Join your fellow Princetonians aboard the elegant Sea Cloud II, for a sailing exploration of the Baltic Sea nations, July 28-August 9, 2017.

Join us for a sailing exploration of six of the nations bordering the Baltic Sea, cruising at the height of summer when sunlight extends into the evening hours and temperatures are mild. Marvel at the maritime city of Copenhagen and the remote Danish island of Bornholm, as well as the newly independent Baltic states of Estonia and Latvia, where port cities boast marvelously untouched medieval quarters. Enjoy the grandeur of St. Petersburg and its surrounding country estates. Enjoy a port of call at Helsinki, capital of Finland before concluding the cruise in Stockholm, Sweden's beautiful cosmopolitan capital.

A journey aboard the Sea Cloud II, which carries only 94 passengers, is an intimate experience on one of the most elegant and luxurious vessels afloat. She combines the seafaring elegance of a bygone era with the highest modern standards of luxury. In the grand tradition of the world's finest sailing vessels, guests experience this marvelous ship under sail, as the skilled crew hand-sets over 30,000 square feet of canvas.

About the Study Leaders

Serguei Oushakine, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Slavic Languages and Literatures and Director of the Program in Russian and Eurasian Studies, and Kim Lane Scheppele, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values, will serve as Princeton Study Leaders for this Journey.

Oushakine has conducted fieldwork in the Siberian part of Russia, his native land, as well as in Belarus and Kyrgyzstan. His research is concerned with transitional processes and situations: from the formation of newly independent national cultures after the collapse of the Soviet Union to post-traumatic identities and hybrid cultural forms. Scheppele works at the intersection of law, political science, sociology and public policy, and has done research across the European Union, particularly in the post-socialist accession states of East-Central Europe. Her current work focuses on the crises besetting the European Union from the Euro-crisis to BREXIT to the migration crisis to the problem of backsliding democracies and the rise of far-right parties across Europe. Both scholars alighted the Golden Eagle nearly a decade ago on Princeton Journeys’ first experience across Siberia and, most recently, led a group of intrepid Princetonians along the great Silk Road through Central Asia’s five 'stans — Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

Trip Details

  • Dates: July 28-August 9, 2017
  • Cost: From $8,990 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate

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