(Ft. Lauderdale, FL — April 15, 2008) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises announced today it has renewed its culinary and marketing partnership with Relais & ChÃƒÂ¢teaux, the prestigious international association of boutique hotels and fine dining restaurants, through 2009.
Highlighting the partnership, now in its eighth year, will be the creation of new signature dishes for La Collection du Monde, a sampling of specialty dishes featured regularly on all Silversea cruises created through the collaboration of Jacques Thorel, Grand Chef Relais & ChÃƒÂ¢teaux of L’Auberge Bretonne (La Roche-Bernard, Brittany) and Silversea’s own master chefs.
Other enhancements will include new wine-inspired menus for Silversea’s Wine Restaurant by Relais & ChÃƒÂ¢teaux, new cross-marketing initiatives, and the development of programs to ensure the highest quality gourmet dining experience for Silversea guests. Both organizations will work closely together to design a collection of unique shore experiences with a culinary and wine focus.
A cornerstone of the alliance is Silversea’s popular Culinary Arts program, showcasing the culinary artistry of Relais & ChÃƒÂ¢teaux Grand Chefs. Under the agreement, Silversea guests can expect to see additional new rising stars from Relais & ChÃƒÂ¢teaux join an already impressive roster of acclaimed guest chefs that includes such luminaries as Anne Desjardins of L’Eau ÃƒÂ La Bouche (Ste-AdÃƒÂ¨le, QuÃƒÂ©bec) and Eyvind HellstrÃƒÂ¸m of Bagatelle (Oslo).
In addition to informative and entertaining cooking demonstrations hosted by the Relais & ChÃƒÂ¢teaux guest chefs, the Culinary Arts enrichment voyages also feature escorted provisioning trips to international markets (when the itinerary permits), food and wine pairings, creative regional dishes, and a five-course grand gourmet dinner. Throughout these special voyages, the featured guest chef and SilverseaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s executive chef are on hand to share their culinary expertise and answer any questions.
“We are very pleased with our Relais & ChÃƒÂ¢teaux alliance,” said Silversea president and CEO Amerigo Perasso. “Our two organizations share a passion for quality and excellence achieved through exacting standards and this partnership allows us to work together to create new and innovative programs that will further enhance the cruise and dining experience for our guests.”
For Jacques-Olivier Chauvin, CEO of Relais & ChÃƒÂ¢teaux, “Our partnership with Silversea continues to be an excellent arrangement for us as both organizations are strongly committed to presenting a level of luxury, charm and hospitality that is unsurpassed. We look forward to continuing to work together.”
Relais & ChÃƒÂ¢teaux is an exclusive collection of 475 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 55 countries. Established in France in 1954, the Association’s mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character.
Furthermore, Relais & ChÃƒÂ¢teaux is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for, and a personal commitment to, ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony. To choose Relais & ChÃƒÂ¢teaux is to experience an unforgettable celebration of the senses. From the vineyards in Napa valley to the beaches in Bali, from the olive trees in Provence to the lodges in South Africa, Relais & ChÃƒÂ¢teaux offers a chance to explore the Route du Bonheur and discover a special place in a variety of destinations.
The Relais & ChÃƒÂ¢teaux signature reflects this ambition: “ALL AROUND THE WORLD, UNIQUE IN THE WORLD”
Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the luxury segment, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard four intimate vessels, Silver Cloud, Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, and Silver Whisper, all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the addition of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II in 2008, the company’s itineraries encompass all seven continents.
In the U.S., Silversea has been voted “World’s Best” by the readers of CondÃƒÂ© Nast Traveler nine times and six times by the readers of Travel & Leisure. 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 (2007); “Number One” small-ship line in the Readers’ Choice” survey conducted by Britain’s CondÃƒÂ© Nast Traveller magazine (2007); “Five Anchors” for Gastronomy and Service in Germany’s Kreuzfahrt Guide (2007); “Best Small Cruise Line” by Australia’s Luxury Travel Magazine (2007); and Best Luxury Cruise Operator according to Asia’s Travel Weekly (2007).