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Your Deluxe VIP Cruise Package Includes

  • 13 fabulous days aboard the six-star luxury liner, the Crystal Symphony
  • YAF welcome and farewell receptions and speaker-hosted dinners
  • Seminars-at-sea and informal get-togethers with leading conservative thought leaders
  • Free fine wines, premium spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Free one-time dining in each specialty restaurant: Prego and Silk Road
  • All six-course gourmet meals and amenities aboard
  • 24-hour room service
  • Recent-release films in the spacious surround-sound Hollywood Theatre
  • Gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment
  • In-stateroom satellite TV and movie/DVD rentals
  • Twice daily housekeeping with nightly turn down service
  • Pre-paid gratuities for housekeeping, bar, and dining staff

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Tony Abbott
On the evening before embarkation in Sydney, Young America's Foundation is honored to host a private dinner for cruise travelers with Australia's 28th Prime Minister, Tony Abbott. In his time as Prime Minister, the carbon tax and the mining tax were repealed; free trade agreements were finalized with China, Japan, and Korea; and the people smuggling trade from Indonesia to Australia were halted by securing Australia's borders. Australia became the second largest military contributor to the US-led campaign against ISIL in Iraq.
Between 1996 and 2007, he was successively parliamentary secretary, minister, cabinet minister, and Leader of the House of Representatives in the Howard government. His distinguished career also includes service as cabinet minister for health, employment services, workplace relations, and many other positions.
Tony Abbott has been Member for Warringah in the Australian Parliament since 1994.
Prior to entering parliament, he was a journalist with The Australian, a senior adviser to Opposition Leader John Hewson, and director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy.
He has degrees in economics and law from Sydney University and an MA in politics and philosophy from Oxford which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.
He is the author of three books: The Minimal Monarchy: And Why It Still Makes Sense for Australia, How to Win the Constitutional War: And Give Both Sides What They Want, and Battlelines.
We look forward to hearing more about the Australia-U.S. alliance, current challenges to security, and his success as leader of his country.

Cleta Mitchell
Cleta Mitchell is a law partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Foley & Lardner LLP. With more than 40 years of experience in law and public policy, Ms. Mitchell advises nonprofit and issue organizations and individuals on state and federal campaign finance law, election law, and compliance issues related to lobbying, ethics, and financial disclosure. She served as co-counsel for the National Rifle Association in the Supreme Court case involving the 2002 federal campaign finance law. In 2013, she was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal for a piece called, How to Investigate the IRS. The article discusses Ms. Mitchell's involvement, beginning in 2012, to persuade members of Congress that reports of IRS harassment of conservative groups were credible. Ms. Mitchell serves on the board of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and is past chairman of the American Conservative Union Foundation. Ms. Mitchell was a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1976 to 1984. In 2012, National Journal named her one of Washington's 25 Most Influential Women.

George Allen
George Allen is the Reagan Ranch presidential scholar and serves on the Board of Governors. He previously served as Virginia's 67th governor, congressman, and US senator. Gov. Allen also launched the American Energy Freedom Center to educate Americans on positive solutions and ideas for more American jobs, competitiveness, and prosperity through the development and use of America's plentiful energy resources and innovation. As governor, senator, and a private citizen, Gov. Allen has led trade missions and continues to participate in international relations with Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

Daniel Hannan
Daniel Hannan is a writer and journalist. After 17 years as a Member of the European Parliament, campaigning for British withdrawal from the EU, he succeeded in abolishing his job in the Brexit referendum on 23 June 2016. He is the author of nine books, including New York Times bestseller 'Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World', and Sunday Times bestseller 'Vote Leave'. His latest book is 'What Next: How to get the best from Brexit'. Read him at Hannan.co.uk

Ronald Robinson
Ron Robinson has served as Young America's Foundation's president for more than three decades. 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 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. He also serves on the boards of the Strong Charitable Trust and the D.J. Findley Family Foundation.

Michelle Easton
In January 1993, Michelle Easton finished 12 years of service in the Administrations of Presidents Reagan and Bush. She received presidential appointments from both Presidents Reagan and Bush with Senate confirmation for her position at the U.S. Department of Education, where she served for seven of the 12 years. In 1994, Virginia Governor George Allen appointed Ms. Easton to the Virginia 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, she 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 her BA from Briarcliff College in New York where she briefly taught elementary school before moving to Washington DC in 1973. The Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, founded by Michelle Easton 20 years ago, is putting forward conservative role models who promote traditional family values and reach out to women all over the nation to prepare them for effective conservative leadership.

Andrew Coffin
Andrew Coffin is vice president and director of the Reagan Ranch Center. Beginning his service with the Foundation more than ten years ago, he is the longest serving team member in the Santa Barbara office. He has been active in every facet of the Reagan Ranch project: student outreach programs (including the launching of the annual College Conference at the Reagan Ranch), communications, development, and the completion of the Reagan Ranch Center. Formerly, he was a staff assistant in the communications office of the Judiciary Committee of the US House of Representatives; this office was assigned to handle receipt of the report of the Independent Counsel's investigation of President Clinton. He also served for five years as a correspondent for WORLD Magazine, writing on film and culture for the national news weekly.

Susan Allen
Susan Allen served as first lady of Virginia when her husband, George Allen, was elected governor. In that role, she worked on many initiatives, including tourism, breast cancer awareness, and children's issues. Mrs. Allen is a respected public figure, motivational speaker, a proponent of conservative ideals, and remains active with many charitable causes. In 2013, Mrs. Allen, along with illustrator Leslie Harrington, wrote The Remarkable Ronald Reagan: Cowboy and Commander in Chief for elementary school children.

Nicole Hoplin
Nicole Hoplin completed her undergraduate education at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. During her time there, she helped organize lectures with Newt Gingrich, Ralph Reed, and Ben Stein. She has dedicated her life to advancing conservative ideas ever since Lt. Col. Oliver North inspired her during her freshman year of college! It is a bond she shares with many who come to know conservatism through a Young America's Foundation speaker and then go on to work in the Conservative Movement to give others that same life-changing experience. Upon graduating with political science and psychology degrees, she completed a fellowship with the US Department of Veterans Affairs in the Office of Intergovernmental and International Affairs. She graduated with her Master in Public Policy degree with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota in 2007. She co-authored Funding Fathers: The Unsung Heroes of the Conservative Movement (Regnery Publishing, 2008) with Young America's Foundation president, Ron Robinson. She has also served on the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors since June 2005.

Eric Hoplin
Eric Hoplin is executive director at the Financial Services Roundtable. He has more than a decade of experience leading teams to advance public policy and helping organizations succeed by leveraging his expertise in management consulting, strategic communication, change management, and public policy. Previously, he was a lead associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, a Fortune 500 management consulting firm. Prior to that, he served in a variety of public policy and political leadership roles, including as deputy chairman of the Minnesota GOP. He volunteers his time as a member of the Reagan Ranch Board of Governors and as a board member of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, where he provides strategic advice and guidance to both organizations.