CELEBRITIES ON BOARD

The inviting pool on Seabourn Sojourn may entice high profile yachtsman Dennis Conner to take a dip.
The inviting pool on Seabourn Sojourn may entice former America’s Cup skipper Dennis Conner to take a dip.

BEST-selling author Bill Bryson and Dennis Conner, four-time winner of the America’s Cup yacht race, will be among “star” attractions on world cruises in 2014.

US yacht skipper Conner is part of Seabourn Sojourn’s celebrity line-up for her 116-day world cruise that leaves Los Angeles next month.

Other speakers on board include Tony-award winning Broadway star Patti LuPone and former CIA operative Tony Mendez who was involved in real-life events in Iran that inspired the blockbuster film Argo, seabourn.com

Nobel Peace Prize winner and retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu is the headline speaker on Holland America Line’s 113-day world voyage aboard Amsterdam leaving Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in April when he will talk about his role as the first black South African archbishop, hollandamerica.com

Cunard was the first cruise company to introduce speakers as a key part of its entertainment schedule in 1974 and has since included eminent figures such as the late,Nelson Mandela, actor John Cleese, former US President Jimmy Carter and Australian film maker Baz Luhrmann.

Celebrities will also be on the Cunard liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth, and Queen Victoria on sailings around the globe in 2014.

Author Bill Bryson, whose books have sold over 10-million copies world-wide, is guest speaker on the Queen Elizabeth’s world sailing from New York on January 18. He eartlier  sailed on Queen Mary 2 where his Q&A session proved a huge success, cunardline.com.au

Experts ranging from astrophysicists to art historians and athletes will add insight on Crystal Cruises voyages in 2014.

Among the talent is former British Member of Parliament, Edwina Currie, who will be guest speaker on Crystal Serenity sailing between Singapore and Cape Town in March, crystalcruises.com

australiancruisingnews.com is taking a Christmas/New Year break and will publish a new post on January 13.

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