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Experience Napoleon’s Exile on Epic Themed Cruise

Looks like Napoleon Bonaparte now has his very own cruise.

Hot spots from the life of the cocky Corsican who almost conquered Europe (the Duke of Wellington sends his regards) are on the manifest on the new Napoleon Bonaparte: History and Heritage trip with French cruise company Ponant. The 20-night voyage aboard the ship Le Lyrial starts in the former French colony of Dakar, Senegal, and sails on to St. Helena, the British Overseas Territory in the middle of the Atlantic.

Of course, St. Helena was never on Napoleon’s bucket list. He was banished there in 1815 after being captured in Belgium.

The cruise, which departs in October, follows the route taken by HMS Northumberland, the Royal Navy warship that escorted Napoleon, and the ride-or-dies who volunteered to join him in exile, to his new home. Two days at sea after leaving Dakar, you’ll get to kiss the ground at Georgetown on Ascension Island, the “island where nothing makes sense,” according to the BBC. It’s where a garrison was established in 1815 to prevent Napoleon’s escape from St. Helena. Read more…

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