5:05 PM, Mar 27, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Aboard the Wind Surf, at port in Charlestown, Nevis
After a lively morning panel session on the 2016 presidential race, most of our cruisers headed ashore today in Charlestown, Nevis. The great majority went swimming and snorkeling, or toured the island on interesting excursions, or enjoyed Nevis's nice resorts. Let's call those people the normal ones.
But a few of us decided to walk around Charlestown. (Actually I decided to, and my colleagues John McCormack, Mike Warren, and Kelly Jane Torrance went along to humor me.) After all, Nevis was the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton and a home and wedding venue for Horatio Nelson. Two great men! Two proto-neocons! How could we not pay homage to them?
It turns out not to be so easy to pay that homage. Nevis's historic sites aren't quite what one might have hoped. There's nothing left of Hamilton's boyhood house. As for the Nelson Museum, we initially found it padlocked. But the attendant happened to return from her lunch break as we were about to leave, and so we did get to tour the (rather modest) exhibit. We enjoyed one unexpected highlight: the museum also featured five bookshelves of random used books on sale for a dollar each. We did pay our respects at an old Jewish burial ground a few blocks away with headstones inscribed in Hebrew, Portuguese and English, and also at the World War I monument in a central square, with the inscription, "For God and Empire. To the memory of the men of Nevis who served in the Great War, 1914-1918." And we had an excellent lunch of jerk chicken, rice, and beans at a small local establishment, "Blessings Cuisine," near the dock.
That was about it. But as we straggled back to the ship--dusty, sunburned, and perhaps a little worse for wear--I stoutly maintained, "That was really pretty interesting." "Right, boss," my colleagues dutifully agreed--though I thought I noticed a couple of them gazing wistfully at a bunch of our fellow cruisers cheerfully returning from a wonderful snorkeling experience on an air-conditioned bus. But I say: Bah to such pleasure-seeking! THE WEEKLY STANDARD expects that every staffer will do his duty.
5:50 PM, Mar 24, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Under sail aboard the Wind Surf, somewhere in the Caribbean
For those of you who don't yet subscribe to the new TWS newsletter (here's how to get it—and it's free!), you don't yet know that the TWS Caribbean cruise on board the lovely Wind Surf is going well, with interesting panels, good food and drink, lively entertainment, and a bit of gambling.
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.
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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