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Stellar Lineup of Speakers on Silversea's World Cruise 2012 to Include Hugh Downs and Bill Bryson

Downs, HughLRweb(13 June 2011) Emmy Award-winning former presenter of 20/20 Hugh Downs and bestselling author Bill Bryson are set to join a remarkable array of renowned lecturers slated to host enrichment programmes aboard Silver Whisper's first-ever World Cruise in 2012.

On 6 January, Silver Whisper will embark guests in Fort Lauderdale for a remarkable 115-day World Cruise that concludes in glamourous Monte Carlo. On this magnificent odyssey, her guests will visit 45 ports in 27 countries stretching from the Caribbean and South America to Africa, the Far East, Arabia and Europe. Along the way, they will enjoy 13 overnight visits and exclusive insider access to seldom seen global treasures.

To complement such a momentous journey, Silversea is lining up an impressive cast of distinguished speakers. Among those already tapped to host enriching presentations are:

Hugh Downs: One of the most familiar figures in American television, best known for his 21 years as co-presenter of ABC's 20/20 news programme,will host Voyage 4203, 23 January - 5 February, Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town.

Bill Bryson: The celebrated author, whose numerous international bestsellers include the science book A Short History of Nearly Everything, winner of the Aventis Prize, is slated to host Voyage 4206, 3 - 14 March, Singapore - Shanghai.

Nigel West: Renowned military historian specialising in intelligence, counterintelligence and security issues, his many books include At Her Majesty's Secret Service, will host Voyage 4205, 16 February - 3 March, Mauritius - Singapore.

Daniel Silke: A politician and international affairs expert, who served four years as a Member of Parliament in the Western Cape Provincial Parliament in Cape Town, is slated to host Voyage 4203, 23 January - 5 February, Rio de Janeiro to Cape Town.

Robin Hanbury-Tenison, OBE: Founder and president of Survival International, the world's leading organisation supporting tribal peoples, and named by The Sunday Times as "the greatest explorer of the past 20 years," will host Voyage 4202, 7 - 23 January, Fort Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro.

James Bradley: World War II scholar and bestselling author of Flags of Our Fathers (his father raised the US flag over Iwo Jima in 1945), will host Voyage 4207, 14 - 26 March, Shanghai - Bangkok.

Philip Hurst:  Historian and world affairs expert, this former deputy director of The Australian Institute of International Affairs, will host Voyage 4208, 26 March - 13 April, Bangkok - Dubai.

Tim Hughes, PhD: Former lecturer in political studies at the University of Cape Town and consultant to the BBC since 1994, working as an adviser on national elections, Zimbabwe and Nelson Mandela, will host Voyage 4204, 5 - 16 February, Cape Town - Mauritius.

Dr Mark H Elovitz: The internationally acclaimed world affairs commentator and lecturer, who served as a professor of law, a litigator, government advisor, historian and US Air Force officer, will host Voyages 4206 - 4207, 3 - 26 March, Singapore - Bangkok.

Dr Herb Keyser: Author of numerous books and featured on several US television programmes, including Nightline, the physician, world traveller and music expert will host Voyage 4209, 13 April - 1 May, Dubai - Monte Carlo. 

Steve Tucker, Silversea's vice president of field sales for North America, said: "World Cruise guests expect a truly extraordinary journey offering broad cultural exploration and intellectual adventure. We searched the globe to find just the right professors and distinguished personalities to share their knowledge and insights. The result is an impeccable enrichment roster that is sure to enhance our guests' travel experience."

About Silversea Cruises
Silversea Cruises is recognised as an innovator in the luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver CloudSilver WindSilver ShadowSilver Whisper and Silver Spirit -- all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of Silver Explorer, Silversea Cruises' itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and over 400 fascinating destinations in between.

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 (2010); "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 (2011); and "Best Luxury Cruise Operator" according to Travel Weekly China (2010).

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