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12 February 2013

'Downton Abbey' Historical Advisor Among Speakers Set for 2013

Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, OBE

Fans of the hit television series Downton Abbey will be pleased to know that British royalty expert Alastair Bruce of Crionaich, OBE, historical advisor to the programme (which airs on ITV in the UK and PBS in the US), will be returning to Silversea this year as a Silver Perspectives® enrichment host.

A descendant of Robert the Bruce, Alastair Bruce is the author of numerous books on British royalty and a commentator for Britain's Sky News and the BBC. He is also a documentary filmmaker and was historical advisor to recent award-winning films such as The Young Victoria and The King's Speech.

Mr Bruce will guest lecture aboard Silver Spirit's Voyage 5335, sailing 9 November, Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale, offering his fellow guests a unique behind-the-scenes view of British royal life.

We know how very important mind-enriching experiences are for our luxury cruise guests, so we've signed up a fascinating array of renowned authors, historians, diplomats, political analysts and other cultural experts to share their views and thought-provoking outlooks. In addition to Mr Bruce, dozens of prominent guest lecturers* are slated to participate in our popular Silver Perspectives enrichment programme this year. Here's a small sampling:

Silver Spirit - 29 April - Voyage 5311 (Monte Carlo to Venice)
WENDY LEIGH: The New York Times bestselling British author of Prince Charming: The J.F.K. Jr. Story, The Secret Letters of Marilyn Monroe and Jacqueline Kennedy - also a play, which premiered in the US - and True Grace: The Life and Times of an American Princess. She is also co-author of Life with My Sister Madonna.

Silver Shadow - 11 July - Voyage 3320 (Vancouver to Vancouver)
WILLIAM GURSTELLE: Named to Wired magazine's Smart List, Gurstelle is a bestselling author, engineer, and professional speaker. The author of Backyard Ballistics, Absinthe and Flamethrowers, and seven other books, he is recognised for his particular talent for making science and technology accessible, intriguing, and – most of all – fun to all readers and audiences.

Silver Spirit - 26 July - Voyage 5322 (Venice to Athens)
LEEZA GIBBONS: She is currently co-host of America Now, the nightly syndicated TV news magazine, and the TV show My Generation (on PBS stations). Gibbons also served as executive producer of her talk show, Leeza, which debuted on NBC in 1994 and continued nationally through 2000. She garnered 27 Daytime Emmy nominations, including both Outstanding Talk Show and Outstanding Talk Show Host, and won three.

Silver Cloud - 14 August - Voyage 1323 (Southampton to Monte Carlo)
BRIAN HOEY: This author and broadcaster has written 26 books about the British royal family, including the official biography of Princess Anne and the official history of the royal yacht Britannia. He also wrote the first guide to Buckingham Palace when it opened to the public in 1993. He was the first host of the BBC Wales TV news programme Wales Today in 1962 and he was also a television commentator at the investiture of Prince Charles as Prince of Wales in 1969.

Silver Whisper - 26 August - Voyage 4322 (Copenhagen to Stockholm)
TIM HUGHES, PhD: Hughes has been a consultant to the BBC since 1994, working as an advisor on national elections, Zimbabwe and Nelson Mandela in particular. A member of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) since 1989, he has written a book on South Africa's foreign policy in the post-apartheid period, and is the editor of some 22 publications on Africa.

Silver Spirit - 19 September - Voyage 5329 (Athens to Istanbul)
PATRICIA SCHULTZ: She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. A veteran travel journalist with 25 years of experience, Schultz has written for guides such as Frommer's and Berlitz and periodicals including The Wall Street Journal and Every Day with Rachael Ray.

Silver Cloud - 26 November - Voy. 1332 (Barbados to Rio de Janeiro)
RICK SENAT: A 40-year film industry veteran, Senat was a London-based senior business affairs executive for Warner Brothers for 25 years. He has worked with many prominent filmmakers and is associated with several important movie projects including Harry Potter, Greystoke, Batman and Superman films.

For a complete list of upcoming guest lecturers, including their photos, biographies and voyage dates, go to http://www.silversea.com/life-onboard/enrichment/guest-lecturers/.


*Guest lecturers are subject to change.

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04 February 2013

Discover Amazing Africa

Are you among the many been-there, done-that travellers yearning to explore some of the world's more exotic destinations? Then you need look no further than the enchanting African continent to satisfy your quest.

From the awe-inspiring drama of the world's oldest desert to the humbling beauty of the Big Five, journeys to Africa speak to your soul. It's a place where you can track zebra and gazelle across expansive plains, dine in the Namib Desert under towering dunes and brilliant stars, or visit verdant vineyards at the Cape where history lives alongside nature's most dramatic landscapes.

Aaron Saunders, photojournalist and editor of the popular cruise blog From the Deck Chair, hosted by The Avid Cruiser, recently explored the southeast coast of Africa on an exciting 10-day voyage aboard Silver Wind, sailing roundtrip from Cape Town.

His engaging daily reports offer a window onto an amazing land, revealing a travel experience unlike any other. Click here to read the story.

Visit the "Africa, Arabia & Indian Ocean Cruises" page on our website for a list of future Silversea voyages to Africa.

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31 January 2013

Silversea Honoured with Two UK Travel Awards

Mike Bonner (holding Silversea's Globe Award), with Travel Weekly
editor-in-chief Lucy Huxley; Dave Clayton, Icelolly.co.uk;
and comedian Michael McIntyre (fourth from left)

We are delighted to announce that, for the 7th consecutive year, Silversea won "Best Luxury Cruise Company" at the 2013 Globe Travel Awards ceremony held 17 January at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London's Park Lane. The award is voted for by the travel agent readers of Travel Weekly, a leading UK trade publication.

Mike Bonner (holding Silversea's Aspire Award), with Lucy Huxley; Simon
Shopping Destinations travel trade representative Edna Hischer;
and Michael McIntyre

Silversea also garnered the Aspire Award for "Best Cruise Line" in the new luxury awards categories that debuted this year. The Aspire Awards were presented in association with Travel Weekly’s Aspire Travel Club.

Mike Bonner, Silversea's general manager, UK and Ireland, was in attendance to accept the awards on behalf of the company.

These awards reflect the great trust and confidence that the UK travel agent community places on Silversea. We are deeply honoured by this recognition.

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27 September 2012

Historic First for Silversea in Corfu

For the first time in the 18-year history of Silversea Cruises, three of our ultra-luxury ships -- Silver Cloud, Silver Wind and Silver Spirit -- called in the same port on the same day (as pictured above). The historic convergence of the three ships took place today in beautiful Corfu, a Greek island renowned for its lush green hills and pure white beaches.

Surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind and Silver Spirit greeted each other by sounding their whistles as they sailed into this charming and sophisticated port.

Corfu (or Kérkyra in Greek) is the second largest of the Ionian islands, and a land rich in history and myth. It was likely the last stop for Homer's Odysseus on his fabled journey back to his homeland of Ithaca. For Silversea, Corfu will always carry special significance as the port that hosted an important milestone in our company's own unfolding story.

Silver Wind and Silver Spirit are on 7-day sailings in the Greek Isles. Both itineraries include stops in Croatia and Italy, as well as Montenegro for Silver Wind. Silver Cloud is sailing from Venice to Barcelona on a 12-day Mediterranean voyage.

For information on upcoming Silversea voyages to the Mediterranean, click here.

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