Seabourn Announce new Guest Speakers

Including space exploration, mountaineering, television production, culinary, history, politics, and the arts

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Seabourn Announce new Guest Speakers

Seabourn has announced a new line-up of guest speakers for its Seabourn Conversations programme during the 2018-2019 cruise season, featuring distinguished guests from across a wide array of disciplines, including space exploration, mountaineering, television production, culinary, history, politics, and the arts.

“It is always exciting to put together a new roster of engaging personalities to add colourful 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.”

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Seabourn Conversations programme

Steve 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. Thailand & Vietnam Cruise

Alison Levine

Seabourn Sojourn, December 10, 2019

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. Cuba & Caribbean Cruise

Pamela Chen

Seabourn Ovation, January 19, 2019

With her Taiwanese roots and love of Asian cooking, Chen takes guests on an inspiring and flavoursome 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. Thailand & Vietnam Cruise

Bryan Fogel

Seabourn Sojourn, November 19, 2018 

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”. Auckland to Sydney Cruise

Captain Scott Kelly

Seabourn Encore, December 3, 2018 

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. Bali to Sydney Cruise

Richard 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. Icons of Antiquity Cruise

Dean 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 Hollywood. Arabia & India Cruise

Jamie 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 Sonata. Thailand & Vietnam Cruise

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. Thailand & Vietnam Cruise

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 Encore. Thailand & Vietnam Cruise

Ben 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.  Vietnam & Thailand Cruise

Paul 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. Africa and India Cruise


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 with 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. Travellers who covet outdoor adventures will also find the Ventures by Seabourn optional for-charge expedition-style excursion programme in select destinations, including Alaska, Antarctica, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia.

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