(3 February 2009) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is delighted to announce that they will have the pleasure of welcoming two icons in the fields of entertainment and journalism as celebrity guest speakers: award-winning actor John Lithgow and celebrated broadcast journalist Ted Koppel.
“We are excited and honoured to welcome such distinguished individuals to host what will surely be deeply engaging presentations,” said Cliff Perry, Silversea’s director of entertainment. “Our guests are well travelled, well educated and inquisitive, making the enrichment programme an extremely important aspect of the cruise experience. Being able to feature Mr. Lithgow and Mr. Koppel demonstrates our commitment to selecting guest speakers of the highest calibre.”
John Lithgow, a theatre actor at heart, won the first of two Tony Awards three weeks after his Broadway debut, in David Storey’s The Changing Room. He went on to make a major mark in films with Oscar nominations for his performances in The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment. He has been nominated for ten Emmy Awards for his work in television. He won three Emmy Awards, one Golden Globe, two SAG Awards and an American Comedy Award for what is perhaps his most celebrated creation — the loopy character of the alien High Commander, Dick Solomon, on the hit NBC comedy series 3rd Rock from the Sun.
Aboard Silver Cloud’s Stockholm-to-Copenhagen cruise sailing 4 July (#1915), Lithgow will reprise a portion of his one-man show, Stories by Heart, the same presentation that proved hugely popular with Silversea guests during his debut performance last year aboard Silver Whisper. Stories by Heart is a meditation on the art and essence of storytelling that played a successful limited engagement at Lincoln Centre’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre in New York. Invoking memories of his grandmother and father before him, Lithgow traces his own history as an actor and storyteller, a history spanning three generations.
Ted Koppel spent 43 years working at ABC News, 26 of them as presenter and managing editor of Nightline. He has won every major industry award, including 42 Emmy Awards, eleven duPont-Columbia Awards, ten Overseas Press Club Awards and eight George Foster Peabody Awards. From Vietnam in the sixties to Iraq in 2003, he has covered more than ten wars. His career as a political reporter spans from the Johnson and Goldwater presidential campaigns of 1964 to the recent Obama-McCain contest. Currently, he is a senior news analyst for National Public Radio and a contributing analyst for the BBC.
On Silver Whisper’s 5 April Tokyo-to-Singapore voyage (#4909), Koppel is scheduled to lecture on international affairs and host a screening of the final segment of The People’s Republic of Capitalism, an enlightening four-part programme on China he produced with Discovery Channel. (Guests will be able to view the first three parts of the series on their in-suite televisions.) Following the screening, Koppel will respond to questions and comments from the audience.
Silversea Cruises is recognised as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper — and launching in December, Silver Spirit — all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the addition of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company’s itineraries encompass all seven continents.
In the U.S., Silversea has been voted “World’s Best” by the readers of CondÃ© Nast Traveler (nine times) and Travel + Leisure (seven times), and rated Number-One luxury cruise line by high-net-worth consumers in the 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI). International awards include “World’s Leading Luxury Cruise Line” from World Travel Awards (2007) ; “Five Star Diamond Award” from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2009); “Number One” small-ship line in the Readers’ Choice” survey conducted by Britain’s CondÃ© Nast Traveller magazine (2007); “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Spain’s Cruceros & Destinos magazine (2008); “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Australia’s Luxury Travel & Style Magazine (2009); and “Best Luxury Cruise Operator” according to Asia’s Travel Weekly (2008).