News from Abroad: Our travelers tell all

Why explore the world with Arrangements Abroad? Just ask our travelers! This month, some of our recent guests share their praise for our exceptional service, remarkable lecturers, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Old classic car on street of Havana with ocean and lighthouse in

Cuba from Ports of Call

“Inés Powell was a lovely, classy and informative lady who did an outstanding job,” says traveler David Sweetwood about the beloved lecturer from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Powell is about to lead another Arrangements Abroad visit to Cuba: a first-ever cruise along the island’s less-developed southern shore. Admire rugged landscapes, pristine beaches, and well-preserved colonial towns, and step ashore for studio tours, private performances, and other exclusive events. Variety Voyager is among the first ships with U.S. travelers to visit these ports since the Revolution.

Cuba by Sea: Cienfuegos to Santiago
Aboard Variety Voyager
February 11 – 18, 2017

With Inés Powell, Educator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other distinguished lecturers

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seacloud_ii_ship_16-1Sailing on a Cloud

We often refer to Sea Cloud II as “everyone’s favorite sailing ship,” and this letter from a traveler illustrates why: “I just celebrated my 10th wedding anniversary aboard Sea Cloud II,” she writes. “The ship is beautiful, our cabin was luxurious, the food was delicious, the crew superb, and the excursions both varied and fascinating.”This elegant ship embarks on a new voyage in early 2017 to the Southern Caribbean. Unspoiled islands, UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the beautiful city of Cartagena, and national parks teeming with biodiversity await you on this wintertime sojourn from Curaçao to Colón.

With the Trade Winds
Curaçao to Colón Aboard Sea Cloud II
February 13 – 21, 2017

With William Crow, Managing Museum Educator, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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macaw-corcovado-yiannis77A Perfect Panamanian Pair

Writes Diane Wilkie about the Panama Canal cruise she took in 2015: “Thank you! We had a wonderful time–the food, accommodation, and company were outstanding.” In 2017, sail aboard Sea Cloud II through spectacular archipelagos, swim at exquisite hidden beaches, and experience a rare guaranteed daytime transit of the Panama Canal. After 100 years, it is still an impressive feat of engineering. You might even consider doing what another couple just did and sign up for both this program and the new Southern Caribbean voyage described above, for two exciting and distinct back-to-back cruises!

Sailing the Panama Canal
Colón to Puntarenas Aboard Sea Cloud II
February 20 – March 3, 2017

With Ronda Kasl, Curator of Latin American Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other distinguished lecturers

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Tulips & Masterpieces

“There will be other trips for sure, but this one was the Star Trip!” says one guest about our best-selling “Dutch & Flemish Landscapes” river cruise. “I have been talking about this trip to everyone, and it is a fact that it was exceptional.” Join us in 2017 for this springtime voyage through the Netherlands and Belgium, to see magnificent public and private collections, miles of tulips in bloom during their peak season, and charming towns perfect for exploring on your own should you choose.

Dutch & Flemish Landscapes
Aboard AmaPrima
April 19 – 27, 2017
With Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and other distinguished lecturers

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The Rhine, River of Culture

A traveler on a recent river cruise on the Rhône reserved her highest praise for Met lecturer Olivier Bernier: “We were unusually privileged and our experiences all the more enhanced by Olivier’s erudite and informative commentaries and delightful presence.” Is it any wonder this witty author and art historian has developed such a loyal following over the years? Next summer, Mr. Bernier will share his love and knowledge of the country where he was raised and other favorite places during a Rhine River cruise from Amsterdam to Basel. Highlights include a visit to Art Basel, one of the world’s largest contemporary art shows.

The Majestic Rhine
Twenty Centuries of Civilization
Amsterdam to Basel Aboard AmaKristina
June 9 – 17, 2017

With Olivier Bernier, art historian and Met lecturer

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ship_140138027867Incas, Alpacas & Iguanas

“The trip was a wonderful success and I know that all our participants thoroughly enjoyed it,” writes Met educator William Crow about a journey he led for the Museum to Ecuador and the Galápagos. “The trip truly unfolded seamlessly and I continuously heard from the participants that they were amazed at your abilities to orchestrate so many activities and travelers.” Join Travel with The Met next summer for a family-friendly discovery of the cultural and natural wonders of this unique destination, led by an expert in pre-Columbian art and top naturalist guides.

Art, Empire & Nature
Exploring Ecuador & the Galápagos
July 7 – 15, 2017

With James Doyle, Assistant Curator for the Art of the Americas, The Metropolitan Museum
of Art

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Get a sneak peek at upcoming trips in our October 2016 Cultural Calendar, a quarterly preview of our educational programs created in collaboration with leading nonprofit organizations.





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