SEATTLE, October 15, 2018 – Seabourn, the world's finest ultra-luxury cruise
line, is continuing its mission to inspire and inform guests with a new line-up
of remarkable speakers for its Seabourn Conversations program during the 2018-2019
cruise season. The popular onboard enrichment program will host distinguished
speakers with fascinating stories to share and expertise to enlighten across a
wide array of disciplines including space exploration, mountaineering,
television production, culinary, history, politics, and the arts.
The impressive line-up of Seabourn Conversationalists includes
first-time and returning speakers sure to keep guests engaged and entertained as
they explore natural and cultural wonders around the globe, including aboard
the line's newest vessel, Seabourn Ovation, which launched this
"It is always exciting to put together a new roster of engaging
personalities to add colorful stories to the experiences our guests have while
they travel with us," said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. "Our
highly successful Seabourn Conversations series continues to draw prominent
personalities who are excited to share their life's work and experiences from
rarely heard but reliably insider perspectives."
Upcoming select speakers of the 2018-2019 Seabourn Conversations
Stone (Seabourn Ovation, November 14, 2018 voyage) – The Royal
Portrait Painter for four decades, Stone has captured most members of the Royal
Family on canvas. Starting at 22, he was the youngest Royal portrait artist
since 21-year-old Sir Thomas Lawrence in the 1700s. Naturally talented and
determined, Stone's portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, unveiled at the
National Portrait Gallery in 1992, is his most famous work. In addition to the
Royal Family, he has portrayed many other notable international personalities,
including Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Luciano Pavarotti, and more.
Fogel (Seabourn Sojourn, November 19, 2018 voyage) – An
Academy-Award winning American film director, producer, author and playwright,
Fogel is best known for his 2017 documentary Icarus, which
took home the 2018 Oscar for "Best Documentary Feature".
Scott Kelly (Seabourn Encore, December 3, 2018 voyage) – One of a
select group of Americans who have traveled into space, Kelly previously held
the record for total days in space by an American astronaut: 520. Like
his best-selling memoir, Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars,
he has many awe-inspiring stories from space and reflections on leadership,
teamwork and testing limits to share.
McFlicker (Seabourn Ovation, December 4, 2018 voyage) – An
award-winning producer and director for NBC Entertainment and others, McFlicker
will share his experiences creating campaigns for some of the most successful
shows on television, including The Voice, This Is Us, Law and
Order, America's Got Talent and more. He has also been a choreographer on
Broadway and has worked on countless music videos and international concerts in
Metzl (Seabourn Ovation, December 22, 2018) – A Senior
Fellow of the Atlantic Council, as well as a novelist, blogger and syndicated
columnist, Metzl is an expert in Asian affairs and biotechnology policy. Among
wide-ranging endeavors, he has served as an election monitor in Afghanistan and
the Philippines. His works of fiction include the historical novel, The
Depths of the Sea, and the genetics thrillers Genesis Code and Eternal
· Tim &
Nina Zagat (Seabourn Ovation, January 19, 2019 voyage) – The Co-Founders
of the Zagat Survey, renowned for collecting and correlating the
ratings of restaurants by diners, Tim and Nina are also award-winning
entrepreneurs and prominent players on civic, cultural and charitable scenes.
Chen (Seabourn Ovation, January 19, 2019) – With her Taiwanese
roots and love of Asian cooking, Chen takes guests on an inspiring and
flavorsome journey into Asian cuisine and culture. She combines her love of
cooking, design background and cultural heritage to present a unique, authentic
experience and fascinating insights that demystifies the delights of Asian
cuisine and eastern culture. Through her talks and demonstrations, she shares
fascinating – and often funny – stories from a lifestyle that blends eastern
and western culture.
· Armando Manni (Seabourn
Ovation, February 16, 2019 voyage) – The "M" in K+M Extravirgin Chocolate
founded with renowned chef and Seabourn partner Thomas Keller, Manni is a film
director, gourmet and entrepreneur with a Golden Globe winning film among his
work. In 2001, he founded MANNI Oil, a global brand now synonymous with
quality, luxury and taste. He also owns Casa MANNI Roma, designed by Adam D.
Tihany, who fashioned the interiors of Seabourn Ovation and Seabourn
Taggie (Seabourn Ovation, March 2, 2019) – A Professor of History
Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Taggie's specialties are Asian,
medieval and classical history. Together with his wife Louise, he is founder of
MSA Cultural Tours, which conducts educational tours to venues such as Greece,
Italy, Spain and Portugal. He is also President of the Mediterranean Studies
Association devoted to international education and research.
Deegan (Seabourn Sojourn, March 5, 2019 voyage) – Award-winning author
and seasoned climber of mountainous regions on five continents, Deegan was
co-leader of the first environmental expedition to Mount Everest at age 18.
He returned: once to be embroiled in the greatest tragedy in the mountain's
history, and once finishing on top.
Levine (Seabourn Sojourn, December 10, 2019 voyage) – An
adventurer, explorer, mountaineer, "beer muse," filmmaker, storyteller, and
bestselling author, Levine has survived sub-zero temperatures, hurricane-force
winds, sudden avalanches, and a career on Wall Street, leaving her well suited
to draw relevant parallels between mountaineering and business, and to converse
about the same.
Wozniak (Seabourn Ovation, December 21, 2019) – Designer of the
hardware, circuit board designs and operating system for the Apple I personal
computer, Wozniak was awarded the National Medal of Technology by President
Ronald Reagan in 1985 and the Hoover Medal in 2014. His autobiography, iWoz:
From Computer Geek to Cult Icon, was a New York Times bestseller.
For the full schedule of speakers participating in Seabourn
Conversations for 2018 - 2019, visit www.seabourn.com.
As the newest overall ultra-luxury fleet in the industry,
Seabourn's intimate ships offer key elements that set the line apart: spacious,
thoughtfully appointed all-suite accommodations, many with verandas and all
100% ocean front; superb dining in a choice of venues including The Grill by
Thomas Keller; differentiated evening experiences in partnership with Sir Tim
Rice; Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil; open bars throughout the ship;
fine wines poured at any time; award-winning service, and a relaxed, sociable
atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home on board. The ships travel the
globe to many of the world's most desirable destinations, including marquee
cities, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and lesser-known ports and hideaways.
Travelers who covet outdoor adventures will also find the Ventures by Seabourn
optional for-charge expedition-style excursion program in select destinations,
including Alaska, Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia. Guests may
book these tours in advance on Seabourn's website.
Seabourn currently operates a fleet of five modern ultra-luxury
ships and is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive
alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess
Cruises, Cunard Line, Costa Cruises, AIDA, P&O Cruises UK, P&O Cruises
Australia and fathom. Seabourn is a brand of Carnival Corporation and plc
(NYSE/LSE: CCL and NYSE: CUK). It is also the official cruise line partner for
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to
help protect World Heritage sites.
For more Information:
(206) 626-9158 or BBadura@seabourn.com
Hawkins International Public Relations
(212) 255-6541 or Ashley@hawkpr.com