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28 October 2011

Marvellous Morocco

World traveller Ralph Grizzle, publisher of Avid Cruiser, is sailing aboard Silver Cloud this week and has posted two excellent pictorial tours of Morocco on his blog.

Click below to read the stories:

Out Of Africa: Silver Cloud Finishes Two Days In Morocco; Next Stop, Canary Islands

Play It Again Sam: Silver Cloud Calls On Casablanca

Silversea's smaller ships offer travellers the perfect opportunity to explore places that are off the beaten path, while enjoying all-inclusive luxuries. Here's a selection of voyages that will visit Morocco in 2012:

Voyage 2206: Silver Wind, Las Palmas to Barcelona, 2 - 13 March

Voyage 5210: Silver Spirit, Barbados to Lisbon, 12 - 26 April

Voyage 5234: Silver Spirit, Barcelona to Las Palmas, 29 October - 7 November

Voyage 5235: Silver Spirit, Las Palmas to Las Palmas, 7 - 16 November

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25 October 2011

Meet Chef David Bilsland, Host of L'Ecole des Chefs


Silversea enjoys the privilege of featuring the only "Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs" cooking school at sea. The innovative programme -- which is offered completely free of charge -- provides guests with a special culinary curriculum, including hands-on instruction, and entertaining events hosted by Silversea culinary trainer David Bilsland. Educated in classic French cooking, Chef David's career includes several years as a chef instructor at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London. He presents a programme developed in collaboration with Jacques Thorel, the owner of L'Auberge Bretonne and a consulting Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux.

The curriculum for each of these cruises is carefully designed to celebrate the cultural flavour of the ship's itinerary. Highlights include specialised workshops covering a range of topics from basic knife skills and kitchen terminology to sauces and baking; cooking demonstrations with wine pairings and interactive Q&A sessions; lively cooking competitions between Chef David and the ship's own culinary team; a "Lunch and Learn" event offering small groups of guests a chance to sample a delicious meal of specially prepared dishes; and inspired "Take It Home" recipes that will give guests an edge when entertaining at home.

Also offered on certain voyages, when the itinerary permits, is a "Market to Plate" experience that provides an escorted tour of a local market followed by a cooking class, and a "Culinary Outing," an instructor-escorted excursion to a local restaurant, hotel or other venue where guests can enjoy a unique culinary exploration.

Chef David Bilsland on a recent market visit in Shanghai.

Chef David is currently slated to host the "Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs" interactive cooking school on 20 voyages in 2012. Click here for a complete list of upcoming sailings featuring this culinary enrichment programme, or visit www.silversea.com/life-onboard/enrichment/culinary-wine-voyages/relais-chateaux/.


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