• Elaine Paige OBE, with Seabourn's Chris Austin.

  • Fantastic support from the team at Imagine Cruises with Chris (centre), Lynn Narraway, Wendy Lahmich and Carly Perkins from Seabourn.

  • Seabourn's Lynn Narraway with Sir Richard Stilgoe.

  • Vanburgh's Orangery at Blenheim Palace.

  • The programme.

  • Hayley Hall and Robin Deller from Imagine Cruises with Wendy Lahmich.

  • The Seabourn Anthem performance.

  • Service, Seabourn style of course.

  • Michael Wilson (Bolsover Cruise Club) Lynn Narraway, Sir Richard Stilgoe, Vicky Wilson and Chris Austin.

A Night at the Palace Celebration Fundraiser

In October, more than 200 guests joined members of the Seabourn team within the magnificent surroundings of Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire, England, at the culmination of Seabourn's 30th anniversary celebrations, and to raise funds for the Lords and Lady Taverners charity.

Chris Austin, Seabourn's Senior Vice President Global Sales & Marketing, along with Lynn Narraway, Seabourn's Managing Director - UK & Ireland, hosted the event, which was attended by a number of loyal Seabourn friends, travel partners and guests, including actress and singer Elaine Paige OBE and godmother to our new Seabourn Ovation; Royal Portrait Painter Richard Stone, a popular Seabourn Conversations guest, and his wife Rhonda; additional popular Seabourn Conversations speakers such as Lord Digby Jones and Grant Harrold, the Royal Butler;  and legendary TV presenter Judith Chalmers OBE, together with host of stars of the stage and screen. British songwriter, lyricist and musician Sir Richard Stilgoe compered the event, while the headline speaker was Jo Caulfied, a well-known actress, comedian and writer.

Guests enjoyed a special inaugural performance by a 20-piece orchestra of "The Everchanging Sea," an exclusive score and song written for Seabourn by award-winning partner, Sir Tim Rice.   

Blenheim Palace, seat of the Spencer-Churchill family (and once home to Sir Winston Churchill) is the only British Palace not owned by the Royal Family, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The evening saw nearly $100,000 USD raised for the Lords Taverners charity, which is the UK's leading youth cricket and disability sports charity whose objective is to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a 'sporting chance.' Its minibus program has put more than 1,194 minibuses on the road since 1976 enabling countless young people with disabilities to enjoy new places and experiences every year. Seabourn's fundraising has already resulted in one branded mini-bus for the Angmering School in West Sussex in 2015, and a second 'Seabourn' mini-bus will be presented to the Park School in Kilmarnock, Scotland later this year.

It was an incredibly successful event and, as Lynn Narraway said, "We were overwhelmed by the generosity of not only the Taverners, and our Seabourn guests, but also our travel partners."