Seabourn Cruises is putting wellness and ultra-luxury together in their newly announced Wellness Cruises sailing Arabia in 2019 and Australia, New Zealand in 2020.

The themed cruises on Seabourn Ovation and Seabourn Encore caters to a rising interest in wellness and includes lectures, discussions, daily yoga and meditation classes, and demonstrations led by Dr. Weil and four other experts in Integrative Medicine.

The line hopes that guests can learn how to enrich their lives for better mental and physical health from experts in fields such as women’s health, genetics, nutrition and even preventing and reversing dementia.

“Wellness is a growing phenomenon – and rightly so – as people around the world seek to live better, healthier, and more mindfully for the benefit of their overall wellbeing,” noted Richard Meadows, president of Seabourn.

“We have had great success with Spa & Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil on Seabourn voyages around the world, and we’re excited to follow up our past two wellness cruises with these new opportunities to learn from a group of highly regarded experts.”

The 18-night ‘Route to Ancient Wellness’ on Seabourn Ovation sails November 13 this year, following ancient trading routes from Athen, Greece to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The 2020 Wellness Cruise sails closer to home, in the South Pacific. The 15-night ‘Wellness in the South Pacific’ on Seabourn Encore departs New Zealand on February 21 and sails to Australia to conclude her journey in Sydney. The sailing will also feature the Ventures by Seabourn program of optional, for-charge expedition excursions.


Guest speakers on ‘Route to Ancient Wellness’ includes:

Andrew Weil, MD – World-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing oriented approach to health care that encompasses body, mind, and spirit.

Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he also holds the Lovell-Jones endowed chair in integrative rheumatology and is clinical professor of medicine and professor of public health.

Ann Marie Chiasson, MD, MPH – Interim Director of the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine in Tucson. Board certified in Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care.

Steven Gurgevich, PhD – Clinical Assistant Professor at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and Director of the Mind-Body Clinic. He enjoys studying how the brain, mind and spirit affect our quality of health and life, as well as looking into near-death experiences and afterlife.

Russell Greenfield, MD – Clinical Professor of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, an author of over 25 published academic works, and passionate about transforming our system of healthcare into one that emphasizes health and healing, not simply disease management.

Daphne Miller, MD – Practicing family physician, clinical professor, research scientist and Founder of the Health from the Soil Up Initiative. She has worked for the past 20 years exploring the connections between our ecosystem and our personal health. She is the author of The Jungle Effect: The Science and Wisdom of Traditional Diets; and Farmacology: Total Health from the Ground Up; and is a regular health and wellness contributor to the Washington Post.


Guest speakers on ‘Wellness in the South Pacific’ includes:

Victoria Maizes, MD – Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine and Professor of Medicine, Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arizona. She is editor of the Oxford University textbook Integrative Women’s Health and author of Be Fruitful: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Fertility and Giving Birth to a Healthy Child.

Kenneth Pelletier, PhD, MD – Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, and a medical and business consultant to government and corporations.

Julia Rucklidge, PhD – professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Canterbury and Director of the Mental Health and Nutrition Research Lab. Originally from Toronto, her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of research showing poor outcomes for individuals with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments.

Karen Koffler, MD, started her medical career working in emergency rooms in inner cities and on Indian reservations, where she was often the only physician for hundreds of miles. A chance meeting led her to be admitted into the first class of physicians in the U.S. trained in integrative medicine by Dr. Weil at the University of Arizona. She has trained in acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and the “recode program” to prevent and reverse dementia.