Small-ship luxury line Ponant will offer an eight-night “World Affairs Cruise” in the Baltic region on the newly launched, 184-passenger Le Jacques Cartier. 

Departing July 17, 2021, the eight-night cruise is part of Ponant’s “Quintessential Collection,” a series of cruises that strongly focus on a subject and destination. The onboard experience will offer lectures and discussions by experts and policy makers focused on the current state of U.S. relations with the rest of the world.

Participants will include:

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  • Robin Wright, a foreign affairs analyst, author and journalist noted for her coverage of wars, revolutions and uprisings. She has served as contributing editor to The New Yorker since 1988 and was previously a diplomatic correspondent for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and CBS News. During her 40-year career, she has reported from more than 140 countries. 
  • Ambassador Douglas Lute, the U.S. Ambassador to NATO from 2013 to 2017. In 2007, President George W. Bush named him assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for Iraq and Afghanistan. The New York Times referred to him as the “War Czar,” due to his senior advisory position overseeing the wars. Lute served six years in the White House having also worked under the Obama Administration. 
  • Jane Holl Lute, special advisor to the secretary-general of the United Nations, where she has held several positions in peacekeeping. Lute also acted as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013. She was responsible for the U.S. department’s efforts to prevent terrorism, enhance security and manage the nation’s borders.

With calls in six countries, the “World Affairs Voyage” will visit the great cities that edge the Baltic Sea, including Helsinki, Finland; St. Petersburg, Russia (two full days); and Tallinn, Estonia. The cruise will begin in Stockholm, Sweden and conclude in Copenhagen, Denmark. 

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