Conservatism Goes on a Cruise

Drummed out of Washington and fleeing Wall Street, conservatives are presently at sea.

And that's exactly where you'll find some of the Right's most influential thinkers in the coming months, leading a diverse array of starboard-friendly cruise groups. On these voyages, the best part of re-grouping and rethinking political strategy is that you're invited to participate!

Book now if you're interested in joining Newt Gingrich, Oliver North, Ed Meese, and Wayne LaPierre for ten days on the Baltic -- round-trip from Copenhagen -- departing June 12. There's only one cabin left on this Holland America cruise group sponsored by the Freedom Alliance and the NRA.

PJTV contributor and radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt sets sail out of London on July 3 for a two-week Celtic Kingdoms voyage. Holland America's Prinsendam will carry you to destinations including Edinburgh, Belfast, Dublin, Cardiff, and Guernsey. On board will be literature professor (at Annapolis!) and Shakespeare authority Dr. David Allen White, as well as the film critic who appears on Hugh's radio program every Friday -- Emmett of the Unblinking Eye. This juxtaposition of expert perspectives on classic and contemporary culture could spark some lively conversations around the dinner table.

Hugh Hewitt may be the smartest radio talk host of them all. He speaks with authority on topics including the law, Christianity, the blogosphere, and political races around the country. Ask him which battles are worth fighting as the Republican Party repairs itself electorally. My wife and I enjoyed a past "Hugh Cruise" and made a couple of lasting friendships within the group. Another plus: this is the only itinerary where you'll be able to speak with all the natives in English!

If you'd prefer a more exotic and dangerous journey this summer, consider SpyCruise 2009, sailing the Black Sea from July 11 through July 23. You'll start in Istanbul, then it's on to Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, and Greece. Retired CIA, KGB, and RCMP officers will brief you via lectures and social events. The expert guides will show you Kim Philby's base of operations in Istanbul, Stalin's secret dacha in Sochi, the czar's summer palace in Yalta, and the base of the Soviet submarine fleet in Balaklava. This sailing, on the Oceana Nautica, is sponsored through the Center for Counterintelligence and Security Studies -- a counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and security training center. We'd list the names of your expert hosts here, but then ... that information is classified.

There's no secret about the big names of conservatism aboard the National Review's voyage on Holland America's ms Noordam, from July 8 through July 18. While Major League Baseball's All-Stars are suiting up in St. Louis, your batting order on the Mediterranean and Adriatic will be John Bolton, Tony Blankley, Karl Rove, Dick Morris, George Gilder, Gov. Pete DuPont, Cal Thomas, Christina Hoff Sommers, and Michael Novak -- plus NR's impressive lineup of home team players led by editor Rich Lowry.

The itinerary includes plenty of panels, meals, and social gatherings, so expect opportunities to exchange ideas in small groups or on the spur of the moment. Even if a guest isn't on your list for the dinner rotation, have a question ready. If you wind up standing next to Karl Rove during the life boat drill, ask him about his new book. The next time your liberal friends start hammering you about the Bush Administration, you'll stop them in their tracks with "all I can tell you is what Karl Rove told me."