Seabourn has announced that global adventurer, mountaineer and polar explorer Alison Levine will be the patron of Seabourn Venture, the first of two new purpose-built ultra-luxury expedition vessels.
According to a press release, Levine will attend the traditional naming and christening ceremony of the ship, which is scheduled to launch in July 2022.
“With her extraordinary history of travel and adventure, her familiarity with the most striking destinations and her deep roots in the world of expedition, Alison is a perfect choice to send Seabourn Venture to explore the farthest corners of the globe” , said Josh Leibowitz, president of Seabourn. “We are thrilled to have Alison take on the role of sponsor of our first expedition ship, and we are confident that she will take on her role with the same passion she brings to everything she does.”
“I am truly honored and beyond thrilled to have been asked to sponsor Seabourn Venture and be part of the line’s newest chapter in expedition cruising,” Levine said. “I’m thrilled to represent a company that embodies the true spirit of adventure and expedition.”
According to the press release, Levine is from Phoenix. She was team captain for the first American women’s Everest expedition in 2002. In 2010, she completed her bid for the Explorers’ Grand Slam, which includes climbing the Seven Summits – the highest peak in every continent – as well as skiing to the North and South Poles.
Levine earned his MBA from Duke University and worked in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as on Wall Street with Goldman Sachs. She worked as assistant chief financial officer for Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful run for governor of California and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Behavioral and Leadership Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She is also the author of the New York Times bestseller, “On the Edge: Leadership Lessons from Mount Everest and Other Extreme Environments,” which chronicles the lessons she learned on her various expeditions.
In 2019, she received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an award she shares with seven US presidents and numerous Nobel laureates.
In December 2019, Levine also shared her experiences, insights and stories of adventure with guests aboard the Seabourn Sojourn through Seabourn Conversations, the line’s onboard enrichment program.
It was her very first cruise but, according to Seabourn, she is “hooked” now and is looking forward to more trips in the future. The Seabourn Venture and its sister expedition ship, the Seabourn Pursuit, will feature 132 oceanfront verandah suites. Some of the locations they will visit around the world are only accessible by boat. Itineraries for the first season of travel aboard the Seabourn Venture are now open for booking on the Seabourn website.