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Cruise-ship lectures since 2013 (earliest first):

Voyages of Discovery. Voyager. African and Arabian Adventure (18 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Astor. Cape Town to Tilbury (21 nights, 2015)
MSC. Sinfonia. Genoa to Durban (25 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Marco Polo. South American Treasures (54 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Astor. Cape Town to Tilbury (21 nights, 2016)
MSC. Musica. Copenhagen to Genoa (11 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Magellan. Autumn Fjordland (7 nights)
Saga. Saga Pearl II. Grand Caribbean Adventure, Southampton to Cuba (21 nights)
Oceania. Nautica. Eastern Embrace, Singapore to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Hong Kong (16 nights)
Oceania. Nautica. Imperial Grandeur, Hong Kong to Japan, South Korea and Shanghai (15 nights)
Regent Seven Seas. Seven Seas Voyager. Pacific Rim and Captivating East, Bangkok to Abu Dhabi (24 nights)
Fred Olsen. Boudicca. Rural and Rugged Canada (16 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Marco Polo. Canada in the Fall (28 nights)
Fred Olsen. Boudicca. Stunning South Africa (14 nights)
Oceania. Regatta. Coral Sea Crossing, from Auckland to Australia and Bali (24 nights)
Regent Seven Seas. Seven Seas Voyager. Icons of the Orient, Hong Kong to Vietnam and Bangkok (14 nights)
Oceania. Nautica. Timeless Wonders, Mumbai to Rome (28 nights)
Oceania. Nautica. Midnight Sun Medley, from Dublin and Russia to Oslo (20 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Astoria. Baltic Cities and St Petersburg (13 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Marco Polo. Grand Circle South American Cruise (70 nights)
Regent Seven Seas. Seven Seas Mariner. Way of the Emperors, Shanghai to South Korea and Tokyo (18 nights)
Oceania. Nautica. Historic Crossroads, Rome to Dubai (20 nights)
Cruise & Maritime. Marco Polo. Grand African and Indian Ocean Voyage, Cape Town to Bristol (56 nights)
Ambassador. Ambience. Grand Canada, Greenland and Iceland (34 nights, 2022)
Silversea. Silver Whisper. Valparaiso to Tahiti (20 nights)
Ambassador. Ambience. Cuba and Treasures of the Caribbean (42 nights)
Ambassador. Ambience. Grand Mediterranean (32 nights)
Ambassador. Ambience. Grand Canada and Greenland Experience (34 nights, 2023)
Oceania. Sirena. Round Trip Islands Amazon Adventure, Miami to Barbados (19 nights)
Ambassador. Ambience. Tristan da Cunha, Brazil & North African Getaway (30 nights)

Cruise lecture titles:

Travels in Dangerous Places

The Arab World: Reflections on a Century of Strife
Explorers of Arabia: The Ruffian and the Recluse
The Creation of Saudi Arabia - And a Secret British-US Desert Conflict
Inside Saudi Arabia 1976-77: Oil, Sand, and a Desert Storm
The 1001 Nights and other Arab Literary Mysteries
Egypt and Suez in 1956: The Year the Earth Stood Still
Jordan: To Be or Not to Be

Africa and the Atlantic
St Helena: Paradise or Purgatory?
Ascension: Forbidden Island
The Falklands/Malvinas: The Fog of History
Cape Verde: Slaves, Waves and Busted Dreams
Tristan da Cunha meets the Outside World
A Skeleton Tour of Namibia
Angola: A Tale of Two Writers - Paul Theroux and Ryszard Kapuscinski
Equatorial Saints and Sinners: Albert Schweitzer and Mark Thatcher
Morocco: Myth and Reality in Film and Song
South Africa: Zulu Fact and Fiction at Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift
Zanzibar: Livingstone, Stanley, Queen
Kenya: White Mischief and the dreams of Yomo Kenyatta

Russia: Mysteries of Faces and Places
Lisbon: Shaken not Stirred: The Weird World of Fernando Pessoa and the Making of James Bond
Lisbon and Gibraltar: Lies, Spies, and the Making of Bond
Zeebrugge, Cherbourg, La Coruna: Gateways to Medieval Magic
Barcelona and Marseille: Towers of Men and Ghosts of Provence
Norway: A Brief Tour through Time and Face
Iceland: Fairy Tale or Fiasco?
Sport and Games in Ancient Greece and Rome

Central America
1492: Columbus and America: Falsehoods and Fantasies
Cuba: Global Inspiration or Global Menace? Batista, Guevara and Castro
Islands in the Sun: Tobago and Jamaica

South America
A Personal Introduction to South America: A Devil's Island in a Secluded Continent
The Trials and Tribulations of Magical Venezuela
Brazil: Sunny Smiles and Dark Secrets - Flags, Slaves and a Girl from Ipanema
Brazil: Generals, Gods and Games - Struggles with Modernity
Argentina: A Poisoned Chalice - Eva Peron, the Hand of God, and a Friend Turned Foe
The Oriental Republic of Uruguay: A Silver River, the Graf Spee, and a Man with a Three-Legged Dog
Chile: O'Higgins, Pinochet, Thatcher - To Hell and Back
Unexpected Ecuador: A Tale of Two Whistleblowers
Colombia: Canals, Cocaine and the Two Escobars
The Dark History of Tierra del Fuego: Magellan, Beagle, and the Land of Fire

A Snapshot of Eastern Canada: Icebergs, Whales, and the Extraordinary Mina Hubbard
Secrets of Newfoundland: Indians, Shipwrecks and the Widow of Saint-Pierre
Mysteries of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
Ice, Snow and Water: Dangers and Heroes in Eastern Canada

India and Islam: Frontier of the Arab World
Siam, Cambodia and a Manic Missionary
Perspectives on Vietnam: A State and a State of Mind
China and the Crisis in the South China Sea
Hong Kong, Macau and Canton: The British Invasion of China
Taiwan and Okinawa: Tensions in the East China Sea
A Peep into the Mysteries of Japan
Changing Faces of South Korea - Thirty Years Apart
Inside North Korea: The Weirdest Place on Earth
China: An Inside View of the Tiananmen Uprising of 1989
Indonesia and Islam: Australia's Northern Shield
The Indian Ocean: Exploration and Plunder

Australia and Australians: Strangers to Themselves
New Zealand: A Treaty, a War Dance, and the Rainbow Warrior
Tahiti: Unstoppable Progress or Unforgivable Destruction?