(Ft. Lauderdale, FL — February 5, 2008) Silversea Cruises, known for its exotic worldwide itineraries, luxurious all-suite accommodations, gracious service and sumptuous gourmet cuisine, has taken the wraps off a new collection of 14 culinary and wine theme cruises to be offered in 2008.
The popular enrichment cruises will showcase the artistry of award-winning chefs of top dining establishments from around the world, including Relais & ChÃƒÂ¢teaux Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Relais Gourmands, the distinguished international association of boutique hotels and restaurants, while wine experts from an array of prestigious estates and wineries will be on hand to host the Wine Series voyages.
“Our culinary and wine theme cruises are enriching lifestyle experiences offering a great way to travel and learn,” said David Morris, Silversea’s executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing. “They continue to grow in popularity with our guests, and this year weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re delighted to add a new dimension with the exciting debut of the Bon AppÃƒÂ©tit Supper Club.”
BON APPETIT SUPPER CLUB
Through its exclusive partnership with Bon AppÃƒÂ©tit magazine, Silversea is honored to host the opening of the first Bon AppÃƒÂ©tit Supper Club on the high seas. This avant-garde concept of a stylish, limited-time dining experience has also popped up in such places as New York City (in a location that was previously the Hard Rock CafÃƒÂ© in midtown Manhattan) and the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. With some of the world’s top chefs enlisted to craft menus for VIP dinners, the Bon AppÃƒÂ©tit Supper Club has attracted a who’s who of elite from the worlds of entertainment, fashion, food and media.
Now Silversea’s privileged guests will have a chance to experience this rare dining event when La Terrazza is transformed into a New York-inspired restaurant serving meals available nowhere else in the world. Aboard Silver Shadow’s November 18 sailing from Los Angeles to Fort Lauderdale, renowned California chef and restaurateur Suzanne Tracht will be in residence to bring the Bon AppÃƒÂ©tit Supper Club to life and offer guests a taste of her dazzling menu of American classics that have made her a favorite chef among locals and travelers to Los Angeles.
CULINARY ARTS VOYAGES
On the culinary sailings, guest chefs will display their exceptional talents during informative and entertaining cooking demonstrations. Guests can taste and learn firsthand the secrets of enticing signature dishes created by award-winning chefs like Lydia Shire, chef/owner of Boston’s legendary Locke-Ober restaurant and winner of the James Beard Award as “America’s Best Chef — Northeast”; Anne Desjardins, the CAA/AAA Four Diamond chef/owner of L’Eau ÃƒÂ La Bouche in Ste-AdÃƒÂ¨le, QuÃƒÂ©bec; Eyvind HellstrÃƒÂ¸m, owner and chef of Michelin Two Star Bagatelle, Oslo, Norway; and Alois Vanlangenaeker, the Michelin Star Chef of Il San Pietro Hotel in Positano, Italy.
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.
Discerning travelers with a passion for fine wines will enjoy sampling some of the worldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s finest vintages and visiting world-famous wineries, cellars and vineyards aboard Silversea’s wine-themed cruises. Top experts like Virginie Coutou, managing director of Spain’s Diva Wines, and John Shafer, chairman of Shafer Vineyards, Napa Valley, California, will be on board to provide enriching lectures, conduct special tastings of vintage blends and guide SilverseaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s guests on excursions to celebrated wineries and vineyards in select ports of call.
Other epicurean enrichment specialists slated to share their expertise include Gordon Bell, brand ambassador and master of Scotch whisky, who will bring guests a greater appreciation of the nuances of Scotland’s malt whiskies and the art of blending, and Georges Muller, a former consultant for Riedel Crystal, whose presentations will reveal the flavor-enhancing qualities of crystal glassware.
A colorful self-mailer describing the gourmet-theme enrichment voyages, including the Viking Cooking School cruises, will soon be available to travel agents and can be ordered online at www.silversea.comstarting in late March.
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. 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).