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Our celebrated speakers have been carefully selected for their knowledge of the art, history, archaeology, architecture, wine and cuisine of the areas we visit. Their informative and enlightening talks will entertain you and bring to life the history of the remarkable civilisations and cultures of the Mediterranean and the Far East.

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    • Dr Sarah Baccianti

      Dr Sarah Baccianti

      Queen’s University Belfast

      Cruises:

      Iceland, Faroes & Shetlands - 2019-07-27 Grand Norway & Baltic Capitals - 2019-06-15 Grand Iceland & Western France - 2019-07-27
      Dr. Sarah Baccianti graduated with a master in English Philology, English and American Literature, and Sociology of Communication and Mass Media, from the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland. In 2010, she completed her PhD in Old English and Old Norse literature at the University of Oxford.

      Dr. Sarah Baccianti graduated with a master in English Philology, English and American Literature, and Sociology of Communication and Mass Media, from the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland. In 2010, she completed her PhD in Old English and Old Norse literature at the University of Oxford.

      Dr Baccianti’s doctoral research focused on the narrative structure of  historical writings in Old English, Old Norse and Anglo-Latin. She was a visiting researcher at the University of  California, Los Angeles, and taught Old English, Middle English and Old Norse at the universities of Oxford, Lausanne and Cork, before recently being awarded the prestigious Royal Society Newton International Fellowship at Queen’s University Belfast. Sarah’s current research, "Scientific Knowledge in Medieval Scandinavia"  is a study of  the transmission and reception of scientific and medical knowledge in the medieval North, from the 12th to the 14th-centuries, with a particular focus given on texts produced in Iceland and Norway.

      In addition to her primary research, Sarah has started a community-engagement project in Cork, which aims to communicate to students and teachers in County Cork (while extending communication to the general public, media and heritage professionals) a greater knowledge of Viking Age culture in Ireland and more specifically Cork.

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    • Dr Tom Birkett

      Dr Tom Birkett

      University College Cork

      Cruises:

      Baltic Capitals & St Petersburg - 2019-07-02 Grand Norway & Baltic Capitals - 2019-06-15 Grand Baltic, St Petersburg & Norwegian Fjords - 2019-07-02
      Dr Tom Birkett is a lecturer in Old English and Old Norse, and an expert on the mythology and literary culture of medieval Scandinavia. He gained his PhD at Oxford, where he taught for several years before moving to Ireland and taking up a lectureship at University College Cork.

      Dr Tom Birkett is a lecturer in Old English and Old Norse, and an expert on the mythology and literary culture of medieval Scandinavia. He gained his PhD at Oxford, where he taught for several years before moving to Ireland and taking up a lectureship at University College Cork.

      Tom developed his interest in the Viking Age whilst living and studying in Norway, and spent part of his doctorate researching in Iceland, where he returns at every opportunity. He has published widely on medieval literature and culture, on subjects ranging from the runic tradition in England to Norse mythology and its influence on writers such as J.R.R Tolkien, and he has contributed features on the Vikings and Anglo-Saxons in the national press, including for the Irish Times and the TLS. His latest book is a retelling of the Norse Myths and the Viking voyages to the east for Quercus.

      In addition to his primary research, Tom has also led high-profile community-engagement projects investigating the impact of Norse culture in his local area and internationally, as well as collaborating with poets on the translation of medieval poetry, and he is a firm believer in taking the subject outside the University. He has produced a travelling exhibition on the Vikings in Orkney, edited a booklet on the Vikings in Munster for free distribution, and spent the last year running a funded project collecting materials from across Europe to create a major new educational resource on the Vikings. He regularly works with local schools, heritage organisations and museums, and he always encourages approaches to the Vikings that engage the public in interpreting the Viking past, even joining the Danish crew of a reconstructed longship to sail in the Baltic.

      Tom started lecturing on cruises in 2014, and has taken groups to Viking sites in Norway, the Scottish Isles and Iceland. 

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    • Prof David Braund

      Prof David Braund

      University of Exeter

      Cruises:

      The Black Sea & Greek Islands - 2019-05-01 Grand Black Sea & Southern Italy - 2019-05-01
      Since 1996 David has been Professor of Black Sea and Mediterranean History at the University of Exeter. His main area of research is the relationship between the classical cultures of the Mediterranean and the north, across Europe and Asia. He has travelled and lectured extensively all around the Black Sea coastlands. He now researches mostly in Athens and St. Petersburg. In addition to the classical languages, he is fluent in Modern Greek, Russian and Georgian.

      Since 1996 David has been Professor of Black Sea and Mediterranean History at the University of Exeter. His main area of research is the relationship between the classical cultures of the Mediterranean and the north, across Europe and Asia. He has travelled and lectured extensively all around the Black Sea coastlands. He now researches mostly in Athens and St. Petersburg. In addition to the classical languages, he is fluent in Modern Greek, Russian and Georgian.

      David has taught at various universities over the years, including Cambridge and Leicester. He also held a research fellowship at Oxford, where he researched in Georgian for three years. Formerly a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, he has had a range of honorary attachments (in Belfast, Bristol, London (SOAS), and Tbilisi etc.). In 2000 he was made Honorary Member of the Russian Classical Association in Moscow, and in 2010 received an honorary doctorate from the University of Batumi in Georgia.

      David takes a very broad view of his subject, combining traditional classical studies with archaeology, anthropology and reflections on current events. His publications include many books (published in London, Oxford, and Tbilisi etc.), most recently Greek Religion and Cults in the Black Sea Region: Goddesses in the Bosporan Kingdom (Cambridge UP, 2018). Among imminent books is Ancient Greek Theatre in the Black Sea, which he has co-written and co-edited for Cambridge.

       

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    • Larry Bray

      Larry Bray

      Commercial Photographer

      Cruises:

      South Africa, Namibia & the Skeleton Coast - 2019-03-12 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Namibia & Atlantic Islands SailAway - 2019-03-15
      Larry is a commercial photographer and for over 30 years has been working nationally and internationally with a diverse range of clients such as BP, Cunard, NHS, McDonalds, American Express, ChildLine and National Grid amongst many others. He has been featured in, and written for, Professional Photography magazine, his stock photography is represented by Getty images and he is a member of the Association of Photographers.

      Larry is a commercial photographer and for over 30 years has been working nationally and internationally with a diverse range of clients such as BP, Cunard, NHS, McDonalds, American Express, ChildLine and National Grid amongst many others. He has been featured in, and written for, Professional Photography magazine, his stock photography is represented by Getty images and he is a member of the Association of Photographers.

      Larry has directed and taught photography weekends and classes, is self taught, still learning, and has a real passion for what he does. He loves to help others improve and enjoy their photography regardless of the device they’re using, whether its film or digital, a basic compact camera, a phone, an iPad, or the latest high end digital SLR.

      Over his career he’s shot architecture and interiors, still life, reportage, sport, industrial, food, landscapes and much more. Larry has had two studios, the second, Brighton one, being the largest in the UK at the time, where he shot everything from cakes and desserts for Greens to room-sets for B&W loudspeakers. In recent years most of his work is on location and involves photographing people from all walks of life, in all sorts of situations, for corporate, advertising and editorial.

      Having been involved in photography for so long, Larry started out using film cameras of various types and formats from 35mm to 5x4 and processing and printing in the traditional darkroom. He then moved to scanning the images from film and outputting them digitally. Larry’s first shoot using purely digital was a commission by Canon UK in 1998 to produce a calendar of photographs of London. For the last 15 years Larry has been shooting entirely with digital cameras and has an extensive knowledge of the digital workflow from camera to print. He was asked by Park Cameras, the UK’s largest independent photo retailer, to advise and teach at their School of Photography as well as offering one to one tuition.

      Having worked with Cunard for several years, supplying photographs of their ships around the world for brochures, advertising and PR, along with commissions for Seabourn, Larry enjoys being on cruise ships. He particularly likes smaller ships and has given photography talks on Minerva and Voyager, so is very much looking forward to joining Aegean Odyssey.

      Websites:

      www.larrybray.com  -  people photography

      www.larrybrayphotoart.com  - landscapes, seascapes and travel photographs

       

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    • Rev Dr. Judith Brown

      Rev Dr. Judith Brown

      University of Oxford

      Cruises:

      The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca - 2019-01-01
      Judith Brown is the recently retired Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Oxford and an emeritus Professorial Fellow of Balliol College.  The main focus of her academic writing has been modern India, in particular the careers of M.K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.  She has also written on the modern diaspora from South Asia.

      Judith Brown is the recently retired Professor of Commonwealth History at the University of Oxford and an emeritus Professorial Fellow of Balliol College.  The main focus of her academic writing has been modern India, in particular the careers of M.K. Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru.  She has also written on the modern diaspora from South Asia.

      She was born in India and then educated in the UK.  She returned to India to teach in her “gap” before going to Cambridge (Girton college) to read History as an undergraduate, and then to do her doctorate on the early Indian career of Gandhi.  Her teaching career started in her own college where she was a Fellow and Director of Studies in History.  She then moved to Manchester University’s Department of History, and finally in 1990 to Oxford.  As well as teaching and writing, she has travelled widely for research, to give lectures, and to do many of the tasks which accompany senior academic life.  She has been a governor of several UK universities, a Trustee of the Charles Wallace (India) Trust, and was a founder member of the Kluge Scholars’ Council at the Library of Congress.  In the 1990s she travelled regularly to South Africa to teach summer courses on India in the then University of Natal.

      Judith is also an Anglican Priest, and now helps in Balliol Chapel and in the parish church of St. Mary Magdalen, Oxford.  In 2017 she was “lent” to Brasenose College as their interim chaplain.  She was married to her late husband, Peter Diggle for over 30 years.  Their son works in politics in London and their daughter-in-law is a rising young opera star.  Judith’s passion, apart from India, is gardening!

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    • Professor Stefan Buczacki

      Professor Stefan Buczacki

      Biologist and biographer

      Cruises:

      South Africa, Namibia & the Skeleton Coast - 2019-03-12 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Dalmatia & Ancient Greece - 2019-09-18 Grand Italy, Dalmatia & Greece - 2019-09-04 Grand Adriatic & Aegean Experience - 2019-09-18 Namibia & Atlantic Islands SailAway - 2019-03-15
      Stefan is currently celebrating thirty years as a cruise ship lecturer to all parts of the world but says that of his many achievements the one of which he is proudest is to have been voted among the one hundred people of Polish descent who have contributed most to the life and culture of Britain -  a list on which he appears, alphabetically, between Bonnie Prince Charlie and King Cnut!

      Stefan is currently celebrating thirty years as a cruise ship lecturer to all parts of the world but says that of his many achievements the one of which he is proudest is to have been voted among the one hundred people of Polish descent who have contributed most to the life and culture of Britain -  a list on which he appears, alphabetically, between Bonnie Prince Charlie and King Cnut!

      Stefan was educated at the Universities of Southampton and Oxford and is a Chartered Biologist and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Chartered Horticulturist, a founder Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Horticulture, a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and Associate of the Royal Photographic Society. He holds an honorary chair in Biological Sciences at Liverpool John Moores University, honorary doctorates from the Universities of Southampton and Derby and is an honorary fellow of CABI Biosciences International and of Warwickshire College. He is double past-president of the British Mycological Society and holds the Veitch Memorial Medal in gold of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Benefactors' Medal of the British Mycological Society and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Garden Media Guild.

      Stefan is probably Britain's most experienced media gardening expert and has published over sixty books on natural history and gardening, many of them standard reference works and most translated into several languages. He is believed to be Britain's second biggest selling gardening author and has also written for most national newspapers and leading magazines. Stefan has used his special expertise in fungi to write the most comprehensive field guide to British fungi ever published. His major natural history book, the encyclopaedic Fauna Britannica described the entire wild animal life of the British Isles and its role in British culture.  HRH The Prince of Wales wrote the Foreword and the book was short listed for British Illustrated Book of the Year.

      Among his numerous broadcasting achievements, Stefan appeared most famously on BBC Radio's 'Gardeners' Question Time' as panellist and chairman for a unique unbroken run of over 600 broadcasts in twelve years, just part of a portfolio of well over 1,000 radio programmes.  For three years he presented 'Classic Gardening Forum' on Classic FM and devised, wrote and presented six series of the hugely successful programme 'The Gardening Quiz' on Radio 4.  He has also appeared on or presented around 1,000 television programmes, many featuring his own garden, on every British terrestrial television channel and has presented several series on satellite stations.  He is Patron or Trustee of numerous gardening and science-related bodies including the North of England Zoological Society, owners of award winning Chester Zoo and also has over thirty years experience as an expert witness in matters of litigation involving plants.

      Stefan has a long-standing interest in modern British political history and is recognised internationally as an authority on Winston Churchill and his social circle. His book 'Churchill and Chartwell' was described by the International Churchill Center in Washington DC as '…a thoroughly indispensable standard work, as important for the library of any serious Churchill student as the memoirs of close associates'.  His latest work, a biography of the Hon Venetia Stanley, confidante of prime minister H H Asquith, has already been hailed as 'a masterpiece'.

      Website:  www.stefanbuczacki.co.uk

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    • Andy Bunten BSc, MSc, DIC

      Andy Bunten BSc, MSc, DIC

      Ecologist

      Cruises:

      The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca - 2019-01-01 Iceland, Faroes & Shetlands - 2019-07-27 Grand Iceland & Western France - 2019-07-27
      Andy has been an obsessive enthusiast about wildlife ever since he can remember. Educated at Cambridge, Newcastle and Imperial College, he then embarked on a career in nature conservation.  He has worked for local government, wildlife trusts, and, for 26 years, the RSPB. 

      Andy has been an obsessive enthusiast about wildlife ever since he can remember. Educated at Cambridge, Newcastle and Imperial College, he then embarked on a career in nature conservation.  He has worked for local government, wildlife trusts, and, for 26 years, the RSPB.

      He initially worked in RSPB Scotland then headed south to be the Regional Director for the South East of England for 5 years before, in 1991, moving to the North of England to take up the reins of Director there. A highly experienced lecturer, Andy has cruised extensively completing over 20 trips ranging from Costa Rica to the Philippines and from Argentina to Svalbard

      Now an Environmental Consultant, Andy is an enthusiastic traveller and has led wildlife groups to numerous places around the world including the Seychelles, France, Egypt, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Borneo, Norway and Spitzbergen.
       

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    • Jane Busby

      Jane Busby

      Exercise and Dance Instructor

      Cruises:

      South Africa, Namibia & the Skeleton Coast - 2019-03-12 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Namibia & Atlantic Islands SailAway - 2019-03-15
      Jane teaches exercise and dance in and around Brighton, specialising in teaching the over 50’s, as well as choreographing fashion shows and flash mobs.

      Jane teaches exercise and dance in and around Brighton, specialising in teaching the over 50’s, as well as choreographing fashion shows and flash mobs.

      Since starting ballet at the age of 3 years, Jane has danced all her life appearing in shows as a child then becoming professional at 16. For 15 years Jane worked in theatres, TV and on cruise ships with famous groups including The Tiller Girls, Black and White Minstrels, The Danny La Rue Show, 2nd Generation and as a Lionel Blair dancer. Jane had a wonderful time appearing in Summer seasons, pantomimes, TV variety shows and travelled abroad including 6 months in Japan, 6 months in Mallorca in the dinner show at the prestigious Sporting Casino, 3 months in Portugal and a month in Malta with the Black and White Minstrels.  

      After several years travelling Jane settled to work in UK appearing in choreographed fashion shows for Selfridges, Barkers, Pronupture and Wrangler tours and with many appearances in the Liverpool Echo, Manchester Evening Post, Leicester Mercury and Brighton Argus fashion shows. Jane has appeared in TV commercials including Woolworths, Dulux, British Airways, Baileys and Great Mills DIY store.

      After marrying photographer, Larry Bray and having 2 girls, Jane turned her attentions to ‘behind the camera’ helping Larry by producing and styling his shoots.

      Over the last few years Jane has produced, styled and choreographed fashion shows and street flash mob events for clients including Marks & Spencer, Brighton City Centre and Jury’s Inn Hotel. In 2012-2014 Jane appeared as a guest fashion presenter on QVC shopping TV channel.

      Jane had the wonderful opportunity of dancing with The Second Generation again for Dame Vera Lynn’s 100 birthday tribute at the Palladium Theatre in March 2017. The wonderful Dougie Squires directed the show and reformed his famous group for ‘one night only’. The show had the honour of the Queen attending the performance.

      Jane’s fitness/dance classes have built up over the last 6 years to near capacity with 9 classes a week. She has thoroughly enjoyed teaching her classes on several cruise ships including the Minerva, Voyager and Saga Pearl 2. Jane is excited to be joining Aegean Odyssey and offering everyone the chance to have fun keeping fit and healthy, moving to popular and catchy music.

      Website  -  www.janebusbyfitness.co.uk

      Facebook  -  http://www.facebook.com/janebusbyfitness

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    • Major General Stephen Carr-Smith

      Major General Stephen Carr-Smith

      British Army, Retired

      Cruises:

      The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca - 2019-01-01
      Stephen Carr-Smith spent 33 years in the Army. During 1962-1982, he served 10 years in Germany at the height of the Cold War. From 1988-1995 he was serving in NATO, most of which was spent helping develop the “New NATO” after the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR.

      Stephen Carr-Smith spent 33 years in the Army. During 1962-1982, he served 10 years in Germany at the height of the Cold War. From 1988-1995 he was serving in NATO, most of which was spent helping develop the “New NATO” after the demise of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR.

      His last appointment was as the Deputy Director General of the NATO Communications Agency in Brussels. On leaving the Army in 1995, he worked for a company providing security and mine clearance services in remote and hostile countries; was the Senior Military Advisor to an operational analysis company owned by British Aerospace; and was the Chairman of a company developing opportunities to marry-up Russian technology with western finance and production.

      From 1999 to 2006, he was the Ombudsman for Estate Agents, a national appointment dealing with redress and financial compensation for buyers and sellers of residential property throughout the UK. Since 2009, he has been the Chairman of Help Moving Office, an internet company run by his second son that has now expanded into America.

      He has had a number of other involvements, like being an Honorary Colonel of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) – an all women, uniformed volunteer body that has supported the British Army for 100 years. From 1997 to 2003, he was a Colonel Commandant of the Royal Signals. From 2003 to 2013, he was the President of the Stragglers of Asia Cricket Club, with its origins in the Punjab in the 1920s – and, accompanied by his wife, he led tours to Sri Lanka in 2004 and to India in 2007.

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    • Dr Peter Cattermole

      Dr Peter Cattermole

      Planetary Geologist/Volcanologist

      Cruises:

      The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca - 2019-01-01
      Peter was born in Sussex, and by seven was showing a keen interest in climbing rocks and playing the piano. The former led eventually to his becoming a geologist, the latter left him with a lifelong interest in music.

      Peter was born in Sussex, and by seven was showing a keen interest in climbing rocks and playing the piano. The former led eventually to his becoming a geologist, the latter left him with a lifelong interest in music. While in his teens he was fortunate to meet Sir Patrick Moore, the eccentric TV astronomer, with whom he shared a close friendship until Patrick’s death in 2012. His enthusiasm led to Peter developing a keen interest in observational astronomy, particularly of the Moon and Planets. A certain ineptness at maths prevented pursuit of an astronomy career, so Patrick encouraged him to study and apply for a degree course in geology which he duly did, graduating from the University of Wales, gaining a higher degree and becoming a lecturer in both the Universities of Wales and Sheffield. He specialised in planetary geology, remote sensing and hard rock petrology.

      Prior to entering academia, he had been a draftsman, a forester, a rock climbing instructor and museum curator. In between university appointments has also spent a short period teaching at Gordonstoun School – an odd but interesting experience! For several years he was a Principal Investigator with NASA’s Planetary Geology and Geophysics Program, specialising in the study of the volcanoes of Mars and Venus. During this period he was based at Arizona State University. He also appeared regularly on BBC TV’s regular astronomy programme “Sky at Night”. In 1995 he delivered the 87th Kelvin Lecture to the Royal Society of Electrical Engineers.

      Peter has written more than 20 books, several in collaboration with Patrick Moore, as well as a plethora of academic papers. Taking early retirement in the late 1990s during a period of university “rationalisation”, he struck out on his own, leading specialist trips around the world, predominantly to volcanic areas, but also to view total solar eclipses. This took him to India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Africa, the USA, Mexico, Southeast Asia, as well as Australia, Siberia and Europe. In the late 1980s he began lecturing on cruise ships, and has since enjoyed working for several different lines on many different oceans, endeavouring to enthuse people about the workings of the wonderful planet on which we live.

      He has continued to play the piano, enjoy cooking and walking in the hills. Until recently he and his wife owned a rustic finca on the island of La Gomera, where they enjoyed good food, cheap wine, fantastic walking and views of the heavens almost unsurpassed. Their latest property acquisition is in rural Andalucia. He is hoping that Aegean Odyssey’s journey to India and Southeast Asia, is as wonderful as his previous trips.

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    • Prof Robin Cormack

      Prof Robin Cormack

      Courtauld Institute of Art, London

      Cruises:

      Classical Greece & Southern Italy - 2019-05-12 Grand Aegean & Mediterranean - 2019-05-12
      Robin Cormack is an art historian who works on Mediterranean art, particularly from Antiquity and Byzantium, but also from the Renaissance. He teaches in the Classics Faculty, University of Cambridge, has given lectures at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and at the Universities of California in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

      Robin Cormack is an art historian who works on Mediterranean art, particularly from Antiquity and Byzantium, but also from the Renaissance. He teaches in the Classics Faculty, University of Cambridge, and is giving lectures in 2014 in the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. and at the Universities of California at Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Robin has published books on Byzantine Art, and co-curated the Royal Academy exhibition, Byzantium 330-1453. 

      He has a special side-interest in British architects who worked in Khartoum and New Delhi, and since he has always made it an aim never to write or lecture about monuments and sites unless he has visited them and studied them at first hand, travel is one of the things he does most often. Fortunately his wife, Professor Mary Beard, agrees with this aim, and travels too (and not just on twitter). So do his children who are both students working in Africa, and who spend time in Cairo and South Sudan. He is currently trying to learn to play the harpsichord, but that does not travel with him.

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    • John Coventry

      John Coventry

      Travel and Special Interests lecturer

      Cruises:

      The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca - 2019-01-01 South Africa, Namibia & the Skeleton Coast - 2019-03-12 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Namibia & Atlantic Islands SailAway - 2019-03-15
      John studied Modern Languages at Exeter and Salford Universities, majoring in French, German, and Spanish. A lifelong thirst for travel was partially assuaged by a stint in America, at the University of Texas, in Austin, followed by a year in the pipeline construction industry, working as a translator/interpreter, in Algeria.

      John studied Modern Languages at Exeter and Salford Universities, majoring in French, German, and Spanish. A lifelong thirst for travel was partially assuaged by a stint in America, at the University of Texas, in Austin, followed by a year in the pipeline construction industry, working as a translator/interpreter, in Algeria.

      John then embarked upon a working lifetime spent in some of the strangest corners of the travel industry.

      At a time when the world was just starting to open up to leisure travel, he was in the vanguard of this revolution as a worldwide tour coordinator, accompanying groups of travellers on trips to a variety of exotic destinations and with a variety of diverse purposes.

      From wildlife photo safaris to transatlantic flights aboard Concorde, from the slopes of Macchu Picchu to the outback of Australia, from the gates of Graceland to the Iron Gates of the Danube, John’s life was a kaleidoscope of people, places, and experiences, some exciting, some disquieting, but all memorable.

      Smuggling a body across the Iron Curtain, being caught up in a revolution in South America, pinned down by sniper fire in San Francisco...these were just some of John’s experiences as he plied his trade around the globe. He went on to become general manager of one of the UK’s most prestigious independent tour operators.

      John’s first experience of ocean cruising was in 1982, around the islands of Indonesia. Since that long-ago cruise baptism, he has sailed the seven seas, as cruise manager, charterer, port lecturer, destinations presenter, and special interests speaker.

      A long time Mensa member and four time Brain of Mensa finalist, John’s range of knowledge and interests is as intriguing as it is eclectic.

      As a cruise lecturer, John brings to bear all his experience and expertise in a series of scintillating presentations on a- as you might expect - diverse range of fascinating subject matters.

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    • Clare Coventry

      Clare Coventry

      Craft Tutor

      Cruises:

      The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca - 2019-01-01 South Africa, Namibia & the Skeleton Coast - 2019-03-12 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Namibia & Atlantic Islands SailAway - 2019-03-15
      Clare was born and brought up in the small and historic town of Youghal, in Co. Cork, in Southern Ireland. She was educated at the Presentation of the Sacred Heart Convent, in Youghal. a traditional Catholic school for young ladies. Whilst receiving the full curriculum of subjects, including Gaelic, Clare’s heartfelt interests lay in other directions.

      Clare was born and brought up in the small and historic town of Youghal, in Co. Cork, in Southern Ireland. She was educated at the Presentation of the Sacred Heart Convent, in Youghal. a traditional Catholic school for young ladies. Whilst receiving the full curriculum of subjects, including Gaelic, Clare’s heartfelt interests lay in other directions.

      Her mother was a classically-trained pianist, and her father a fine tenor. Clare and her siblings were all musically inclined from a young age, and Clare formed herself and her three younger siblings (two sisters and a brother) into a harmony ensemble, with their ages ranging from sixteen to just eleven.

      In 1967, they won a grand concours held in Cork City Opera House, and were brought over to the UK on a tour, from which they never returned to Ireland.

      They settled in the United Kingdom, married and had families. Clare and her sisters resurrected their musical career in the 1980’s, culminating in national TV appearances and selection for the Golden Rose of Montreux international awards festival, in Switzerland.

      Clare went on to become a very successful BBC radio presenter, working for BBC Radio Lancashire, and BBC Radio Merseyside, two of Britain’s largest local radio networks. She had her own magazine-type show, interviewing right across the board, from authors to explorers, and from politicians to pop stars.

      As well as musical ability, Clare also inherited from her mother a lifelong love of crafting.

      “With six children to look after, my mother saw it as a necessity rather than a hobby,” reflects Clare. “I’ve just taken what I learnt and absorbed from her, and turned it to another use...teaching”.</p>

      Clare has spent a lifetime singing and crafting. In 2008, she gained her ‘Fascinator of Excellence’ qualification, and since then has appeared on ‘Crafty Beggars’, a TV show sponsored by Hobbycraft.’

      Clare has been singing and teaching her crafts aboard cruise ships for the past seventeen years. Her craft workshops are informative, effective, and great fun.With a unique blend of skill, patience, and humour, she brings to life the adage, “People learn best when they’re enjoying themselves”.

      Please note Clare will not be lecturing.

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    • Olivia Cox

      Olivia Cox

      British Diplomat Retired

      Cruises:

      Beyond Burma & the Malay Peninsula - 2019-01-22 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22
      Olivia is a former British diplomat who has travelled extensively in Asia and Europe and speaks fluent French and Spanish and basic Chinese. She joined the Diplomatic Service after graduating with a degree in Hispanic Studies from Bristol University. After a first posting to Mexico City (1978-80) she was assigned to Paris where, among other distractions, she met her husband, Nigel, also a diplomat. Olivia then accompanied Nigel on two postings to Beijing, where she worked for the British Council as Arts Officer, and as Manager of the International English Language Testing System programme for Chinese students. She also produced the Embassy monthly newsletter and taught English to Chinese undergraduates. From 2000-2002 she chaired the finals of the China University English Speaking Association’s annual national debating competition.

      Olivia is a former British diplomat who has travelled extensively in Asia and Europe and speaks fluent French and Spanish and basic Chinese. She joined the Diplomatic Service after graduating with a degree in Hispanic Studies from Bristol University. After a first posting to Mexico City (1978-80) she was assigned to Paris where, among other distractions, she met her husband, Nigel, also a diplomat. Olivia then accompanied Nigel on two postings to Beijing, where she worked for the British Council as Arts Officer, and as Manager of the International English Language Testing System programme for Chinese students. She also produced the Embassy monthly newsletter and taught English to Chinese undergraduates. From 2000-2002 she chaired the finals of the China University English Speaking Association’s annual national debating competition.

      Since leaving the Diplomatic Service in 2012, Olivia has attended various courses at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Courtauld Institute but also inspired by her late father, Lt Col Sir Julian Paget, a distinguished military historian, has helped to organise a 2014 Battlefield Tour to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, a 2015 Waterloo Bicentenary celebration in Brussels, and several events to commemorate the centenary of the 1918 Armistice.

      Olivia also enjoys voluntary work with Riding for the Disabled (the Royal Mews group, who arrange weekly riding in the Hyde Park Barracks for children with special needs), the Knightsbridge Association and English Heritage (as a guide at Apsley House and Wellington Arch in London). She makes jewellery to sell for charity and is a keen consumer of the cultural opportunities of London.

      Olivia and Nigel live in central London but (having no children, dogs or cats) travel frequently, both within Europe and further afield: trips since 2015 have included Peru, Ecuador (notably the Galapagos islands), South Africa, Qatar, Nepal, Southern India and the Azores.  

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    • Nigel Cox

      Nigel Cox

      British Diplomat

      Cruises:

      Beyond Burma & the Malay Peninsula - 2019-01-22 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10
      Nigel Cox is a former British diplomat with extensive Asian expertise. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (degrees in History & Politics and Law) he joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1975. The next year, just after the death of Chairman Mao, he started two years’ training in Mandarin Chinese, in Cambridge and Hong Kong.

      Nigel Cox is a former British diplomat with extensive Asian expertise. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin (degrees in History & Politics and Law) he joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1975. The next year, just after the death of Chairman Mao, he started two years’ training in Mandarin Chinese, in Cambridge and Hong Kong. 

      He spent a total of 8 years in three tours at the British Embassy in Peking/Beijing, including from 2000 to 2002 as deputy to the Ambassador, in the rank of Minister and Consul-General.  He was then appointed Director Asia-Pacific, responsible for UK relations with the whole region from Myanmar to Japan and from Mongolia to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific islands – and for line-managing most of the British Ambassadors there. He had previously served as Head of the South East Asian Department. Earlier, he had spent six years in Paris, the first at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and then as First Secretary in the British Embassy.  
       
      After a year’s secondment to business (with the P&O Group, now part of DP World, focussed on their worldwide container ports, and with AstraZeneca on their Chinese pharmaceuticals business), Nigel left the Diplomatic Service and worked as a consultant to International Power plc (now part of Gaz de France) exploring investment openings in Vietnam.  He was also appointed as Asia specialist on the Advisory Panel of PriceWaterhouse Cooper LLP. 
       
      From 2009 to 2013 he was Clerk (Chief Executive) to one of the City of London’s ancient guilds, the Fishmongers’ Company.  He currently works part-time as a Sensitivity Reviewer of the Foreign & Commonwealth Archives, making recommendations on whether redactions are required before files are transferred to the National Archives at Kew or released earlier in response to Freedom of Information enquiries.  He also undertakes voluntary work with the Royal Parks Foundation on the Hyde Park Tree Survey and with English Heritage as a guide at Apsley House (The Wellington Museum) and Wellington Arch in London.

      He has published articles and reviews, including in the quarterly “Asian Affairs”, and recently contributed five chapters to “Brave Lives”, an account of the members of the Travellers Club in London who were killed in the First World War.

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    • Dr Roderick Dale

      Dr Roderick Dale

      PhD University of Nottingham

      Cruises:

      Land of the Midnight Sun - 2019-06-15 Grand Norway & Baltic Capitals - 2019-06-15 Grand Voyage from Iberia to the North Cape Reunion Cruise - 2019-06-03
      Roderick Dale is Cultural Engagement Fellow with the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age at the University of Nottingham. He is curating the exhibition Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands and managing the Centre’s public engagement programme. Prior to this, he worked at University College Cork on The World-Tree Project, a community collection initiative that produced a digital multimedia archive of resources for the teaching and study of the Vikings.

      Roderick Dale is Cultural Engagement Fellow with the Centre for the Study of the Viking Age at the University of Nottingham. He is curating the exhibition Danelaw Saga: Bringing Vikings back to the East Midlands and managing the Centre’s public engagement programme. Prior to this, he worked at University College Cork on The World-Tree Project, a community collection initiative that produced a digital multimedia archive of resources for the teaching and study of the Vikings. Roderick earned his PhD on Viking berserks at the University of Nottingham, where he also taught Old English and Old Norse. Before returning to the academy, Roderick worked as an archaeologist throughout Britain. He has appeared on television in Time Team and Ancient Black Ops: Berserkers and has given many radio interviews about the Vikings. He is the author, with Dr Marjolein Stern, of Vikings: Raids. Culture. Legacy.

      Roderick is an expert in Viking-Age warfare, Old Norse language, literature and culture, and reception studies. His primary areas of research are Old Norse literature, medieval and Viking Age Nordic culture, and popular culture depictions of Vikings. He is heavily engaged in communicating academic research about the Vikings to the public, both through public lectures, and by advising authors about Vikings for their books, most recently the English language translation of Makoto Yukimura’s Vinland Saga manga.

      Roderick’s interest in the Viking Age stems from an early age when his grandmother told him stories about the Vikings, and was cemented by his time living and studying in Norway. This enthusiasm remains unabated, and he will happily talk Vikings with anyone willing to listen.

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    • Judy Ducker

      Judy Ducker

      Cruises:

      Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10
      Chandeliers or live Cockroaches it’s all in a day’s work for Judy. At the top of her profession as a freelance Production Buyer in the Set Decorating Department of top television and major feature film productions, her credits include ‘Inspector Morse’ ‘Poirot’, ‘Foyle’s War’, ‘Wilde’, ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘Golden Compass’, ‘Hugo’, ‘Christopher Robin’ the feature film of ‘Downton Abbey’ and many more.

      Chandeliers or live Cockroaches it’s all in a day’s work for Judy.  At the top of her profession as a freelance Production Buyer in the Set Decorating Department of top television and major feature film productions, her credits include ‘Inspector Morse’  ‘Poirot’,  ‘Foyle’s War’, ‘Wilde’, ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘Golden Compass’, ‘Hugo’, ‘Christopher Robin’ the feature film of ‘Downton Abbey’ and many more. Her stories both from ‘on set’ and backstage reveal the pleasures and pitfalls involved in bringing film and TV sets alive with ‘props’ of all kinds, ensuring accurate period detail to enhance the look, the style and the visual integrity of the productions she has worked on over the years.

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    • John Ducker

      John Ducker

      The Wine Education Service

      Cruises:

      Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 European Connoisseur - 2019-06-03 Grand Voyage from Iberia to the North Cape - 2019-06-03 Grand Voyage from Rome to London Reunion Cruise - 2019-05-22 Grand Voyage from Iberia to the North Cape Reunion Cruise - 2019-06-03
      Having been bestowed a number of interesting ‘lives’ which may be revealed as the cruise progresses, John’s principal activity has been as the actor ‘John Leeson’. He has celebrated over half a century’s visibility in theatre, film and television, and latterly as the unseen voice of Doctor Who’s iconic robot dog-companion K9.

      Having been bestowed a number of interesting ‘lives’ which may be revealed as the cruise progresses, John’s principal activity has been as the  actor ‘John Leeson’. He has celebrated over half a century’s visibility in theatre, film and television, and latterly as the unseen voice of Doctor Who’s iconic robot dog-companion K9. Hardly less important has been his professional wine-teaching career, one which has additionally covered many sea and river miles as wine tutor for a number of top smaller-ship cruise lines. As a reputable (and published) family cook his quick-reference guide to food/wine matching, ‘Marriages Made in Heaven’, will be freely available on board.

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    • Hugh Ellwood

      Hugh Ellwood

      Architect and Artist, Accredited Lecturer of The Art Society

      Cruises:

      Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean - 2019-10-02
      Hugh Ellwood was educated in the classics and went to university in Rome to study philosophy. It was here that art and history became a reality and after four years he returned to Manchester to study architecture. After graduation, he became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He pursued a career as an architect with Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-discipline design organisation in the UK. For 21 years he was a partner in the practice, working on housing, school and hospital projects such as the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and the New General Infirmary at Leeds.

      Hugh Ellwood was educated in the classics and went to university in Rome to study philosophy. It was here that art and history became a reality and after four years he returned to Manchester to study architecture. After graduation, he became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He pursued a career as an architect with Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-discipline design organisation in the UK. For 21 years he was a partner in the practice, working on housing, school and hospital projects such as the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and the New General Infirmary at Leeds.

      For some years Hugh was an external examiner in Architecture at the University of Manchester as well as a visiting lecturer in the history of art and architecture at the University of Central Lancashire. He has also lectured extensively to various societies and organisations on art and architecture and is a Accredited Lecturer of The Art Society.

      During the 1980s he began to sketch with watercolour as a complement to the pursuit of architecture. He prefers to work in watercolour, ink, pencil and pastel. His subjects are mainly buildings, the landscape and the relationship between the two. He prefers to work outdoors, rather than in the studio.

      During the year he spends at least three months with his wife in Switzerland and Italy as well as visiting other places of interest abroad to study, photograph and sketch. The areas of the Italian lakes, Rome and Venice are particular favourites.

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    • Dr. Irene Garcia Losquino

      Dr. Irene Garcia Losquino

      University of Alicante

      Cruises:

      The Norwegian Fjords - 2019-07-15
      Irene Garcia Losquino lectures at the University of Alicante. She received her PhD in Scandinavian Studies in 2013 from the University of Aberdeen, where she also lectured for many years. It was during her time in Scotland that Irene became interested in Celtic, Germanic and Viking cultures. She published the book The Early Runic Inscriptions: Their Western Features with the publisher Peter Lang (New York) in 2015, and, since 2014, has been working on her current research project: Vikings in Spain – Resistance, Settlement and Cross-Cultural Exchange. This project has allowed Irene to return to her home country to do research on Vikings: something she would have never dreamt about before!

      Irene Garcia Losquino lectures at the University of Alicante. She received her PhD in Scandinavian Studies in 2013 from the University of Aberdeen, where she also lectured for many years. It was during her time in Scotland that Irene became interested in Celtic, Germanic and Viking cultures. She published the book The Early Runic Inscriptions: Their Western Features with the publisher Peter Lang (New York) in 2015, and, since 2014, has been working on her current research project: Vikings in Spain – Resistance, Settlement and Cross-Cultural Exchange. This project has allowed Irene to return to her home country to do research on Vikings: something she would have never dreamt about before!

      Irene has been lucky to be an invited researcher at the Universities of Tübingen, Stockholm and Notre Dame (EEUU), as well as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Uppsala, and even luckier to receive two awards for her research from the Royal Gustavus Adoplphus Academy of Sweden. While she doesn't enjoy the cold winters, her many northern travels have allowed Irene to develop insights on different approaches to Viking Studies.

      Apart from her interdisciplinary academic work on different aspects of the Viking Age, Irene has broad experience in the engagement of the general public with research. Irene has presented documentaries about the Vikings, and has spoken about her research at many conferences and invited papers, as well as at a large number of public events, museums and private guided tours to Viking sites.

      On her (very spare) spare time, Irene enjoys snorkelling, martial arts and cooking.

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    • Dr Gareth George

      Dr Gareth George

      Geologist

      Cruises:

      South Africa, Namibia & the Skeleton Coast - 2019-03-12 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Namibia & Atlantic Islands SailAway - 2019-03-15
      Gareth first became interested in geology at grammar school where he self-taught the A-level course without specialist teacher guidance. He graduated from Swansea University in 1966 with a B.Sc. (Honours Geology) and gained his Ph. D. (University of Wales) in 1970 researching the Upper Carboniferous sediments of SW Wales, under the supervision of Prof. Gilbert Kelling. He began his academic career lecturing in sedimentology and stratigraphy at Sir John Cass College, London and retired in 2004 from the University of Greenwich where he also taught M.Sc. courses in Petroleum Geology.

      Gareth first became interested in geology at grammar school where he self-taught the A-level course without specialist teacher guidance. He graduated from Swansea University in 1966 with a B.Sc. (Honours Geology) and gained his Ph. D. (University of Wales) in 1970 researching the Upper Carboniferous sediments of SW Wales, under the supervision of Prof. Gilbert Kelling. He began his academic career lecturing in sedimentology and stratigraphy at Sir John Cass College, London and retired in 2004 from the University of Greenwich where he also taught M.Sc. courses in Petroleum Geology.

      During his career he tutored and was external examiner for the Open University, teaching a variety of second and third level geology courses and summer schools. In the 1970’s Gareth ran guided walks and lectures for the Pembrokeshire Countryside Unit (later to become the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park), which was established by the well-known pioneering conservationist, author and broadcaster John H. Barrett MBE (1913-1999).

      As an oil/gas consultant, employed by UK, Dutch and American companies, he worked on hydrocarbon fields in the UK and Dutch sectors of the Southern North Sea, Libya and Qatar. He has led innumerable field trips to South Wales, other classic areas in the UK and SE Spain for undergraduates, OU and U3A students, the Geologists’ Association, post-graduates and active and retired oil-company personnel. Gareth has written many research papers and has contributed to books published by the Geological Society of London and the Geologists’ Association and has delivered lectures to the petroleum societies of Great Britain (London) and the Netherlands (The Hague).

      In 2008 he founded Geoserv Publishing and has since self-published three books: The Geology of South Wales: A Field Guide (1st and 2nd editions) and Aspects of the Sedimentology of South Wales, all of which have been well received, particularly by students studying the rocks of the Pembrokeshire Coast and Brecon Beacons national parks, the Gower Peninsula and the Vale of Glamorgan. The field guide contains interesting comments and illustrations regarding ‘Stonehenge and the Preseli Bluestone enigma’ and the Iron Age forts/tombs of the area. A further two publications are planned for 2019/20: The Red Rocks of Pembrokeshire with Prof. Brian Williams, and Introductory Geology: an illustrated guide for beginners.

      He and his wife Jean have travelled widely, especially to locations with features of geological and geographical interest. These include cruises to the Caribbean, Mediterranean, the Baltic and the coasts of Norway and Alaska and extensive holidays have been spent in North Africa, the Canadian Rockies, USA, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam & Cambodia and, most recently, South Africa & Namibia. These travels have facilitated the opportunity for Gareth to pursue his interest in the photography of landscapes, geological structures and rock-related archaeology.

      Gareth and Jean met at Swansea University and have been married for over 50 years, mostly living in Kent with their two children. As a Welshman Gareth is a rugby enthusiast and enjoys a wide range of music from Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan to opera and classical. He enjoys walking, gardening and cooking, and is the head chef of the George residence.

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    • Caroline Holmes

      Caroline Holmes

      Garden Historian

      Cruises:

      Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean - 2019-10-02
      Caroline Holmes is a Garden Historian of places, people and plants who sifts humour from humus worldwide as a lecturer, broadcaster and an author of 11 books.

      Caroline Holmes is a Garden Historian of places, people and plants who sifts humour from humus worldwide as a lecturer, broadcaster and an author of 11 books. A consultant designer specialising in evoking historical, artistic and symbolic references ranging from the gardens surrounding Notre Dame-de-Calais to devising the planting for The Alnwick Garden’s Poison Garden, Caroline lectures for The Art Society in both the UK and overseas; the RHS, Road Scholar, Martin Randall Travel, and the Plant School.  

      She is Course Director for University of Cambridge’s ICE International Summer Programmes. Her latest television appearance was on TeleFrance 1 on the Field of the Cloth of Gold (2017). She was the presenter of Telling the Stories of England (2016) and has appeared on many BBC Gardening programmes, co-presenting Glorious Gardens, a design and history series in 2004. Caroline has also toured Australia and presented A Sunparched Country for BBC Radio Four in 2008.

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    • U Ye Htut

      U Ye Htut

      Institute of Southeast Asian Studies & Yusof Ishak Institute Singapore

      Cruises:

      Beyond Burma & the Malay Peninsula - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22
      U Ye Htut has been Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute) in Singapore since 2016. He is researching and writing a major study of the transitional Myanmar government of President Thein Sein (2011-2016).

      In that government, he served as Presidential spokesperson (2013-2016) and Minister of Information (2014-2016). In the latter capacity, and previously as Director-General and Deputy Minister of Information, he was the key figure in the liberalisation of Myanmar’s media laws and brought into that process international media assistance from the BBC, Deutsche Vella, the Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia and the Asia Foundation.

      U Ye Htut has been Visiting Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute) in Singapore since 2016.  He is researching and writing a major study of the transitional Myanmar government of President Thein Sein (2011-2016).  In that government, he served as Presidential spokesperson (2013-2016) and Minister of Information (2014-2016).  In the latter capacity, and previously as Director-General and Deputy Minister of Information, he was the key figure in the liberalisation of Myanmar’s media laws and brought into that process international media assistance from the BBC, Deutsche Vella, the Asia-Pacific Institute of Broadcasting, Radio Free Asia and the Asia Foundation. 

      Prior to transferring to the Ministry of Information, following his father, a Sandhurst graduate, he served 24 years in the Myanmar army.  After Myanmar’s most recent elections in 2015, he served as a member of the President’s Transition Team assisting the incoming government of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD).  He took his B.Sc. from Myanmar’s Defence Service Academy in 1981. 

      Married, with three daughters, U Ye Htut has written four books in Burmese, including Politics and the Media, Bush and His Decisions, and The Press Council and Journalists’ Ethics.  He frequently appears on Singapore’s Channel News Asia and writes occasionally for the Singapore Straits Times.

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    • Dr Steve Kershaw

      Dr Steve Kershaw

      Classicist

      Cruises:

      Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean - 2019-04-21 Grand Classical Greece & Black Sea - 2019-04-21
      As a Classics Tutor for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Professor of History of Art for the European Studies Program of Rhodes College and The University of the South, and a lecturer for the V&A.

      As a Classics Tutor for Oxford University Department for Continuing Education, Professor of History of Art for the European Studies Program of Rhodes College and The University of the South, and a lecturer for the V&A. Dr. Steve Kershaw has spent much of the last 30 years travelling extensively in the world of the Greeks and Romans both physically and intellectually. He has recently published A Brief Guide to the Greek Myths, A Brief Guide to Classical Civilization, A Brief History of the Roman Empire, and A Brief History of Plato's Atlantis.

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    • Sue King M Phil History of Art, BA Hons Phil/Pol, PGCE, MITG

      Sue King M Phil History of Art, BA Hons Phil/Pol, PGCE, MITG

      Art Historian

      Cruises:

      Iceland, Faroes & Shetlands - 2019-07-27 Grand Iceland & Western France - 2019-07-27
      Born a Londoner (with Scottish and Irish roots), Sue then travelled the world with a military and diplomatic father and husband. A degree in Philosophy and Politics, a Post Graduate teaching qualification and a Master’s in History of Art led to a teaching and lecturing career for students from four-years-old to undergraduates.

      Born a Londoner (with Scottish and Irish roots), Sue then travelled the world with a military and diplomatic father and husband. A degree in Philosophy and Politics, a Post Graduate teaching qualification and a Master’s in History of Art led to a teaching and lecturing career for students from four-years-old to undergraduates.

      Now based in London, and qualified as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for six areas of Britain from London to the South Coast and North to Yorkshire Sue has a broad knowledge of both art and history.

      She now works as a Tourist Guide, Art History Lecturer and Guide Trainer. She has given a series of Art History lectures for American University students studying in London, and for the London Blue Badge course for which she has been Course Director for five years, as well as guiding groups in London galleries and lecturing to various groups interested in art, architecture and heritage subjects.

      Sue is one of the few official guides for the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House, the Foundling Museum and Middle Temple Hall and as a member of the Guild of Freeman of the City of London, and of the Basketmakers Livery Company she is able to participate in the splendid pageantry of their official events and in their charitable activities. Sue is past Chairman of both the City of London Guide Lecturers Association and the British Guild of Tourist Guides.

      Four years of extensive travel in the United States whilst based in Pennsylvania and Washington DC, and visits to Australian relatives ensure that she can make effective links to our passengers who hail from these countries.

      Sue’s illustrated talks on board will bring to life the fascinating art and culture of Iceland and other countries we visit.

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    • Jessie Lindon

      Jessie Lindon

      Craft Tutor

      Cruises:

      Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22
      Jessie is a highly experienced Craft Tutor having run creative workshops on board for the past 10 years. She is a qualified teacher, a Member of the Silk Painter’s and Embroiderer’s Guilds and a National Trust tutor and demonstrator, responsible for introducing traditional craft activities to their properties in Warwickshire, Birmingham and surrounding areas.

      Jessie is a highly experienced Craft Tutor having run creative workshops on board for the past 10 years. She is a qualified teacher, a Member of the Silk Painter’s and Embroiderer’s Guilds and a National Trust tutor and demonstrator, responsible for introducing traditional craft activities to their properties in Warwickshire, Birmingham and surrounding areas.

      Home is the small market town of Henley in Arden and she is the Creatives Organiser for their annual Arts4all Festival. When she is not preparing for the next cruise she is a regular theatre goer at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre a few miles away in Stratford upon Avon.

      Her wide crafting knowledge and enthusiasm for what she does takes her to all corners of the world and when in port you will find her scouring the shops and markets in search of new ideas and local materials.

      Jessie brings on board an amazing array of crafting materials which enable passengers to sample a wide range of crafts gaining skills in silk painting, sewing, patchworking, papercrafts, folk art decoration and embroidery to name but a few!

      She particularly loves using traditional techniques in a contemporary way and keeping these crafts fresh and alive with simple effective projects.
      Her relaxed teaching style makes creativity achievable for every ability with many ideas and techniques to experience in a friendly and enjoyable environment.

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    • Stella Grace Lyons

      Stella Grace Lyons

      Art Historian

      Cruises:

      Renaissance Italy & Historic Islands - 2019-05-22 The Three Rivers - 2019-08-11 Grand Voyage from Rome to London - 2019-05-22 Grand Rivers, Rivieras & Renaissance - 2019-08-11 Grand Voyage from Rome to London Reunion Cruise - 2019-05-22
      Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol, and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice.

      Stella Grace Lyons gained her BA in the History of Art with a 1st class in her dissertation from the University of Bristol, and her MA in History of Art at the University of Warwick. She spent a year studying Renaissance art in Italy at the British Institute of Florence, and three months studying Venetian art in Venice. In addition, she attended drawing classes at the prestigious Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, a private atelier that follows a curriculum based on the leading ateliers of nineteenth century Paris.

      In 2017, Stella was selected by the Arts Society to lecture at the launch of 'Drawing Room Discussions' in association with ROSL ARTS, hosted by Guardian arts correspondent Maev Kennedy. Stella lectures regularly throughout the UK, Europe and for cruise ships. Her particular interests include 19th Century British art, the Italian and Northern Renaissance, American figurative artists from the 20th century and the representation of the nude in art. 

      Stella grew up in a family who all work in the arts; her mother is a choreographer, her father runs an animation company, her brother is an illustrator and her grandmother was an antiques dealer. As a child she was taken to galleries and historical houses throughout the UK and Europe and this is when her interest in Art History began. In addition to art, Stella enjoys travelling, good food, theatre, classical music and discovering new Scottish whiskies. You can read more about Stella on her website: www.stellagracelyons.com
       

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    • Dr Thomas Mannack

      Dr Thomas Mannack

      The Classical Art Research Centre, University of Oxford

      Cruises:

      The Three Rivers - 2019-08-11 Grand Iceland & Western France - 2019-07-27 Grand Rivers, Rivieras & Renaissance - 2019-08-11
      Dr. Thomas Mannack is Reader in Classical Iconography at the University of Oxford where he teaches Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and has taught Greek Art at King's College, London. He is an internationally known expert on Greek figure-decorated pottery and studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and European Archaeology in Kiel, Heidelberg and Oxford. He gained a first class doctorate at Kiel University. Dr Mannack has published books and papers in English and German on Greek pottery, Greek sculpture, and the reception of ancient art.

      Dr. Thomas Mannack is Reader in Classical Iconography at the University of Oxford where he teaches Greek and Roman Art and Architecture, and has taught Greek Art at King's College, London. He is an internationally known expert on Greek figure-decorated pottery and studied Classical Archaeology, Ancient History and European Archaeology in Kiel, Heidelberg and Oxford. He gained a first class doctorate at Kiel University. Dr Mannack has published books and papers in English and German on Greek pottery, Greek sculpture, and the reception of ancient art.

      He has been invited to present papers by many universities and academies including New York, Berlin, Tours, Brussels, Munich, Copenhagen, Vienna, Basel and Zurich. 

      In his spare time, Dr. Mannack is passionate about flat German tin figures, which his wife Sigrid hates, and on which he has published two scholarly article, just to irk her. His daughters, Lilith and Fidelis, have rejected the refined and beautiful field of Classical Archaeology in favour of “Science”, but are occasionally willing to accompany him on cruises (and paint toy figures better than him).

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    • Peter Mawby

      Peter Mawby

      Wildlife lecturer, ornithologist and research ecologist

      Cruises:

      South Africa, Namibia & the Skeleton Coast - 2019-03-12 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Namibia & Atlantic Islands SailAway - 2019-03-15
      As an ornithologist and research ecologist Peter has travelled widely and is a regular and highly successful cruise ship lecturer. Peter’s interest in the environment and ornithology in particular was encouraged during his schooldays at Sedbergh. Whilst still at school he was part of one of the first expeditions to visit South-East Iceland to study the breeding distribution of the Great Skua.

      As an ornithologist and research ecologist Peter has travelled widely and is a regular and highly successful cruise ship lecturer. Peter’s interest in the environment and ornithology in particular was encouraged during his schooldays at Sedbergh. Whilst still at school he was part of one of the first expeditions to visit South-East Iceland to study the breeding distribution of the Great Skua. Subsequently he went on to organise and lead his own expeditions to the Shetland and Faeroe Islands. Whilst an undergraduate at Cambridge University he was awarded a grant to extend his studies of Arctic Scandinavia. Such was his skill and expertise, he received his licence and has been ringing birds for well over fifty years.

      He went on to teach, working in England (Marlborough, Shrewsbury and St John’s School, Leatherhead) and Scotland at The Edinburgh Academy, culminating with his final appointment as Headmaster of Lancaster Royal Grammar School, where he spent eighteen very happy and successful years. Peter is currently researching the environmental impact of changing patterns in agriculture on the birds of the Western Dales, working in conjunction with the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, the British Trust for Ornithology and the Environment Agency.

      He is now in great demand to speak to enthusiasts from the RSPB, Scottish Ornithologists Club and regional Wildlife Trusts. In common with many teenagers, Peter was faced with choices and although he finally decided to follow a science route into teaching, his other love is music and playing the cello. He has pursued this from his schooldays to playing now with a number of orchestras in North West England.

      In recent years Peter has enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge with passengers on a range of cruises, vising places as far flung as Polynesia, the Amazon, Central America, New England, the Atlantic Islands, Iceland, Greenland, the White Sea, Baltic and Mediterranean, SE Asia East Africa and the Indian Ocean. His talks include top quality illustrations, sound and video clips, making them both entertaining and informative. When not lecturing Peter welcomes the opportunity to enhance passengers’ experiences of the wildlife around them out on deck, providing on-board commentaries and during tours away from the ship.

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    • Gill Mawby

      Gill Mawby

      University of Durham

      Cruises:

      South Africa, Namibia & the Skeleton Coast - 2019-03-12 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Namibia & Atlantic Islands SailAway - 2019-03-15
      Gillian Mawby read English at the University of Durham and subsequently an MA and PhD in Ruskin Studies at Lancaster University where she also held an honorary research fellowship. She was born in Devon and is a life member of The Devonshire Association for which she was Recorder of Dialect for twelve years. She was awarded the Voluntary Medical Service Medal in 1981, and has attended sittings in a South African court whilst serving as a Magistrate on the Lancaster Bench.

      Gillian Mawby read English at the University of Durham and subsequently an MA and PhD in Ruskin Studies at Lancaster University where she also held an honorary research fellowship.  

      She was born in Devon and is a life member of The Devonshire Association for which she was Recorder of Dialect for twelve years. She was awarded the Voluntary Medical Service Medal in 1981, and has attended sittings in a South African court whilst serving as a Magistrate on the Lancaster Bench.

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    • Peter Medhurst

      Peter Medhurst

      Pianist and lecturer-recitalist, Accredited Lecturer of The Art Society

      Cruises:

      Mediterranean Odyssey - 2019-08-23 Grand Rivers, Rivieras & Renaissance - 2019-08-11 Grand Mediterranean - 2019-08-23
      Peter Medhurst’s work as singer, pianist and lecturer-recitalist has taken him all over the world, and in the last few years he has toured New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and made frequent tours in Europe, giving performances in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Salzburg, Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Paris and Spain.

      Peter Medhurst’s work as singer, pianist and lecturer-recitalist has taken him all over the world, and in the last few years he has toured New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and made frequent tours in Europe, giving performances in Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Salzburg, Brussels, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Paris and Spain.

      Closer to home, he has presented events at the Barbican, St John’s Smith Square, and the Royal Festival Hall on Beethoven String Quartets, Mozart Operas, Vermeer’s Music Lesson, The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Golden Age of Vienna, and 18th Century Venetian Art and Music.

      He has also directed presentations at the Wallace Collection, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the V&A, linking the visual arts with the world of 17th & 18th century music making.

      He is a familiar face to audiences of music societies, regional theatres and British festivals as well as to those of arts based organisations such as The Art Fund, The National Trust. He is also a Accredited Lecturer of The Art Society.

      Over the years Peter Medhurst has lectured for the universities of Kent and Surrey, directed a wide range of choirs, vocal ensembles and instrumental groups, and adjudicated and given masterclasses for the British Federation of Music Festivals.

      Peter is director of The Classical Music Company, and part of the triumvirate – with television director David Coleman and television producer Sheridan Dudley – that has formed Blue Thread Medhurst Productions. The organisation promotes special musical events, creates films about the arts, produces recordings and organises specialist music tours to unusual locations both at home and abroad.

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    • Nick Morrison

      Nick Morrison

      Musician and Conductor

      Cruises:

      Baltic Capitals & St Petersburg - 2019-07-02 Grand Norway & Baltic Capitals - 2019-06-15 Grand Baltic, St Petersburg & Norwegian Fjords - 2019-07-02
      Music graduate and London Blue Badge Guide, Nick Morrison, enjoyed a successful career in Classical Music management before becoming a professional London tourist guide and a trainer of tourist guides.

      Music graduate and London Blue Badge Guide, Nick Morrison, enjoyed a successful career in Classical Music management before becoming a professional London tourist guide and a trainer of tourist guides. He has lectured on music and architecture and specialises in tours with a musical theme.

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    • Prof Alexander J. Motyl

      Prof Alexander J. Motyl

      Rutgers University, Newark

      Cruises:

      The Black Sea & Greek Islands - 2019-05-01 Grand Classical Greece & Black Sea - 2019-04-21 Grand Black Sea & Southern Italy - 2019-05-01
      Alexander J. Motyl (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1984) is professor of political science at Rutgers University, Newark, as well as a writer and a painter. A specialist on Ukraine, Russia, and the USSR, and on nationalism, revolutions, empires, and theory, he is the author of 10 books of nonfiction.

      These include Pidsumky imperii (2009); Puti imperii (2004); Imperial Ends: The Decay, Collapse, and Revival of Empires (2001); Revolutions, Nations, Empires: Conceptual Limits and Theoretical Possibilities (1999); Dilemmas of Independence: Ukraine after Totalitarianism (1993); and The Turn to the Right: The Ideological Origins and Development of Ukrainian Nationalism, 1919–1929 (1980). He is also the editor of 15 volumes, including The Encyclopedia of Nationalism (2000) and The Holodomor Reader (2012); and a contributor of dozens of articles to academic and policy journals, newspaper op-ed pages, and magazines; and has a weekly blog called, “Ukraine’s Orange Blues.”

      By night Motyl is a novelist, poet, and painter. His novels include The Taste of Snow (Cervená Barva Press, 2013); My Orchidia (BrickHouse Books, 2012); The Jew Who Was Ukrainian (Cervená Barva, 2011); Who Killed Andrei Warhol (Seven Locks Press, 2007); Flippancy (Cantara Books, 2007); and Whiskey Priest (iUniverse, 2005).

      His poems have appeared in Counterexample Poetics, Istanbul Literary Review and New York Quarterly, and he has performed his fiction at the Cornelia Street Café, the Bowery Poetry Club, and the Ukrainian Museum in New York. Shown in solo and group shows in New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto, Motyl’s artwork is represented by the Internet gallery, www.artsicle.com

      A native New Yorker, Motyl received his doctoral degree in political science, master of philosophy in political science, and master of international affairs from Columbia University. He earned his bachelor of arts in history from Columbia College

      His website is www.alexmotyl.com

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    • Dr Natalia Murray

      Dr Natalia Murray

      Courtauld Institute of Art

      Cruises:

      Baltic Capitals & St Petersburg - 2019-07-02 Grand Baltic, St Petersburg & Norwegian Fjords - 2019-07-02 Grand Voyage from Iberia to the North Cape Reunion Cruise - 2019-06-03
      Before being awarded her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Natalia read History of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and completed a PhD course at the Hermitage museum.

      Before being awarded her PhD at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Natalia read History of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and completed a PhD course at the Hermitage museum.

      At present she is a visiting lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art, a senior curator and the head of education at GRAD. In 2017 she curated a major exhibition Revolution. Russian Art. 1917-1932 at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and is currently working on exhibition of Malevich and Kandinsky in Paris.

      Her books and articles extend across the wide field of 19-20 century Russian art, and she has featured in films dedicated to the Hermitage museum and the Russian revolution and in programmes for BBC Radio 4 and the BBC World Service.

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    • Prof Jonathan Phillips

      Prof Jonathan Phillips

      Royal Holloway, University of London

      Cruises:

      Mediterranean Odyssey - 2019-08-23 Grand Rivers, Rivieras & Renaissance - 2019-08-11 Grand Mediterranean - 2019-08-23
      Jonathan Phillips is Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of numerous books on the Crusades including Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades (2009), and (with Martin Hall) Caffaro of Genoa and the Twelfth Century Crusades (2013), as well as The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople (2004).

      Jonathan Phillips is Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

      He is the author of numerous books on the Crusades including Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades (2009), and (with Martin Hall) Caffaro of Genoa and the Twelfth Century Crusades (2013), as well as The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople (2004).

      He is currently completing a book on the life and legend of the Sultan Saladin, the great hero of Islam (publication, Spring 2019). He is also the editor of the forthcoming Cambridge History of the Crusades.

      Jonathan has appeared on many television and radio programmes on the Crusades including The Cross and the Crescent, and The Crusades: Back from the Dead. He was the writer and presenter of the major 6 part US television series Ancient Roads: From Christ to Constantine, a history of the early centuries of Christianity.



      Photo © Erik van den Boom

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    • Bob Porter

      Bob Porter

      Brandenburg Choral Festival of London

      Cruises:

      The Three Rivers - 2019-08-11 Grand Iceland & Western France - 2019-07-27 Grand Rivers, Rivieras & Renaissance - 2019-08-11
      Come & sing at sea with Bob Porter!

      Bob Porter’s experience as a choir master, conductor and artistic director is back by popular demand. The voyage will include daily singing workshops and a final performance at the end of the voyage, arranged by Bob Porter and the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London.

      Come & sing at sea with Bob Porter!

      Bob Porter’s experience as a choir master, conductor and artistic director is back by popular demand. The voyage will include daily singing workshops and a final performance at the end of the voyage, arranged by Bob Porter and the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London.

      After studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bob worked as a musician and teacher, returning to Guildhall to teach and becoming Head of Wind and Percussion in 1985 - a position he still holds today. In the early 1980s, Bob founded the Brandenburg Sinfonia, the first of a group of orchestras under his artistic direction and later in 2010, the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London.

      Starting with six concerts at St Martins-in-the-Fields, it has now grown to around 120 events annually making it the largest and most significant Choral Festival in the country.

      This year the Festival boasted more than 70 choirs in 67 concerts, covering the standard masterpieces of the choral repertoire along with jazz, barbershop and gospel, also making it one of the most varied and inclusive Choral Festivals!

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    • Dr David Price-Williams

      Dr David Price-Williams

      University of London

      Cruises:

      The Black Sea & Greek Islands - 2019-05-01 Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean - 2019-10-02 Grand Black Sea & Southern Italy - 2019-05-01
      David Price-Williams has a first degree from the University of Wales in Ancient Near Eastern languages (Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic etc.), with a subsidiary in Attic and Koine Greek. His post-graduate work and his doctorate, from the University of London, is in Near Eastern archaeology. His first overseas archaeological field work in the eastern Mediterranean was in 1969 as a field surveyor at the classical site of Knidos in Turkey. He then worked for the Smithsonian Institution as an archaeological field surveyor on excavations in the Near East before directing his own field research in the same area through the early 1970’s.

      David Price-Williams has a first degree from the University of Wales in Ancient Near Eastern languages (Aramaic, Hebrew, Arabic etc.), with a subsidiary in Attic and Koine Greek. His post-graduate work and his doctorate, from the University of London, is in Near Eastern archaeology. His first overseas archaeological field work in the eastern Mediterranean was in 1969 as a field surveyor at the classical site of Knidos in Turkey. He then worked for the Smithsonian Institution as an archaeological field surveyor on excavations in the Near East before directing his own field research in the same area through the early 1970’s.

      David has spent many years working in the countries of Africa south of the Zambesi. From 1976 to 1989 he was the director of a multi-disciplinary team of up to twenty scientists from several universities researching the effects of climatic change on human evolution in Africa. He was based in Swaziland, during which time he also oversaw the building of the Swaziland National Museum and where he eventually became Director of Antiquities. 

      David has been associated with the eastern Mediterranean – Greece, Turkey, Jordan and the Near East for more than 40 years. He is deeply involved with all aspects of Near Eastern culture, history and archaeology. 

      David has just retired after thirty seven years lecturing on the Archaeology of Western Asia (Eastern Mediterranean) at the Institute of Archaeology for the University of London Extra Mural Department. He is the author and co-author of numerous academic papers on the area. David has designed and lectured on many tours to Greece, Turkey and the Near East and is very familiar with the archaeological sites in the area. David is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an elected member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs, and a life member of the Southern African Quaternary Research Association. He speaks Turkish and reads Classical Greek

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    • Prof Sandy Primrose MBE

      Prof Sandy Primrose MBE

      Biotechnologist

      Cruises:

      Beyond Burma & the Malay Peninsula - 2019-01-22 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22
      Sandy Primrose is a biologist by training and has degrees from the University of Strathclyde and the University of California. After undertaking research in Australia he returned to the UK and took up lecturing positions at the universities of Edinburgh and Warwick.

      Sandy Primrose is a biologist by training and has degrees from the University of Strathclyde and the University of California. After undertaking research in Australia he returned to the UK and took up lecturing positions at the universities of Edinburgh and Warwick.

      In 1981 he made a career change by moving to industry where he held senior management positions, first in a pharmaceutical company and later in diagnostic, food and environmental companies. After 20 years in industry he made another career change and started working as a biotechnology consultant as well as being an adviser to various UK governmental organisations (Health Protection Agency, Food Standards Agency, and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). He was awarded an MBE in 2010 for services to the Food Standards Agency.

      Sandy still consults widely as well as being Chairman of a number of small, high technology companies. He has written a number of very popular scientific textbooks but is particularly proud of his recent publication entitled Plants, Poisons and Personalities which is aimed at lay audiences. Sandy’s passion is gardening and the half-acre garden of his house between London and Oxford is filled with unusual trees and shrubs.

      Over the years he has shown many groups round his garden and when he does so he tells them the stories behind the plants that he grows. These stories, and his experiences in industry, form the basis of his entertaining cruise lectures that cover topics in gardening, uses of plants, plant history and plant conservation. 

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    • Steve Ragnall

      Steve Ragnall

      Maritime historian and author

      Cruises:

      Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-02-10 South Africa, Namibia & the Skeleton Coast - 2019-03-12 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Namibia & Atlantic Islands SailAway - 2019-03-15
      Steve has first class presentation and outstanding graphics skills coupled with the enthusiasm and ability to entertain and inform.  He has a lifetime’s love of the sea and its history, is RYA Yachtmaster qualified, and has extensive sailing experience, including passages on tall ships, most notably the Bark Endeavour, replica of Captain Cook’s ship. He is proud to be an honorary member of the Merchant Navy Association.

      Steve has first class presentation and outstanding graphics skills coupled with the enthusiasm and ability to entertain and inform.  He has a lifetime’s love of the sea and its history, is RYA Yachtmaster qualified, and has extensive sailing experience, including passages on tall ships, most notably the Bark Endeavour, replica of Captain Cook’s ship. He is proud to be an honorary member of the Merchant Navy Association.

      Steve has lectured around the world and has been in demand as a cruise ship speaker for over 10 years, with a growing portfolio of over 60 talks. He also speaks regularly to U3A, NADFAS, Probus, National Trust Associations and many other organisations.

      He has worked extensively in local and regional radio as musician, writer and presenter.

      A member of the Society for Nautical Research, Navy Records Society and the Captain Cook Society and a regular contributor to its quarterly journal, Steve is continuing research, with members of the society and various museums, into Cook’s world and the characters associated with Britain’s greatest navigator. He has worked in Hawaii on the site of Cook’s 1779 shore base and created models of the site for museum display.

      His recent book “Better Conceiv’d than Describ’d: The Life and Times of Captain James King, Captain Cook’s Friend and Colleague”, is a culmination of that work and has been very well received.

      With a belief that everyone has a story within them, he worked with the BBC on their “Telling Lives” project in 2004/5, introducing short film making skills to the general public. In addition, he has supported his cruise-based colleagues in improving their own graphics presentation skills.

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    • Ernest Rea

      Ernest Rea

      Broadcaster

      Cruises:

      The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca - 2019-01-01 Classical Greece & Southern Italy - 2019-05-12 Dalmatia & Ancient Greece - 2019-09-18 Grand Black Sea & Southern Italy - 2019-05-01 Grand Aegean & Mediterranean - 2019-05-12 Grand Italy, Dalmatia & Greece - 2019-09-04 Grand Adriatic & Aegean Experience - 2019-09-18
      Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles.

      Ernie Rea is a celebrated broadcaster who specialises on the history of religions and the way that faith impacts on the contemporary world. His regular radio programme, Beyond Belief, was awarded the prestigious Sony Gold Award for the best Speech Programme on British Radio. He worked for the BBC for 22 years in a variety of production and editorial roles. From 1989 -2001 he was Head of Religious Broadcasting for the BBC responsible for all their television and radio programmes nationally and locally. During this time, he spent much time in the United States, brokering co-production television deals with leading American broadcasters. He was closely involved in a variety of key national events, including the Funeral Service for Diana, Princess of Wales. He is in wide demand as a speaker at a wide variety of events, including international inter faith conferences, literary festivals, and academic symposia. 

      In 1997 he was personally awarded the Gold Medal of the International Council for Christians and Jews for his contribution to Inter Faith understanding. He has First Class Degrees in Theology and in History and Politics which helped fuel his passion for the study of world religions and the way in which they impact on the ancient and modern worlds. He was one time Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Education at Manchester University.

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    • Trevor Rowley

      Trevor Rowley

      Emeritus Fellow Kellogg College, University of Oxford

      Cruises:

      The Three Rivers - 2019-08-11 Grand Iceland & Western France - 2019-07-27 Grand Rivers, Rivieras & Renaissance - 2019-08-11
      Trevor is a medieval archaeologist and historian who has spent his career in lifelong and continuing education, largely at Oxford University, where he was first Director of Archaeology and later Deputy Director in the Department for Continuing Education. He was a Founder Fellow of Kellogg College and is now Dean of Degrees.

      Trevor is a medieval archaeologist and historian who has spent his career in lifelong and continuing education, largely at Oxford University, where he was first Director of Archaeology and later Deputy Director in the Department for Continuing Education. He was a Founder Fellow of Kellogg College and is now Dean of Degrees. For many years he has directed and taught International University Summer Programmes, both in Britain and the United States. He was the instigator and director of the popular Oxford Experience Summer Programme at Christ Church, Oxford. He was a visiting Professor on Stanford University overseas programme and directed and taught programmes for the American National Trust and the Smithsonian. He is a seasoned traveller in Europe and beyond and was a regular guest lecturer for Swan Hellenic Cruises.

      He was Honorary Secretary of the Council for British Archaeology and President of the Oxford Architectural and Historical Society; he is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

      His main academic interests are in landscape history, the Normans and the Western Mediterranean in the Middle Ages. He has written extensively and his publications include Landscape Archaeology, with Mick Aston, The High Middle Ages, The Normans, An Archaeological Study of the Bayeux Tapestry and The English Landscape in the Twentieth Century. He is currently writing a book on Landscapes of the Norman Conquest

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    • Dr. Joyce Salisbury

      Dr. Joyce Salisbury

      Professor Emerita of History, University of Wisconsin

      Cruises:

      Italian & Adriatic Highlights - 2019-09-04 Grand Italy, Dalmatia & Greece - 2019-09-04
      Dr. Joyce Salisbury, Professor Emerita from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, has a PhD in Medieval History from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is an author of more than ten books, including a best-selling western civilization textbook, The West in the World, and other non-fiction books on history and religion.

      Dr. Joyce Salisbury, Professor Emerita from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, has a PhD in Medieval History from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She is an author of more than ten books, including a best-selling western civilization textbook, The West in the World, and other non-fiction books on history and religion. Some noteworthy books are The Blood of Martyrs: Unintended Consequences of Ancient Violence and the award-winning Perpetua’s Passion: Death and Memory of a Young Roman Woman, and The Beast Within: Animals in the Middle Ages, that explores the moment when people in the West decided they were indeed animals. Salisbury is also a lecturer for “Great Courses,” that produces educational DVDs. Her course “History of Spain: Land on a Crossroad” is a current best-seller, and many of the images on the DVD were taken while Salisbury was cruising with Voyages to Antiquity. A new course “Women, Warrior, and Intellectuals: A Premodern History” is in preparation and will be released in 2019.

      Salisbury was an award-winning teacher for over 25 years, even receiving the prestigious CASE (Council for the Advancement and Support of Education) Professor of the Year award. Professor Salisbury has done many radio shows and television interviews on her academic subjects, and since retiring in 2005, she has been teaching and lecturing around the world. Salisbury has taught on Semester at Sea three times, teaching courses in religion and medieval history while circumnavigating the globe.

       

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    • John Sherlock

      John Sherlock

      Winchester College and Oxford University

      Cruises:

      Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean - 2019-09-24 Grand Adriatic & Aegean Experience - 2019-09-18
      John Sherlock was educated at Winchester College and Oxford University. He runs a specialist consultancy advising the owners of the UK’s great houses, gardens and landscapes on how to better engage and inspire the visiting public. He has completed projects for the National Trust, The Crown Estate and the Historic Houses Association.

      John Sherlock was educated at Winchester College and Oxford University. He runs a specialist consultancy advising the owners of the UK’s great houses, gardens and landscapes on how to better engage and inspire the visiting public. He has completed projects for the National Trust, The Crown Estate and the Historic Houses Association.

      John has been accredited as a lecturer by the Arts Society (formerly NADFAS) and has lectured on various ships. An audience member said he was "Clear, concise, inspirational and very entertaining". Another commented "The best lectures I have ever attended on a cruise."

      John has the knack of making his talks fun, even though there's a lot of content! When working at Windsor Great Park, he was selected to make a presentation to HM the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle.

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    • Dr Mark Spencer

      Dr Mark Spencer

      Forensic Botanist

      Cruises:

      Classic Civilizations of the Southern Mediterranean - 2019-04-12

      Dr Mark Spencer has always been fascinated by plants, the first plant he grew was a hyacinth when he was 4 years old. Originally a horticulturist, Mark trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew where he was particularly interested in tropical ferns and alpine plants. He later studied botany at university and did a PhD in the evolution of aquatic fungi. After university, he worked as a field botanist for a regional conservation organisation, followed by 12 years as a senior botany curator at the Natural History Museum, London. Mark now is a consultant forensic botanist, public speaker and occasional radio and TV presenter. He has also recently joined the Arts Society as an accredited lecturer.

      Mark also has an interest in the history of botany, particularly 17th and 18th century herbariums. He has studied the herbarium of Sir Hans Sloane for over a decade and is the honorary curator of Carl Linnaeus’s herbarium at the Linnean Society of London. Currently he is working on projects on the herbarium of Rev. Adam Buddle a late 17th century English botanist who corresponded with Sloane and the introduction of novel garden plants to London during the 17th and early 18th centuries.

      He is also interested in the impacts of non-native invasive species and is an advisor on several regional and national programmes dealing with their management. He is also committed to engaging with and educating the wider public about the value and interest of Britain’s flora. Mark’s botanical interests are wide-ranging but are particularly focused on the historic and non-native floras of London and the Isles of Scilly. Mark is the Botanical Society of the British Isles vice-county recorder for Middlesex and the Vascular Plant Recorder for the London Natural History Society.

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    • Dr Michael Squire

      Dr Michael Squire

      King’s College London

      Cruises:

      Classic Civilizations of the Southern Mediterranean - 2019-04-12
      Michael Squire is Reader in Classical Art and Archaeology at King’s College London. After receiving a starred first in Classics and a Master’s degree in Classical Archaeology (both at Trinity College, Cambridge), he received his PhD in 2007, with the Hellenic Society prize for best dissertation. Michael has held research fellowships and visiting professorships at Cambridge, Cologne, Munich and Stanford; he also held a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship at Harvard University, and has worked at several Berlin institutes – including the Humboldt University, the Wissenschaftskolleg and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

      Michael Squire is Reader in Classical Art and Archaeology at King’s College London. After receiving a starred first in Classics and a Master’s degree in Classical Archaeology (both at Trinity College, Cambridge), he received his PhD in 2007, with the Hellenic Society prize for best dissertation. Michael has held research fellowships and visiting professorships at Cambridge, Cologne, Munich and Stanford; he also held a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship at Harvard University, and has worked at several Berlin institutes – including the Humboldt University, the Wissenschaftskolleg and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science.

      Michael’s publications straddle the fields of Classics, archaeology, art history and aesthetics. His first book, Panorama of the Classical World (2004, with Nigel Spivey), has been translated into six languages, and as a doctoral student he co-wrote a guidebook to Rome. Since then he has written around a hundred articles and three further books (including The Art of the Body: Antiquity and its Legacy, 2011); he has also edited eight volumes, on topics including ancient ideas of ‘art’, picture-poetry, Greek and Roman picture-frames, the German Enlightenment and Hegelian philosophy. His work was recognised in 2012 with the award of a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize.

      Michael has always combined his research with an active programme of cultural engagement and education. He is an accredited NADFAS lecturer and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; he has also featured on programmes for BBC Radio 4, BBC television, the BBC World Service and ABC in Australia. Over the last ten years, he has regularly accompanied tours around Italy, the Baltic, Greece, Turkey and the Black Sea, and in spring 2018 he will be curating a London exhibition on Modern Classicisms: Contemporary and Classical Art in Dialogue

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    • Prof Chris Stringer

      Prof Chris Stringer

      Paleoanthropologist & Research Leader in Human Origins, Natural History Museum London

      Cruises:

      Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22
      Professor Chris Stringer has worked at The Natural History Museum London since 1973, and is now Research Leader in Human Origins and a Fellow of the Royal Society. His early research was on the relationship of Neanderthals and early modern humans in Europe, but through his work on the ‘Recent African Origin’ theory of modern human origins, he now collaborates with archaeologists, dating specialists, and geneticists in attempting to reconstruct the evolution of modern humans globally. He has excavated at sites in Britain and abroad, and he is currently co-directing the Pathways to Ancient Britain project, funded by the Calleva Foundation.

      Professor Chris Stringer has worked at The Natural History Museum London since 1973, and is now Research Leader in Human Origins and a Fellow of the Royal Society. His early research was on the relationship of Neanderthals and early modern humans in Europe, but through his work on the ‘Recent African Origin’ theory of modern human origins, he now collaborates with archaeologists, dating specialists, and geneticists in attempting to reconstruct the evolution of modern humans globally. He has excavated at sites in Britain and abroad, and he is currently co-directing the Pathways to Ancient Britain project, funded by the Calleva Foundation.


      He has published over 300 scientific papers and his recent books include The Complete World of Human Evolution (2011, with Peter Andrews)The Origin of our Species (UK 2011), published in the USA as Lone Survivors: how we came to be the only Humans on Earth (2012), and Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story (2014, with Rob Dinnis). He regularly lectures to University and public audiences, including cruises and tours for Fred Olsen, Scientific American and National Geographic.


      Chris Stringer is a regular contributor to news items on human evolution for UK TV and Radio channels, national and international newspapers and websites, and he has made many appearances on documentaries for UK and international TV channels.

      Click here to read more about Chris's work at The Natural History Museum >> http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/departments-and-staff/staff-directory/chris-stringer.html

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    • Dr. Declan Taggart

      Dr. Declan Taggart

      University College Cork

      Cruises:

      The Norwegian Fjords - 2019-07-15
      Declan Taggart has been interested in Viking history, literature and especially religion since he first discovered the stories of their gods Odin, Freyja and Thor as a child. Now he’s writing about those stories himself and recently published his first book How Thor Lost His Thunder, which challenges its readers to fundamentally re-imagine the deity Thor, even questioning whether Thor was really worshipped as a god of thunder.

      Declan Taggart has been interested in Viking history, literature and especially religion since he first discovered the stories of their gods Odin, Freyja and Thor as a child. Now he’s writing about those stories himself and recently published his first book How Thor Lost His Thunder, which challenges its readers to fundamentally re-imagine the deity Thor, even questioning whether Thor was really worshipped as a god of thunder.

      Declan now works at .University College Cork in Ireland, having been lucky enough to arrive just in time to find Cork’s archaeologists uncovering evidence of the city’s Scandinavian roots. He comes to Cork via studies at the universities of Durham, York and Aberdeen and a lot of research across Scandinavia and Iceland, for which he has won awards and funding from prestigious research bodies like Britain’s Viking Society for Northern Research and Scottish Society for Northern Studies and Sweden’s Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy.

      Declan has taught History and the English language in Scotland and much farther afield and gives talks across Europe to both academic and non-academic audiences, adults and children, about Viking history and religion. He also loves to write for culture magazines and websites, though often ends up writing about history and the Vikings even then.

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    • Professor Robert H. Taylor

      Professor Robert H. Taylor

      Author and Editor

      Cruises:

      Beyond Burma & the Malay Peninsula - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22
      Robert H. Taylor, born and educated in the United States, has taught South East Asian politics at universities in Sydney, Hong Kong, and London. He was Pro-Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies prior to his last fulltime academic post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. There he frequently interacted with Margaret Thatcher who held the honorary position as Chancellor.

      Robert H. Taylor, born and educated in the United States, has taught South East Asian politics at universities in Sydney, Hong Kong, and London. He was Pro-Director of the School of Oriental and African Studies prior to his last fulltime academic post as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham. There he frequently interacted with Margaret Thatcher who held the honorary position as Chancellor.

      Professor Taylor is the author and editor of several volumes on South East Asia.He most recent books were The State in Myanmar (2009) and General Ne Win: A Political Biography (2015), both of which have been translated into Burmese. Since leaving academia, he has worked as a lay immigration judge and a consultant to the oil and gas industry in the UK and USA.

      In recent years he has been a frequent Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Yushok Ishak Institute ISEAS in Singapore. Professor Taylor is one of the very few Western social scientists to live in Myanmar, then Burma, in the 1970s and 1980s and has visited the country almost every year since 1975.

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    • Lars Tharp

      Lars Tharp

      Ceramics and Oriental Art Specialist and Broadcaster

      Cruises:

      Italian & Adriatic Highlights - 2019-09-04 Grand Mediterranean - 2019-08-23 Grand Italy, Dalmatia & Greece - 2019-09-04
      Born in 1954 in Copenhagen and educated in England Lars was influenced from an early age by his Danish grandfather - a classical philologist, archaeologist and museum curator. As a freelance broadcaster he worked regularly with the BBC: from 1986 to 2018 a familiar face  as the ceramics expert on the Antiques Roadshow.

      Born in 1954 in Copenhagen and educated in England Lars was influenced from an early age by his Danish grandfather - a classical philologist, archaeologist and museum curator. In the 1970s he read archaeology ('Arch and Anth') at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge University. The Master of his college was the legendary Joseph Needham, genius of the multi-volume History of Chinese Science and Civilization (CUP).  Influenced by Professor Needham Lars worked at Sothebys specialising in Chinese Ceramics under the late Julian Thompson,  becoming director and auctioneer, and representing the company throughout its European offices.  

       As a freelance broadcaster he worked regularly with the BBC: from 1986 to 2018 a familiar face  as the ceramics expert on the Antiques Roadshow, plus dozens of TV and Radio programmes including his own series, Inside Antiques (BBC2), Hidden Treasures (chairman and writer, Radio 4), and on the Art of the Baroque (Radio 2), not to mention the occasional contribution to Woman's Hour  - on Scandinavian knitwear and on Archive on Four with Men in Bow Ties.  In 2011 and 2013 Lars filmed two documentaries on the China Trade shown on the BBC that are still syndicated throughout the world: Treasures of Chinese Porcelain and China in Six Easy Pieces.  He also filmed One Man and his Pug - a journey with William Hogarth and his pet dogs, in the hope of re-discovering the long-missing terracotta model by L-F Roubiliac.

      Before two recent series of Griff Rys Jones's Quizeum he has appeared in several light-hearted programmes including Call My Bluff and was on the victorious team of University Challenge Christmas 2013 (Gonville and Caius Alumni)

      Lars is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and serves on the Court of the Worshipful Company of Weavers, London’s oldest recorded guild dating from 1130.

      Today he lives with his family in Leicestershire from where he runs the Lars Tharp business.

      Bibliography:
      Hogarth’s China (1997); the Little Brown Encyclopaedia of Antiques (with Paul Atterbury); Treasures in your Home (Reader’s Digest, with editor David Battie); and two books for the BBC under the Roadshow banner, one on Fakes, the other on 20th Century Antiques.
       

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    • Gaynor Vaughan-Jones

      Gaynor Vaughan-Jones

      Radio & TV Producer

      Cruises:

      The Golden Triangle to the Strait of Malacca - 2019-01-01
      Gaynor is a freelance radio and television producer and consultant and trainer on presentation and the press and broadcast media.

      Gaynor is a freelance radio and television producer and consultant and trainer on presentation and the press and broadcast media.

      She spent 25 years working for the BBC as a Radio 4 presenter and as an award-winning producer of television and radio programmes. She was Head of BBC Radio Wales and was the first Managing Editor of BBC Radio 5, which is a national news and sports channel.

      While at the BBC Gaynor was sent to South Africa post-apartheid to train black presenters for SABC. Nowadays she works as a media consultant with Charities, and spends her spare time sailing the high seas or at home with her husband Ernie and beautiful dog, Bertie.

      Whilst on board Aegean Odyssey, Gaynor will be on board to host a book club for passengers wishing to learn more about the fascinating sites visited.  Please note Gaynor will not be lecturing.

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    • Prof NANCY WILKIE

      Prof NANCY WILKIE

      Carleton College, Northfield

      Cruises:

      Dalmatia & Ancient Greece - 2019-09-18 Classical Greece & Islands of the Aegean - 2019-09-24 Grand Italy, Dalmatia & Greece - 2019-09-04 Grand Adriatic & Aegean Experience - 2019-09-18
      Nancy Wilkie, lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota), is a distinguished archaeologist and professor who has lectured to acclaim on numerous educational tours and cruises throughout the Mediterranean. She is William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and the Liberal Arts, Emerita, at Carleton College, where she was co-coordinator of the Archaeology Concentration.

      Nancy Wilkie, lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) and Carleton College (Northfield, Minnesota), is a distinguished archaeologist and professor who has lectured to acclaim on numerous educational tours and cruises throughout the Mediterranean. She is William H. Laird Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and the Liberal Arts, Emerita, at Carleton College, where she was co-coordinator of the Archaeology Concentration.

      Nancy has worked on archaeological projects in Greece, Egypt, and Nepal, authored more than 30 articles, and co-edited three books on archaeology. From 1998-2002 she served as President of the AIA, and in 2009-10 she was the AIA’s Charles Eliot Norton lecturer, one of the highest honors that the Institute bestows. In April 2003 the President appointed Nancy to the Cultural Property Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department, on which she continues to serve. In April 2013 she was elected President of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, an organization dedicated to the protection of cultural property in times of armed conflict.

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    • Dr Barry Walsh MB (NUI) FRCPath, MSc (Lond)

      Dr Barry Walsh MB (NUI) FRCPath, MSc (Lond)

      Art and Science Historian

      Cruises:

      South Africa, Namibia & the Skeleton Coast - 2019-03-12 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Namibia & Atlantic Islands SailAway - 2019-03-15
      Before his retirement in 2015 Barry Walsh was a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control (CCDC) and Director of the South West London Health Protection Team, part of Public Health England. For 24 years he worked years in public health in London.

      Before his retirement in 2015 Barry Walsh was a Consultant in Communicable Disease Control (CCDC) and Director of the South West London Health Protection Team, part of Public Health England. For 24 years he worked years in public health in London.

      Born in Co Mayo he qualified in medicine at the University of Cork Ireland in 1981. After House Officer roles in Cork he moved to England where he started training in pathology.

      He specialised in medical microbiology at St Mary’s Hospital Paddington and then John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford. Barry got his Membership in medical microbiology (MRC Path) in 1991. He took a Master’s Degree in Public Health in 1994.

      While specialising in medicine in London he managed to get a BA (2.1) in the History of Art at Birkbeck College in 1989. He focused on Italian Renaissance Art, Roman architecture, and Art of the 20th Century. In 1991 he got a Diploma in the History of Medicine at the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries and won the Osler Gold Medal for his lecture on Anatomy and Art in Renaissance Italy.

      Barry qualified as a London Blue Badge Guide in 2000 and now works as a professional tour guide in London specialising in medical and art history tours as well as the Palace of Westminster. He guides at Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Gallery and Courtauld Institute.

      His broad interests and lectures also encompass Science Industry and Technology (Industrial Revolution), Royal Medicine, Art and Medicine, and The Body in the Car Park (the discovery of King Richard III).

      Bringing his interest in Western Art together with Art of the East he recently gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art at the School of Oriental and African Art (SOAS) London in 2017. He lectures and guides on Islamic, Chinese, Japanese, Indian art and East meets West in the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museums.

       

       

       

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    • Christopher Walton

      Christopher Walton

      Author and Journalist

      Cruises:

      Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Islands of the Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-02-10 Grand Asia, Indian Ocean & South Africa - Reunion Cruise - 2019-01-22 Italian & Adriatic Highlights - 2019-09-04 Grand Mediterranean - 2019-08-23 Grand Italy, Dalmatia & Greece - 2019-09-04
      Chris has lived and worked in Cape Town and London, with stints in New York, Hong Kong, Europe and Australia. He worked as a journalist in Cape Town during the apartheid era before a moving to one of the world’s largest publishing companies in 1981, becoming South African Editor-in-Chief three years later. In 1997 he transferred with the company to London as International Editor General Books, responsible for editorial content worldwide.

      Chris has lived and worked in Cape Town and London, with stints in New York, Hong Kong, Europe and Australia. He worked as a journalist in Cape Town during the apartheid era before a moving to one of the world’s largest publishing companies in 1981, becoming South African Editor-in-Chief three years later. In 1997 he transferred with the company to London as International Editor General Books, responsible for editorial content worldwide.

      He has travelled to more than 140 countries, edited and published books on subjects as diverse as travel, law, medicine, history and cookery. He helped open new markets for books in Eastern Europe, and spearheaded the drive into teaching English as a foreign language.

      Since his retirement, he has been a lecturer on board cruise ships, specialising in Italian and South African history, food and culture. To date he has given over 160 lectures on 80 different subjects and destinations - from South America and the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, Middle and Far East.

      Chris’s very close knowledge of the Mediterranean area stems from his marriage in 1986 to his Italian-born wife, Daniela, and is fluent in Italian. He spends part of every year in Italy.

      When not working, Chris is passionate about photography and music - and collects hand-made acoustic guitars. 

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    • Dr Christopher Whitton

      Dr Christopher Whitton

      Emmanuel College, Cambridge

      Cruises:

      Classic Civilizations of the Southern Mediterranean - 2019-04-12 Grand Mediterranean - 2019-08-23
      Christopher Whitton is a Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge. He was educated in his home town of Lancaster, as a scholar at Eton College, and as an undergraduate and graduate student at St John’s College, Cambridge.

      Christopher Whitton is a Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge. He was educated in his home town of Lancaster, as a scholar at Eton College, and as an undergraduate and graduate student at St John’s College, Cambridge. On receiving his doctorate in 2007 he was appointed to a tenured Faculty position at Cambridge, where he teaches Greek and Latin language and literature; he is also Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Emmanuel College. Away from Cambridge, he has been affiliated with Harvard University as a John F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow, with Basel University as a guest lecturer, and with the Free University Berlin and Rostock University as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow. He has published books with Cambridge and Oxford University Presses and writes regularly for the Times Literary Supplement.

      Christopher’s research focuses on the literature, history and culture of the Roman Empire, but his interests and expertise extend across the ancient Mediterranean world. A regular visitor to both Greece and the Italian peninsula, he began lecturing on cruises in 2014 and has accompanied groups around the Aegean, the classical sites of Turkey, and the Black Sea.

      Outside his work (and pleasure) in Classics, Christopher is a professional church musician. As an undergraduate he was Organ Student of St John’s College, Cambridge, where he played for the  prize-winning Naxos recordings of works by Finzi, Leighton, Stanford and Walton. Having held positions at Winchester College, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, the Church of the Advent in Boston and St Bartholomew the Great in London, he now serves as Director of Music at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.

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    • Prof Brian Williams

      Prof Brian Williams

      University of Aberdeen

      Cruises:

      Land of the Midnight Sun - 2019-06-15 Grand Voyage from Iberia to the North Cape - 2019-06-03 Grand Norway & Baltic Capitals - 2019-06-15 Grand Voyage from Iberia to the North Cape Reunion Cruise - 2019-06-03
      Brian is the Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and currently holds adjunct professorial positions in the Universities of Manchester and Bristol in the UK, and Dublin in Ireland. He has also held university teaching positions in The Netherlands, Canada and the USA. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Member of the Energy Institute, and has published over 100 papers and several books. He has made TV appearances in the UK, USA and Far East and presented Radio 4 programmes for the BBC.

      Brian is the Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland and currently holds adjunct professorial positions in the Universities of Manchester and Bristol in the UK, and Dublin in Ireland. He has also held university teaching positions in The Netherlands, Canada and the USA. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a Member of the Energy Institute, and has published over 100 papers and several books. He has made TV appearances in the UK, USA and Far East and presented Radio 4 programmes for the BBC.

      Brian gained his Ph.D. in sedimentary geology from the University of Wales far too many years ago to admit to, and in 2004 was awarded a D.Sc. degree in recognition of his global contribution to sedimentary research. He is a consultant to, and undertakes training courses for, the Oil Industry and several small geological service companies. He has lectured on Voyages to Antiquity cruises since 2011. His studies have taken him to Australia, SE Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America which has given him the opportunity to share his enthusiasm for rocks and earth processes with adult education classes, industry personnel and students alike.

      In addition to being passionate about Geology, Brian is an ardent Rugby enthusiast [he's Welsh of course !!] and a devoted follower of American Jazz.

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    • Sara Withers

      Sara Withers

      Jewellery Designer

      Cruises:

      South Africa, Namibia & the Skeleton Coast - 2019-03-12 Classic Civilizations of the Southern Mediterranean - 2019-04-12 Grand Asia & Southern Africa - 2019-01-22 Grand Indian Ocean & Southern Africa - 2019-02-10 Grand Classical Greece & Black Sea - 2019-04-21 Namibia & Atlantic Islands SailAway - 2019-03-15
      Sara Withers has been designing and making jewellery for almost all of her working life. Her work concentrates on the use of beads, some self made, some sourced from interesting suppliers. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions and her work has sold in a selection of shops and galleries throughout the U.K., including the British Museum. She is the author of many books of bead jewellery projects. The most recent being ‘The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques’ and ‘A Compendium of Jewellery Techniques’.

      Sara Withers has been designing and making jewellery for almost all of her working life. Her work concentrates on the use of beads, some self made, some sourced from interesting suppliers. She has taken part in numerous exhibitions and her work has sold in a selection of shops and galleries throughout the U.K., including the British Museum. She is the author of many books of bead jewellery projects. The most recent being ‘The Encyclopedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques’ and ‘A Compendium of Jewellery Techniques’.

      Sara teaches bead making and jewellery making in several arts centres in Britain including West Dean College in Sussex and the Oxford Summer School. Four years ago a love of jewellery making and travelling was happily combined when she started to give classes on small cruise ships. Another of Sara’s bead related interests is the Arkell bead collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, which she has studied in order to communicate her enthusiasm to others. In 2007 she was one of the speakers at the International Bead and Beadwork Conference in Istanbul.

      During your cruise Sara will be running jewellery making lessons suitable for complete beginners, or for those who have done some jewellery making, with themes ranging from traditional and contemporary knotting, to bracelets and earrings, beading wire necklaces, and resin pedants.

      For more information on Sara’s work and to see more examples of her jewellery, her website can be found by visiting http://www.sarawithers.co.uk

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