About Paul Curtis

Paul Curtis was born in Cornwall UK and began contributing photos and articles to newspapers and magazines before he was sixteen. At nineteen he took a job as a cruise ship photographer. Paul mostly worked out of New York on ten different cruise ships managing photo units and gift shops before swapping his camera for a microphone and becoming an entertainments officer aboard the original Queen Mary transatlantic liner. Following the Mary's withdrawal from service, Paul moved to Australia and entered the business world before returning to writing and eventually establishing a magazine and book publishing company and becoming the photographic industry's spokeperson and event organiser. 

His main interests are all things that float on water, from paddleboards to ocean liners, and his photography interests cover everything from the business and history of photography to the pure joy of making creative images. 

His books include Aboard the Pacific Princess, The Oasis Sisters, High Tea with the Cunard Queens and A History of Professional Photography in Australia.


In October 2021, Rose Publishing released his new book, Better Boating Blunders. In this book, beautifully illustrated by John Quirk, Paul tackles all the things that can go wrong and the amusing yarns that can result.


All of Paul's books are noted for being informative, highly entertaining and being written with a dry wit.

In 2019, Paul revised and updated his book on the Pacific Princess and and added a review of the entire Princess Cruises fleet. He also updated and revised the Mega Sisters to be the Oasis Sisters to add in a new ship and a round-up of the entire Royal Caribbean fleet. He is currently working on another book on cruise ships.