Cruise Ship in Geirangerfjord
Cruise ship in Geirangerfjord, Norway, June 2016



Following my retirement in 2013, I still had an interest in teaching, at least in terms of lecturing and discussing historical topics of interest to me. But I didn't want to do it every day, and I definitely didn't want to have to grade any more papers or exams, or deal with the departmental and committee meetings that accompany a regular academic position. Mickey and I also wanted to travel. So, following the example of a college classmate, as well as another professional colleague, I decided to look into the prospects of lecturing on cruise ships. That seemed to offer the best of both worlds.

Although my major area of expertise is Northern Europe, I also had a minor field in Latin American History when I was in graduate school. Unfortunately, I never had an opportunity to put that to use--until 2014. Using that historical training, I've been able to lecture on two Caribbean cruises. And with my major areas of specializaztion in Northern Europe, I've also spoken on nearly a dozen cruises in Scandinavia and the Baltic, and three transatlantic cruises (which combined my background in Northern Europe as well as Latin America--at least the Caribbean region).

From 2014 to 2018, I lectured in the capacity of "Destination" or "Enrichment" Speaker. Beginning in 2019, I will be doing so (and also leading "Question and Answer Rountable Discussions") with Viking Ocean Cruises as a "Viking Resident Historan."

My cruise lecturing experience has been with Royal Caribbean International, Disney Cruise Line, and Viking Ocean Cruises to these destinations:

  • Explorer of the Seas (Jan 31 - Feb 9, 2014)
  • Eastern Caribbean (Bayonne, San Juan, Charlotte Amalie, Samana, Labadee, Bayonne)
    • Cruise Director: Leigh Xuereb
    • Lecture topics:
      • "The Caribbean and the European Age of Discovery"
        "San Juan and the Triangular Trade"
        "St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and The Danish Imperial Experience"
        "Hispaniola: The Tale of Two Countries"
        "The Golden Age of Caribbean Piracy"
  • Legend of the Seas (June 7 - 18, 2014)
  • Arctic Circle (Copenhagen, Ålesund, Honningsvag, Tromsø, Geiranger, Olden, Bergen, Copenhagen)
    • Cruise Director: Topi Ylonen
    • Lecture Topics:
      • "Velkommen til Norge (Welcome to Norway)"
        "Ålesund: Art Nouveau City in the Land of the Vikings"
        "North Cape, Sami, and the Land of the Midnight Sun: The World of the Arctic"
        "Tromsø: Norway's Arctic Capital"
        "Fjord Country, Land of the Vikings"
        "Bergen through the Centuries: From Hanseatic Trade Center to Modern Cultural Hub"
        "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen"
  • Brilliance of the Seas (July 1 - 13, 2014)
  • Baltic and Russia (Copenhagen, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Visby, Copenhagen)
    • Cruise Director: Dru Pavlov
    • Lecture Topics:
      • "The Eastern Baltic: From the Viking Age to the EU"
        "St. Petersburg: Russia's 'Window to the World"
        "Empires in the Baltic: From the Vasas to the Romanovs"
        "The World of the Vikings"
        "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen"
  • Disney Magic (June 6 - June 13, 2015)
  • Norwegian Fjords (Copenhagen, Stavanger, Ålesund, Geiranger, Bergen, Copenhagen)
    • Cruise Director: Brent Davies
    • Lecture Topics:
      • "Velkommen til Norge (Welcome to Norway)"
        "Stavanger and Ålesund: From Viking Strongholds to North Sea Oil Centers"
        "Geiranger: In the Heart of Fjord Country and the Land of the Vikings"
        "Bergen through the Centuries: From Hanseatic Trade Center to Modern Cultural Hub"
        "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen"
  • Brilliance of the Seas (August 22 - Sept 3, 2015)
  • Baltic and Russia (Harwich, Copenhagen, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm, Skagen, Harwich)
    • Cruise Director: Steve Davis
    • Lecture Topics:
      • "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen"
        "The Eastern Baltic: From the Viking Age to the EU"
        "St. Petersburg: Russia's 'Window to the World'"
        "Empires in the Baltic: From the Vasas to the Romanovs"
        "The World of the Vikings"
  • Brilliance of the Seas (September 3 - 18, 2015)
  • Transatlantic (Harwich, Le Havre, Cork, Klaksvik, Reykjavik, Halifax, Boston)
    • Cruise Director: Clo O'Connor
    • Lecture Topics:
      • "Cork: Ireland's Gateway to the Atlantic"
        "Paris, Le Havre, and Portland: The Norman/English Connection"
        "Klaksvik - Irish Monks, Sheep, and Viking Settlers: Settlement of the Faroes and North Atlantic Islands"
        "Reykjavik: Capital of the Land of Fire and Ice"
        "Viking Sailing Technology," "Viking Colonization in the North Atlantic: Greenland and North America"
        "Gudrid the Far-Travelled: Viking Age Globetrotter"
        "Halifax, Nova Scotia: Atlantic Canada's 'New Scotland'"
        "Boston: Cod, Whales, and Lobsters - from Colonial Village to Modern Metropolis"
  • Serenade of the Seas (January 15 - 25, 2016)
  • Southern Caribbean (Ft. Lauderdale, Tortola, St. Kitts, Dominica, Antigua, St. Maarten, Ft. Lauderdale)
    • Cruise Director: Bobby Brown
    • Lecture Topics:
      • "Sugar, Slaves, and Pirates: The Development of Tortola and the British Virgin Islands"
        "Empires in Conflict: St. Kitts and the British Colonial Presence in the Caribbean"
        "Dominica, 'Nature Island of the Caribbean'"
        "Antigua: Britain's 'Gateway to the Caribbean"
        "St. Maarten and the Dutch Colonial Experience"
        "The Caribbean and the European Age of Reconnaissance"
        "The Golden Age of Caribbean Piracy"
  • Disney Magic (May 29 - June 5, 2016)
  • Norwegian Fjords (Dover - Stavanger - Ålesund - Geiranger - Bergen - Dover)
    • Cruise Director: Clayton Lindsey
    • Lecture Topics:
      • "Velkommen til Norge (Welcome to Norway)"
        "Stavanger and Ålesund: North Sea Oil Centers at the Gateway to Norway's Sami Culture"
        "Geiranger: In the Heart of Fjord Country and the Land of the Vikings"
        "Bergen through the Centuries: from Hanseatic Trade Center to Modern Cultural Hub"
        "Viking Expansion to England, Ireland, and the Islands of the North Atlantic"
  • Disney Magic (June 29 - July 6, 2016)
  • Norwegian Fjords (Copenhagen - Stavanger - Ålesund - Geiranger - Bergen - Copenhagen)
    • Cruise Director: Clayton Lindsey
    • Lecture Topics:
      • "Velkommen til Norge (Welcome to Norway)"
        "Stavanger and Ålesund: North Sea Oil Centers at the Gateway to Norway's Sami Culture"
        "Geiranger: In the Heart of Fjord Country and the Land of the Vikings"
        "Bergen through the Centuries: from Hanseatic Trade Center to Modern Cultural Hub"
        "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen"
  • Serenade of the Seas (April 17 - May 3, 2017)
  • Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale - Ponta Delgada - Cobh - Le Havre (changed to Dover due to French harbor pilots strike) - Zeebrugge - Amsterdam - Copenhagen)
    • Cruise Director: Carly Boileau
    • Lecture Topics:
      • "The European Age of Reconnaissance"
        "The Western European Powers and the 'Golden Age of Piracy'"
        "The World of the Vikings"
        "Viking Sailing Technology"
        "Ponta Delgada, Capital of the Azores: Portugal's Stepping Stones in the Atlantic"
        "Cork: Ireland's Gateway to the Atlantic"
        "Le Havre, Normandy, and Paris: From the Midule Ages to the Present"
        "Zeebrugge (Bruges and Brussels): Belgium's Prominence, from the Romans to the EU"
        "Amsterdam: Cultural and Economic Hub of Northwestern Europe"
        "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen"
  • Vision of the Seas (July 21 - August 1, 2017)
  • Baltic (Amsterdam - Warnemünde - Tallinn - St. Petersburg - Helsinki - Stockholm - Copenhagen)
    • Cruise Director: Ken Jones
    • Lecture Topics:
      • "Warnemünde: Gateway to Berlin"
        "Tallinn and the Eastern Baltic: From the Viking Age to the EU"
        "St. Petersburg: Russia's 'Window to the World'"
        "Empires of the Baltic: From the Vasas to the Romanovs"
        "The World of the Vikings"
        "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen"
  • Serenade of the Seas (April 20 - May 6, 2018)
  • Transatlantic (Fort Lauderdale - Ponta Delgada - Cobh - Le Havre - Zeebrugge - Amsterdam - Copenhagen)
    • Cruise Director: Carly Boileau
    • Lecture Topics:
      • "The European Age of Reconnaissance"
        "The Western European Powers and the 'Golden Age of Piracy'"
        "The World of the Vikings"
        "Viking Sailing Technology"
        "Ponta Delgada, Capital of the Azores: Portugal's Stepping Stones in the Atlantic"
        "Cork: Ireland's Gateway to the Atlantic"
        "Le Havre, Normandy, and Paris: From the Midule Ages to the Present"
        "Zeebrugge (Bruges and Brussels): Belgium's Prominence, from the Romans to the EU"
        "Amsterdam: Cultural and Economic Hub of Northwestern Europe"
        "Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen"
  • Viking Star (August 25 - September 8, 2018)
  • Viking Homelands (Bergen, Eidfjord, Stavanger, Ålborg, Copenhagen, Warnemünde, Gdansk, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm)
    • Cruise Director: Jenna Beaudoin
    • Lecture Topics:
      • "The Age of the Vikings"
        "The Southern Baltic: Germany and Poland Through the Ages"
        "Empires of the Baltic: From the Vasas to the Romanovs"
        "St. Petersburg: Peter the Great's 'Window to the World"
      • Scenic Sailing Commentary: Eidfjord and Fjord Country
  • Viking Star (September 8 - September 22, 2018)
  • Viking Homelands (Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn, [Gdansk cancelled], Warnemünde, Copenhagen, Ålborg, Stavanger, Eidfjord, Bergen)
    • Cruise Director: Jenna Beaudoin
    • Lecture Topics:
      • "The Age of the Vikings"
        The Southern Baltic: Germany and Poland Through the Ages"
        "Empires of the Baltic: From the Vasas to the Romanovs"
      • Scenic Sailing Commentary: The Stockholm Archipelago, and Eidfjord and Fjord Country


FUTURE CRUISES:

  • Viking Sea (May 9 - May 23, 2019)
  • Viking Homelands (Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Gdansk, Warnemünde, Copenhagen, Ålborg, Stavanger, Eidfjord, Bergen)
  • Viking Sea (May 23 - June 6, 2019)
  • Viking Homelands (Bergen, Eidfjord, Stavanger, Ålborg, Copenhagen, Warnemünde, Gdansk, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm)
  • Viking Sun (August 3 - August 17, 2019)
  • British Isles Explorer (Greenwich, Dover, Dublin, Holyhead [Wales], Liverpool, Belfast, The Highlands [Ullapool], Kirkwall [Orkney Islands], Edinburgh, The Highlands [Invergordon], Lerwick [Shetland Islands], Bergen)
  • Viking Sun (August 17 - August 31, 2019)
  • British Isles Explorer (Bergen, Lerwick [Shetland Islands], The Highlands [Invergordon], Edinburgh, Kirkwall [Orkney Islands], The Highlands [Ullapool], Belfast, Liverpool, Holyhead [Wales], Dublin, Dover, Greenwich)
  • Viking Sky (May 13 - 23, 2020)
  • Russia and the Baltic Sea (Stockholm, St. Petersburg, Tallinn, Visby, Rønne [DK-Bornholm], Copenhagen)
  • Viking Sky (May 23 - June 3, 2020)
  • Majestic Fjords & Vibrant Cities (Copenhagen, Warnemünde, Ålborg, Gothenburg, Oslo, Kristiansand, Stavanger, Eidfjord, Bergen)
  • Viking Sky (September 15 - 29, 2020)
  • Trade Routes of the Midule Ages (Bergen, Amsterdam, Bruges, Le Havre, Portsmouth, Falmouth, Porto, Grenada, Murcia, Barcelona)
  • Viking Sky (September 29 - October 6, 2020)
  • Iconic Western Mediterranean (Barcelona, Montpellier, Marseille, Monte Carlo, Florence/Pisa, Rome)



Overlooking Geirangerfjord, Norway, June 2014