Leading cruise operator Silversea has announced a line-up of celebrated chefs and food writers that will host seven upcoming Culinary Arts voyages. The voyages will showcase the skills of culinary experts and award-winning chefs of top dining establishments from around the world who will share some of the world's finest gastronomic traditions, including internationally acclaimed chefs of Relais & Châteaux. Throughout these special sailings, the featured guest chef and Silversea's executive chef will be on hand to share their culinary expertise and answer any questions. Celebrity chefs will also display their exceptional talents during cooking demonstrations where guests can taste and learn first-hand.

The voyages will also feature escorted provisioning trips to international markets, food and wine pairings, creative regional dishes, and a five-course grand gourmet dinner.

A special Culinary Arts voyage titled "The Flavours of Europe," will offer an array of culinary demonstrations and activities both on board and ashore. The voyage will be hosted by Chef Rudi Scholdis, Silversea's Culinary Director; Chef David Bilsland, Culinary Trainer for the "Relais & Châteaux L'Ecole des Chefs" cooking school aboard Silversea; and Conrad Combrink, Silversea's Director of Expeditions.

Guests will have the opportunity to visit a farm near Bordeaux dedicated to the cultivation of heirloom fruits and vegetables; learn how to prepare Basque pintxos (bite-sized delicacies); partake in a gastronomic celebration at Château Kirwan in the Bordeaux countryside; experience an authentic afternoon tea at a manor house in Guernsey; and join Silversea's culinary team for a provisioning excursion to a seafood market in Santander, Spain.

"The Flavours of Europe" will take place aboard Silver Explorer's Expedition Voyage 7309. Sailing from Lisbon to Portsmouth from 29 April to 13,May 2013. Fares start from £4,399. www.silversea.com

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