What’s Cooking At Silversea? New Voyages Featuring The Relais & Châteaux L’École des Chefs Cooking School

Silversea Cruises offers many interactive cooking experiences, such as shore events like the one featured in the video above. Due to the interest in cooking, in 2011, Silversea will sail 10 voyages that will feature something new: the Relais & Châteaux L’École des Chefs interactive cooking school.

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 program 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 program 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 flavor of the ship’s itinerary. Highlights include

  • specialized 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:

  • Voyage 2132: Silver Wind departs Athens November 11 on a 16-day sailing to Dubai with calls in Alexandria, Sharm el Sheikh, Aqaba, Safaga, Muscat and Fujairah. Silver Savings fares start at $7,918.
  • Voyage 2134: Silver Wind departs Dubai December 4 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.
  • Voyage 1110: Silver Cloud departs Fort Lauderdale March 24 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 April 9 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.


  • Voyage 3102: Silver Shadow departs January 19 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 January 20 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.


  • Voyage 5110: Silver Spirit departs Athens May 3 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.


  • Voyage 4115: Silver Whisper departs New York May 17 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 September 8 on a 14-day sailing to Tokyo with calls in Homer, Kodiak, Dutch Harbor, Kamchatka, Kushiro and Hakodate.  Silver Savings fares start at $6,118.
  • Voyage 5132: Silver Spirit departs Lisbon October 21 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 (U.S./Canada) or 00 800 2000 00 02 (U.K.) or visit www.relaischateaux.com.

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