We are honored to announce that by exclusive arrangement while in Gdansk, our group will have a private meeting with Lech Walesa, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and leader of the Solidarity movement in its fight against Communism. A worker in Gdansk's Lenin Shipyard, Walesa emerged as a worldwide symbol of the resistance against Communism during the shipyard worker's strike of 1980 and the establishment of the Solidarity labor movement. Despite winning the right to form an independent union, Walesa and Solidarity were forced to continue their struggle against the Soviet-backed regime of General Jaruzelski, which jailed Walesa and imposed martial law in Poland in December 1981. In 1983, Walesa received the Nobel Peace Prize, a watershed moment widely considered to have been the first crack in the Iron Curtain of Soviet Communism that crumbled with the Berlin Wall in 1989. Only the third foreign dignitary, after the Marquis de Lafayette and Winston Churchill, to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress in 1989, Walesa served as President of Poland from 1990 to 1995. We are indeed proud that this Polish hero and international symbol of the pursuit of freedom and democracy has agreed to meet with our group.
M.S. Le Diamant
The M.S. Le Diamant is a rare find-an oceangoing vessel providing the deluxe amenities and superior standards offered aboard a larger ship with the intimate charm and enhanced navigability of a yacht. Distinguished by its intimate, casual ambiance and personal, attentive service, this exceptional vessel is continually refurbished to ensure that the highest standards of comfort and elegance are maintained.
All 113 spacious, outside staterooms or suites (ranging in size from 183 sq. ft. to 398 sq. ft.) are tastefully appointed and feature two lower twin beds that convert to one queen-size bed upon request, a private bathroom with shower (some staterooms have bathtubs and showers), telephone, television, DVD, minibar, double full-length closets, two nightstands, desk, hair dryer, duvets and plush terry cloth roves. Room service is available.
Continental breakfast, buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea and dinner are served daily in a single, unassigned seating. The Restaurant Îles de France offers innovative Continental fare in a relaxed, inviting setting. Guests may reserve a table at L'Escapade restaurant for more intimate evening dining. Complimentary house wine, beer, soft drinks, mineral water, coffee and tea are served at lunch and dinner.
The ship has three lounges, where nightly entertainment includes a cabaret and live music. Other public areas include the hair salon, boutique, library, masseuse and fitness center. A certified physician is on board. Two elevators provide access to all passenger decks.
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