It's the second year of The Mark Steyn Club, which we celebrated with all-hit party music, and the announcement of the very first Mark Steyn Club Cruise, for which many nautically minded readers, listeners and viewers have already signed up. We leave Montreal on September 29th and sail aboard the beautiful ms Rotterdam, flagship of the Holland America fleet, down the St Lawrence via Quebec City to Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Maine at the height of fall foliage (with a brief passing glimpse of the two hundred yards of New Hampshire seacoast) before landing at Boston on October 6th.
I'll be doing double-duty, hosting the cruise, and also hosting live seaboard editions of many favorite features along the way - Tales for Our Time, Song of the Week, Steyn's Sunday Poem, and The Mark Steyn Show. I don't have to carry the load single-handed, of course. I'll be assisted by various special guests and old friends from round these parts. So I thought we'd preview their cruise contributions by revisiting some of their past contributions. I'm thrilled that we'll be joined at sea by one of my favorite presidential candidates of recent years, Michele Bachmann. Here's Michele on the Steyn Show in January 2017 at the dawn of the Trump Administration. Her insights are well worth revisiting eighteen months ago. Click below to watch:
I look forward to hearing how Michele feels about this first Trump term as we appoint the halfway mark.
We'll also be joined at sea by Tal Bachman - no relation to Michele, because he's not one of the Minnesota Bachmanns but one of the Manitoba Bachmans, Canadian musical royalty, son of Randy of Bachman-Turner Overdrive and a splendid hit-maker in his own right. Among our other guests are John O'Sullivan, Mrs Thatcher's speechwriter and a doughty Brexiteer, and the bestselling authors and film-makers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, whose new movie on America's all-time champion mass murderer premieres a few days after our cruise. We'll address all the heavy geopolitical stuff but we'll also kick loose in the evening with dinner, convivial receptions, some late-night laughs and a little live music.
There'll also be plenty of time for relaxation and revelry and getting to know your fellow Club members and our special guests. And every day we'll enjoy world class service from Holland America, and the spectacular beauty of the Canadian Maritimes and the New England coast at the height of leaf season.
We've reserved the best cabins throughout the ship - and in all of the various categories so that you can make accommodation arrangements that suit you best. We're excited to welcome you aboard for the first ever Steyn at Sea cruise - but tempus fugit, so don't leave it too long! (As with most travel bookings, the price is better the earlier you book.)
So picture yourself on Holland America's lovely ms Rotterdam, along with your fellow Steyn Club cruisers and me and my guests, enjoying seven full days and nights of shipboard fun as we ponder the collapse of western civilization. There'll be:
*Live editions of The Mark Steyn Show, including your participation in our Clubland Q&As;
*Plenty of chances to meet, schmooze and hector me and my guests;
*Exclusive Club parties and dining with yours truly, our guest speakers, and your fellow Steyn Club cruisers;
*Exclusive cocktail receptions;
*Accommodations and all meals included;
*Port charges, taxes, fuel surcharges, and government fees all included;
*Most shipboard activities included;
*A fully escorted cruise by Steyn Club staff and the best cruise organizers in the business;
*And a few surprises along the way...
If you're one of those people who have always wanted to come on a cruise but have yet to take the, er, plunge, well, there's never been a better time to stop procrastinating. You don't have to be married, or even going steady: Nearly thirty per cent of our cruisers are single, so, if you fancy your chances with a Steyn Club member as the moon hangs over the Bay of Fundy and the sound of me singing "Cat Scratch Fever" wafts up from below deck, give it a go.
Any questions? Cindy, our cruise manager, can help with most of them, including flight and hotel bookings: If you're calling from beyond North America, she's on +1 (770) 952-1959; if you're calling from this side of the Atlantic, it's toll-free on 1-800-707-1634. Or you can email your query here.