Follow in the wake of the ancient Spanish and Portuguese mariners on this extraordinary cruise aboard the beautiful Sea Cloud II, soaking up the rich history of the Iberian Peninsula.

Begin in Granada for an introduction to the region's Moorish heritage at the incomparable Alhambra palace and fortress complex. Then embark the Sea Cloud II in Malaga, transit the Strait of Gibraltar, and visit Seville, Lisbon, Porto and Isla Cies National Park. Experience the grandeur of the great pilgrimage cathedral at Santiago de Compostela and the cutting-edge design of Frank Gehry's iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Learn about the strategic importance of these remarkable Portuguese and Spanish cities, enjoy the rhythms of fado and flamenco, and sample outstanding wines and distinctive regional cuisines.

A voyage aboard the Sea Cloud II, which carries only 94 passengers, is an intimate experience on one of the most elegant and luxurious vessels afloat. Like Marjorie Merriweather Post's legendary Sea Cloud, 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 more than 30,000 square feet of canvas.

About the Study Leader

Germán Labrador Méndez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures at Princeton University. His interests span various fields and encompass literary and cultural history, memory studies, poetry, social movements, and urban cultures. His primary area of research is Modern and Contemporary Spain. Before arriving at Princeton, he taught at the Universidad de Salamanca and later at the Universität Hamburg.

Trip Details

  • Dates: May 17-29, 2018
  • Cost: From $7,990 per person, double occupancy
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Operator: Criterion Travel

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