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Silver Spirit world cruise to host distinguished speakers

Silversea Cruises’ Silver Spirit, a 540-guest luxury ship launched late last year, is hosting the line’s 119-day world cruise next January 2011. Image courtesy Silversea Cruises

By Michael Coleman

Silver Spirit, the world’s newest ultra-luxury, all-suite ship, will embark on a 119-day world cruise next January with a roster of highly-acclaimed onboard speakers.

“The enrichment program is an integral part of our World Cruise experience and is designed to appeal to luxury travel’s most discerning clientele,” said Steve Tucker, Silversea’s vice president of field sales for North America. Among them:



Dan Rather:  The Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist who anchored the CBS Evening News for 24 years, and contributed to CBS’ 60 Minutes and other prime-time news programs, will host Voyage 5107, March 22 – April 3, Hong Kong – Singapore. 



Robert Lacey:  The British historian and biographer, whose numerous international bestsellers include Majesty, considered the definitive study of British monarchy, is slated to host Voyage 5110, May 3 – 19, Athens – Southampton. 



Zahi Hawass:  The world-famous Egyptologist and secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities in Cairo will host Voyage 5109, April 18 – May 3, Dubai – Athens.



Bruce Riedel:  A senior fellow in foreign policy at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy of the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., former C.I.A. analyst, counter-terrorism expert and author is slated to host Voyage 5110, May 3 – 10, Athens – Southampton.



Geoffrey Blainey:  The eminent Australian historian, commentator and author of numerous books, including his highly acclaimed A Short History of the World, will host Voyage 5105, February 12 – March 1, Auckland – Sydney. 



Lawrence Blair:  The writer, host and co-producer of the Emmy Award-nominated BBC/PBS adventure series Ring of Fire, tracing a ten-year epic journey across the Indonesian archipelago, will host Voyage 5106, March 1 – 22, Sydney – Hong Kong. 



Caroline Boyle-Turner:  The world-renowned art historian, author of several books and founder of the Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art will host Voyage 5103, January 20 – February 1, Los Angeles – Papeete.



George Losey:  A professor of zoology and marine biology at the University of Hawaii, who has studied the behavior and ecology of marine animals throughout the world, will host Voyage 5103, January 20 – February 1, Los Angeles – Papeete. 



Mark Eddowes:  The New Zealand archaeologist who has lived in the Society Islands for over 20 years, doing field work throughout Polynesia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Easter Island and the Cook Islands, will host Voyages 5103 – 5104, January 20 – February 12, Los Angeles to Auckland.  



John Hartley:  The retired Australian major general, a graduate of Duntroon’s Royal Military College, the University of Queensland and the U.S. Army War College, will host Voyage 5106, March 1 – 22, Sydney – Hong Kong. 



Denise Heywood:  The author, journalist, photographer, fellow with the Royal Geographical Society, and lecturer for the British Museum on their Asian Art course, will host Voyages 5106 – 5107, March 1 – April 3, Sydney – Singapore. 



Scott Pearson:  The recipient of a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, who taught economic development and international trade at Stanford University, winning several awards for his research and teaching, will host Voyages 5108 – 5109, April 3 – May 3, Singapore – Athens.



Lyn Farmer:  The widely published wine and food writer and senior editor of The Wine News magazine, who has been honored with the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Writing on Wine and Spirits, will host Voyage 5105, February 12 – March 1, Auckland – Sydney.



Rosanne Martorella:  The professor of sociology at William Paterson University and author of several books on art and society will host Voyage 5110, May 3 – 10, Athens – Southampton. 



The voyage begins in Los Angeles on Jan. 19 and features some 60 destinations in 25 countries – with 11 overnight port visits – before concluding in Southampton on May 19.

On the Web: silverseacruises.com

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