m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

David Keeling

Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography

David Keeling will be on the following sailings:

Dr. David Keeling is the Distinguished Professor of Cultural Geography at Western Kentucky University and recent recipient of the Alan Hay Award for transportation research from the Royal Geographical Society. 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 over 40 expeditions across the globe since the early 1990s, including small-ship cruises and luxury jet expeditions. His recent research includes cultural identity in Argentina; the aviation industry; and the geography of rock-and-roll music. He has visited over 2,000 unique destinations 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:

  • Island Geographies: Resources and Geopolitics – Examines the cultural and physical properties of the Pacific islands, with a specific focus on our cruise destinations – Tonga and the Cook Islands. The lecture will also highlight the colonial and post-colonial context of exploration and settlement in the Pacific region, including the Society Islands.
  • 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 examines the role of the U.S. and the United Nations in establishing a framework for managing the resources of the oceans.
  • Hot Spots, Island Arcs, and Volcanic Chains in the Pacific Ocean – Details how the islands of the Pacific Ocean support biodiversity that has evolved in the context of diverse and complex geological forces.  Examines how the Pacific Ocean was formed, why current island groups are where they are, and how changing climates are reshaping the region.
  • Voyages of DiscoveryIn the Footsteps of Polynesians, Iberians, and Gauguin – Follows early explorers as they embarked on voyages of discovery around the world and across the Pacific Ocean. Explains how politics and technology motivated early explorers. Examines what motivated artists like Paul Gauguin to travel to the South Pacific in the 19th century and others thereafter.
  • Fiji and Geographies of the Indian Diaspora – Explores the dynamic culture of the Fijian islands, the migration of South Asians over the past 200 years, and the modern economic structure of the Fijian archipelago.
  • Myths and Legends of the South Pacific - Cyclones, Ocean Currents, and Rogue Waves – Explores the physical properties of the southwestern Pacific Ocean and the beauty of the region’s seascapes. Highlights some of the South Pacific myths associated with the ocean and its islands, including the Myth of the Shark God and the Legend of the Octopus Lure.

David Keeling will be on the following sailings:

other guest hosts appearing on the m/s Paul Gauguin

Guest Hosts

Classical Musicians
January 22, 2022

Kai Gleusteen and Catherine Ordronneau have established themselves as one of the most important European violin and piano duos since they began working together in 1999. 

Art History Professor
Multiple sailings

Acclaimed academic, Fulbright scholar, author, teacher, lecturer, and art historian and curator Caroline Boyle-Turner is a perennially popular guest host aboard the m/s Paul Gauguin. Join us aboard as she enriches your appreciation for our ship’s namesake and his circle of friends.

Owner/Winemakers, Pfeiffer Winery and Vineyards
June 25, 2022

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.

Food & Wine
Dr. Lindsay Whaley and Dr. Charles Urbanowicz, Smithsonian Journeys
September 7, 2022

Join the Tuamotus & the Society Islands itinerary on September 7, 2022, to experience two very special Smithsonian Journeys Experts on language and anthropology in the South Pacific. when Dr. Lindsay Whaley and Dr. Charles Urbanowicz join us aboard The Gauguin.