Silversea Taps Walter Cronkite And William F. Buckley, Jr. To Join Stellar Line-Up Of Speakers On World Cruise 2007
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- May 1, 2006) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises has just signed legendary newsman Walter Cronkite and influential political commentator William F. Buckley, Jr. to join an impressive cast of celebrity lecturers aboard Silver Shadow's 126-day World Cruise, departing Fort Lauderdale on January 15, 2007. Other names set to light up an expansive enrichment program include ABC News correspondent Lynn Sherr, author Richard Reeves, investigative journalist Judith Miller, film critic Rex Reed, champion yachtsman John Bertrand, Egyptologist Zahi Hawass, photojournalist Steve McCurry and Michael Green, wine and spirits consultant for Gourmet magazine.
Walter Cronkite has covered virtually every news event during his more than 65 years in journalism - the last 54 affiliated with CBS News. He became a special correspondent for CBS News when he stepped down on March 6, 1981 after 19 years as anchorman and managing editor of the CBS Evening News. Affectionately nicknamed "Old Iron Pants" for his unflappability under pressure, Cronkite's accomplishments -- both on-air and off -- have won him acclaim and trust from journalism colleagues and the American public alike. Cronkite is scheduled to host enrichment presentations aboard "The Home Sea" segment of the World Cruise (Voyage 3709), departing April 27 from Alexandria to Lisbon. This segment also features an exciting call in Valencia, Spain, for the Louis Vuitton Cup match races to determine who will race Team Alinghi in the thirty-second America's Cup yachting competition.
William F. Buckley, Jr. will headline the enrichment program aboard "The Sea of Quiet Reflection" (Voyage 3710), departing May 8 from Lisbon to New York City. Buckley is an author, editor, syndicated columnist, public speaker, television host, and adventurer. He founded the conservative journal of opinion National Review in 1955 and was its editor-in-chief until 1990; he served as editor-at-large until 2004, when he formally retired. From 1966 to 1999 he was the host of the Emmy Award–winning Firing Line, the longest-running program in television history with the same host. He is the best-selling author of more than 40 works of nonfiction and fiction.
"World Cruise guests expect a truly exceptional and personally enriching lifestyle experience," said Joseph Proto, Silversea's director of World Cruise and business development. "So we searched the worlds of journalism, politics, literature, sports, film, gourmet living and academia to find just the right personalities to share their insights, passions and perspectives for the enjoyment of our very privileged World Cruise guests. As Silver Shadow journeys across three oceans and seven seas, our guests will be entertained and enlightened with an enhanced enrichment program carefully designed to complement every segment of this extraordinary seafaring adventure."
Other luminaries set to host enrichment programs include:
LYNN SHERR -- Aboard "The Empires of Time" (Voyage 3702), departing January 15 from Fort Lauderdale to Santiago. An award-winning journalist, Sherr joined ABC News as a correspondent on 20/20 in May 1986. She has covered a wide range of stories, specializing in women's issues and social changes, as well as investigative reports.
RICHARD REEVES -- Aboard "The Empires of Time" (Voyage 3702), departing January 15 from Fort Lauderdale to Santiago. An author and syndicated columnist, Reeves' weekly column has appeared since 1979 in over 100 newspapers, and is read around the world. He has received a number of awards for his work in print, television and film, and for his contributions to journalism.
STEVE McCURRY -- Aboard "The Empires of Time" (Voyage 3702), departing January 15 from Fort Lauderdale to Santiago. Recognized universally as one of today’s finest image-makers, McCurry has won many of photography’s top awards. His haunting photograph of an Afghan refugee girl has been described by many as the most recognizable photograph in the world today.
JUDITH MILLER -- Aboard "Across the Sea of Books" (Voyage 3703), departing January 31 from Santiago to Papeete, Tahiti. An author and a Pulitzer Prize-winning former investigative reporter for The New York Times. Miller left the paper in November 2005 after spending 85 days in jail to defend a reporter's right to protect confidential sources. Since leaving jail, she has been advocating the enactment of a federal shield law to protect the relationship between reporters and their sources and the public's right to know.
MICHAEL GREEN -- Aboard "The Land Where the Sun Wakes" (Voyage 3705), departing February 27 from Auckland to Sydney. Green is the wine and spirits consultant to Gourmet magazine. He has worked in the wine trade as educator, importer, writer, consultant and retailer for over 20 years. Green has been a guest on Food Network’s Emeril Live and Cooking Live as well as CBS Marketwatch,CNN, and NPR.
REX REED -- Aboard "Sailing in the Dream Time" (Voyage 3706), departing March 12 from Sydney to Singapore. Renowned author, actor, talk show host, film critic and historian, Reed's name is synonymous with Hollywood. His film reviews have appeared in nationally syndicated columns for decades, making him one of the most prolific movie critics in the nation.
JOHN BERTRAND -- Aboard "Sailing in the Dream Time" (Voyage 3706), departing March 12 from Sydney to Singapore. Bertrand is the Australian who skippered the winged keel Australia 2 to victory over Dennis Connor’s Liberty to win the 1983 America's Cup, breaking 132 years of American domination and, in the process, breaking the longest-running record in the history of modern sport.
ZAHI HAWASS -- Aboard "Voyage to the Western Lands" (Voyage 3708), departing April 12 from Dubai to Alexandria. World-renowned Egyptian archaeologist, Zahi Hawass currently serves as Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities and Director of Excavations at Giza, Saqqara and the Bahariya Oasis. He has lectured all over the world, most frequently in Europe, Japan and the United States, on such topics as the pyramids, mummies and his numerous discoveries.
Departing January 15, 2007 from Fort Lauderdale, Silver Shadow's World Cruise 2007 will cross three oceans, seven seas and six continents, visiting 61 different ports, and conclude on the originating coast, in New York City, on May 22. Additional enrichment programming will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on the World Cruise, visit www.silversea.com.
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. For the ninth year, Silversea was named "Number One" small-ship line in the 2005 "Readers' Choice" survey conducted by Condé Nast Traveler magazine. For the sixth time, Silversea was selected "World's Best" small-ship line in the 2004 Travel + Leisure readers' poll.
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