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Silversea Rolls Out 10 New Voyages Featuring the 'Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs' Cooking School

Cooking5x7PRlr (11 January 2011) Ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises is pleased to announce that 10 voyages this year will feature the popular Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs interactive cooking school.

Rudi Scholdis, Silversea's director of culinary development, said: "Our new L'École des Chefs cooking school has generated such great feedback from guests that we're pleased to expand the programme into 2011. This is a really fun enrichment programme that lets guests discover new cooking techniques and sample dishes that highlight the culinary traditions of the ship's itinerary."

Through its exclusive partnership with Relais & Châteaux, the distinguished international association of charming properties and gourmet restaurants, Silversea enjoys the privilege of featuring the only Relais & Châteaux L'École des Chefs cooking school at sea. The innovative programme offers guests a special culinary curriculum and entertaining events hosted by Silversea culinary trainer David Bilsland. Educated in classic French cooking, Bilsland's career includes several years as a chef instructor at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in London. He presents a programme developed in collaboration with Jacques Thorel, the owner of L'Auberge Bretonne and a consulting Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux. 

The curriculum for each of these cruises is carefully designed to celebrate the cultural flavour of the ship's itinerary. Highlights include specialised workshops covering a range of topics from basic knife skills and kitchen terminology to sauces and baking; cooking demonstrations with wine pairings and interactive Q&A sessions; lively cooking competitions between Chef Bilsland and the ship's own culinary team; a "Lunch and Learn" event offering small groups of guests a chance to sample a delicious meal of specially prepared dishes; and inspired "Take It Home" recipes that will give guests an edge when entertaining at home. 

Also offered on certain voyages, when the itinerary permits, is a "Market to the Plate" experience that provides an escorted tour of a local market followed by a cooking class, and a "Culinary Outing," an instructor-escorted excursion to a local restaurant, hotel or other venue where guests can enjoy a unique culinary exploration.

Following below is a list of the L'École des Chefs voyages for 2011:

AFRICA, ARABIA & INDIAN OCEAN

Voyage 2132: Silver Wind departs Athens 11 November on a 16-day sailing to Dubai with calls in Alexandria, Sharm el Sheikh, Aqaba, Safaga, Muscat and Fujairah. Silver Savings fares start at $US7,918.

Voyage 2134: Silver Wind departs Dubai 4 December on a 17-day sailing to Mahe with calls in Fujairah, Muscat, Mumbai, Cochin, Colombo, Male, Curieuse, La Digue and Praslin. Silver Savings fares start at $6,198.

CARIBBEAN, PANAMA CANAL & MEXICO

Voyage 1110: Silver Cloud departs Fort Lauderdale 24 March on a 16-day sailing to San Diego with a crossing of the Panama Canal and calls in Cartagena, San Blas Island, Puntarenas, Puerto Quetzal, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo and Cabo San Lucas.  Silver Savings fares start at $5,558. 

Voyage 1111: Silver Cloud departs San Diego 9 April on a 16-day sailing to Fort Lauderdale with a crossing of the Panama Canal and calls in Cabo San Lucas, Zihuatanejo, Acapulco, Puerto Quetzal, Puntarenas, San Blas Island and Cartagena.  Silver Savings fares start at $5,558. 

FAR EAST & SOUTH PACIFIC

Voyage 3102: Silver Shadow departs 19 January on a 30-day roundtrip voyage from Sydney that will completely circle Australia, calling in Brisbane, Hamilton Island, Port Douglas, Cooktown, Darwin, Broome, Exmouth, Perth, Albany, Port Lincoln, Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne and Hobart. Silver Savings fares start at $17,638. 

Voyage 5103: Silver Spirit departs Los Angeles 20 January on a 12-day sailing to Papeete with calls in Nuku Hiva, Atuona, Rangiroa and Moorea. Silver Savings fares on this World Cruise segment start at $5,198. 

MEDITERRANEAN

Voyage 5110: Silver Spirit departs Athens 3 May on a 16-day sailing to Southampton with calls in Taormina, Sorrento, Rome, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Malaga, Lisbon, Bilbao and Guernsey.  Silver Savings fares on this World Cruise segment start at $10,358. 

TRANSOCEANIC

Voyage 4115: Silver Whisper departs New York 17 May on a 14-day transatlantic voyage to Southampton with calls in Newport, Halifax, Sydney, St John's, Cork, Waterford and Fowey.  Silver Savings fares start at $5,798. 

Voyage 3125: Silver Shadow departs Seward 8 September on a 14-day sailing to Tokyo with calls in Homer, Kodiak, Dutch Harbour, Kamchatka, Kushiro and Hakodate.  Silver Savings fares start at $6,118. 

Voyage 5132: Silver Spirit departs Lisbon 21 October on a 15-day sailing to Barbados with calls in Funchal, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Las Palmas, La Gomera, Antigua, Guadeloupe and St Lucia.  Silver Savings fares start at $5,638. 

Fares listed above are per person based on double occupancy for a Vista Suite and do not include port charges and handling fees that range from $209 to $950 per person for these voyages, depending on the itinerary.

About Relais & Châteaux
Relais & Châteaux is an exclusive collection of 500 of the finest hotels and gourmet restaurants in 60 countries. Established in France in 1954, the Association's mission is to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character. It is also a family of hoteliers and Grands Chefs from all over the world who share a passion for and a personal commitment to ensuring their guests are privy to moments of exceptional harmony. For information on Relais & Châteaux, please call 800 735 2478 (US/Canada) or 00 800 2000 00 02 (UK) or visit www.relaischateaux.com.

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 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, 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.  

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