From Al Kamen at The Washington Post:
Republicans are said to be experiencing their winter of discontent, aimlessly adrift and trying to get their bearings after a couple of tough campaign cycles. So why not join like-minded folks and be literally adrift, on a luxury cruise ship meandering for 10 days in the Mediterranean and the Adriatic?
You’ll be able to commiserate with and enjoy the grand company of luminaries from the conservative National Review — Rich Lowry, Jonah Goldberg, Kathryn Lopez, Kate O’Beirne and others.
The luxurious Holland America Noordam sets out from Rome to Dubrovnik to the Greek Isles, then to Sicily and back to Rome. The 2009 Mediterranean Cruise has a “sunny itinerary” perfect to brighten an otherwise gloomy time, the magazine’s ad says.
Some of the guest speakers include Karl (“Permanent Majority”) Rove, author Michael Novak, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton and ace political analyst Dick Morris, who appears fully recovered from that toe-sucking incident. Also on board will be columnists Tony Blankley, Cal Thomas and George Gilder.
(There will be no enjoyment on the cruise, because Bolton has decreed that you can’t have fun until you can spell it without UN.)
The cruise is conservatively priced as these things go, with 185-square-foot cabins for $5,000 a couple ($6,000 if you want a window, which you do). But the fiscally prudent will have to chance a waiting list for those rooms. The pricey suites, up to $14,000 per couple for one with a veranda, are still available. In times past, the plush accommodations went first. Must be the economy.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” the ad says, “why not experience it yourself?” You won’t forget it.
This brought to mind a poem I read in Mad Magazine about a thousand years ago that, for some reason, I memorized and never forgot. I may be off by a word or two, but it went like this:
Whenever o’er the waves I sail,
Going down, and going up,
You’ll always find me by the rail,
Getting sick and throwing up.