Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's spokesman Rick Tyler confirmed to CNN Wednesday that the presidential hopeful's campaign trail absence was because of a "planned vacation" with his wife, Callista.
With no warning, Gingrich fell off the Republican presidential candidate radar after his last public appearance on May 27th in Columbia, South Carolina. The timing fueled speculation about his candidacy because it was so soon after he made comments on House Budget chairman Paul Ryan's Medicare voucher plan that incited the conservative base.
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Then a post on a shipliner review website called "Cruise Critic" listed the Gingrich couple as passengers (along with 1960s mod model Twiggy) on a cruise ship called the Seabourn Odyssey. That post piqued reporters' interest.
Although Tyler would not elaborate to CNN on Gingrich's whereabouts, in a similar query from Politico's Ben Smith, Tyler answered, "αριθ. Σχ?λιο," which Smith interpreted as "No comment" in Greek.
Previous itineraries are no longer available online, but also per Smith, "the ship departed from Piraeus, Greece on May 30th and docked in Istanbul, Turkey today, with stops along the way in Mylos, Patmos, Rhodes, and Mykonos."
The Seabourn Odyssey describes the ship and its accommodations with words like "luxury," "stunning," "expansive," "lavish" and "curated." Future cruises on the ship start at $2,699.
Along with the revelation that Gingrich maintained a hefty credit line at the jeweler Tiffany's, such travel accommodations give traction to the storyline that Gingrich lives as an "elitist," a label he has often used to describe liberals, politicians, judges and the media.
Gingrich returns to the trail today at an open media event in Hudson, New Hampshire.
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