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22 June 2011

Luxury Travel Insider Tip: St Paul de Vence

A little more than an hour's drive from Monte Carlo lies one of the Côte d'Azur's absolute must-see attractions: the medieval hilltop town of St Paul de Vence. This charming walled village is brimming with art galleries, boutiques and fine restaurants, nicely nestled among crooked lanes that are perfect for strolling.

So it should come as no surprise that travel-savvy celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Blake Lively find its allure irresistible. Both stars were spotted last month in St Paul de Vence, according to several media outlets. (Click here to read the story in the UK's Daily Mail.)

And world traveller Ralph Grizzle, publisher of Avid Cruiser, recently explored St Paul de Vence on one of our optional full-day excursions that includes lunch at the Saint-Paul hotel. Watch this video and join him on his adventure:

Several Silversea Mediterranean voyages in 2012 will offer the chance to explore St Paul de Vence from the port of Monte Carlo:

Voyage 2207: Silver Wind, Barcelona to Istanbul, 13-27 March

Voyage 5213: Silver Spirit, Barcelona to Rome, 24-31 May

Voyage 1222: Silver Cloud, Barcelona to Rome, 5-14 September

Voyage 1225: Silver Cloud, Barcelona to Rome, 5-14 October

Voyage 5233: Silver Spirit, Rome to Barcelona, 22-29 October

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13 June 2011

Guess Who's Speaking on World Cruise 2012

Emmy Award-winning former presenter of 20/20 Hugh Downs and bestselling author Bill Bryson (both pictured above) are set to join a remarkable array of renowned lecturers slated to host enrichment programmes aboard Silver Whisper's first-ever World Cruise in 2012.

We searched the globe to find just the right professors and distinguished personalities to share their knowledge and insights. The result is an impeccable enrichment roster that is sure to enhance our guests' travel experience. Among those already tapped to host enriching presentations are:

Hugh Downs: One of the most familiar figures in American television, best known for his 21 years as co-presenter of ABC's 20/20 news programme, will host Voyage 4203, 23 January - 5 February, Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town.

Bill Bryson: The celebrated author, whose numerous international bestsellers include the science book A Short History of Nearly Everything, winner of the Aventis Prize, is slated to host Voyage 4206, 3 - 14 March, Singapore - Shanghai.

Nigel West: Renowned military historian specialising in intelligence, counterintelligence and security issues, his many books include At Her Majesty's Secret Service, will host Voyage 4205, 16 February - 3 March, Mauritius - Singapore.

Daniel Silke: A politician and international affairs expert, who served four years as a Member of Parliament in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament in Cape Town, is slated to host Voyage 4203, 23 January - 5 February, Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town.

Robin Hanbury-Tenison, OBE: Founder and president of Survival International, the world's leading organisation supporting tribal peoples, and named by The Sunday Times as "the greatest explorer of the past 20 years," will host Voyage 4202, 7 - 23 January, Fort Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro.

James Bradley: World War II scholar and bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers (his father raised the US flag over Iwo Jima in 1945), will host Voyage 4207, 14 - 26 March, Shanghai - Bangkok.

Philip Hurst: Historian and world affairs expert, this former deputy director of The Australian Institute of International Affairs, will host Voyage 4208, 26 March - 13 April, Bangkok - Dubai.

Tim Hughes, PhD: Former lecturer in political studies at the University of Cape Town and consultant to the BBC since 1994, working as an adviser on national elections, Zimbabwe and Nelson Mandela, will host Voyage 4204, 5 - 16 February, Cape Town - Mauritius.

Dr Mark H Elovitz: The internationally acclaimed world affairs commentator and lecturer, who served as a professor of law, a litigator, government advisor, historian and US Air Force officer, will host Voyages 4206 - 4207, 3 - 26 March, Singapore - Bangkok.

Dr Herb Keyser: Author of numerous books and featured on several US television programmes, including Nightline, the physician, world traveller and music expert will host Voyage 4209, 13 April - 1 May, Dubai - Monte Carlo. 

On 6 January, Silver Whisper will embark guests in Fort Lauderdale for a remarkable 115-day World Cruise that concludes in glamourous Monte Carlo. On this magnificent odyssey, her guests will visit 45 ports in 27 countries stretching from the Caribbean and South America to Africa, the Far East, Arabia and Europe. Along the way, they will enjoy 13 overnight visits and exclusive insider access to seldom seen global treasures.

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07 June 2011

#1 Top Reason to Visit the Far East

From Shanghai to Hong Kong, and Bangkok to Jakarta … the wonders of Asia beckon. Who can resist the chance to explore the ancient cultures that lie along Vietnam's famous Perfume River? Or take a stroll among the temples and shrines in Bali? And yes, China's Great Wall does impress. But our #1 top reason why you should visit the Far East this year is … simply … our beautiful, newly renovated Silver Shadow.

There's no better way to savour a journey up the legendary Yangtze River than to be relaxing on your own private veranda, sipping an exquisite champagne, nestled in the pampering comfort and luxury of a floating boutique hotel. With a butler at your beck and call, world-class gourmet cuisine and an open bar throughout the ship, all that's left to do is sit back and let the world come to you.

The advantages of small-ship cruising are many. But don't take our word for it. The editors of CruiseReport.com recently spent 10 days aboard Silver Shadow, sailing from Shanghai to Incheon, and just published an insightful and comprehensive review of their travels. Click here to read the story.

If you're tempted by the allure of the Far East, check out these exciting new itineraries that will be offered this fall aboard Silver Shadow:

Voyage 3126, Incheon to Hong Kong, 12 Days

Voyage 3127, Hong Kong to Singapore, 12 Days

Voyage 3128, Singapore to Singapore, 14 Days

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