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The 2019 Young America’s Foundation Cruise

Cruise Fares:
As low as $3,570 per person

From / To:
Panama to 
New Orleans

October 15-25, 2019

Crystal Symphony

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Dear friend and fellow traveler:

Young America’s Foundation has been around the world, offering our supporters in-depth study of the many pressing policy questions facing countries from Australia to Hungary to Argentina and beyond. These study trips have assembled some of the most prominent leaders and heads of state in our world, including Margaret Thatcher, Lech Walesa, Jose María Aznar, Daniel Hannan, and dozens more.

That’s why you will not want to miss another opportunity to travel with like-minded friends, mingle with accomplished leaders, and learn about how your exceptional Young America’s Foundation educates young minds.

Our 2019 voyage will enable you to experience the tropics with a twist on a unique itinerary combining the historical treasures of Cartagena, the southern charm of New Orleans, and a crossing of the Panama Canal. You can also experience the eco-wonders of Costa Rica, as an additional option. (This is an optional pre-YAF cruise segment.)

In addition to a fascinating transit of the Panama Canal and its complicated system of locks, we’ll also explore the strategic importance of the Canal, commerce, and America’s historic role in all of it.

Even though you’ll be miles away from the creature comforts to which you’re accustomed, you’ll feel most at home with our group of travelers on the newly redesigned and luxurious Crystal Symphony.

We hope you’ll join us on this enriching and educational voyage.

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Ron Robinson | President, Young America's Foundation
Ron Robinson | President, Young America's Foundation Signature

Ron Robinson | President, Young America's Foundation

Featured Experts


Edwin Meese III

Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus

Edwin Meese is a prominent leader, thinker, and elder statesman in the Conservative Movement and America. He served as Governor Reagan's executive assistant and chief of staff in California from 1969 through 1974. He then served as the 75th U.S. attorney general and later held the position of counsellor to the President-the senior position on the White House staff-where he functioned as Reagan's chief policy advisor. As attorney general and counsellor, Meese was a member of Reagan's Cabinet and the National Security Council. Today, he is the Ronald Reagan distinguished fellow emeritus at the Heritage Foundation. He also serves as the co-chairman of the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors.

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Bay Buchanan

Young America's Foundation


Bay Buchanan began her political career as the national treasurer of Ronald Reagan's Presidential campaign in 1980. This position catapulted her into a distinguished career beginning in 1981 when President Reagan appointed her to be the treasurer of the United States. At the age of 32, she was the youngest person to hold that position since it was established in 1775. In the 1990s, Buchanan co-anchored Equal Time, a talk show on CNBC and then MSNBC. She was also an analyst for Good Morning America and hosted a two-hour radio talk show program covering current events. In 2012, Buchanan served as senior advisor to the Mitt Romney Presidential campaign. In this role, Bay emerged as a top surrogate for Romney on both national television and radio. She regularly speaks for Young America's Foundation on college campuses and at student conferences about leadership and conservative principles and can often be seen on television doing the same.

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Michelle Easton

Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women

Founder & President

Michelle Easton is the president of the Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women, an organization she founded in 1993 as the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, which puts forward conservative women role models who promote traditional family values and prepares young women for conservative leadership. The Center for Conservative Women also produces an annual calendar and hosts campus lectures, conferences, seminars, and summits featuring and honoring rising conservative women leaders. Prior to founding CBL, Ms. Easton received Presidential appointments from both Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush with Senate confirmation for her position at the U.S. Department of Education, serving the full 12 years of their administrations. During the Reagan Administration, she also served as Private Voluntary Liaison of the Agency for International Development's Africa Bureau and as the first director of President Reagan's new Missing Children's Program at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 1994, Virginia Governor George Allen appointed Ms. Easton to the State Board of Education, whose members later elected her president of the Board. She led the Board to create nationally acclaimed academic standards, tests, and a rigorous new system of accountability for both students and schools. Prior to her government service, Ms. Easton worked five years for Young Americans for Freedom and two years for National Right to Work, putting herself through law school at night to graduate from American University's Washington School of Law in 1980. She received a BA in development psychology from Briarcliff College in New York where she briefly taught elementary school before moving to Washington, D.C., in 1973. Ms. Easton travels widely to promote conservative principles and speaks at conferences, meetings, and campus events. She has been interviewed on hundreds of talk radio programs and television programs, including C-SPAN. She lives in Reston, Virginia, with her husband, Ron Robinson, and they have three grown sons and three grandchildren.

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Ronald Robinson

Young America's Foundation

Former President

Ron Robinson served as Young America's Foundation's president for 43 years, before retiring in 2021.  

During his leadership, Time magazine wrote that Young America's "Foundation-run by a former Reagan Administration advisor, Ron Robinson, is now the nation's largest advocacy group devoted to student politics." Time referred to Robinson as one of the "seasoned generals of the right" who is leading the "diverse and well-funded" generation of conservatives who are "winning battles on campus."  

He received a bachelor of arts degree in political science at Canisius College and a juris doctor degree at The Catholic University of America. Mr. Robinson served as executive director of Young Americans for Freedom (1977-79), president of the United States Youth Council (1983-85), and president of the International Youth Year Commission (1983-84). He was an advisor to the US Department of Education during the Reagan administration.  

He is also co-author of Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement.  

Mr. Robinson has served as a trustee of the Philadelphia Society and is the vice-president of the Free Speech Defense and Education Fund. He is also a director of Citizens United and the Citizens United Foundation, the American Conservative Union, the Government Accountability Institute, and the National Center for Public Policy.

Mr. Robinson served as a trustee of the Philadelphia Society, is currently a trustee of The Phillips Foundation, a director of Citizens United and the Citizens United Foundation, a director of the American Conservative Union, and he is the vice-president of the Free Speech Defense and Education Fund.

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Experience Panama City, one of the top five places in the world to retire for eight years running; Cartagena, one of South America's most fascinating towns; Puerto Limón, located on the charming Caribbean side of Costa Rica; Cozumel, showcasing it's pristine palm-lined beaches and Mayan mysteries; and New Orleans, with it's distinctive and vibrant cuisine and music scene.

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The Experience

Travel with like-minded friends and personally get to know accomplished conservative leaders while learning about the Young America’s Foundation. This journey will offer you the best of everything, including:

Newly Redesigned Crystal Symphony

Newly Redesigned Crystal Symphony

Crystal Symphony recently completed her most dramatic redesign ever! New open seating and dining venues, elegant penthouses, high-tech conveniences and a dazzling show debut aboard the award-winning ship, which reconfirms Crystal's commitment to providing the most luxurious ocean experiences in the world.

Mingle with Conservative Leaders

Mingle with Conservative Leaders

Hear keen insights and learn new perspectives on free enterprise, individual freedom, national defense, Young America's Foundation's mission, and more from accomplished leaders of the conservative movement during exclusive cocktail receptions, hosted dinners, and interactive seminars.

Celebrity Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's Umi Uma

Celebrity Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's Umi Uma

Umi Uma & Sushi Bar serves the inspired cuisine of celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa, prepared by his personally trained chefs. The Sushi Bar offers an assortment of Nobu’s inventive sushi and sashimi, including Salmon Tartar and Yellowtail sashimi, while Umi Uma presents his celebrated Japanese-Peruvian dishes.

Explore the Canal & Our Historic Role

Explore the Canal & Our Historic Role

In addition to a fascinating transit of the Panama Canal and its complicated system of locks, we’ll also explore the strategic importance of the Canal, commerce, and The United States of America’s historic role in all of it.


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