(Ft. Lauderdale, FL — October 16, 2007) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises will sail into 2008 with an increased schedule of voyages featuring the Viking Cooking School Aboard Silversea.
The fragrant spices of Arabia and the Far East, the roasted chiles of Mexico and the wine-inspired sauces of Bordeaux are just a few of the gastronomic specialties that guests may encounter in cooking demonstrations or market tours hosted by the chefs of the Viking Cooking School on 12 select voyages visiting virtually every corner of the globe next year.
“Our new Viking Cooking School theme cruises are generating such great feedback from guests that we’re rolling out a more expansive schedule next year,” said David Morris, Silversea’s executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “This is a really fun enrichment program that lets guests discover new cooking techniques and sample regional dishes prepared on top-of-the-line Viking Range equipment, including culinary products and utensils they may have in their own kitchens at home.”
VIKING-EQUIPPED CULINARY THEATER
Through the company’s unique partnership with Viking Range Corporation, whose ultra-premium appliances grace the luxury kitchens of those who truly enjoy the finer things in life, each Silversea ship features a demonstration culinary theater custom-designed by Viking and equipped with state-of-the-art induction stove, sophisticated convection-microwave oven and Viking professional-caliber cookware, cutlery and countertop appliances — plus a large rear projection screen so guests can easily view different cooking techniques and utensils.
VIKING COOKING SCHOOL
A cornerstone of the alliance between the two luxury brands is the exclusive Viking Cooking School culinary teaching method and curriculum presented to Silversea guests on select voyages hosted by Viking chefs. The curriculum for each cruise is carefully designed to echo the cultural flavor of the ship’s itinerary. Highlights include cooking demonstrations with wine pairings and interactive Q&A sessions; a “Lunch and Learn” event giving groups of 12-16 guests a chance to sample a delicious meal of specially prepared dishes; and a “Market to the Plate” experience (offered on certain voyages when the itinerary permits) that provides an escorted tour of a local market followed by a cooking class.
All Viking instructors are accomplished chefs and culinary industry leaders who bring many years of expertise and knowledge to the classroom. When Viking chefs are not on board, the culinary theaters serve as venues for the international guest chefs of Relais & Chateaux to show off their extraordinary talents on select Culinary Arts cruises. On all other voyages, Silversea’s own master chefs take the stage to host cooking demonstrations and dynamic competitions.
Each designated Viking Cooking School voyage will feature a culinary curriculum perfectly paired to the region explored on the itinerary. Following below is the schedule for 2008:
Africa and Arabian Peninsula
— Silver Cloud departs February 23, 2008 on a 14-day voyage (#1806) from Mahe to Dubai with calls in Praslin, Salalah, Muscat, Fujairah, Khasab, Bahrain, Doha and Abu Dhabi. Silver Sailing fares start at $5,097.
— Silver Whisper departs April 20, 2008 on a 15-day voyage (#4810) from Dubai to Athens with calls in Fujairah, Salalah, Jeddah, Safaga, Aqaba and Sharm el Sheikh. Early Booking Incentive fares start at $6,296.
— Silver Wind departs December 2, 2008 on an 18-day voyage (#2833) from Las Palmas to Cape Town with calls in Dakar, Banjul, Walvis Bay, Cape Verde Islands and Bom Bom Island. Advance Payment Bonus fares start at $7,471.
Caribbean and Mexico
— Silver Shadow departs May 16, 2008 on a 15-day Panama Canal crossing (#3811) from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles with calls in Cartagena, San Blas Island, Costa Rica, Acapulco, Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta. Silver Sailing fares start at $4,917.
— Silver Shadow departs September 17, 2008 on an 11-day voyage (#3823) from Los Angeles to Costa Rica with calls in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta, Zihuatanejo, Acapulco and Puerto Quetzal. Silver Sailing fares start at $3,957.
— Silver Shadow departs November 18, 2008 on a 15-day Panama Canal crossing (#3828) from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale with calls in Puerto Vallarta, Acapulco, Puerto Quetzal, Cartagena and Santa Marta. Advance Payment Bonus fares start at $6,596.
— Silver Cloud departs August 5, 2008 on a 15-day voyage (#1823) roundtrip from Copenhagen with calls in Orkney Islands, Lerwick, Faroe Islands, Reykjavik, Isafjordur, Akureyri, Alesund, Bergen and Sylt. Advance Payment Bonus fares start at $10,496.
— Silver Wind departs September 10, 2008 on a 12-day voyage (#2826) from London to Lisbon with calls in Honfleur, St. Malo, Nantes, Belle Ile, Bordeaux, La Coruna and Oporto. Silver Sailing fares start at $6,357.
— Silver Wind departs February 15, 2008 on a 15-day voyage (#2804) from Rio de Janeiro to Barbados with calls in Salvador, Recife, Natal, Fortaleza, Devil’s Island, Grenada and St. Lucia. Silver Sailing fares start at $6,057.
South Pacific and Far East
— Silver Shadow departs October 24, 2008 on a 16-day voyage (#3826) from Papeete to Los Angeles with calls in Rangiroa, Nuku Hiva, Hilo, Honolulu and Lahaina. Advance Payment Bonus fares start at $7,121.
— Silver Whisper departs December 4, 2008 on a 16-day cruise (#4838) from Singapore to Sydney with calls in Kura Kura, Bali, Darwin, Thursday Island, Cairns, Whitsunday Islands and Brisbane. Silver Sailing fares start at $5,747.
— Silver Cloud departs November 3, 2008 on a 16-day transatlantic crossing (#1832) from Barcelona to Barbados with calls in Cadiz, Canary Islands, Dakar, Cape Verde Islands and Grenada. Advance Payment Bonus fares start at $5,586.
For complete voyage details and the latest information on Viking Cooking School cruises, visit www.silversea.com.
Viking Cooking School is a creation of Viking Range Corporation, the originator of commercial-type appliances for the home. Internationally, Viking products are distributed in more than 40 countries. To request product information in the U.S., please contact Viking Range Corporation toll-free at 888.845.4641, or visit the web site at www.vikingrange.com. For more information on Viking Cooking School please visit www.vikingcookingschool.com.
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. Silversea has won numerous awards and accolades around the world, including “Five Star Diamond Award” from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2007), “Five Stars” in the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships (2006); “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).