Silversea’s Enrichment

A star-studded line-up is planned for a 2008 world cruise

By: Terra Judge

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 2008.

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 perspectives.”

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 occupancy.

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 Cornell University.

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

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 Aegean.

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 television.

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