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Lech Walesa

Lech Walesa

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.

Baltic Sea and Norwegian Fjords


Baltic Sea and Norwegian Fjords
June 22 - July 4,  2009

In the tradition of ancient Viking mariners, sail across the Baltic Sea under sunlit northern skies on this special voyage featuring an opportunity to meet with Lech Walesa, Nobel Prize Laureate and leader of the Polish Solidarity movement’s struggle against Soviet domination. While cruising from the beautiful Swedish capital of Stockholm to the medieval port of Bergen, Norway marvel at the stunning beauty of Norway’s spectacular Sognefjord and Aurlandsfjord, discover the stunning architecture of Scandanavia’s most historic ports and immerse yourself in the cultural renaissance of the recently liberated Baltic States. From the medieval treasures of Riga, Tallinn and Gdansk, to the unrivaled artistic heritage of St. Petersburg, Russia, delve into the region’s fascinating historical legacy as these nations reclaim their national destinies.






Experience a uniquely comprehensive itinerary that combines the majesty of the Norwegian Fjords with the historical treasures of seven Baltic Sea nations and features two days in Russia's cultural capital of St. Petersburg.

This 13-day cruise features a unique combination of the scenic grandeur of the Norwegian fjords, Peter the Great's wondrous civic masterpiece of St. Petersburg, the great ports of Scandinavia and the rejuvenated Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. 


Cost  Special Tulane pricing is from approximately $6295 per person, plus airfare and based on double occupancy.

Booking  For booking information please contact Thomas P. Gohagan at 800-922-3088, or  Tulane Alumni Travel at 877-488-5263.

Specific trip details (itinerary, meals, sightseeing & accommodations) will be published in the brochure.

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Alumni Relations, Tulane University, 6319 Willow Street, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5901