Seabourn is introducing a line-up of Seabourn Conversations guest speakers and personalities aboard Seabourn Sojourn’s upcoming Extended Explorations voyages beginning October 2018. The onboard enrichment program will host speakers and personalities from a variety of fields including anthropology, space exploration, culinary, military history, and the arts.
This season’s line-up of Seabourn Conversationalists includes first-time and returning speakers to accompany guests as they explore the South Pacific, Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand aboard Seabourn Sojourn. The Seabourn Conversations enrichment program allows guests to hear about life experiences firsthand, through lectures but also as speakers participate in the daily social scene onboard, sharing meals, adventures ashore, and casual chats throughout the voyage.
“We are always excited to put together a new line-up of the most interesting personalities to inform and entertain our guests on an array of topics while they travel with us,” said Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn. “The highly successful Seabourn Conversations series continues to introduce noteworthy personalities to share their life’s work and experiences from rarely heard but authoritative perspectives.”
Select speakers of the 2018-2019 Seabourn Conversations program aboard Seabourn Sojourn include:
- Frank Buzzard (October 15, 2018 voyage) – During a 30-year career with NASA, Buzzard served as Chief Engineer of the Space Shuttle, Chief Engineer of the International Space Station (ISS), and ISS Program Director/Senior System Integration Manager. He is now a part-time professor at the University of Colorado Boulder and runs his own aerospace consulting business.
- Ted Libbey (October 15, 2018 voyage) – Holding a career as a music critic, Libbey spent 15 years as a commentator on NPR’s “Performance Today.” He was Director of Media Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts, an editor at High Fidelity and Musical America, as well as a music critic for The New York Times.
- Dr. Charles Urbanowitz (October 15, 2018 voyage) – With more than 45 years of research and travel experience in the Pacific, Urbanowitz is an expert on the culture and traditions of the region. He was recognized as one of five “master teachers” during his time in the Anthropology Department of California State University, Chico.
- Sam Choy (October 15, 2018 voyage) – Founder of the Sam Choy Keauhou Poke Contest, Chef Choy has been creating cuisine with fresh, local ingredients from the Hawaiian Islands. He has authored 18 cookbooks, appeared on numerous Food Network shows, and was a guest star on the television series Hawaii Five-0.
- Colonel Gerald McCormack (November 2, 2018 voyage) – Now retired from the Australian Army, McCormack commanded tank troops in South Vietnam and a tank regiment in Australia. A graduate of four military colleges including The Royal Military College and Joint Services Staff College of Australia, he has lectured in history at the Officer Cadet School and at Senior Officer Colleges.
- Hon. Sir Jim McLay KNZM QSO (November 2, 2018 voyage) – A New Zealand lawyer, politician, businessman, and diplomat, Sir Jim McLay CNZM QSO was a member of the New Zealand Parliament and a Cabinet Minister, Deputy Prime Minister, and Leader of the Opposition. He had a successful business career, including chairmanship of Macquarie New Zealand, and was director of a number of publicly listed companies. For six years, he led New Zealand’s representation at the United Nations in New York, and has performed a number of other diplomatic roles.
- Dr. Richard Turnbull (November 19, 2018 voyage) – A professor in the History of Art Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Turnbull teaches courses on the art and civilization of Oceania and is a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art offering presentations celebrating the religion, art, architecture, and culture of the South Pacific and Australia.
- Philip Martin (November 19, 2018 voyage) – A Professor of Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of California-Davis, Martin worked on labor and immigration issues under former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and works for United Nations agencies around the world. He also travels widely to remote areas of Africa and Asia with his bird-watching wife Cecily.
- Harvey Broadbent (December 11, 2018 voyage) – A well-known writer, lecturer, broadcaster, and documentary film and TV producer, Broadbent was honored as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2016 for his life’s work in researching and writing history and producing historical documentaries. As a producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for 23 years, he won several awards while specializing in cultural history documentary and special event television.
- Dr. Lawrence Blair (January 6, 2019 voyage) – Dr. Blair is a documentary filmmaker who co-produced the BBC/PBS television series Ring of Fire, highlighting his many years of exploration of Indonesia. He is also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Southern California.
- Kevin Miller (January 16, 2019 voyage) – Miller is an internationally known traveler, adventurer, speaker, author, and leadership/business consultant whose action- and fun-packed seminars have delighted audiences everywhere. He is president of VisionBound International, Inc., an international consulting company, and is also a senior consultant for FranklinCovey. A retired career regular Army officer, Kevin served as a company commander in the 7th Infantry Division and was involved in Desert Storm.
- Bob Smolik (January 30, 2019 voyage) – Bob Smolik is a veteran diplomat and scholar, and has worked in various U.S. embassies around the world. His expertise as Diplomat in Residence at the University of Michigan is in economics and trade, as well as in U.N. human rights and NATO security issues. As an economic diplomat, he worked to open foreign markets to U.S. trade and investment on a fair and equal basis. He serves as an ambassador of American society and culture, helping Washington to understand the political and economic dynamics of other nations.
Extended Explorations offer travelers a variety of ways to uncover new destinations by allowing guests to have an in-depth experience in a specific region or effortlessly move from one region to another. Adding a week, month, or an entire season offers many benefits for guests, including the opportunity for overnight stays in major ports with accommodations on board and ashore.
The longest Extended Explorations voyage spans 128 days, from October 15, 2018 to February 21, 2019, departing from Los Angeles to Cape Town, South Africa. For those who are not able to sail the longer voyages, guests can choose or in some cases combine shorter segments that best fit their schedules and interests.