Over 160 Silversea voyages this year will feature nearly 200 distinguished guest lecturers, celebrated chefs and destination experts as part of Silversea’s most-expansive and varied enrichment program ever offered in a single year.
Complementing this record undertaking is the roll-out of new branding for the program – Silver Perspectives – designed to communicate the exceptional caliber of speakers selected to share their views and expertise with Silversea guests.
One such sailing with multiple guest speakers is Silver Spirit’s 15-day, Dubai-to-Athens World Cruise Segment 5109, departing 18 April. Highlighting the enrichment program are: Dr. Zahi Hawass, one of the world’s most famous Egyptologists and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo; Dr. Scott Pearson, an international relations expert and Harvard economist who has won several awards for his research and teaching; Gerald M. McCormack, a retired colonel of the Australian army who served in operational, training and diplomatic appointments; and Dr. Lew Deitch, destination consultant and semi-retired professor with over 30 years’ experience teaching geography. Also a Wine Series voyage, this sailing will be hosted by Philip di Belardino, the genial vice president of fine wines for leading U.S. importer Banfi Vintners.
And Silver Spirit’s 16-day World Cruise Segment 5110, Athens to Southampton, departing 3 May, will also feature an array of guest lecturers, including Bruce Riedel, a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., former CIA analyst, counter-terrorism expert and author; Robert Lacey, British historian and biographer whose numerous international bestsellers include Majesty, considered the definitive study of British monarchy; and destination consultant Dr. Lew Deitch. Also a Wine Series voyage, four wine experts will be on hand to share their expertise: Lyn Farmer, award-winning wine and food writer; Filippo Chia of Castello Romitorio; Felipe Gonzalez of Gonzalez Byass; and Rupert Symington of Graham’s and Dow’s. And Silversea culinary trainer David Bilsland will host the Relais & Châteaux L’École des Chefs cooking school. Plus, Silversea’s executive vice president of fleet operations, Christian Sauleau, will be on board to host the sailing.