3-Month Voyage Around the World

3-Month, 16-City Enrichment Voyage Around the World from Semester at Sea

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3-Month, 4-Continent Voyage with Included Meals and Educational Courses

Included in all options:

  • All available shipboard courses
  • All meals

Semester at Sea came from an idea to create a floating campus that reflected the ideals of the United Nations and the realities of globalization. As Chinese shipping magnate C.Y. Tung put it, “Ships can transport more than cargo—they can carry ideas.” Semester at Sea has featured such iconic guest speakers as Mikhail Gorbachev and Nelson Mandela. It’s Semester at Sea that provides educational programming that digs deep into each port of call’s culture and history.

This 112-day, four-continent cruise incorporates both lectures and hands-on exploration opportunities at each port of call. The MV Explorer sets out from San Diego and cruises the South Pacific before passing around Africa’s southern tip, then back north to London.

Below, we’ve listed some suggestions for each port of call. Click here to see a full itinerary.

Hilo, Hawaii

Wailuku River State Park is home to the beautiful Rainbow Falls, where water falls from a height of 80 feet, creating rainbow-tinged clouds of mist.

Yokohama, Japan

Ride one of the biggest Ferris wheels on earth at the Yokohama Cosmoworld amusement park.

Kobe, Japan

Go to the top of Kobe Port Tower for panoramic views of the city and Mount Rokko.

Shanghai, China

The Bund district along the waterfront features an eclectic mix of art-deco, Gothic, Romanesque, and ultramodern architecture.

Hong Kong

Take a cable tram to the summit of Victoria Peak for views that stretch from Victoria Harbor to the South China Sea.

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The century-old Jade Emperor Pagoda is filled with the heady scent of incense as well as statues of gods and mythical creatures.


More than 500 species of exotic animals and some 800 kinds of tropical plants dwell at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Cochin, India

National Geographic Traveler named this city on the west coast of India one of the “50 greatest places of a lifetime” for its ancient synagogues and mosques.

Port Louis, Mauritius

You might see rare pink pigeons on the beaches of this cluster of islands off Madagascar’s coast.

Cape Town, South Africa

Visit the rocky headland known as the Cape of Good Hope to stand on the point once believed to be the southernmost tip of the continent.

Tema and Takoradi, Ghana

The ruins of 17th-century Portuguese and Dutch forts and castles dot the shores of Ghana’s southern coast.

Casablanca, Morocco

Hassan II Mosque embodies Moorish architecture with granite columns, ornately carved ceilings, and glass floors overlooking Turkish baths

Frequently Asked Questions

Is airfare available?
No, but please contact air partner STA Travel for assistance with arrangements.

Does this trip require a travel visa?
Visa requirements for Americans and Canadians include China and India before the Voyage. Visas for Burma and Ghana can be obtained in transit.

Are cabin upgrade available?
Yes. Please inquire about upgrades during booking or on the discussion board.

If I’m traveling alone do you have roommate matching?
Yes, we do have a roommate share program.

Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room?
The cost to add a 3rd or 4th person in cabin (under 17 years of age) with two full-fare passengers is $1,000/person. Limited cabins have capacity for a 3rd or 4th person.

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What You Get

112-day, 16-city voyage, valid for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), travel alone with a matched roommate, or pay a $4,999 fee to travel solo. Read about package structures here.

  • Option 1: $9,999 per person, inside cabin passage, departing from San Diego on 1/10/14, disembarking in London 5/2/14 (up to a $28,495 value)

Policies and Fees

For all options, book by: 11/29/13

To Travel Solo:

  • Option 1: $14,998 total ($9,999 + $4,999 fee)


  • Cancellation policy & fees: 90-day cancellation required or fee of 25% Groupon price; 60-day or fee up to 50% Groupon price; 45-day or fee up to 75% Groupon price; 31-day or fee of Groupon price.
  • Taxes: Tax included.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Several bars and restaurants
  • Swimming pool
  • Extensive library
  • Sports court

The Fine Print

  • Book by 11/29/13 or promo value expires
  • Limit 1/person; 0 as gifts
  • Limit 1 per credit card
  • Valid only for option bought
  • Reservation required, subject to avail
  • 90-day cancellation required or fee of 25% Groupon price; 60-day or fee up to 50% Groupon price; 45-day or fee up to 75% Groupon price; 31-day or fee of Groupon price
  • Must be 40+ to check in
  • Credit card required at booking/check-in
  • Not valid with reward points
  • Must use promo value in 1 visit
  • Tax included
  • $4,999 fee to travel solo, to be paid directly to the Semester at Sea.

Other Details

Room Details

All Cabins

  • Twin bunk beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2; limited cabins have capacity for a 3rd or 4th person.

Hotel Policies

  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking allowed inside the cabins; smoking restricted to designated areas
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed onboard.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible cabins are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: available for an additional fee; guests can also pay a single-supplement fee to stay in a single-occupancy cabin.

Traveler's Tips

  • A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S. Passport must be valid up to 6 months after travel.
  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.
  • Groupon customers may enroll in as many as 3 courses. If you do choose to enroll, the same attendance policies will apply for all students.
  • Groupon customers may attend multiple Lens Courses. Lens Courses are listed at the top of this page
  • Feel free to take advantage of optional sessions with professors or other shipmates.
  • Prior to purchase, please contact your bank to ensure that the transaction will not be marked as unusual or suspicious activity. Most banks monitor accounts for this sort of activity and may reject the charge.

Customer Reviews

Didn't know it was availablebefore finding the groupon. Handled very wellby the ship. Great experience!
Patricia M. · November 9, 2013
the trip of a lifetime
Sherry G. · July 10, 2013
It was a life-changing experience. A once-in-a-lifetime adventure. I would recommend this to everyone in the world!!!
Rachel B. · July 10, 2013
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