in 36 countries on every continent but Antarctica, and collaborated with colleagues from over 90 different countries. He learned from these experiences that understanding and respecting the national and organizational culture of all stakeholders is a prerequisite for success.

Mazour started his career as a US Navy submarine officer. This led to the next phase, assessing the safety of nuclear power plants and other high-hazard facilities. When the Soviet Union collapsed he was a key member of joint US-Russian, and US-Ukranian working groups established to improve the performance of nuclear power plants. This experience led to his career at the IAEA. In this role, he led workshops and provided lectures in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. Participants in these events included: government, industry, education, and local community stakeholders for energy infrastructure projects.

After retirement from the IAEA, Professor Mazour joined the faculty of an online university whose mission is to help those in the workforce to receive suitable credit for their work experience and training, and to then complete courses needed to earn relevant degrees. He teaches online courses in leadership, communication and nuclear engineering. Thus, his classroom is anywhere he is, including cruise ships. Mazour has a BS degree from the US Naval Academy, and advanced degrees in nuclear engineering, business administration, and industrial engineering.

The following are examples of Tom Mazour's presentations. This may seem a rather eclectic mix, however, it reflects his scientific background, lifelong curiosity regarding history, and the global opportunities that his career has provided him.

Captain James Cook: self-made hero.
From a farmer’s son, and common seaman to perhaps the greatest British maritime explorer ever. His three multi-year Pacific voyages were the apex of his career. They ended tragically.

US-Australia Friendship: What are its origins?
Australia and the U.S. are two of the oldest democracies in the world. They fought alongside one another, particular in WW2 in the South Pacific. This and other interactions did much to solidify their friendship.

Why are New Zealand and Australia so different?
The similarities (some) and differences (many) between the topography, flora and fauna of these two neighboring countries is remarkable. Why are earthquakes much more frequent in New Zealand than Australia? Why is Australia home to so many more venomous/dangerous animals than New Zealand?

Influences of India, China, the Middle East and Europe on southeast Asian cultures.
The Silk Road routes (both land and sea versions) involved trading in not only goods but also customs, religions and languages.

The costliest natural disaster in recorded history.
The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, a resultant tsunami, and the Fukushima nuclear accident, all contributed to these costs; both financial and human losses. The effects of this natural disaster are still being felt.

Singapore: the City, the Country.
Sir Thomas Raffles saw Singapore’s potential due to its location. The British made the investment needed for Singapore to develop as a trading center. Singapore’s path to independence from the British was a rocky one, and its potential for economic success was far from obvious.

Indonesia and Australia: neighbours that couldn’t be more different.
They differ dramatically by almost any measure; topography, trading partners, culture, population, languages, ethnicity or religion.

Remembering the Habsburg’s dominance of Europe.
At its peak the Austrian Empire reached to the Mediterranean and the Adriatic, as well as most of central and eastern Europe. Additionally, through marriage the Habsburg’s controlled Spain, Holland and their colonies.

Southeastern Asian borders: nothing natural about them.
Indonesia may have the least likely borders. However, Malaysia, Timor, Papua New Guinea and other countries in the region also have illogical borders. Why?

The Ring of Fire: More than just a Johnny Cash song.
The boundaries of the Pacific Ocean are home to over 75% of the world’s earthquakes and volcanoes. It is particularly the volcanoes that have led to this region being called the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Korean reunification; is it feasible?
There are certainly many barriers to be overcome if Korean reunification is to be a reality, including social, legal, political and financial aspects. Studying the results of the recent reunification of Germany provides a useful perspective.

Our increasingly plastic oceans: Should we be concerned?
The world’s oceans were once considered so vast that little concern was given to dumping wastes in them. However, that is no longer the case. Cruise lines have been leaders in reducing and even eliminating discharges at sea. What is the extent of plastic waste in our oceans? What are prospects for the future? What can we do about it?

Describing what it would be like to make this voyage underwater.
This lecture will provide insights into life on today’s nuclear submarines, who routinely spend months at a time submerged. What is the technology that makes this possible? How different is the routine on a submarine from our own on this cruise? Come to this lecture and find out.

Assessing if the Northwest Passage may soon be a reality
The climate is changing most rapidly near the Poles. What would be the implications of a reliable Northwest Passage for global shipping, particularly in Europe?

The “ABC” Islands: why in this case even getting a “C” is great!
Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao have been nicknamed the ABC Islands. They continue to share common links and heritage with the Netherlands. This lecture will address the history, culture, languages, population, and geography of the ABC Islands, and why they are great destinations.

Explaining why, for hundreds of years, ships at sea didn’t know where they were.
Until the late 1700’s ships that ventured beyond sight of land were plagued by the reality that they couldn’t determine their longitude. This lecture explains the story of how this problem was solved.

The Caribbean: How did it come to be what it is?
The geological development of the Caribbean has impacted locations as far away as Europe. Its early settlers were overwhelmed by European colonists. Then wars between the principal European powers of the time (England, France, Spain, and the Netherlands) had varying impacts on Caribbean islands. The consequences of Caribbean sugar plantations of the 17th century continue to be felt today.

The Graveyard of the Atlantic and the Bermuda Triangle: Legends and Reality.
One has earned its name due to the hundreds of ships that have been victims of the weather and other factors there, while the other has often been over-hyped. This lecture will attempt to sort fact from fiction.

Canada: maintaining its culture and identity.
Given its proximity to its “big brother” to the south, Canada has a challenge to maintain its identity and culture. How does it do it?

Vienna: Why it Should be on Your Bucket List.
For centuries Vienna was the capital of a major European empire. It was also a European magnet for music, science, medicine and art. There is a reason that it is continually at the top of rankings for the most liveable cities on the globe.

Climate Change: Comparing the most recent ice age to the present.
What did earth look like during this ice age? Wetter or drier? Higher or lower ocean levels? How thick was the ice? Where was it? What caused this ice age to end?

Introducing Bergen, Norway a former Viking and Hanseatic stronghold.
There is everything to like about this picture postcard beautiful city, whose history and architecture merit its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This presentation should help you better appreciate your time ashore in Bergen.

Identifying Viking impacts on the English language and culture.
Prior to 1066, the English and German languages were quite similar. While French may have changed the English language the most since then, Nordic influences on the language are also substantial.

Pirates: Scourges of the high seas.
There is a long history of pirates preying on ships and coastal towns, stealing goods and capturing seamen and others to sell into slavery. The practice was suppressed when navies grew strong enough to stifle pirates. That was the case until Somalian pirates were emboldened in the 1990’s

Autonomous Vehicles: are you ready to have your car drive you?
How close are we to having autonomous vehicles on our roads? Closer than you may think. What are the main hurdles to overcome? (legal and societal aspects may be more difficult hurdles than technical aspects)? What benefits can we expect?

1960’s music: as good as I remember?
This period was the coming of age for the baby boomer generation. How did popular music change during that decade? Why? Come and see if your favourites made the list.
Cruise History/Experience (including naval, coast guard, and maritime cruises)

June-August 1967: USS Randolph (CV-15), Norfolk, VA, USA, Atlantic Ocean operations (US Naval Academy 3rd class summer cruise)
August 1968: USS Dace (SSN 607), New London, CT, USA, local submarine operations (US Naval Academy 2nd class summer)
July 1969: Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) Chaleur, Halifax to Quebec, Canada
July 1969: HMCS Chaleur, Halifax to NYC, USA (US Naval Academy 1st Class Foreign Exchange Cruise with Canadian Navy)
August 1969: HMCS Chaleur, Halifax to Bermuda
Feb-April 1972: USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN635), Portsmouth, NH, USA to Holyloch, Scotland (as submarine officer)
July-October 1972: USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN635), Holyloch, Scotland and return (as submarine officer)
Jan-March 1973: USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN635), Holyloch, Scotland and return (as submarine officer)
Feb-June 1974: USS Scamp (SSN 588) San Diego, CA, USA (as submarine officer)
July 1974: USS Scamp (SSN 588) San Diego, CA, to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii (as submarine officer)
Nov 1975: USS Scamp (SSN 588) Pearl Harbor, Hawaii )
Dec 1975: USS Scamp (SSN 588) Pearl Harbor, Hawaii to San Diego, CA
Feb 1977: USS Groton (SSN 694), New London, CT, USA, exercise coordinator for local submarine operations
Nov 1976: Windjammer, St Marten R/T to eastern Caribbean
Apr-May 1979: US Coast Guard Cutter Cape George (WPB 95306), Block Island Sound, USA (exercise coordinator)
Mar-May 1983: M/V Abshire Tide, San Juan, PR to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (US Coast Guard research exercise coordinator)
April 1993: MS Rachmaninoff, Volga River (Balakovo, Russia)
Mar 1996: Carnival, San Juan to Southern Caribbean
Jan 1999: Noordam, Fort Lauderdale to Eastern Caribbean
Feb 2000: Monarch of the Seas, Miami to Southern Caribbean
Sept 2002: Johanna, Vienna to Passau (Germany)
May 2005: DDSG Blue Danube, Vienna to Budapest, Hungary
April 2006: DDSG Blue Danube, Vienna to the Wachau (Austria)
Sept 2006: (name unknown), Three Gorges (China)
May 2007: Seaworld Express, Busan to Jeju Island (South Korea)
Sept 2008:MS Kaiserin Elisabeth, Vienna to Bratislava, Slovakia
Oct 2009: MS RheinEnergie, St Goarshausen to Koblenz (Rhine/Germany)
Feb 2010: Xunlong, Hong Kong to Shenzhen (China)
Jan 2013: Splendor of the Seas, Tampa-Key West-Cozumel-Tampa
April 2013: Zenith, Athens to Istanbul to Athens
July 2014: Eclipse, Southampton to Baltic Sea (including St Petersburg) and return
Oct 2014: Reflections, Rome to Fort Lauderdale
Aug 2015: Norled, Flam to Bergen (Norway)
Oct 2015: Infinity, Miami to Western Caribbean
Dec 2015: Queen Mary II, Southampton to NYC
Feb 2016: Solstice, Auckland to Perth
Aug 2016: Serenade of the Seas, Copenhagen to Boston
Jan 2017: Reflections, Fort Lauderdale to Eastern Caribbean
Apr 2017: Crown Princess, Miami to Southampton
Aug 2017: Millennium, Seward to Vancouver
Jan 2018: Ruby Princess, Los Angeles R/T to Mexican Riviera
Sept 2018: Millennium, Vancouver to Tokyo/Yokohama
Oct 2018: Millennium, Tokyo/Yokohama R/T around Japan
Feb-Mar 2019: NCL Jewel, Sydney to Singapore
Sept-Oct 2019: Celebrity Solstice, Honolulu to Sydney
Nov 2019: NCL Gem, Boston to Eastern Caribbean R/T

Aug 2016: Serenade of the Seas, Copenhagen to Boston
Feb-Mar 2019: NCL Jewel, Sydney to Singapore
Sept-Oct 2019: Celebrity Solstice, Honolulu to Sydney
Nov 2019: NCL Gem, Boston to Eastern Caribbean R/T
Dec 2019-Jan 2020: Silversea Silver Whisper, Fort Lauderdale to Central America R/T