Join Col. (Ret) Kevin Weddle *03 aboard the Sea Cloud II on an exploration of the role the Atlantic Ocean has played in the history and development of Europe and the world.

Explore the role the Atlantic Ocean has played in the history and development of Europe and the world, from the intrepid seafaring adventures of the early Celtic, Viking and Basque sailors, to the Age of the Explorers and the epic world wars of more recent centuries, including the heroism of the D-Day landings. Our voyage is book-ended by Bilbao and Honfleur, with port calls along the Atlantic coasts of Spain and France. Learn about the civilizations that were among the first to sail far out into the vast Atlantic Ocean, fueled by the once plentiful cod they harvested and dried to preserve for their long voyages, and about the epic naval battles that followed. Throughout the voyage, sample the great food and wine for which the region in celebrated.

A journey aboard the Sea Cloud II, which has only 47 cabins, is an intimate and exciting experience that 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.

Princeton participants will be joined on this program by travelers from Yale and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

About the Study Leader

Colonel Kevin Weddle *03 (Ret.), Professor of Military Theory and Strategy at the United States Army War College, will serve as Princeton Study Leader for this program.

A veteran of Operations Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom, Col. Weddle has led groups of students — including previous Princeton Journeyers — to the battlefields and beaches near Normandy and has also led groups to World War I battlefield sites, as well as the battlefields of Waterloo, Agincourt and Dunkirk. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton in history in 2003 and is the author of Lincoln's Tragic Admiral: The Life of Samuel Francis Du Pont. His commentary on military history and strategy will be supplemented by other experts' talks on early European archaeology, 17th century legal history and European political thought, and 20th century European history.

Trip Details

  • Dates: June 5-16, 2017
  • Cost: From $6,995 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate

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