4:44 PM, Oct 17, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The captain of the ms Noordam has announced that due to the choppy seas we won't be able to put in, as planned, at Santorini—but that rather than having another day at sea, we're boldly heading off to dock at Iraklion, Crete.
I'm not sure what this means with respect to THE WEEKLY STANDARD cruise/Republican party analogy. On the one hand, it's a demonstration of quick thinking and crisp decision-making by our captain. This is presumably a good omen for the GOP. On the other hand, what we'll see in Crete is the reconstructed Palace of Knossos, a reminder of a once-great civilization. This has less encouraging implications.
Maybe we'll learn at the Archaeological Museum whether it was the Cretan tea party or the Knossos palace establishment who were more responsible for the fall of Minoan civilization. Or maybe they were simply done in by the Thera volcano. I'm not sure how that fits into the analogy.
9:04 AM, Oct 15, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
On board the ms Noordam, at port in Venice
"Now, what news on the Rialto?" you ask those of us enjoying THE WEEKLY STANDARD Mediterranean cruise (echoing Solanio in Act 3, Scene 1, of the Merchant of Venice).
8:00 AM, Jul 28, 2012 • By THE SCRAPBOOK ON BOARD
If there's one thing we've learned after nearly a week on THE WEEKLY STANDARD cruise, it's this: Jimmy Carter was the best thing that could have happened to modern conservatism.
12:00 PM, Jul 27, 2012 • By THE SCRAPBOOK ON BOARD
As we push off from Bermuda to return to New York, and are therefore back in international waters, THE SCRAPBOOK can report on some (but not all!) of the activities that have transpired so far on this summer's WEEKLY STANDARD cruise.
Musings from THE WEEKLY STANDARD cruise.7:10 AM, Jul 26, 2012 • By THE SCRAPBOOK ON BOARD
THE WEEKLY STANDARD cruise aboard Holland America's ms Veendam arrived in lovely Bermuda Tuesday, after a stirring departure Sunday from New York. We sailed the Hudson, passing first Ground Zero, and then the Statue of Liberty—reminders, in very different ways, of the power of the American experiment. Our fearless editor spoke for many when he noted the setting was a spectacular beginning to the cruise—a week filled with intellectual musings, election prognostications, and, of course, good cheer.
10:29 AM, Dec 11, 2011 • By THE SCRAPBOOK DISEMBARKED
Who knew? Here we were aboard the cruise ship, engaging in a little late night gambling—winning a hundred bucks at craps, losing sixty at blackjack—and reassuring ourselves that what happens on the Nieuw Amsterdam stays on the Nieuw Amsterdam.
5:02 PM, Dec 7, 2011 • By THE SCRAPBOOK ON BOARD
Panel discussions, dinner conversations, and Crow's Nest expostulations have continued apace on THE WEEKLY STANDARD Caribbean cruise, as we depart Grand Cayman and make for Honduras.
12:00 AM, Dec 6, 2011 • By THE SCRAPBOOK ON BOARD
As the Holland America cruise ship the ms Nieuw Amsterdam set sail Monday afternoon from Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas, the 464 guests on the eighth WEEKLY STANDARD cruise convened in the ship’s showroom for the first panel sessions of the week.
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