Silversea has revealed the identities of three new Tale Tellers for its 2019 World Cruise – an exciting selection of celebrated creatives who will each illustrate one of the nine segments of the extended voyage.
Steve McCurry, Alain de Botton and Sophy Roberts will each embark Silver Whisper for a segment of the incredible 52-port voyage, joining Paul Theroux, Pico Iyer and four other Tale Tellers who are yet to be announced. The talented creatives will each host a series of lectures for guests while on board and will produce a literary journal or artwork, inspired by their sailed destinations, to capture their experiences. Their efforts will enrich the onboard experience for Silversea guests and will combine to create a fascinating anthology of the voyage, which will then be presented as a gift to world cruisers.
“Silversea is delighted to welcome Steve McCurry, Alain de Botton and Sophy Roberts aboard Silver Whisper for the World Cruise 2019,” comments Barbara Muckermann, chief marketing officer at Silversea. “The presence of these celebrated creatives stands to enrich the voyage for each of our valued guests and represents Silversea’s enduring commitment to capturing unique travel experiences in utmost luxury. The Tale of Tales will preserve, in unprecedented vibrancy, the intimacies of a truly international adventure for our guests.
“At Silversea, we are relentless in our search for authenticity and hidden beauty; the works of each Tale Teller embody these values in varying forms. Our collaboration with the creatives pays testament to our planet’s limitless selection of wonders, each of which beckons exploration and inspires with its beauty. We hope our world-cruising guests enjoy the lectures and journals of our Tale Tellers as much as we have enjoyed curating the experience.”
Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than 30 years. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike – yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated image of the Afghan Girl such a powerful image. McCurry has been recognised with some of the most prestigious awards in the industry, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the National Press Photographers Award, and four first prize awards from the World Press Photo contest. Travelling between Tokyo and Singapore on Silversea’s World Cruise 2019, Steve will capture a selection of images to convey his experiences.
Alain de Botton
A member of the esteemed Royal Society of Literature since 2011, Alain de Botton is a widely published author whose literary works have been bestsellers in 30 countries. A philosopher, a TED speaker, and the co-founder of the School of Life (an institution that guides participants through real-life issues), Alain de Botton is an accomplished writer who is sure to relay a compelling and inspiring tale from his Silversea experience between Mombasa and Cape Town.
Having written for numerous reputable magazines and newspapers, including Conde Nast Traveler, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times, award-winning writer Sophy Roberts will bring a wealth of travelling experience to Silver Whisper, especially in regards to her work in Africa. Her stories focus on remote travel, conservation, and cultural preservation, so the adventurous eighth segment of Silversea’s World Cruise 2019 itinerary – which will see Sophy travel between Cape Town and Lisbon in ultimate luxury – should captivate and stimulate her explorative interests.
The Silversea World Cruise 2019
Commencing from San Francisco on 6 January 2019 and concluding in Greenwich, London, on 19 May, Silversea’s World Cruise will visit 31 countries across five continents over a 132-day period. Bespoke land tours complement and enhance the cruising itinerary, offering guests the rare opportunity to explore the untarnished beauty of the path less travelled. Fares for Silversea’s World Cruise 2019 start from AU$80,000 per guest, based on double occupancy in a Vista Suite.