Rekindling the Intellectual, Spiritual, Creative legacy of Christians in Culture

CW SeaCloud II I am inviting you to join me this August on a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable journey -- a C.S. Lewis Study Tour and Cruise aboard the sailing yacht, SEA CLOUD II. Our itinerary will begin with an optional pre-cruise visit to Lewis’ birthplace in Belfast. Then we’ll head to Dublin where we board the SEA CLOUD II for six nights sailing the Celtic Sea and English Channel. Our ports of call include Waterford and Cork in Ireland, Penzance in Southwest England’s West Country, Guernsey in the Channel Islands, and the World War II beaches of Normandy in France.

The core itinerary concludes with disembarkation in Portsmouth followed by flights home from London; however, most of our group will continue on for a three-night, post-cruise visit to the historic town of Oxford, where Lewis spent most of his adult life. Included will be a tour of C.S. Lewis’ home, The Kilns.

Dr. Jerry Root, a Wheaton professor and one of our country’s foremost Lewis scholars, will be hosting talks throughout our cruise, offering insights into the rich and inspiring works of C.S. Lewis. We’ve also arranged for Lewis’ stepson, Douglas Gresham, to take time out of his busy schedule (he’s working on movie #2 of the Narnia Chronicles”Prince Caspian) to share with us from his wealth of childhood Lewis memories. Myself and Walter Hooper, Lewis’ companion-secretary and now literary advisor to his estate, will be speaking, too.

Our means of travel for this voyage is the magnificent sailing yacht, SEA CLOUD II. Built in 2001, this three-masted sister ship to the legendary SEA CLOUD offers 86 privileged guests the romance of a bygone era where elegant tall ships ruled the seas” here, crew members still climb the rigging and set sails by hand! Couple this with the ship’s five-star restaurant cuisine and hotel accommodations and you’ll agree that there simply is no finer way to cruise in this part of the world.

David Spence, a trusted friend and owner of First Century Voyages, is handling the details of our trip. He and his officemates did a wonderful job hosting our first adventure on the SEA CLOUD II back in August of 2004. This year’s trip is sure to be even better. As I said, there are only spots for 86 guests onboard. So enjoy looking through the online brochure for the a C.S. Lewis Study Tour and Cruise aboard the sailing yacht, SEA CLOUD II. then call the folks at First Century Voyages (919-933-7674) to reserve your accommodations. BE SURE TO TELL THEM YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS TRIP THROUGH DICK STAUB! The sooner you call, the wider the selection of cabins you’ll have to choose from. Hope to see you onboard! Smooth Sailing, Dick Staub