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.
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.
Ride one of the biggest Ferris wheels on earth at the Yokohama Cosmoworld amusement park.
Go to the top of Kobe Port Tower for panoramic views of the city and Mount Rokko.
The Bund district along the waterfront features an eclectic mix of art-deco, Gothic, Romanesque, and ultramodern architecture.
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.
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.
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.