Steve Kroft Among Luminaries Of Television, Journalism And Literature Set To Host Silversea Enrichment Programs
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- March 1, 2007) Award-winning 60 Minutes co-editor and CBS News correspondent Steve Kroft is set to join a remarkable lineup of talent slated to host enrichment programs for ultra-luxury Silversea Cruises this year. Other distinguished personalities include Jennet Conant, bestselling author of Tuxedo Park; Rex Pickett, whose novel Sideways became a mega-hit film; Terry Hughes, award-winning British TV producer and director; Michael Buerk, legendary BBC news correspondent and anchor; James F. Hoge, Jr., editor of the venerable Foreign Affairs magazine; and David Garrard Lowe, renowned cultural historian and author.
"Our guests are discerning and inquisitive travelers who look forward to enrichment programming that will stimulate their minds and broaden their world view," said Cliff Perry, Silversea's director of entertainment. "We're delighted to be able to feature such high-caliber speakers drawn from an array of fascinating backgrounds and professions. They are certain to delight our guests with lively discussions, personal perspectives and behind-the-scenes stories offering insights on cultural trends, film-making, politics, history and global issues."
Steve Kroft and Jennet Conant will team up to host a series of presentations aboard Silver Cloud's 10-day "Landscapes and Legacies" voyage, sailing July 30 from Venice to Nice with calls in Hvar, Dubrovnik, Sicily, Sorrento, Rome and Portovenere. (Early Booking Incentive fares start at $7,036 per person.) Kroft was named a correspondent of 60 Minutes in May 1989 and delivered his first report that fall. The 2006-2007 season is his 18th on the broadcast and his 27th year as a CBS News correspondent. Two of his most significant reports have been about Chernobyl. In 1994, Kroft became the first U.S. reporter to actually enter the crippled reactor building. He is a recipient of three George Foster Peabody Awards and eleven Emmy Awards. His wife, Jennet Conant, is the author of the 2002 New York Times bestseller Tuxedo Park: A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II. A former journalist, Conant has written for Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ, Newsweek and The New York Times.
Rex Pickett came to prominence when his novel Sideways was made into an Academy Award-winning hit film chronicling the adventures of two friends on a road trip through California's Santa Barbara County wine region. Pickett will host screenings and discussions on the art of film-making, including a special screening of Sideways highlighted by a Pinot Noir tasting that's sure to delight wine lovers. His presentations are slated for Silver Shadow's 15-day "Pacific Interlude" voyage, sailing December 8 from San Diego to Fort Lauderdale with calls in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlan, Acapulco, Puerto Quetzal, Costa Rica and San Andres Island. Advance Payment Bonus fares start at $6,146 per person.
Award-winning British TV producer and director Terry Hughes is uniquely qualified to offer an insider's perspective on British and American comedy. Hughes, a former head of BBC TV Variety, oversaw production of such shows as the long-running comedy The Two Ronnies, for which he earned seven BAFTA nominations and one award. After relocating to Los Angeles, his many achievements include a Directors Guild of America Award, six Emmy nominations and an Emmy Award for outstanding directing for the situation comedy The Golden Girls. Join Hughes when he hosts Silver Wind's 15-day "Mosques and Monuments" cruise, sailing June 7 from Istanbul to Rome, with calls in Mykonos, Kusadasi, Rhodes, Tartous, Alexandria, Crete, Malta, Sicily, and Sorrento. Silver Sailing fares start at $8,746 per person.
British broadcast journalist Michael Buerk, whose distinguished career at BBC News spans over 30 years, is perhaps best known for his reports on the famine in Ethiopia in 1984, inspiring Bob Geldof to organize the famous Live Aid appeal. In 1985, Buerk was named Television Journalist of the Year by the Royal Television Society and subsequently won a second RTS award for foreign reporting. Silversea guests will enjoy his presentations aboard Silver Whisper's 11-day "Indian Ocean Journey," sailing December 9 from Mumbai to Singapore and again on the 16-day "Barrier Reef Discovery" voyage, departing December 20 from Singapore to Sydney. Silver Sailing fares for the December 9 sailing start at $3,957 per person. For the December 20 cruise, Advance Payment Bonus fares start at $9,516 per person.
Silver Cloud will have the pleasure of welcoming James F. Hoge, Jr. and David Garrard Lowe to lecture and lead discussions aboard its 7-day "Minarets and Revelations" cruise, sailing July 6 from Istanbul to Athens with calls in Mykonos, Thessaloniki, Bodrum, Crete and Nauplia. (Silver Sailing fares start at $4,406 per person.) Hoge is currently the editor of Foreign Affairs, a leading U.S. journal on international affairs and foreign policy published by the Council on Foreign Relations. He spent more than three decades in newspaper journalism, including serving as editor in chief and publisher of The Chicago Sun-Times. Lowe is a leading authority on architectural history, a cultural historian and author. His books include Stanford White's New York, Chicago Interiors, The Great Chicago Fire, Beaux Arts New York and Art Deco New York. He will lecture on Greek and Roman architecture.
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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