Seabourn Announces Speakers for 2013 World Cruises

Authors, Historians, Astronomer, Comedienne, Politicians and More

SEATTLE, July 10, 2012—Seabourn has announced a diverse line-up of prominent guest speakers who will be among those enhancing the 116-day World Cruise aboard Seabourn Quest in 2013. The speakers’ breadth of knowledge is as worldly as the cruise itself, including such notables as the sly, witty comedienne Rita Rudner, NASA astronomer Dr. Norman Caisse and satirical author Christopher Buckley. Seabourn Quest’s world cruise will depart January 6, 2013 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and end in Venice, Italy on May 3.

Luminaries including scientists, historians, scholars, maritime experts, documentary filmmakers and politicians will share their expertise and provide valuable insights on destinations to Seabourn Quest guests during their memorable world cruise.

“This is a very exciting group of speakers with personalities and portfolios as diverse as the ports of call the cruise will visit,” said John Delaney, Seabourn’s senior vice president, marketing and sales. “Many of them specialize in the regions we visit, and their knowledge will undoubtedly enhance our guests’ cruise experiences and entertain them on their way around the globe.”

Seabourn Quest’s 2013 lineup of World Quest guest speakers and destination experts will include, among others:

Rita Rudner – American comedienne, actress, screenwriter, author. She has starred in numerous television specials and performs live in the U.S. and U.K. April 27 – May 3.
Christopher Buckley – American political satirist and novelist. March 26 – 31.

Dr. Norman Caisse – NASA engineer and astronomer who participated in a variety of space exploration projects. January 16 – 30.

Destination Experts

Dr. Roderick A. McDonald – professor, author, Caribbean and Latin American historian. January 6 – 16.
Dr. Michelle Craig McDonald – professor and author of Early American, Caribbean and maritime history. January 6 – 16.
Dr. Adrian Kerr – author and historian in ancient civilizations. April 8 – 21.
Farhana Qazi – international relations analyst and expert on Middle Eastern political conflicts. April 12 – 23.

Military History/Foreign Relations

Captain Peter Martin, Commander, Royal Australian Naval Reserve. – one of Australia’s few titled Masters and Commanders; maritime expert and foreign affairs scholar. February 22 – March 2.
Col. Ralf Vargas – retired U.S. Army officer, former Chief of the NATO Situation Center, specializing in European Affairs. April 23 – May 3.

Exploration/ Geography/Ethnology

Dr. Lawrence Blair – adventurer and documentarian whose acclaimed TV series Ring of Fire highlights his 10-year exploration of Indonesia. March 1 – 23.
Paul Deegan – mountaineer and award-winning author whose ascents include Mount Everest and other major peaks worldwide. March 9-19.

The onboard enrichment lineup augments an extensive array of daytime and nightly entertainment that ranges from dynamic, up-to-the-minute vocal revues, classical recitals, comedy, engaging quiz shows, dance classes and live music for dancing.

Introduced on June 20, 2011, Seabourn Quest is the third iteration of the sleek and widely admired design that has been hailed as “a game-changer for the luxury segment.” Seabourn Quest’s wealth of luxurious amenities and features make it the ideal ship for extended voyages such as a world cruise.

Seabourn Quest’s 116-day world cruise sails from Ft. Lauderdale to Venice, visiting an array of exotic destinations in the South Pacific, Australia, Indonesia and Southeast Asia, India, Arabia and the Mediterranean. Rates for the full world cruise begin at $51,999 per person, based on double occupancy, including round trip air and a host of other complimentary amenities. For guests who cannot sail the entire voyage, shorter segments are available from 21 days, with rates starting at $10,999 per person including air, based on double occupancy.

For additional information or reservations, contact your travel agent.