Seabourn will set sail this January on the 146-day “World Cruise: Extraordinary Destinations” aboard Seabourn Sojourn and will be hosting a collection of speakers on board. A lineup of distinguished luminaries and intriguing personalities are set to join the World Cruise as part of Seabourn Conversations, the line’s onboard program designed to entertain guests.

Here’s a look at some of the speakers:

  • Professor Brian Ford – A research biologist, broadcaster and published author; his revolutionary discoveries range from blood coagulation to the intelligence of microbes to the science of autumn leaves.
  • John O. Creighton – Creighton was one of the astronaut candidates for U.S. Space Shuttle missions; he was pilot or commander of three missions aboard Discovery and Atlantis, spent over 16 days in space and worked closely serving with NASA as lead CAPCOM for four space shuttle flights.
  • Lord Digby Jones – Jones has served as director-general of the Confederation of British Industry and was knighted in 2005 in the U.K. Digby has written two books, “Fixing Britain” and “Fixing Business.”
  • Adama Bah – A hotelier for 25 years, Bah has spent the past two decades promoting tourism in West Africa, including as chairman of the Institute of Travel and Tourism of Gambia. Bah recently ran for mayor of Kanifing, the biggest municipality in Gambia, and heads the International Centre for Responsible Tourism in West Africa.
  • Robin Binckes – A South African historian, Binckes’ career has spanned from public relations, fishing, food retailing and corporate management; he specializes in historical tours and conducts experiential tours and talks for companies and learning institutions focused on diversity and transformation.
  • Zelda La Grange – A former private secretary to Nelson Mandela, La Grange was a founding staff member of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.
  • Richard Stone – The royal portrait painter for four decades, Stone has captured most members of the Royal Family on canvas. Stone’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is his most famous work.
  • Lynne Cox – A long-distance open-water swimmer, Cox opened the border between the U.S. and the Soviet Union with a 1987 swim across the Bering Strait and twice held the overall record for the fastest crossing of the English Channel.

Other speakers include Tiiu Luuk, Sir Alan Collins, Anton Swarts, Hari Nayak, Lawrence Blair, Paul Deegan, Sir Jim McLay, Alessandra Borchi, Lance Seeto, Fulton Armstrong, Alison Wright and Ted Libbey.

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The World Cruise is set to depart Miami on January 4, 2020, and will conclude in San Francisco on May 28, with 62 ports of call in 36 countries on five continents in between.

This article originally appeared on www.travelagentcentral.com.

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