About me...

On the Mainstage of the ms Westerdam
Welcome to my blog, covering my research and experiences as a world adventurer and enrichment lecturer.  I'm known for my creative and humorous presentation style (with a twist of wry!).

As an enrichment and destination lecturer I have the good fortune of appearing as a guest speaker on cruise ships throughout the world.  My wife Jan and I have cruised the seas and visited ports in over 89 countries, including Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America, Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, UK and a good number of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ports.



I have over 40 years of international experience in government organizations, academia, and the private sector.  I have an MA Hons (Griffith University, Queensland), with my academic research focused on the role of collaborative governance in developing innovative policy solutions for intractable resource conflicts.  I have a BSc in biology (UBC, Vancouver) and my professional experience includes Naturalist and Wilderness Specialist with Canada’s National Parks, Registered Professional Biologist in British Columbia, and Senior Policy Consultant. 

I'm an accomplished photographer with over 60 million of views of my online images.  With over one thousand photos posted on Google Maps I receive over 1 million views per month.

Taking a 360 Photo in Porongurup NP, Western Australia

Red-winged Fairy-wren, Western Australia
Close encounters with grizzly bears, active volcanoes, Komodo dragons, and trumpeting elephants continue to add spice to our lives!  I live in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with my wife and fellow adventurer, Jan. 


Summary of Cruise Ship Lecture assignments:

Upcoming Assignments:
Dec-2020 Viking Sun - Miami to LA - 21 days - Panama Canal
June-2021 Viking Venus - Bergen to London - British Isles Explorer
June-2021 Viking Jupiter - Copenhagen to Stockholm - Russia & Baltic Sea

Past Assignments:
Dec-2019 Seabourn Ovation - Dubai to Singapore - 19 days
Apr-2019 Viking Sun - Durban, South Africa to London - 28 days
Feb-2019 Zaandam - Buenos Aires to San Antonio & Punta Arenas -17 days
Oct-2018 Westerdam - Vancouver to Yokohama - 16 days
May-2018 Seabourn Sojourn - Kobe to Vancouver - 21 days
Apr-2018 Amsterdam - Grand World - Cape Town to Dakar - 15 days
Nov-2017 Seabourn Odyssey - Caribbean - Miami Return - 12 days
Sep-2017 Volendam - Transpacific - Vancouver to Yokohama - 16 days
Jul-2017 Zuiderdam - Baltic Adventure - 12 days
Apr-2017 Noordam - South Pacific - Sydney to Honolulu - 16 days
Oct-2016 Rotterdam - Transatlantic - NYC to Piraeus (Athens) - 25 days
May-2016 Maasdam - Panama Canal - Ft Lauderdale to Seattle - 20 days
Oct-2015 Statendam - Transpacific - farewell - Hilo to Singapore - 22 days
Apr-2015 Volendam - Transpacific - Kobe Japan to Vancouver - 17 days
Feb-2015 Amsterdam - Grand World - Sydney to Singapore - 23 days
Nov-2014 Maasdam - Transatlantic - Ft Lauderdale/Rome - 22 d
Apr-2014 Volendam - Transpacific - Yokohama /Vancouver - 17 d
Jan-2014 Prinsendam - Grand S. America - Ft Lauderdale / Lima - 10 d
Nov-2013 Maasdam - Med/Transatlantic - Civitavecchia /Ft Lauderdale - 23 d
Sep-2013 Volendam - Hawaii - Vancouver/Honolulu - 11 days
Mar-2013 Amsterdam - Grand World - Seychelles/Cape Town - 11 d
Nov-2012 Rotterdam - Caribbean Odyssey - Rotterdam/Barbados - 23 d
Mar-2012 Amsterdam – Grand World – Sydney / Singapore - 21 d
Jan-2012 Rotterdam – South Pacific – Honolulu /Papeete - 21 d
Nov-2011 Nieuw Amsterdam – Med/Transatlantic – Venice/ Ft Lauderdale
Feb-2011 Rotterdam – S. America – Puerto Vallarta /Calloa (Lima) - 12 d
Jan-2011 Prinsendam – Amazon – Barbados / Forteleza
Aug-2010 Maasdam – Voyage of Vikings via Iceland, Greenland - 23 d
May-2010 Azamara Quest – Mediterranean Athens /Civitavecchia - 12 d
Dec-2008 Amsterdam – South America – San Diego /Santiago Chile
Oct-2008 Volendam – South Pacific - Honolulu /Auckland
Apr-2008 Amsterdam – Grand World - Trans-Atlantic - Lisbon / Ft Lauderdale
Dec-2007 Zaandam – San Diego /Honolulu
Sep-2007 Westerdam – Mediterranean - Civitavecchia /Return 22 d
Jan-2007 Statendam – Sydney – Auckland 14 days