Following last year's sell-out maiden voyage, we decided to make the Mark Steyn Club Cruise an annual event. Following this year's near instant sell-out cruise to Alaska, we decided to spread our wings and announce next year's third cruise a little early. And so the first ever Steyn Mediterranean cruise will leave Rome on October 5th 2020 and sail aboard Holland America's brand new ms Nieuw Statendam to Cartagena, Gibraltar, Seville, Barcelona, Marseille, Monte Carlo, Florence and Pisa, before before returning to Rome on October 15th.
Our Club has members all over the map - the Czech Republic, Thailand, Vanuatu - so there isn't really any ideal cruise itinerary other than a round-the-world voyage (which we'll consider a year or three hence), and, so after cruises all but round the corner for our American and Canadian members, we hope this first toe in the waters will be more convenient for our many UK and European members, and even the somewhat smaller number in the Middle East.
I'll be doing double-duty, hosting the cruise, and also hosting live editions of The Mark Steyn Show at sea - with among others my old boss Conrad Black. President Trump recently pardoned Lord Black, which was long overdue but means I can't reproduce the same bio we used when he was kind enough to testify in one of my recent trials:
The Lord Black of Crossharbour is an eminent Canadian historian, a member of the House of Lords, a papal knight, the former Honorary Colonel of the Governor General's Foot Guards, and in America a convicted felon.
Conrad bears all elements of his biography with distinction, and we are glad to have him with us. Also aboard will be my old friend Douglas Murray, author of The Strange Death of Europe, which with a bit of luck won't actually occur during the ten days we're tootling around it. And two veteran Steyn cruisers are making return voyages: Mrs Thatcher's former speechwriter John O'Sullivan and my favorite presidential candidate of recent cycles Michele Bachmann. We'll address all the heavy geopolitical stuff but we'll also kick loose in the evening with dinner, convivial receptions and some late-night laughs and music. And we'll do a lot of the stuff we do at SteynOnline but live and on water, including Mediterranean-themed editions of Tales for Our Time, Steyn's Sunday Poem and my Song of the Week.
There'll also be plenty of opportunity 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, exquisite dining, all the benefits of a flagship cruise ship, and the spectacular beauty of the Mediterranean and the few bits of the Continent its woeful political class hasn't managed to wreck.
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 third annual Steyn at Sea cruise - but 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 Nieuw Statendam, along with your fellow Steyn Club cruisers and my special guests, enjoying ten 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 and Crow's Nest concert parties;
*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 Rock of Gibraltar and the sound of me singing "Y Viva EspaĆ±a" wafts up from below deck, give it a go. You'll have the time of your life - from October 5th to 15th, aboard the ms Nieuw Statendam, or, as we'll rechristen it for the week, HMCS Steyn*.
(*Here's Mark's Club Ship)
For those jetting in to Rome from far afield, Cindy, our cruise manager, can help with flight and hotel bookings: If you'd rather speak in person and you're dialing from almost anywhere but Oz (ie, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America), it's 001 (770) 952-1959; if you're calling from North America, it's 1-800-707-1634. Or you can email your query here. As last year's cruisers know, Cindy is super-helpful.