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On a history cruise, you learn a lot about the past—and recent dramas too

By Greg Neale   April 2011

Dubrovnik, Croatia: passengers on cruises are drawn both to ancient history and recent conflict

At the end of Roger and Me, Michael Moore’s documentary about the decline of his home town of Flint, Michigan, a woman who has been working in tourism says “I’m going to move to Israel and maybe I’ll become the ministress of tourism.” The film then cuts to the intifada, the Palestinian uprising, and a horde of young men in the streets throwing stones. The operators of cruises—particularly those who specialise in the Middle East—might feel the same dismay about the recent revolutions and unrest in…

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