MIAMI, July 10, 2007—-From Moscow to Beijing, from Antarctica to Saigon, on the “diplomatic shuttle” to Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Syria, Bernard Kalb traveled the globe for three decades as a correspondent covering world affairs for CBS News, NBC News and The New York Times–half that time as a foreign correspondent based in Indonesia, Hong Kong, Paris, and Saigon. In February of 2008, Kalb will return to Southeast Asia as a special Ã¢â‚¬Å“Dress CircleÃ¢â‚¬Â guest lecturer on board the ultra luxury cruise ship Seabourn Spirit on two 14-day cruises of Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.
The first two-week cruise departs Hong Kong on January 31, 2008, visiting Cai Lan (gateway to Hanoi), Danang, Halong Bay and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Ko Kood and Bangkok, Thailand, enroute to Singapore.
The second voyage sails 14 days round-trip from Singapore, visiting Bangkok and Ko Kood, Thailand; Malacca, Port Kelang (the port for Kuala Lumpur) and Penang, Malaysia, plus the islands of Ko Hong, Thailand, and Langkawi, Malaysia. With Early Booking Savings of 30 percent, fares for either cruise start from $7,640 per person, based on double occupancy of a 277-square foot Seabourn Suite. Guests who book the two cruises consecutively qualify for Grand Voyage Savings of 50% and fares from $10,915 per person, double, for the 28-day voyage.
Bernard Kalb is a veteran journalist, author and most recently served as a media critic on the weekly CNN program Reliable Sources. Beyond experience in both print and television journalism, he has seen the world from Ã¢â‚¬Å“the other side of the podium,Ã¢â‚¬Â having served as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and as spokesman for the State Department for almost two years, until his resignation in October 1986 to protest a disinformation program by the Reagan administration. Ã¢â‚¬Å“In his final official act,Ã¢â‚¬Â William Safire wrote in the Times, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bernard Kalb rose above Ã¢â‚¬ËœState Department spokesmanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ to become the spokesman for all Americans who respect and demand the truth.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Over the years, Kalb has been eyewitness to prime-time history. As State Department spokesman, he accompanied the US delegation when President Reagan held his first summit with former USSR President Mikail Gorbachev in Geneva, 1985. As TV correspondent, Kalb covered President Nixon’s opening trip to China in 1972 and reported on diplomatic journeys of Presidents and Secretaries of State dating back to Nixon and Kissinger. He is also co-author, with brother Marvin Kalb, of Kissinger, a full selection of the Book of the Month Club; and of The Last Ambassador, a novel about the collapse of Saigon in 1975.
SeabournÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Dress Circle onboard enrichment program brings celebrated personalities from the worlds of the arts, entertainment, journalism, history, politics, food and wine to join guests on The Yachts of SeabournÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s three intimate, all-suite vessels: Seabourn Legend, Pride and Spirit. Just as in performing arts facilities around the world, the Dress Circle represents the best seats in the house, so, aboard Seabourn ships, the 208 guests enjoy a privileged proximity to these distinguished experts, as they share their journeys to the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most fascinating destinations.
For more information on Seabourn SpiritÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s cruises of Southeast Asia, contact a travel agent, call Seabourn at 1-800-929-9391 or visit www.seabourn.com.