World Affairs Cruise in the Baltic

Le Dumont-d'Urville

11 Days, July 15 - 25, 2021

From $6,990 from Stockholm, Sweden

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Our latest World Affairs cruise offers another extraordinary opportunity to talk with leading thinkers about U.S. relations with the wider world, this time as we sail between several ports on the Baltic Sea. Joining us on the Le Dumont-d'Urville will be James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Admiral; Bill Burns, former ambassador to Russia and president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and Robin Wright, The New Yorker foreign affairs analyst. With our days dedicated to exploring St. Petersburg, Stockholm, Helsinki and Tallinn, evenings will be spent listening to our esteemed guests in the ship's state-of-the-art theater and engaging in informal discussions over an elegant meal in the French restaurant.

There could be no more peaceful backdrop to these thoughtful talks. The cities that ring the Baltic present a delightful blend of cosmopolitan life with centuries of rich history. Two full days are spent in St. Petersburg, where virtually the entire city is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stockholm offers a chance to see the stunning Royal Palace. Helsinki is internationally recognized for its striking modern architecture, while Tallinn is one of the best-preserved medieval towns in all of Europe.

On Gotland, a walking tour of Visby is followed by a specially arranged, private choral performance at the St. Clement Church Ruin and a reception with canapes and sparkling wines.

Our floating lecture hall, Le Dumont-d'Urville, entered into service in 2019. This new ship features 92 staterooms and suites for just 184 guests. The onboard ambiance is discreetly luxurious, with five-star service, deluxe amenities, refined cuisine and a robust selection of fine wines. 

Traveling With You

Rob Straughan

 Rob Straughan serves as the Crawford Family Dean of W&L’s Williams School of Commerce. Rob joined the Business Administration faculty at W&L in 2000 and assumed his current position in 2015. He teaches classes on international business and marketing strategy, including two spring courses that take students to Copenhagen each year. His research and teaching interests include sustainable business strategy and cross cultural consumption. He has published or presented dozens of research studies, and his work has been recognized with various awards from the American Marketing Association, the Society for Marketing Advances, and Emerald Group Publishing.


Beau Dudley

Beau Dudley '74, '79L, Executive Director of Alumni Engagement and his wife, Julie, will serve as W&L hosts. Beau was the president of the Alumni Association 1992-1993, and a University Trustee 1998-2006. He came to W&L in 2006 from a distinguished legal career as a business litigation partner with McGuire Woods, LLP in the Washington, D.C. area offices. As Executive Director of Alumni Engagement, Beau operates within University Advancement as the senior administrator for alumni association matters. He is responsible for the Alumni Engagement office on campus, the Alumni Board of Directors, and he serves on the President’s Council, a group of senior administrators.






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