From opera to ballet to the culinary arts, Silversea is offering the perfect blend of culture and travel with its new collection of speciality voyages. Titled ‘Exclusively Yours – Enriched Voyages’, these inspiring theme cruises, set to take place in late summer and autumn this year, will feature a complimentary onboard programme of exceptional entertainment and enrichment activities, as well as complimentary shore excursions included on select sailings.
The Exclusively Yours – Enriched Voyages provide the opportunity for guests to feel at home, relishing the familiar comforts of their Silversea cruise, as they indulge their personal interests and passions with programmes designed to make the experience richer and more exclusive. These include breathtaking opera shows performed by the world-renowned Accademia Teatro alla Scala, classic ballet performances by acclaimed soloists from the esteemed State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, and culinary voyages hosting renowned Relais & Châteaux Chefs, to name a few.
“We are extremely honoured to present this unique collection of cruises designed to showcase extraordinary talent in the performing arts and gastronomy,” said Lisa McAuley, Silversea’s Commercial Director, UK and Ireland. “We are attentive to our guests and believe that they will find these voyages are perfectly attuned to their varied interests and pastimes.”
ACCADEMIA TEATRO ALLA SCALA
Based in Milan, Italy, Accademia Teatro alla Scala (La Scala Theatre Academy) is one of the world’s foremost performing arts academies. Its internationally renowned performers and instructors offer the highest level of artistic education for aspiring and gifted singers, dancers, and musicians from every corner of the world.
Soloists from its Academy of Lyric Opera and a piano accompanist will perform a selection of opera’s most beautiful librettos for the enjoyment of Silversea guests aboard three Silver Spirit voyages in the Mediterranean:
- Voyage 5624: 22nd – 31st August, Venice to Athens, with calls in Koper, Hvar, Kotor, Corfu, Zakinthos, Nafplion, Crete, and Santorini.
- Voyage 5626: 9th – 19th September, Monte Carlo to Venice, with calls in Livorno, Olbia, Trapani, Porto Empedocle, Valletta, Dubrovnik, Split, and Trieste.
- Voyage 5630: 10th – 19th October, Athens to Venice, with calls in Santorini, Rhodes, Crete, Katakolon (Olympia), Argostoli (Cephalonia), Corfu, and Dubrovnik.
ACCLAIMED RUSSIAN BALLET SOLOISTS
Daria Khokhlova and Artemy Belyakov, ballet solo performers of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, one of the world’s most renowned ballet companies, are returning to Silversea for an exclusive engagement onboard Silver Spirit’s 31st August Mediterranean cruise, sailing from Athens to Monte Carlo (Voyage 5625).
The dance stars, whose wonderful performances last summer captivated the Silver Spirit audience, will again appear on stage in the ship’s elegant Show Lounge for three performances during the nine-day voyage, which will visit destinations in Greece and Italy.
Daria Khokhlova joined the ballet company of the Bolshoi Theatre in 2009. Her repertoire includes such roles as Marie in The Nutcracker, the Ballerina in Petrushka, Princess Florina in Sleeping Beauty, Olga in Onegin and Ophelia in Hamlet, to name a few.
Artemy Belyakov, whose notable roles include, among others, Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty, Lensky in Onegin, and the Evil Genius in Swan Lake, joined the ballet company of the Bolshoi Theatre in 2010.
CULINARY ARTS & WINE VOYAGES
Silver Cloud – 16th September, Voyage 1629 (Monte Carlo to Barcelona)
TASTES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE: From sun-ripened tomatoes to pure virgin olive oil, to delicate cheeses, the Mediterranean diet is the cornerstone of gastronomy. Locally inspired culinary demonstrations, apéritif tastings before dinner, and vineyard strolls (on complimentary excursions) showcase this remarkable culinary heritage.
Silver Spirit – 1st October, Voyage 5629 (Istanbul to Athens)
RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX GOURMET CRUISE: David Chauvac, head chef of the Michelin-starred Le Candille restaurant located at Le Mas Candille hotel in Mougins, Provence, France, and Silvia Regi Baracchi, chef of the Michelin-starred Il Faconiere restaurant in Tuscany, Italy, will combine their extraordinary culinary talents to present a programme of informative cooking demonstrations and grand gourmet dinners. Other highlights include an optional winery excursion in Santorini, Greece.
Silver Whisper – 24th October, Voyage 4626 (New York to Barbados)
RELAIS & CHÂTEAUX GOURMET CRUISE: On hand to share their incredible culinary skills and insights during a programme of informative cooking demonstrations and grand gourmet dinners will be Jason Joseph, head chef of the award-winning Camelot Restaurant at Cobblers Cove hotel in Barbados; Jacob Jasinski, chef de cuisine of the award-winning Seasons restaurant at the Ocean House hotel in Watch Hill, Rhode Island, USA; Gunnar Thompson, executive chef at the acclaimed Glenmere Mansion hotel in Chester, New York, USA; and Louis Pacquelin, head chef of the renowned Panache restaurant at Québec, Canada’s Auberge Saint-Antoine hotel.
Silver Spirit – 5th November, Voyage 5634 (Barcelona to Barbados)
WINE CRUISE: Presented in partnership with Comitato Grandi Cru d’Italia, an association of top Italian winemakers, and the Professional Association of Italian Sommeliers, this wine enrichment programme will spotlight a collection of some of Italy’s finest vintages as top sommeliers Gennaro Buono and Giuseppe Vaccarini guide and educate guests in the art of winemaking. Other highlights include complimentary wine-themed shore excursions in Spain’s Canary Islands.
Silver Spirit – 21st November, Voyage 5635 (Roundtrip from Barbados to South America)
CHOCOLATE & COFFEE CRUISE: The celebrated coffee brand illy and acclaimed chocolate company Domori are teaming up to escort guests on this ultimate sensory journey with exquisite coffee and chocolate tastings, lectures, and cooking demonstrations hosted by award-winning pastry chef Francesco Boccia.
Silver Shadow – 26th November, Voyage 3635 (Hong Kong to Singapore)
HIGH TEA CRUISE: Presented in partnership with the renowned Ronnefeldt tea company and hosted by etiquette expert and tea lover Tatyana Polyakova, this connoisseur’s guide to tea will introduce guests to a selection of premium varieties as they discover how various cultures have shaped the tea experience.
Silversea has also created a special experience for bridge enthusiasts. On Silver Wind’s 15th November transatlantic sailing from Barcelona to Fort Lauderdale (Voyage 2633), guests can compete to win prizes in the first-ever Silversea bridge tournament.
On this special transatlantic Bridge Cruise, featuring American Contract Bridge League life masters, guests can earn ACBL master points, attend seminars, and meet other bridge players from around the world.
For further details on Silversea’s ‘Exclusively Yours – Enriched Voyages’ collection, visit: www.silversea.com/exclusive-offers/exclusively-yours-enriched-voyages