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Silversea's New Culinary Excursions Add Spice To Mediterranean And Northern European Cruises This Summer

Plus Guests Enjoy Cruise Savings of up to 40%

(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- May 15, 2006)  From a culinary demonstration at a 17th-century Italian villa overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, to a hands-on lesson in the art of preparing paella in Valencia, to a French cooking class at a Michelin two-star restaurant, Silversea is rolling out a tantalizing new selection of optional shore excursions designed to showcase the culture and culinary traditions of select destinations in the Mediterranean and Northern Europe this summer.

"Our newest culinary excursions are a great way for guests to interact with local residents and learn what is truly special and unique about a destination," said David Morris, Silversea's senior vice president of sales for North America.  "These exclusive tours are designed for savvy and sophisticated travelers looking for an in-depth cultural experience that will take them into the heart and soul of a region."

The following new optional culinary tours range in price from $105 to $425:

** From Sorrento, learn how to cook the Italian way at the Sorrento Cooking School within the Giardino delle Esperidi resort in the picturesque town of Sant' Angelo.  Located a short distance from the sea and surrounded by a field of lemon and orange trees, it offers the perfect venue for a hands-on lesson in traditional southern-style Italian cooking.  Highlighting the experience is a delicious lunch featuring your own culinary creations.

** From Rome, drive through beautiful landscapes to La Posta Vecchia, a 17th-century villa overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.  This elegant retreat, once the Italian home of oil magnate J. Paul Getty, is now a Relais & Châteaux boutique hotel and restaurant.  In this idyllic setting, you'll enjoy a cooking demonstration with a chef who reveals the intricacies of preparing classic Italian cuisine. The experience is topped off with a three-course lunch perfectly paired with wine from the villa's cellars.

** From Valencia, you can immerse yourself in the local culture with an exclusive excursion to the former 17th-century royal palace, now the home of the Valencia Cooking School.  Learn about the importance of rice as a staple of the local diet as your culinary instructor reveals the secrets of preparing traditional Valencian paella. You'll get hands-on experience in helping to prepare this delicious meal.

** From Bordeaux, set off on a culinary journey through the most prestigious wine-producing region in the world to discover the fine art of French cuisine at the Michelin two-star Château Cordeillan-Bages, a former 17th-century monastery in Pauillac that is now a Relais and Châteaux lodging and restaurant.  In the harvest kitchen of nearby winery Château Lynch-Bages, the sous chef of Cordeillan-Bages will reveal the simplicity and secrets of award-winning French cuisine, followed by a luncheon in the restaurant's private dining room.

** From Helsinki, this vibrant harbor city and its picturesque islands are revealed as you travel along the coastal road to explore the historic heart of this fascinating land where East meets West.  Your exploration culminates with a cooking demonstration hosted by the chef of the Tervasaari Restaurant, where you'll have a chance to savor local delicacies and desserts after you learn some of the intricacies of preparing Finnish cuisine.

** From Bergen, enjoy a scenic cruise through the Bergen archipelago and the surrounding Norwegian fjords until you reach the tiny island of Bjorøy.  Here you'll discover the Cornelius Restaurant, a unique dining establishment that can only be reached by boat and only opens its doors for exclusive arrangements.  Indulge in an aperitif while learning about the preparation of local seafood delicacies, which you'll have a chance to sample during a delicious three-course lunch.

Following is a sampling of voyages offering these exclusive culinary excursions where guests can enjoy cruise savings of up to 40%:

MEDITERRANEAN

Silver Whisper departs September 29 on a 7-day "Mediterranean Treasures"voyage (#4634) from Barcelona to Villefranche with calls in Tunis, Sicily, Naples, Rome and Livorno.  Highlights include an optional culinary excursion to La Posta Vecchia from Rome.  Silver Sailing fares start at $4,236 per person (20% savings).

Silver Cloud departs October 3 on a 10-day "Treasures of Spain"voyage (#1628) from Lisbon to Villefranche with calls in Cádiz, Málaga, Valencia, Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca and St. Tropez.  Highlights include an optional tour to the Valencia Cooking School, plus Spanish wine expert Gerry Dawes will be on board to host enlightening wine presentations and tastings.  Silver Sailingfares start at $4,527 per person (40% savings).

Silver Whisper departs October 6 on a 12-day "Mediterranean Odyssey" (Voyage #4635) from Villefranche to Cairo with calls in Sorrento, Sicily, Malta, Rhodes, Lattakia and Tartous, Syria, and Beirut.  Highlights include an optional tour to the Sorrento Cooking SchoolEarly Booking Incentive fares start at $7,263 per person (15% savings).

NORTHERN EUROPE

Silver Whisper departs July 17 on a 12-day "Vintage Europe"voyage (#4626) from Monte Carlo to London with calls in St. Tropez, Málaga, Cádiz, Lisbon, Bilbao, Bordeaux and St. Malo.  Highlights include a two-day, one night stay in Bordeaux, offering an optional culinary excursion to Michelin two-star Château Cordeillan-BagesEarly Booking Incentive fares start at $7,836 per person (20% savings).

Silver Cloud and Silver Whisper offer a pair of 7-day "Baltic Interlude" voyages from Copenhagen to Stockholm with calls in Tallinn and Helsinki, plus a 3-day, 2-night visit in St. Petersburg.  Silver Cloud departs July 30 (Voyage #1621) and Silver Whisper August 9 (Voyage #4628).  On August 30, Silver Whisper offers the same itinerary in reverse with its 7-day "Baltic Discoveries"voyage (#4631) from Stockholm to Copenhagen.  Highlights include an optional cooking demonstration at Tervasaari Restaurant in Helsinki.   Early Booking Incentive fares start at $5,170 per person (10% savings).

Silver Cloud departs August 22 on a 15-day "Jewels of the Norwegian Sea"voyage (#1624) from London to Copenhagen with calls in Invergordon, Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands, plus Reykjavik, Isafjordur and Akureyri, Iceland, and Alesund, Bergen, Stavanger and Oslo, Norway.  Highlights include an optional culinary excursion from Bergen to the Cornelius Restaurant on the tiny island of Bjorøy.  Early Booking Incentivefares start at $10,280 per person (15% savings).

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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