SEATTLE, January 15, 2019 – Seabourn, the world's finest ultra-luxury cruise
line, is ensuring that its 2019 season in Alaska & British Columbia
unfolds as an immersive experience and stands out with an impressive offering
of optional Ventures by Seabourn guided kayak, Zodiac, catamaran
and hiking tours led by a highly accomplished, skilled, and knowledgeable
Seabourn expedition team.
The already-assembled expedition
team includes experienced wilderness experts, scientists, historians and Zodiac
operators. Ventures by Seabourn excursions are available for-charge, in select
destinations, and can be booked in advance by guests. In addition, the
expedition team will couple with several local tour operators to enhance hiking
excursions, bringing additional wealth of local expertise and information on
the region to guests.
"As every year, we are excited to
share our experienced and qualified expedition team for the upcoming 2019
season in Alaska & British Columbia. The strength of the group lies in the
combination of academic passion, old-school experience, and local knowledge
that they bring to the cruise schedule," said Robin West, vice president of
Expedition Operations for Seabourn. "This season's expedition team will not
only join the guests on Ventures outings, but will add to the onboard
experience of Seabourn Sojourn with complimentary lectures on their
fields of expertise including marine biology, geology, ornithology and history.
They'll further be available at every turn to point out wildlife, join guests
for dinner, and answer questions around the ship about the wild and pristine
wonders that draw them – and our guests – back year after year."
Also part of the Seabourn
Conversations program, the expedition team members regularly interact with
guests throughout each sailing, sharing keen insight and in-depth knowledge
about the history, ecology and culture of the region. Their valuable insights
are offered both in complimentary formal presentations on a variety of topics
and in more casual conversations over meals or at leisure. In addition, the
team chronicles their adventures with stories and photos via Seabourn's Ventures Tracker.
Travelers considering a trip to
Alaska & British Columbia in 2019 have extra incentive to book now with
Seabourn offering a complementary "Veranda for Ocean-View" upgrade on all
sailings to the destination. The offer, which is valid through February 13,
2019 as part of the Signature Savings Event, provides the value of a guaranteed
veranda suite for the price of an ocean-view.
Guests can look forward to
participating in up-close explorations of the majestic beauty and fascinating
history and culture of America's Last Frontier. Ventures by Seabourn will be a
highlight of an exciting schedule of 11-, 12- and 14-day ultimate Alaska
itineraries onboard Seabourn Sojourn scheduled from June to
Members of the handpicked
expedition team for Seabourn's 2019 season in Alaska & British Columbia
· Juan Carlos
Restrepo, Expedition Leader – With a passion for the great outdoors and
adventure, Juan has explored all the continents and oceans of the world. He
began his career in the expedition industry as a Dive Master on luxury yachts
and then took his love for expedition to the Polar Regions.
Srigley, Expedition Leader – Chris spends up to nine months a year on
expedition ships, including full seasons in Antarctica and the Arctic. Beyond
his duties on the expedition team, Chris serves as a Polar Bear Guard,
advancing landing parties and keeping a watchful eye while guests experience
the natural wonders around them.
D'Souza, Assistant Expedition Leader – Nicki puts her years of
experience and passion for travel to good use assisting guests with shore
excursions all over the world. As an expedition leader with many maiden calls
behind her, she has led voyages along the West Coast of Africa, South America,
Europe and Asia.
Hanson, Assistant Expedition Leader / Lecturer – An avid
outdoorswoman Natasha has guided kayaking and hiking excursions in remote areas
of the world. As a general naturalist with over a decade of experience in the
Polar Regions, she has shared her knowledge with guests of various expedition
Jenkins, Assistant Expedition Leader / Lecturer – Adam has
engaged in myriad adventures at sea, including single-handedly sailing a
27-foot sloop down the Pacific Coast and back up the East Coast to Nova Scotia. He long ago
found his calling leading expeditions and working with adventure travelers and
Baldwin, Lecturer – Enthralled by the ocean, Lisa is a competitive ocean swimmer,
free diver, naturalist, and traveler who enjoys educating others about the
natural environment. Her extensive work as a field biologist and passion for
health research gives her a unique ability to be open, friendly and relate to
guests on all levels.
Bunting, Kayak Guide – Nicki credits her Olympian grandmother and competitive sailor
father for her adventurous spirit and love of the ocean. An historian,
photographer, naturalist, and thrice Tour Guide of the Year in Skagway, Alaska,
she has lectured extensively on local and state history.
Ellingwood, Lecturer – Ross's love of adventure took hold in college and hasn't
loosened its grip. In 2016, he spent six months building a wooden rowing boat
in his garage, and then took it on a three-month, 1,100-mile exploration of the
Inside Passage. His career has seen him guiding sea-kayaking trips and ice climbing
Fought, Lecturer – Certified as a Zodiac operator at nine, Jennifer found her
sweet spot in the natural world and spent her youth camping, canoeing and
riding horses. With a graduate degree in Structural Geology, she has conducted
research from the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico to the glaciers of
· Eric Holst,
Lecturer – Over a decade as a Zodiac driver and bridge officer, Eric
worked extensively in Alaska, British Columbia, Mexico and Central America. He
is fascinated by geography and earth history, especially where they converge
with the study of ancient climates and ecosystems and is most content before
the face of a tidewater glacier watching the confluence of time, climate and
topography on a barely fathomable scale.
· Greg Horn,
Kayak Guide – Following schooling and military service, Horn fueled his
interests in business and adventure by starting a SCUBA center along South
Africa's Garden Route and later ran a bush camp and dive resort in Mozambique.
He has completed 5,000-plus dives in the Indian Ocean and Red Sea and traveled
more than 14,000 km by off-road motorbike through South Africa.
Klimenko, Photo / Videographer – An accomplished photographer,
filmmaker and traveler, Aldan explores life around the world through his camera
and lens. Raised in Ecuador, he traveled South America in search of adventure
and imagery to create a portfolio for entrée into the travel and adventure
Stevens, Lecturer – Born in Scotland and relocated to San Diego, Sylvia gave up a
successful business career to pursue her love of photography, wildlife and
travel. She has worked extensively with injured and endangered animals in
various locations, including seabirds, eagles and otters in Alaska, and has
three decades of experience as a lecturer and Expedition Leader on ships in the
Arctic, Sub-Antarctic and Antarctic.
Torkelson, Lecturer – A native Alaskan, entrepreneur and avid sailor, in 2010 Peter
ditched a thriving business and moved with his family aboard a catamaran to
cruise 14,000 ocean miles over six years, surviving two hurricanes en route.
These days he explores western Prince William Sound and Southeast Alaska as
often as possible, and recently worked on megayacht charters out of Juneau.
Yeager, Lecturer – Kirstie has spent more than two decades studying and working in
natural resource management and wildlife research. Her extensive background
includes studying grizzly bears in Montana, Steller sea lions in Alaska, and
several species at McMurdo and Palmer Stations in Antarctica.
The expedition team will rotate
throughout the season, and additional team members will join select sailings
Seabourn Sojourn's 2019 season
in Alaska & British Columbia provides ultra-luxury comforts together with
onboard programming including Seabourn Conversations, a complimentary
enrichment lecture and presentation series, and wildlife watching on deck. The
unique voyages combine Alaska's most popular ports with rarely visited hidden
gems of the Inside Passage and British Columbia, including destinations such as
Alert Bay and Klemtu.
For reservations or more details,
please contact a professional travel advisor; call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391
or visit www.seabourn.com. A dedicated shore excursion call center
is available for guests at 1-800-984-3225.
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). Seabourn is the
official cruise partner of UNESCO World Heritage under a multi-year agreement
to help promote sustainable tourism at World Heritage sites around the world.
For more Information:
(206) 626-9158 or BBadura@seabourn.com
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