John Maxtone-Graham (born 1929) is a well-known cruise ship speaker. He was raised in Hoboken, New Jersey and graduated from Brown University in 1951. He served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War and had once worked unsuccessfully as a Broadway stage manager. In 1972, he wrote his first book on ocean liners, The Only Way to Cross, to be followed by numerous other books for small publishing houses. France/Norway, was published in 2010. He recently wrote Titanic Tragedy, which was published in March 2012, and he is currently working on a book about the SS United States due for release in 2014. He is known for his self-described transatlantic accent, which some have mistaken for a British accent. Appears in an episode of "The Simpsons". He is the father of writer Ian Maxtone-Graham.