Actor and comedic legend John Cleese is the latest celebrity
speaker to sign on for a starring role in the expansive enrichment
program Silversea is planning for Silver Shadow's World Cruise
He is set to join a stellar mix of guest speakers and enrichment
specialists that includes actress Polly Bergen, film critic Rex
Reed, TV chef Cat Cora, cookbook author and TV personality Ted
Allen, photojournalist Steve McCurry and fashion and celebrity
photographer Stephanie Pfriender Stylander.
“The enrichment program is an integral part of our World Cruise
experience and is designed to appeal to one of luxury travel's most
discerning clientele,” said Joseph Proto, Silversea's director of
world cruise and business development. “We searched the globe to
find fascinating personalities and some of the most distinguished
and stimulating speakers. Engaging experts from an array of fields,
such as exploration, literature, film, photography, gourmet living
and academia, will be on hand to share their talents and
Departing Jan. 16, 2008 from Fort Lauderdale, Silver Shadow's
World Cruise 2008, appropriately themed The Rhythms of the World,
will host no more than 382 guests with visits to more than 25
countries and over 50 different destinations. Fares for the full
110-day voyage start at $62,400 per person, based on double
John Cleese will host the Jan. 16 segment (#3802) from Fort
Lauderdale to San Diego. Cleese will offer Silversea guests a look
at some of his best works, including the Emmy-nominated BBC
documentary “The Human Face,” the movie “A Fish Called Wanda,” and
favorite episodes from the television comedy classics “Monty
Python's Flying Circus” and “Fawlty Towers.” The actor has also
co-authored two best-selling books on psychology and taught at
The same Jan. 16 segment will also welcome famed cookbook author
Ted Allen, whose food and wine advice is featured regularly on NBC
and Bravo television networks and in articles for Esquire, Bon
Appetit and Epicurious.com.
George Losey, professor of zoology and marine biology at the
University of Hawaii, will join the Jan. 30 San Diego-to-Honolulu
segment (#3803). His talks will illustrate both the natural and
cultural history of the Hawaiian Islands.
Norma and Maurice Joseph, acclaimed travel photographers and
fellows of Britain's Royal Geographic Society, will host the
Honolulu-to-Hong Kong voyage (#3804), departing Feb. 8. Their
presentations explore the diverse lands and cultures visited during
a career of adventure in over 100 countries. Highlights include
traveling by jeep through Tibet and traversing Burma's Irrawaddy
River by log raft and riverboat.
The March 1, Hong Kong-to-Singapore segment (#3805) will feature
destination expert and art historian Denise Heywood, offering
illustrated talks on Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
Heywood has lived in Paris, New York and, most recently, in
Cambodia, where she worked as a journalist for three years. She has
just completed a book on the Buddhist temples of Laos, entitled
“Ancient Luang Prabang.”
On the March 15, Singapore-to-Mumbai segment (#3806), guests
will enjoy presentations hosted by photographer Stephanie Pfriender
Stylander, best known for her illuminating celebrity portraits of
such icons as Nicole Kidman, Antonio Banderas and Aretha Franklin;
and Steve McCurry, the award-winning photojournalist whose haunting
photograph of an Afghan refugee girl has been described by many as
the most recognizable photograph in the world today.
Also tapped to add regional and cultural perspectives on the
same voyage is Royston Ellis, a British-born novelist and guidebook
writer who has lived for the past 28 years in Sri Lanka. The author
of bestselling historical novels set in the Caribbean, Sri Lanka
and the Maldives, he began his career as a pop poet in England in
1960 performing with John, Paul, George and Stuart who later became
the Beatles. Joining Ellis is acclaimed Associated Press
photographer Gemunu Amarasinghe.
Cat Cora, renowned television personality and Bon Appetit
executive chef, is slated to host a culinary program on the March
26, Mumbai-to-Athens segment (#3807), sailing to destinations in
Oman, Egypt and Jordan. Chef Cora will present Greek-inspired
specialties as guests traverse the history-rich waters of the
Scheduled to add historical insights on the same voyage is
Robert Brier, one of the world's leading Egyptologists. The author
of several books including “The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True
Story” and “The Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians,” Professor
Brier will be joined by his wife, Patricia Remler, an accomplished
author, photographer and art historian.
Rounding out the enrichment roster on this segment is Stephen F.
Dachi, a foreign policy specialist who served for 30 years as a
diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. He is an expert on the
history, culture, religions and politics of India and the Middle
East and is in charge of educational seminars at the Foreign
Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State.
Celebrity film critic Rex Reed, whose presentations scored a
huge hit with guests aboard World Cruise 2007, is returning to host
the second edition of his innovative Silver Screen Cinema program.
An author, actor, talk show host and film historian, Reed will host
screenings of cinematic classics aboard the April 19 segment
(#3809) from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale. Guests will enjoy an
insider's view of Hollywood with Reed and the program's guest
entertainer, Emmy-winner Polly Bergen, a star of both film and