Silversea Hits A High Note With Enticing Series Of Music Theme Cruises
(7 May 2009) From fans of jazz and the Beatles to opera enthusiasts, virtually all music lovers will find Silversea is offering the perfect blend of culture and travel with its lineup of music theme sailings this year. During seven voyages exploring the British Isles and the Mediterranean, guests will have the chance to enjoy a vibrant onboard enrichment programme that brings to life a sampling of the world's finest musical genres.
Silversea director of entertainment Cliff Perry said: "We're delighted to be able to offer such a diverse array of music-focused enrichment programmes. These voyages are a great opportunity for guests to indulge both their love of music and passion for travel, and in the process discover the uniquely enriching lifestyle experience of Silversea."
Following below is a list of the music theme cruises by region:
The London Festival Opera brings together some of the most established artists from major British opera companies and exceptional new singers. Its gifted soprano, mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone and pianist have performed worldwide at leading venues such as Hampton Court Palace and the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Audiences have included the Queen of England and other members of the British royal family. Silversea guests will enjoy Italian and other opera favourites in performances and events that include a gala opera evening, a show entitled "A Night at the Opera," and a gourmet Italian dinner presented with serenading opera singers in the ship's main dining venue, The Restaurant, and La Terrazza, a specialty restaurant. The London Festival Opera will be on board:
-- VOYAGE 2917: Silver Wind, May 28 - June 6, Monte Carlo to Athens, 9 days. Destinations include Livorno, Sorrento, Crete, Rhodes, Marmaris, Kusadasi and Santorini. Early Booking Incentive fares start at $7,305.
-- VOYAGE 2923: Silver Wind, July 28 - August 7, Monte Carlo to Rome, 10 days. Destinations include Portofino, Livorno, Barcelona, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca and Corsica. Silver Sailing fares start at $5,147.
Fans of Cole Porter and Noel Coward will be transported back to the early 20th century when singer/pianist Bobby Nesbitt and lecturer/social historian David Garrard Lowe team up to present original musical theatre programmes exploring the works of these music masters. Written and narrated by Lowe and featuring songs performed by Nesbitt, the special enrichment programmes will be featured as follows:
"Cole Porter -- He's the Top" Musical Theatre
-- VOYAGE 4922: Silver Whisper, August 1- 8, Venice to Rome, 7 days. Destinations include Zadar, Kotor, Sicily and Lipari. Silver Sailing fares start at $4,197.
"An Evening with Noel Coward" Musical Theatre
-- VOYAGE 4923: Silver Whisper, August 8 - 15, Rome to Monte Carlo, 7 days. Destinations include Sorrento, Livorno, Menton and Cassis. Silver Sailing fares start at $3,497.
A rising star on the American music scene, Loston Harris blends traditional jazz riffs, gospel and blues with his own unique stylings. He performed as a member of the Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra, led by multiple-Grammy winner Wynton Marsalis. Harris also appeared on public television in the U.S. on the PBS special "Portraits in Blue" with fellow pianist and bandleader Marcus Roberts. The exceptional talents of this gifted singer/pianist will be showcased aboard:
-- VOYAGE 4925: Silver Whisper, August 22 - 29, Barcelona to Rome, 7 days. Destinations include Alicante, Malaga, Monte Carlo and Portofino. Silver Sailing fares start at $4,197.
Place a flower in your hair and journey back to the Southern California pop music scene and carefree spirit of the 1960s with an original member of the legendary singing group the Mamas and the Papas as your host. Singer, songwriter and actress Michelle Phillips will tell the story of the Mamas and the Papas musical saga with film and music clips and her intimate knowledge of the group when she presents a special enrichment programme aboard:
-- VOYAGE 2934: Silver Wind, October 30 - November 9, Rome to Athens, 10 days. Destinations include Naples, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Crete, Rhodes, Kusadasi and Mykonos. Silver Sailing fares start at $4,897.
An exciting "Tribute to the Beatles" programme will be presented by Joe Johnson, host of the popular "Beatles Brunch" radio show, broadcast in over 100 markets across the U.S. and Canada. The Bootleg Beatles, one of the world's most acclaimed Beatles tribute bands, is slated to perform a full-length Beatles show as part of the festivities. And Tony Bramwell, author of "Magical Mystery Tours: My Life with the Beatles," will also join the programme to share tales from his days as the Beatles' personal assistant. Other highlights will include a name-that-tune contest, a trivia game, a "Hard Day's Night" dance party, and Beatle Brunch Feast, a gala breakfast/luncheon featuring the music of the Fab Four and prizes. Johnson will also interview guests for a special edition of his radio programme set to air later in the year. The Tribute to the Beatles will take place on:
-- VOYAGE 1921: Silver Cloud, August 26 - September 5, London to London, 10 days. Destinations include Edinburgh, Invergordon, Oban, Dublin, Cork and Fowey. Silver Sailing fares start at $7,486.
All fares listed above are per person based on double occupancy for a Vista Suite and do not include port charges and handling fees that can range from $175 to $275 per person on these sailings, depending on the itinerary.
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 launching in December, Silver Spirit -- all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the addition of the regal expedition ship Prince Albert II, the company's itineraries encompass all seven continents.
In the U.S., 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 "World's Leading Luxury Cruise Line" from World Travel Awards (2007) ; "Five Star Diamond Award" from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences (2009); "Number One" small-ship line in the Readers' Choice" survey conducted by Britain's Condé Nast Traveller magazine (2007); "Best Luxury Cruise Line" by Spain's Cruceros & Destinos magazine (2008); "Best Luxury Cruise Line" by Australia's Luxury Travel & Style Magazine (2009); and "Best Luxury Cruise Operator" according to Asia's Travel Weekly (2008).
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