Famed Author Paul Theroux to Cruise From Ft. Lauderdale with Silversea

Melinda Crow

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Telling Tales is what Theroux is best known for.Photo by Matthew Scott (SS Global Mkt Team)

FT. LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA-- Perhaps the most famous travel writer of our time, Paul Theroux has been in the news a lot lately. Some of that has to do with the recent debut of the Apple TV original series The Mosquito Coast, starring his nephew Justin Theroux. The rest revolves around the release of his latest novel, Under the Wave at Waimea. But come January, Theroux will join the masses returning to cruising when he boards Silver Whisper for the first leg of its world voyage.

According to Silversea:

"Theroux will board Silver Whisper in Fort Lauderdale on January 6, 2022, and will disembark in Lima (Callao) on January 18. As guests travel deep into Central and South America on the first segment of the voyage, Theroux will enhance travelers’ journeys with a range of activities, before contributing a chapter to the Tale of Tales anthology—a collection of artistic works from the nine Tale Tellers, presented to guests at the voyage’s conclusion. The remaining eight Tale Tellers will be revealed in the near future."

The 137- day cruise journeys from the 65th parallel north to the 65th parallel south, visiting both Iceland and Antarctica among its 69 destinations across 32 countries and six continents.

Barbara Muckermann, Chief Marketing Officer of Silversea Cruises had this to say:

“We are delighted to welcome Paul back onboard Silver Whisper for the second edition of our Tale of Tales World Cruise, following the great success of the Tale of Tales 2019,” says Barbara Muckermann, Chief Marketing Officer of Silversea Cruises. “Along with eight other celebrated creatives, Paul will embark on one segment of this magnificent voyage, sharing his talent for storytelling to enrich the experience for our guests. As a Tale Teller, Paul will host a range of exclusive activities on board, while getting to know his fellow travelers. Each Tale Teller will produce a creative work inspired by their journeys, forming the Tale of Tales anthology, which will be gifted to guests as a sentimental keepsake. We look forward to welcoming our guests onboard the adventure of a lifetime!”

Theroux's tales

Here's what the author had to say about the cruise:

"I’m looking forward to the World Cruise 2022, where I’ll be one of the Tale Tellers on the first segment (Fort Lauderdale to Callao). To travel the way you travel with Silversea, it’s like a dream. The previous year I participated in the World Cruise in 2019. I came back with a wonderful story from Madagascar."

And about his new novel:

"I wanted to write about a surfer, but I couldn’t just write about a surfer getting old and complaining about younger people. I wanted it to give it some drama. Something where it has such a traumatic effect on him in the first part of the book that he almost drowns. Things just keep going wrong in his life. As though it's karma or a curse, or something in his unconscious mind that’s seriously bothering him, preventing him from living his life. That’s when his girlfriend comes in and says we’ll figure this out. And that’s the essence of the book: he has to care about something else other than himself. But Joe Sharkey is also an older guy and that’s another aspect of the novel. As you get older, you love doing something, but there’s a point when you say, 'I can’t do it anymore. My body isn’t what it used to be.' And you wonder when your age starts to show. That’s Joe Sharkey. He recognizes that he’s actually got nothing going, only surfing and his fame."

You can read the full interview with the cruise line here and his Tale of Tales story from 2019 here.

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You can still book the cruise

The great news is that there are still suites available on both the full World Cruise (starting at $89,100 per person) and the 12-day segment Theroux will sail on, departing Ft. Lauderdale on January 6, ending in Lima, Peru on January 18, with suites starting at $9,000 per person.

About Silversea

Part of the Royal Caribbean Group, Silversea Cruises is recognized as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit, Silver Muse, and Silver Moon – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Origin, Silver Explorer, and Silver Cloud, Silversea's itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, the Galapagos, both Polar Regions, and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of three new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Dawn and two Evolution-class ships.

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