Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Sept 4 — Actor and comedic legend John Cleese is the latest celebrity speaker to sign on for a starring role in the expansive enrichment program Silversea is planning for Silver Shadow’s World Cruise 2008. He is set to join a stellar mix of guest speakers and enrichment specialists that includes actress Polly Bergen, film critic Rex Reed, TV chef Cat Cora, cookbook author and TV personality Ted Allen, photojournalist Steve McCurry, and fashion and celebrity photographer Stephanie Pfriender Stylander.
“The enrichment program is an integral part of our World Cruise experience and is designed to appeal to one of luxury travel’s most discerning clientele,” said Joseph Proto, Silversea’s director of world cruise and business development. “We searched the globe to find fascinating personalities and some of the most distinguished and stimulating speakers. Engaging experts from an array of fields, such as exploration, literature, film, photography, gourmet living and academia, will be on hand to share their talents and perspectives.”
John Cleese will entertain Silversea guests with his famous British wit as he hosts the January 16 segment (#3802) from Fort Lauderdale to San Diego. One of television and cinema’s most gifted artists, he will offer Silversea guests a grand, and possibly rowdy, look at some of his best works, including the Emmy-nominated BBC documentary The Human Face, the movie A Fish Called Wanda, and favorite episodes from the television comedy classics Monty Python’s Flying Circus and Fawlty Towers. Cleese will share insights and anecdotes from a fascinating career that goes well beyond television and cinema. The multi-talented actor has also co-authored two best-selling books on psychology, taught at Cornell University, and spent twenty years helping to run Video Arts, a highly successful producer of management and sales training films. Most recently, Cleese was the voice of God in the Broadway smash hit Spamalot.
- The same January 16 segment will also welcome famed cookbook author Ted Allen, whose food and wine advice is featured regularly on NBC and Bravo television networks and in articles for Esquire, Bon AppÃƒÂ©tit and Epicurious.com.
- George Losey, professor of zoology and marine biology at the University of Hawaii, will join the January 30, San Diego-to-Honolulu segment (#3803). His talks will illustrate both the natural and cultural history of the Hawaiian Islands.
- Norma and Maurice Joseph, acclaimed travel photographers and fellows of Britain’s Royal Geographic Society, will host the Honolulu-to-Hong Kong voyage (#3804), departing February 8. Their colorful presentations bring to life the diverse lands and cultures visited during a career of exploration and adventure in over 100 countries. Highlights include traveling by jeep through Tibet and traversing Burma’s Irrawaddy River by log raft and riverboat.
- The March 1, Hong Kong-to-Singapore segment (#3805) will feature destination expert and art historian Denise Heywood, offering illustrated talks on Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Heywood has lived in Paris, New York and, most recently, in Cambodia where she worked as a journalist for three years. She has just completed a book on the Buddhist temples of Laos, titled Ancient Luang Prabang.
- On the March 15, Singapore-to-Mumbai segment (#3806), two of the world’s hottest photographers will step out from behind the camera to share their talents and insights. Guests will enjoy presentations hosted by Stephanie Pfriender Stylander, best known for her illuminating celebrity portraits of such icons as Nicole Kidman, Antonio Banderas, and Aretha Franklin; and Steve McCurry, the award-winning photojournalist whose haunting photograph of an Afghan refugee girl has been described by many as the most recognizable photograph in the world today.
- Also tapped to add regional and cultural perspectives on the same voyage is Royston Ellis, a British-born novelist and guidebook writer who has lived for the past 28 years in Sri Lanka. The author of bestselling historical novels set in the Caribbean, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, he began his career as a pop poet in England in 1960 performing with John, Paul, George and Stuart who later became the Beatles. Joining Ellis is acclaimed Associated Press photographer Gemunu Amarasinghe.
- Cat Cora, renowned television personality and Bon AppÃƒÂ©tit executive chef, is slated to host a culinary program on the March 26, Mumbai-to-Athens segment (#3807), sailing to some of the world’s most exotic destinations in Oman, Egypt and Jordan. Chef Cora will present Greek-inspired specialties, prepared with her trademark brand of fresh inventiveness and style, as guests traverse the history-rich waters of the Aegean.
- Scheduled to add historical insights on the same voyage is Robert Brier, one of the world’s leading Egyptologists. The author of several books including The Murder of Tutankhamen: A True Story and The Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians, Professor Brier will be joined by his wife, Patricia Remler, an accomplished author, photographer and art historian.
- And rounding out the enrichment roster on this segment is Stephen F. Dachi, a foreign policy specialist who served for 30 years as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service. He is an expert on the history, culture, religions and politics of India and the Middle East and is in charge of educational seminars at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State.
- Celebrity film critic Rex Reed, whose presentations scored a huge hit with guests aboard World Cruise 2007, is returning to host the second edition of his innovative Silver Screen Cinema program. A renowned author, actor, talk show host, and film historian, his name is synonymous with Hollywood. Reed will share anecdotes and insights as he hosts screenings of cinematic classics aboard the April 19 segment (#3809) from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale. Guests will enjoy an insider’s view of Hollywood with Reed and the program’s guest entertainer, Emmy winner Polly Bergen, a star of both film and television. Their lively interview and intimate coffee & conversation session will offer fascinating glimpses into the lives and careers of these distinguished film professionals.
Departing January 16, 2008 from Fort Lauderdale, Silver Shadow’s World Cruise 2008, appropriately themed “The Rhythms of the World,” will host no more than 382 privileged and pampered guests on a wondrous odyssey, encircling the world and embracing the cultures of more than 25 countries and over 50 different destinations.