Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Aug 14 — Celebrated authors, journalists, historians, commentators, actor-dramatists, filmmakers, an astronaut, marine biologist, Harvard economist, Japanese TV personality, and an officer of arms to the Queen of England await guests of Silver Shadow’s 92-day Grand Pacific Voyage, sailing March 7 to June 7, 2009. Departing from Los Angeles, Silver Shadow’s Grand Pacific Voyage will follow the mild trade winds of spring as they dry the skies south of the equator, find northern Japanâ€™s cherry blossoms in full bloom, and arrive in Alaska as the region awakens from its winter slumber with warmer, longer days. On this epic journey, guests will visit 45 ports, 15 countries and two hemispheres, enjoying overnight stays in Bora Bora, Sydney, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong and Tokyo.
“Our Grand Pacific Voyage is designed to be a truly extraordinary journey offering broad cultural exploration and intellectual adventure,” said Joseph Proto, Silversea’s director of world cruise and business development. “We searched the globe to find just the right professors and distinguished personalities to share their knowledge and insights for the benefit of our inquisitive guests. The result is an impeccable enrichment roster featuring esteemed experts from Australia, Japan, Great Britain and the United States.”
Following are the segments of the Grand Pacific Voyage and a preliminary lineup of guest lecturers:
VOYAGE 3907: “Enchanted Polynesia,” March 7-23, Los Angeles to Papeete, 16 days
- Frank McCourt: Author born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irish immigrant parents, grew up in Limerick, Ireland, and returned to America in 1949. His first book, Angela’s Ashes, a memoir of his childhood in Limerick, won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award and the L.A. Times Book Award. The bestselling autobiography was also made into a movie in 1999.
- Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan: Astronaut and first American woman to walk in space, Dr. Sullivan is a veteran of three shuttle missions and a 2004 inductee to the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Her life-long commitment to science education earned her the National Science Board’s Public Service Award in 2003 and a presidential appointment to the NSB in 2004.
- Dr. George Losey: He received his Ph.D. at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and has studied the behavior and ecology of marine animals throughout the world. An expert in South Pacific history, culture and marine life, he is an emeritus professor of zoology and marine biology at the University of Hawaii.
VOYAGE 3908: “Escape to Dreamland,” March 23-April 11, Papeete to Sydney, 18 days
- Scott Pearson: After earning a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, Pearson taught economic development and international trade at Stanford University. He has spent over four decades studying economic change in developing countries, and won several awards for his research and teaching. Pearson has led university travel groups worldwide.
- David O. Frazier & Joe Garry: Actors and dramatists who created fifteen original scripts and performed in theaters from New York to Budapest to Bombay. Their award-winning television show, Odysseys and Ovations, a travel and history series, appears on PBS in the U.S. They will present original cabaret-style lectures with a regional focus.
VOYAGE 3909: “Adventures of the Imagination,” April 11-29, Sydney to Singapore, 18 days
- Bradley Trevor Greive: One of Australia’s most successful authors, his books have been published in 115 countries with more than 17 million copies sold. His international bestsellers include Priceless: The vanishing beauty of a fragile planet, The Meaning of Life, A Teaspoon of Courage and The Blue Day Book, which received the 2000 Australian Book of the Year Award.
- Dr. Geoffrey Blainey: One of Australia’s best-known historians and commentators, Dr. Blainey has authored over 30 books. For 20 years he successively held the chair of economic history and then the Ernest Scott Chair of History at the University of Melbourne. In 1975 he was made an officer of the Order of Australia and in 2000 became a companion of that Order.
- Alastair Bruce of Crionaich: A descendent of Robert the Bruce, he 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 with Days of Majesty, Nicholas and Alexandra, and Victoria and Albert to his name. He is a member of the Queen’s Body Guard for Scotland and is also an officer of arms to the Queen. Lecture topics will include Captain Cook’s adventures as well as the British Empire and Australia.
- Michael O’Brien: A retired major general in the Australian Defense Force, his interest in history has led to the publication of several books. In 2008, he lead an archaeological dig in northern France, ultimately confirming the most significant British and Australian group burial discovered since World War I. He is an expert on the Pacific region and its history.
VOYAGE 3910: “Oriental Mystique,” April 29-May15, Singapore to Tokyo, 16 days
- Elizabeth Kiritani: Author, award-winning journalist and Tokyo television personality, Kiritani has twice received the “Nihon Bungei Taisho,” a Japanese cultural award for journalism. Her book Vanishing Japan: Traditions, Crafts & Culture catalogues the small traditions that are still found in Japan, but are disappearing with the modern age. Her lectures celebrate the traditions of Japan.
- John Hartley: Retired Australian Major General Hartley is a graduate of Duntroon’s Royal Military College, the University of Queensland and the U.S. Army War College. He served twice in Vietnam, as a platoon commander and advisor to the South Vietnamese Army, and was wounded three times. His lectures will focus on regional cultural issues and history, as well as military history.
VOYAGE 3911: “Bridge Across Time,” May 15-28, Tokyo to Seward, 14 days
- Jon Bowermaster: Adventurer extraordinaire, author, filmmaker, and ardent kayaker, he has spent more than 20 years exploring and documenting some of the world’s most exotic regions. His Oceans 8 project, designed to explore the world by kayak, has taken him to the Aleutian Islands, Vietnam, French Polynesia, South America’s Altiplano, the Antarctic Peninsula and the wild coasts of Gabon, Croatia and Tasmania.
- Stephen Dachi: A foreign policy specialist who served in the U.S. Foreign Service for 30 years, Dachi is currently in charge of South Asia Area Studies at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. He lectures on political issues at the Elliott School of International Affairs of George Washington University. He also teaches a course on the global economy at Georgetown University.
VOYAGE 3912: “Of Mists and Majesty,” May 28-June 7, Seward to Vancouver, 10 days
- Niki Sepsas: Author and magazine writer with more than 800 articles to his credit that have appeared in over 40 U.S. magazines and newspapers. Sepsas is a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul, a series of bestselling books. His 30-year travel career has taken him to more than 100 countries on six continents around the globe. His adventures include climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, hot-air ballooning across the Serengeti and trekking the Australian Outback, to mention a few.
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