The currency on ships is cabin space. So husband and wife speakers are a bonus, the same with dance and bridge instructors. Keith and Nancy Appleyard have been regular cruise ship speakers since 2010, with contracts on several cruise lines including Cunard, P & O, Fred Olsen, Saga and Viking.
Keith bases his talks on his experience as an Intelligence Officer during the Cold War – ’Life as a Spook’ – and brings the topic up-to-date with talks on cyber espionage.
Nancy is a social anthropologist with talks on body language, propaganda and many other topics concerning the way we communicate with each other. Nancy is currently writing a book to go with her lecture series.
Both Keith and Nancy get a tremendous kick out of entertaining cruise ship audiences and sharing experiences with such a wide variety of fascinating people.
We caught up with them on the Ventura, and they certainly enjoy life at sea. Like so many academics, their office can be anywhere and they use the time to work when not on stage lecturing. Keith was leaving the Ventura, driving to Newcastle, and getting on a Fred. Olsen ship. Like all jobs, it becomes a job, a rollercoaster and lecturing is no exception.
The sea was rather rough on that cruise so although they were scheduled to do a 5 lecture tour, the ship missed the Greek Islands and they were asked to do extra lectures. Such is life at sea. Most lecturers are expected to be able to do at least five lectures, appear if asked on the day time TV show, and focus where possible on the destinations.
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