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Love Boat for Conservatives: CPAC Hosts Caribbean Cruise for GOP Activists


Waving good bye shoreside: Florida's Sen.-elect Marco Rubio is too busy to enjoy a midwinter cruise with fellow GOP conservatives.(Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

For conservatives suffering from post-election malaise – or seasonal affective disorder – there is the first ever mid-winter cruise sponsored by the Conservative Political Action Conference, better known as CPAC.

Sponsored by the American Conservative Union Foundation and the American Spectator, the eight-day Caribbean voyage setting sail Saturday from Fort Lauderdale aims to give participants more face time with bold-faced names than the annual CPAC meeting in Washington. That event drew more than 10,000 people last year.


But the star of last year’s gathering, incoming Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, had to cancel his plans for the cruise because he’s busy, well, getting ready to be a senator.  CPAC Director Lisa De Pasquale said she can’t make it either.

“I’ll be staying behind and working on CPAC,’’ she said, referring to the group's upcoming Feb. 10-12 conference.

About 40 people have paid between $1,259 and $3,268 to attend. The itinerary includes stops in the Bahamas, Grand Turk, St. Thomas and Puerto Rico, where guests can tour the mansion of Gov. Luis Fortuno.


The ship, Holland America Line, promises:  “Luxurious living is found in every detail, from the soft caress of a personal bathrobe to fine chocolates on your pillow at night. Staterooms filled with all manner of sophisticated amenities beckon you to retreat for hours.”


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