In 1999 Lieutenant Colonel Owen O’Brien and several colleagues, all now retired, began presenting history lectures aboard cruise ships. Consistently acclaimed as guest lecturers and increasingly in demand, they are now The History Team - with a broad focus on the history of the seas, nations and cities on a ship's itinerary. The Team now includes several civilian speakers expert in related areas of human endeavour.
Our repertoire of social, cultural and military
history presentations is specially tailored to each voyage, relevant to seas and
ports traversed by the ship and appropriate to passenger age and
nationality profiles, according to the wishes of the line's Head Office, Cruise Director
and passengers. All members of the Team are well-versed in history
and highly accomplished public speakers.
Our aim is to make Great Events come alive for people interested
in history and, especially, for people whose relatives or friends
took part in momentous events of the 20th Century.
Our honorary cruise lecturing activities are
centrally coordinated but we do not operate as a commercial agency
or speakers’ bureau and we have no financial relationship.
We have presented enrichment lectures throughout
the South Pacific, South East Asia, North Asia, northern Europe,
the Mediterranean, Black Sea, Baltic, Indian Ocean, North Pacific,
Atlantic and Antarctic.
We have been invited to lecture on almost 200 cruises
Sun, Seabourn Spirit, Seabourn Legend, Crystal Harmony, Silver
Cloud, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria,
Saga Rose, Black Watch, The World of ResidenSea, Amsterdam, Statendam,
Prinsendam, Volendam, Rotterdam, Seven Seas Voyager, Orion, Nautica,
Spirit of Adventure, Mercury, Rhapsody of the Seas, Silver Wind,
Seven Seas Mariner, Insignia, Regatta, Pacific Jewel and Norwegian
Star, and in 2010 on board Scenic
Cruises' Rhine and Danube vessels..