Silversea Lines Up Ted Koppel And Mary Higgins Clarkas Celebrity Guest Lecturers

(13 July 2010) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has landed two renowned celebrities from the worlds of journalism and literature to guest lecture aboard two Silver Whisper voyages. ABC News veteran Ted Koppel will host the 10-day, Stockholm-to-Southampton voyage (#4025) departing 23 August 2010, and bestselling suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark will be the featured speaker on the 16-day, Buenos Aires-to-Santiago cruise (#4102) departing 20 January 2011.

Ted Koppel is the managing editor for the Discovery Channel, the largest cable network in the United States. In this role, he hosts Koppel on Discovery, a series of programmes examining major global topics and events. The Emmy Award-winning journalist spent 42 years at ABC News. From 1980 until 2005, he was the presenter and managing editor of ABC News Nightline, one of the most honoured broadcasts in television history.

Mary Higgins Clark is known as America’s Queen of Suspense. The worldwide bestselling author — whose books have sold over one hundred million copies in the US alone — has penned dozens of suspense thrillers, including one set on the high seas, Santa Cruise, co-authored with her daughter Carol Higgins Clark. Her latest novel, The Shadow of Your Smile, published in April, is already a New York Times bestseller.

Steve Tucker, Silversea’s vice president of field sales for North America, said: “It’s a special honour for us to welcome Mr Koppel and Ms Clark on these two voyages. We know our guests will be intrigued by their stories and insights.”

On their respective Silver Whisper voyages, Koppel and Clark will host lectures and a Q&A session.

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 Silver Spirit — all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company’s itineraries encompass all seven continents.

In the US, Silversea has been voted “World’s Best” by the readers of Condé 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 “Best Innovation in Products and Services” from the Italian Innovazione Marketing Oggi Awards (2009); “World’s Leading Small Ships Cruise Line” from World Travel Awards (2009); “Five Star Diamond Award” from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2010); “Number One” small-ship line in the Readers’ Choice survey conducted by Britain’s Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2007); “Best Luxury Cruise Line” Excellence Award by Spain’s Cruise News Media Group (2009); “Best Luxury Cruise Line” by Australia’s Luxury Travel & Style Magazine (2010); and “Best Luxury Cruise Operator” according to Asia’s Travel Weekly (2008).

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