Sarah Brightman previews exclusive show on Seabourn Encore
By Katie McGonagle | 19 Jul 2022
Classical singer and ship godmother Sarah Brightman talks travel ahead of her one-night-only performance on Seabourn Encore
Q. How did you get your first taste of cruise holidays?
A. The first cruise I went on was from Singapore and around Vietnam, and once I got into the rhythm of it, I didn’t want to get off – it was so lovely. It’s the perfect way to spend a holiday because you can go on a crazy trip somewhere, then come back and spend a pleasant evening, whether it’s enjoying the food, getting room service or sitting on your balcony. You can relax and everything is done for you – then go to the gym when you’re feeling guilty!
Q. How does it feel to be going back on board Seabourn Encore, the ship you christened?
It was a real honour to be chosen as godmother of Seabourn Encore, I loved it. I went to Singapore for the maiden voyage and the smash of the champagne bottle. Unfortunately on the way, my luggage got lost so there was a scramble to find a gown I could wear. I scoured the boutiques and we found different parts of the city we would never have seen otherwise. That’s the joy of travel: you never know what’s going to happen from day to day. It truly is an adventure.
Q. You’re performing an exclusive show on board. What can guests look forward to?
A. I try to vary my concerts, always adding new songs. I like to perform a couple from Phantom, and Time to Say Goodbye as that’s always nice. It’s the first time I’ve done this so it will be bespoke for the audience on this ship. I have a lovely tenor, Jay Dref, coming on board to sing a couple of duets with me and some wonderful musicians as well, then we have a Q&A afterwards. Normally I’m on big stage sets so it will be a much more personal performance, and it’s even more special for me because I’m the godmother of the ship.
Q. Do you think cruise entertainment has moved on in the past few years?
A. Cruise entertainment has totally changed. Nowadays, people who go on ships are getting state-of-the-art theatres, wonderful cinemas, great shopping – and of course it’s duty-free! There are many more artists who want to entertain people on cruises. It’s more intimate and everyone’s in a good mood because they’re on holiday, so you’re part of their enjoyment.
Q. Where would you like to cruise to next?
A. I’m dying to go on an Antarctica cruise; I have friends who have done it so that’s next on my list. It is a true adventure. And I’m excited to go back to Tokyo – Japan is almost like a second home for me and I haven’t been able to go there for a long time, so I can’t wait!
Q. What are your favourite places to go back to time and again?
A. The places where I have the nicest travel memories are with family. The first place my parents took me was Ibiza in 1967 or 1968 – San Antonio was a beautiful little fishing village and it was all very simple. Then about nine years ago I went back to Ibiza and couldn’t recognise anything. It was completely different, but in an amazing way because I had a great time going to the clubs and restaurants. I went to Dubrovnik for the first time when I was only eight or nine years old, when it had just opened for tourism. It was simple, beautiful and totally untouched.
*Sarah Brightman is appearing on Seabourn Encore for An Evening of Music and Conversation during a seven-day Aegean & Turkish Treasures cruise, sailing round-trip from Athens on August 14. Fares start at £3,799 per person in a Veranda Suite, including flights.