A marine biologist known for her work on ocean hazards and marine ecosystem conservation, Deborah Brosnan works globally on habitats ranging from tropical coral reefs to the temperate Pacific. Join us aboard The Gauguin, as she shares her expertise during a series of lectures.
m/s Paul Gauguin
Dr. David Keeling is the University Distinguished Professor of Geography at Western Kentucky University. His research interests include the geography of exploration and discovery, geopolitics, regional cultures, and socio-economic change in global communities. He provides a physical and cultural context for each expedition destination, focusing on its unique characteristics and highlighting key themes both during lectures and in conversations throughout the journey.
David has published many books and articles on geography, development, and culture, and he has lectured on dozens of expeditions across the globe since the early 1990s, including small-ship cruises and luxury jet expeditions. His recent research includes community change in Medellin, Colombia; transport infrastructure in Argentina; and the geography of rock-and-roll music. He has visited more than 185 countries for study, research, work, life, and lectures.
Born in England, he spent 12 years in Australia before arriving in the U.S. in 1981. He has lived in Bowling Green, Kentucky, since 1993.
Join us aboard The Gauguin as David shares his expertise in a series of fascinating lectures:
- Nationalism and Identity on Indonesia’s Bejeweled Islands – presents an overview of the geography and history of Indonesia, with a focus on our cruise destinations and some general background about how Indonesia and its constituent islands came to be a unified political state.
- Island Geographies: Resources and Geopolitics – examines the cultural and physical properties of Pacific islands, with a specific focus on cruise destinations. The lecture will also highlight the independence in Timor-Leste and also the most recent scientific “discovery” of a new (mostly submerged) continent of Zealandia.
- Papua New Guinea and the Challenges of Post-Colonial Development – a summary of PNG’s post-colonial experience, its independence from Australia, and its challenges to manage a resource-centered economy in the global marketplace along with a brief introduction to Port Moresby and its role as political and cultural capital of a wildly diverse country.
- Geographies of Pacific Island Battles (WWII) - a discussion of some of the major battles and artifacts of WWII along the cruise route, with a focus on the Solomon Islands, PNG, the Coral Sea, and Vanuatu.
- Law of the Sea: Why do countries have more territory than just land? – explains how exclusive economic zones work, why islands have more political and resource territory than just land, and how this system evolved after 1945. Also, the role of the U.S. and the United Nations in establishing a framework for managing the resources of the oceans.
- Fiji and Geographies of the Indian Diaspora – an introduction to Fiji’s cultural, physical, and political geographies and history, with a discussion of early exploration patterns, how migration changed the social-cultural make-up of the Western Pacific islands, and what challenges these islands face in the wider geopolitical and globalization systems.
other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin
Performing as Colour Blue, Thomas Rowland and Nathan Mills combine harmony, vocals, acoustic guitar, and an African Djembe drum to put their own unique twist on popular music. Join us aboard the April 14 or October 20, 2018, sailing of The Gauguin to enjoy their performance of a huge mix of music ranging from the 1960s to the present day.
A popular guest lecturer aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin for 13 years, Caroline Boyle-Turner returns to The Gauguin for this exceptional sailing. An acclaimed expert on Paul Gauguin and his circle of artists, she will enrich your appreciation of our ship’s namesake when you join us aboard.
A rising star among French magicians, Nicolas del Pozo perfected his skills in Las Vegas, where he met the greatest illusionists in the world. He since has dazzled audiences around the globe. See this mesmerizing show from this master of illusion aboard The Gauguin.
A professional magician since 1998, Brazilian native Gustavo Vierini is skilled in illusion in all its forms. Be sure to be aboard as he brings his unique blend of magic and humor aboard select sailings of The Gauguin.
During a 30-year naval career, Dr. Denny Whitford learned how to drive large ships, flew jet aircraft aboard aircraft carriers, forecast weather and ocean conditions around the world, held multiple commands, and directed several scientific organizations. He is also a distinguished professor. Join us aboard The Gauguin as “Dr. Denny” offers engaging presentations that will change forever the way you experience the ocean.
A resident of the Cook Islands since 1969, Helen Henry has been active in the development of the small island nation almost since it first became self-governing. She also operated a tourism company and organized educational programs for travel groups for many years. Now retired, she is happy to share her in-depth knowledge of the Cooks with guests of The Gauguin.
A mainstay of Hawaii’s music scene for more than 30 years, Jamie Lawrence has appeared on Grammy Award-nominated works, recorded CDs of his own, and delighted audiences around the globe.
The Director of Translation and Interpreting at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Scott Homler interprets, translates, and lectures on a variety of subjects and often incorporates art as a primary resource for discussions on cultural identity. Join us aboard The Gauguin for a series of lectures offering insights into the life and work of artist Paul Gauguin.
Performing together since 1996, Tom and Michelle Becker have toured worldwide with a 500+ songlist covering six decades of popular music. Their down-to-earth charm, energetic personalities, and audience interaction bring style and fun to every performance. We know you’ll be singing along when they join us on two very special sailings of The Gauguin.
Minda Larsen has performed in New York City, across the country, and in more than 80 countries across all seven seas. Come aboard select sailings of The Gauguin, and enjoy a performance by the vocalist named “Best Cabaret Singer 2015” in New York City and nominated for “Best Female Vocalist 2015” by Broadway World.
Tom O’Neil has helped a wide range of people, from students to CEOs, achieve their goals through his best-selling books, motivational speeches, and one-on-one coaching. Let this internationally recognized expert in personal development and career management inspire you with his live presentations on board the m/s Paul Gauguin.
For Dr. Chris Roelfsema, the next best thing to conducting research on coral reefs in the field is exploring and mapping them from space. He can spend hours underwater or in front of Google Earth, traveling over coral reefs of the world and imagining what they really look like. From his love for reefs, he made his work. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Chris shares his fascinating expertise.
Douglas Peebles has been photographing the South Pacific and Hawaii for about 40 years, and his work has been published in nearly 70 books and several other publications, including National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Travel Holiday, GEO, Hawaii, and the UK’s Traveller magazine. Join us when Douglas comes aboard the May 26, 2018, sailing of The Gauguin, for photography presentations, small-group excursions, and a critique of your photographs.
Diana Roelfsema-Kleine has been exploring the underwater world for most of her life and is a coral reef expert. Learn about these delicate living organisms and the efforts that are being made to preserve them when you join us aboard The Gauguin, as Diana offers informative lectures and explains how you can help collect valuable Coral Health Chart data while snorkeling or SCUBA diving.
Swiss-born Heidy Baumgartner Lesage has participated in archaeological excavations throughout French Polynesia since moving to Tahiti in 1986. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this Polynesian enthusiast and expert shares fascinating insights in a series of three lectures.
The authors and photographers of 30 books, Jonathan and Angela Scott are passionate about nature and conservation. They have also contributed to several wildlife series on TV. Don’t miss a very special sailing of The Gauguin, as the couple offer a series of lectures on conservation, nature, and wildlife.
Allie Mooney knows what makes people tick. And long experience as a successful “people interpreter” proves it. Find out for yourself how this internationally respected speaker and author can transform your life when you join her aboard the April 14, 2018, sailing of The Gauguin.
British-born singer Angie Lang travels throughout the U.K. and Europe performing music from all genres, from musical-theater showstoppers to an eclectic mix of songs from the ’50s to the present day. Join us aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin for live evening performances by this talented performer.
Simone Osborne and Gordon Bintner are acclaimed emerging stars of the opera and concert stage. These two exciting young talents will present love songs, ballads, operatic arias, and duets in two private concerts performed exclusively for guests of The Gauguin.
Expect an extremely fun evening of dancing and singing when Marc and Abi come aboard! Don’t miss very special sailings of The Gauguin, as this talented duo performs an exciting musical explosion of upbeat classics through the decades.
One of the foremost authorities on Italian cooking—and also the only child of Marcella Hazan, the doyenne of Italian cooking—Giuliano Hazan is an award-winning cookbook author and acclaimed teacher of Italian culinary arts. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares recipes and techniques during onboard cooking demonstrations.
The Rolling Keys Duo (Sarah Watson and Will Stead) are two session musicians who have crafted a sound that has proven successful all over the world. Join us aboard select sailings of The Gauguin for a toe-tapping performance of popular classics from the Fifties to current chart hits.
A journalist and educator specializing in astronomy, Dan Benedict has been introducing cruise passengers with an interest in stargazing to the wonders of the night sky since 1998. Join us for a series of presentations and nighttime star watches led by this fascinating expert.
When he was studying sports psychology, John Shackleton learned how to help people improve their performance in their personal and professional lives using the same techniques athletes use to raise their game. Now, as an award-winning motivational speaker, he is in high demand, offering keynote speeches and workshops all over the world. Experience his humorous but hard-hitting style and recipe for success when you join us aboard The Gauguin for a special presentation called “Play Your Cards Right.”
A University of Maine professor, marine ecologist, research expedition leader, and author of more than 160 scientific papers, Bob Steneck, PhD, is an expert in lobsters, sea urchins, fish, corals, calcareous algae, historical ecology, global climate change, and the science of managing marine resources. Join us aboard the January 17, 2018, sailing of The Gauguin for an enlightening presentation by this distinguished ocean scholar.
Polynesian native Jessica Vaitiare Chin Foo has developed a high-quality wine brand that speaks to the elegance of diverse women, while also paying tribute to Paul Gauguin's journey in French Polynesia and his passion for women and art. Join us aboard The Gauguin as Jessica recounts her journey through the wine industry in Davis, California, and offers a tasting of Gauguine Wines and her sister winery, Putah Creek Wines.
Joan Druett’s accidental discovery of the grave of a young American whaling wife sparked her interest in the history of life at sea and inspired her to write several acclaimed books on the subject. Join us aboard the July 18, 2018, sailing of The Gauguin as this expert in maritime history shares fascinating stories of life on the high seas.
Maurice Bligh is a man with mission: to set the record straight about his famous forebear, who is widely known as “Captain Bligh” of the legendary HMS Bounty. Join Maurice aboard The Gauguin as he reveals historic truths about Admiral William Bligh — and explains how Hollywood got it all wrong: there never was a ship called HMS Bounty!
Co-recipient with Al Gore of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 and recipient of a prestigious fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, Professor John E. Hay has devoted his life to studying the environment. Join this distinguished author and scholar aboard The Gauguin, and benefit from his expertise during a special presentation.
Italian-born Massimo Capra is now a celebrity chef in his adopted homeland, Canada, having become the head of a restaurant empire, award-winning cookbook author, and popular TV personality. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this celebrated chef offers a food-related lecture and Q&A session, along with opportunities to mingle with him throughout the week. To learn more about Chef Massimo Capra, please visit www.SapphireTalentLab.com.
The 3 Steves were home winemakers with the same desire: to one day turn their hobby into a career. Their dream was realized when the three strangers coincidentally invested in the same winery as silent partners and soon decided to branch out on their own. Today, Steve Burman heads up the winemaking. Join us aboard The Gauguin as he shares his story, his expertise—and a tasting of his wines.
One of the UK’s most in-demand singers, Jonny Ross performs a varied repertoire designed to delight audiences of all ages. Join us aboard The Gauguin for live performances by this talented singer.
A native of Montréal, Canada, Pascale Guertin is a well-rounded musician who was born to sing. Join us aboard The Gauguin, as this talented artist performs Remembering Edith Piaf and From Argentina with Love.
Twenty years ago, Steve Reynolds decided to quit his day job and transform a dilapidated chicken ranch into a Tuscan-inspired winery. Today, Reynolds Family Winery is a successful Napa Valley estate, producing roughly 7,000 cases of wine a year. Enjoy a wine lecture and a tasting of Reynolds Family Winery wines when Steve joins us aboard The Gauguin.
Dr. Alexander Tewfik is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Alexander resides in Belize City, Belize. He was born in Germany and frequently travels to Canada, where he grew up.
Gordon Bintner and Simone Osborne are acclaimed emerging stars of the opera and concert stage. These two exciting young talents will present love songs, ballads, operatic arias, and duets in two private concerts performed exclusively for guests of The Gauguin.
Dr. Stacy Jupiter is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Stacy resides in Suva, Fiji, and is originally from Massachusetts.
Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt perfected his craft over decades of experience in California, Chile, Australia, Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and his native New Zealand. To date, he has more than 200 wines scoring 90 points or above, and every bottle he produces reflects his desire to grow the best grapes and make only the finest wines. Join us aboard The Gauguin as this internationally renowned winemaker shares his expertise—and a tasting of his wines.
Dr. Martin Robards is a guest scientist and speaker for the Wildlife Discovery Series, in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Martin resides in Fairbanks, Alaska, and is originally from England.
Robin and Danuta Pfeiffer are the owners and winemakers of Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards, an ultra-premium, sustainable, 70-acre vineyard with an international reputation for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. Enjoy a wine lecture and a tasting of Pfeiffer Winery wines when Robin and Danuta join us aboard The Gauguin.