Sea days were lecture days on the Hillsdale Cruise, and the first two helped get us into the standard daily routine of morning lectures, lunch, afternoon lecture, and free time. Monday the 16th of July introduced us to the lecture hall, known aboard ship as the Galaxy Lounge. Here we all are that first morning of lectures.
The first talk of the morning was by Victor Davis Hanson, Distinguished Fellow, Hillsdale College (and distinguished classical historian). His subject was “The Current State of the US Military”, and as usual he held us all spellbound. Today’s military has been subjected to differing rules, regulations, and budgets depending upon who is president, and the discussion was spirited.
Next, we were treated to a talk by the President of Hillsdale College, Dr. Larry Arnn. Everyone on the cruise was very familiar with Dr. Arnn, and we enjoyed his speech. Dr. Arnn has always been one of my role models as a Good Person.
His was the last lecture of the day, so after listening to Dr. Arnn, we adjourned for lunch, and a free afternoon exploring the many wonders of the Crystal Symphony. Not far from the Galaxy Lounge is the ship’s Casino. On sea days, you could hear the merry jingling of machines and the hum of conversation from the casino whenever you passed near.
Sometimes we would have lunch in the Silk Restaurant, an Asian-flavored venue. I loved the decor there, including a wall of art most unusual, and pretty furniture. They also had some vertical gardens that lent a natural touch to the space.
After lunch, it was time for a tour around the Promenade Deck. At the bow of this ship is a “fitness garden” of outdoor equipment for people to take a turn on as they stroll the deck, as well as lifeboats and other safety paraphernalia. The sea and sky were beautiful this day, too.
Tuesday’s morning lectures were by George Neumayr, Contributing Editor of the American Spectator, and Nick Lloyd, Professor of Military History at King’s College, London.
This is Mr. Neumayr. We met him at dinner on Sunday and we enjoyed his talk.
Mr. Lloyd gave three lectures on his specialty, World War I, which were very informative.
Tuesday’s afternoon lecturer was Roger Kimball, Editor and Publisher of The New Criterion. His new book is very colorfully-titled, and available for purchase later, signed by the author. Many of the tour’s lecturers had books for us to buy, which we did!
Tuesday afternoon I did my tour around the Promenade Deck and took pictures, as usual. It looked like the weather was going to get stormier, so I took every opportunity to get outside. My readers will know that I have a fascination for the water and the sky from the ship, and I took many photos of the ever-changing sea.
This is the end of Day 3, Sunset on Tuesday.