Silversea Cruises is collaborating with San
Francisco-based World Leaders Travel to host the 2011 World
Leaders Symposium, featuring a Middle East voyage aboard Silver
Highlighting the program are such distinguished
guest speakers as former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker,
III, former Egyptian first lady Jehan Sadat, veteran journalist
Bill Moyers, and a team of other leading figures in Middle East
politics, culture, history, religion, journalism and human rights.
This customized travel event, 29 December 2010 -
2011, departs from Amman, Jordan, and ends in Dubai, U.A.E. An
all-inclusive itinerary includes a comprehensive educational
program, a Persian Gulf cruise aboard the exclusively chartered
Silver Wind, five-star hotel accommodations and specially arranged
events and excursions in Jordan, U.A.E., Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and
Qatar. Optional program extensions include Christmas in Bethlehem,
as well as Iran and Oman.
"We're delighted to have the pleasure of hosting another
World Leaders Symposium aboard our elegant Silver Wind," said Mr.
Steve Odell, Silversea’s Senior Vice President for Asia Pacific.
"Through our collaboration with World Leaders Travel, we're able
to offer inquisitive travelers an unmatched educational experience
featuring some of the world's most sought-after speakers."
Symposium participants will go beyond the headlines as they engage
in dynamic intellectual discussions with keynote speakers, special
guests, local experts, and fellow travelers who offer a range of
perspectives and personal insights. A seven-night Persian Gulf cruise from
Dubai offers opportunities for further exploration in exotic
Kuwait City, Dammam, and Doha. Travelers will enjoy the freedom to
customize their experience by choosing from a menu of optional,
Among the highlights are a special
New Year's Eve celebration on the shore of the Dead Sea; the rare
opportunity to experience the magic of Petra by candlelight; an
engaging discussion with female students at Dubai's Zayed
University; a private visit to the impressive Arab Organizations
Headquarters Building in Kuwait; behind-the-scenes access at the
Al Jazeera media complex, the I.M. Pei-designed Museum of Islamic
Arts, and the Al Shaqab Arabian horse stables in Qatar; and a
meeting with Aramco executives during an excursion to the source
of Saudi Arabia's oil wealth, the famous Well #7.
addition to Baker, Sadat, and Moyers, the educational team also
includes Karen Armstrong, best-selling author and expert on world
religions; Joan Brown Campbell, director of the department of
religion at the Chautauqua Institution; Zalmay Khalilzad, former
U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., Afghanistan and Iraq; Aaron David
Miller, Middle East policy expert and advisor to six U.S.
secretaries of state; and Crocker Snow, Jr., director of the
Edward R. Murrow Center for Public Diplomacy. Special guests will
join the Symposium for various lengths of time. Other notable
experts and scholars, including a lineup of local speakers, will
be confirmed prior to departure.
award-winning Silver Wind, guests will enjoy a crew-to-guest ratio
of nearly one to one, an all-inclusive policy that includes a
premium assortment of wines and spirits, impeccable service from a
courteous and efficient staff, and luxurious onboard amenities.
The ship's all-suite accommodations include ocean views, butler
service, 24-hour room service; and fine dining features signature
dishes by Relais & Châteaux. Of the ship's 149 suites, 115 feature
private verandas. There are eight suite categories, ranging in
size from the 240 square-foot Vista Suites to the 1,314
square-foot Grand Suites.
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