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South Africa’s Soweto String Quartet to entertain aboard Sojourn World Cruise

Seabourn has announced a stunning line-up of guest entertainers aboard Seaborun Sojourn for her 2020 World Cruise from Miami, including South Africa’s own Soweto String Quartet, and a former private secretary to Nelson Mandela.

Set to depart Miami on January 4th, 2020, and end in San Francisco on May 28th, Seabourn Sojourn will visit 62 destinations over the course of 146 days, with a range of musical productions, deck parties, and onboard enrichment programming in-between.

Soweto String Quartet

South Africa’s Soweto String Quartet featured on Sojourn World Cruise

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“As the saying goes, ‘all the world’s a stage,’ and Seabourn is going to be taking the stage to sea with a world-class lineup of musical performances, celebrations, and engaging programming for guests to enjoy throughout our World Cruise,” said Chris Austin, Seabourn’s senior vice president of Global Marketing & Sales.

“It’s one of many reasons why guests should select Seabourn Sojourn for their 2020 World Cruise,” he added.


The World Cruise will be Seabourn’s first in six years, and will include South African and Middle Eastern ports of call.

The World Cruise will play off the various regions on its itinerary to treat guests to themed deck parties with local entertainers boarding Seabourn Sojourn to ‘Celebrate Africa,’ ‘Celebrate Asia,’ ‘Celebrate Polynesia’ and more.

There will also be a host of smaller deck parties, such as ‘Farewell USA’ out of Miami, ‘Opera Under the Stars’ with Venetian masks for everyone, and a ‘Roaring ‘20s Speakeasy’ party with creative cocktails celebrating the days of drinks on the sly gone by.


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The World Cruise will also feature themed dinners at The Colonnade, performances by local entertainers, exhibits by artists-in-residence, and the always-popular Seabourn Conversations on-board enrichment program.

The enrichment lectures feature distinguished speakers on a wide array of topics from politics to culture, and adventure to the arts.

Featured speakers scheduled to appear include John Creighton, NASA Space Shuttle astronaut; Zelda La Grange, former private secretary to Nelson Mandela; and Sir Alan Collins, former British diplomat and more.

Here’s a full list of the headline acts aboard Seabourn Sojourn’s 2020 World Cruse:

  • Ruthie Henshall & Norm Lewis – Gala Event – Seabourn guests booked for the full 146-day World Cruise will head off in style with a Gala Bon Voyage Dinner in Miami the night before departure, featuring Ruthie Henshall and Norm Lewis. Henshall, a multi-award-winning star of stage, screen and concert hall, has appeared in many of the most popular musicals of the past 30 years from Cats to Crazy for You to Chicago. Lewis, who has delighted audiences with his acting and baritone for decades, recently appeared in Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert on NBC. Gala Bon Voyage Dinner January 3; Henshall to return for performances on-board January 4-9; Lewis to return for performances on-board February 19-25.
  • Charl du Plessis Trio – Among the most versatile and respected crossover ensembles in Africa, the Charl du Plessis Trio is led by South African Steinway Artist Plessis on piano, with Werner Spies on bass and Hugo Radyn on drums. Their diverse repertoire ranges from Baroque, Latin and Swing to Classical and Funk. Scheduled February 4-12.
  • CH2 Guitar Duo – One of the world’s best guitar duos, CH2’s guitarist Corneille Hutten and multi-instrumentalist Dirkie van Staden have combined for 11 albums over 18 years and recently won the Worldwide Classical and Flamenco category of the prestigious Lee Ritenour Six String Theory International Guitar Competition. Scheduled February 4-12.
  • Soweto String Quartet – Fresh, vibrant, funky, and not at all what one would expect from a string quartet, SSQ was a favourite of former South African President Nelson Mandela. Making music with panache, enthusiasm and lots of smiles is Music Director Sadile Khemese on first violin, Thami Khemese on second violin, Makhosini Mnguni on viola, and Reuben Khemese on cello. Scheduled February 12-16.
  • Filip Wojciechowski Trio – Honoured with several awards throughout their musical career, the Filip Wojciechowski Trio is distinguished by their unique technique to perform classical repertoire in a jazz style. The trio is led by Wojciechowski on piano, with Pawel Pańta on bass and Cezary Konrad on drums. Scheduled February 19-25.
  • Wouter Kellerman and His Band – Globetrotting flutist, composer and crossover artist Kellerman thrives on experimenting with the shades, textures and colours produced by his instrument. He followed his 2015 Grammy Award for Winds of Samsara (with Indian composer and producer Ricky Kej) by debuting his album Love Language at #1 on the World Music Billboard charts. Scheduled March 6-11.
  • Lea Salonga – With her powerful voice and astonishing pitch, Salonga has landed some of the biggest musical roles in theatre, including the original Kim in Miss Saigon, for which she won a Tony, the Olivier, Theatre World and other various awards. Salonga’s electrifying 2017 live album Blurred Lines was recorded during a sold-out run at Feinstein’s/54Below, to which she returned with a record-setting 15-show encore performance to end her 2017 North American tour. Scheduled March 25-29.
  • Rhonda Burchmore – Rhonda Burchmore has dazzled crowds at the Sydney Opera house and beyond with her bold voice and contagious smile. Burchmore has forged a three-decade career in show biz performing from London’s West End to the Melbourne Theatre Company in the highly acclaimed The Drowsy Chaperone. Scheduled May 3-11.
  • Rita Rudner – Get ready for an evening to remember with Rudner, who since making her dancing debut on Broadway at age 15 has appeared in several musicals, late-night television shows, her own solo HBO special, and the longest-running solo comedy show in the history of Las Vegas. Scheduled May 20-27.

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