Ponant Offers World Affairs Cruise in the Baltic

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Ponant has announced a World Affairs Cruise in the Baltic. Scheduled for August 5 to 13, 2020, the eight-night cruise is part of the Quintessential Collection, a series of cruises that delve deeply into a subject and/or destination.

The cruise, aboard the soon-to-launched Le Dumont-d’Urville, will begin in Stockholm and end in Copenhagen, visiting historic cities that ring the Baltic Sea, with two days in St. Petersburg. Fares start at $6,820 per person.

The itinerary will be matched by an onboard experience with an opportunity to interact with thinkers and policy makers about the current state of U.S. relations with the rest of the world. The program features lectures and discussions with former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Admiral James Stavridis; former Ambassador to Russia and current President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, William Burns; and journalist and author Robin Wright, a staff writer for the New Yorker and author of more than half a dozen award-winning books on international security matters.

Ports-of-call also include Helsinki, Tallinn in Estonia, Gotland and Visby.

Before concluding in Copenhagen, the ship will stop in Szczecin, a city in Poland nearly destroyed during World War II and has since been completely rebuilt following the war as a testament to the city’s resilience. 

This is the second World Affairs-themed cruise to be offered, with the first taking place October 11-18, 2019 aboard Le Bougainville. The sailing will travel into the heart of the ancient Greek World and will be accompanied by Fareed Zakaria, CNN Host and Washington Post columnist; Michael V. Hayden, retired US Air Force general and former Director of the CIA; and Daniel Mendelsohn, internationally best-selling author and classicist. Fares start at $6,450 per person.


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