Discover the treasures and history of Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Block Island on this new cruise to New England. 

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 Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket  Picturesque piers on Nantucket  Nantucket Harbor   Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket Island  The Gay Head Cliffs and lighthouse, Martha's Vineyard   One of the many beautiful Victorian mansions on Martha's Vineyard  Local shops in Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard  Mohegan Bluffs, Block Island   Fort Adams, Newport  The Breakers, Newport  Close-up view of the gardens at the Breakers, Newport   Marina at Bristol, Rhode Island   Typical New England scene  The famous New England whale watching

Cruising New England’s Islands

A Cruise of Rhode Island and Massachusetts aboard the 100-guest American Star

9 days from $5,845

Discover the treasures and history of Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard, and Block Island on this new cruise to New England. 

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Jun 21 - 29, 2019 Departure
Ralph Nurnberger

Ralph Nurnberger

Dr. Ralph Nurnberger is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights and historical background to his presentations. In addition to speaking nationally, Dr. Nurnberger has appeared on radio and television programs as an analyst on political and international issues, and has spoken on a number of international cruises.  Dr. Nurnberger taught at Georgetown University for 38 years. He was named Professor of the Year by the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003 and received another award in 2005 for over 20 years of excellence in teaching.  He currently teaches at Florida Atlantic University.

Dr. Nurnberger has advised numerous Congressional, Senatorial and Presidential campaigns on foreign policy issues, especially those related to the Middle East. Dr. Nurnberger’s articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Washington Times, Christian Science Monitor, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and numerous scholarly journals and magazines. 

In addition to his academic career, he has served on Capitol Hill, in the Executive Branch and has also spent over thirty-five years in the field of government relations. His experience on Capitol Hill includes serving as Foreign Policy Assistant to former Kansas Senator James B. Pearson (R-KS) and then as a professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  In the Executive Branch, he served as Special Assistant to the Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA) and later as Director of Congressional Relations for the Bureau of Export Administration (BXA) within the Department of Commerce.

He served for over eight years as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which is widely regarded as one of the finest foreign policy-oriented government relations organizations in Washington DC.  In this capacity, he had direct contact with dozens of Senators and Members of Congress on issues related to the Middle East.

Dr. Nurnberger was the first director of “Builders for Peace”, an organization established in 1993, with the encouragement of then-Vice President Al Gore, to support the Middle East Peace process through economic and social development.  In this capacity, he dealt with international leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, as well as American and international business and political leaders. 

He also spent two years as a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where he directed the Congressional relations program, ran a number of conferences, and co-authored and edited books dealing with Congressional leadership and the role of Congress in foreign policy.  

Dr. Nurnberger is a Senior Partner in a Washington, D.C. government relations firm, Nurnberger & Associates, which was founded in 1994. He is affiliated with the firm Gray Global Advisors, which was founded by former House Majority Whip Bill Gray (D-PA).

Aug 16 - 24, 2019 Departure
Eric Roorda

Eric Roorda

Prof. Eric Paul Roorda is a Professor of History at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky.  During the summer, he directs the Munson Institute graduate program in Maritime Studies at Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut.  The Caribbean Sea is Dr. Roorda’s area of specialization, in particular its diplomatic and naval history.  He is the author of books on Cuba (Cuba, America and the Sea) and the Dominican Republic (The Dictator Next Door and the forthcoming The Dominican Republic Reader: History, Culture, Politics), and has contributed articles to The Oxford Encyclopedia of Maritime History, The Encyclopedia of the Caribbean, The Encyclopedia of the Cold War, Latin America during World War II and America and the Sea.  He studied at The College of William and Mary as an undergraduate and The Johns Hopkins University for his graduate studies. 

Eric comes from a seafaring family in Holland: his grandfather was a First Engineer in the Dutch Merchant Marine whose ships were sunk twice during World War I, and his great-grandfather worked on Zuiderzee ferries.