Enrichment Voyage to Europe and North Africa

14- or 28-Day Cruise to Europe and North Africa with Meals and Lectures from Institute for Shipboard Education

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The Institute for Shipboard Education was born 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.” Over the years, the institute has attracted world-famous guest speakers including Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela. The Institute for Shipboard Education also administers the study-abroad program Semester at Sea. Today, the cruising university offers two-week Enrichment Voyages for adventurers of all ages, with educational programming that digs deep into each port of call's culture and history.

With this Groupon, you can set out on a full 28-day voyage exploring continental Europe, North Africa, and the United Kingdom, or an abbreviated 14-day cruise that follows either the first or second half of the full four-week itinerary. Each cruise incorporates both lectures and hands-on exploration.

The ship retains vestiges of its former life as a commercial liner. There are barstools in the 9,000-volume library, a nod to the space's former role as the ship's tavern. Despite the emphasis on education, the ship provides several opportunities to relax. The Wellness Center spa, for example, offers massages, manicures, and other pampering services.

Segment One:

See the itinerary for a day-by-day schedule.

Days 1–6: After departing from Barcelona, the ship makes a stop at Monte Carlo in Monaco. The port city's massive Le Grand Casino might look familiar: it's been featured in several Hollywood movies, including the James Bond feature GoldenEye. Later, you'll continue on to Florence, Italy, home to some of the world's most renowned works of Renaissance art, including Michelangelo's David and works by Rembrandt, da Vinci, and Botticelli.

Day 7–14: Sail to Cadiz, Spain, an 18th-century city filled with traditional plazas and historical architecture, before journeying on to Casablanca, Morocco, site of the Hassan II Mosque, an elaborate example of Moorish architecture. This first segment of the tour wraps up in Lisbon, Portugal. Frommer's calls this hilly city "one of Europe's most visually striking capitals." The Alfama district is especially breathtaking at night, when hanging lanterns light medieval alleys and folk guitarists strum mournful "fado" songs.

Segment Two:

For those on the 28-day tour, this marks the beginning of the second half of the trip. Fourteen-day tour-goers can start their journey at the beginning or here, as the second segment kicks off in Le Havre, France.

Days 15–21: From Le Havre, you'll cruise north up the English Channel to Antwerp, Belgium. Stroll the cobblestone streets between centuries-old Gothic buildings, or drop in on one of the many designer boutiques and chocolatiers downtown. The next two days are spent in Amsterdam, where a network of scenic canals weaves past cafés and historic sites, including the Anne Frank House.

Days 21–28: The ship travels north to Edinburgh, allowing passengers a glimpse of Scotland's seaside bluffs, verdant meadows, and legendary castles. The United Kingdom leg of the tour includes stops in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as well as Dublin. Dublin Castle's stone ramparts have been a lasting symbol of Ireland's rich history since the 13th century. On Grafton Street, pubs hum with traditional folk music as friendly tavern keepers pour frothy pints of Guinness. After Dublin, the trip continues on to your final destination, Southampton, England.

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

What You Get

Enrichment Voyage through Europe and North Africa aboard the MV Explorer. All options are Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required). Read about different purchase options here.

14-Day Tour, Departing 4/26/13

  • $1,451 per person for a shared inside cabin, or pay an additional $725.50 fee to travel solo
  • $1,814 per person for a shared outside ocean-view cabin, or pay an additional $907 fee to travel solo

14-Day Tour, Departing 5/12/13

  • $1,451 per person for a shared inside cabin, or pay an additional $725.50 fee to travel solo
  • 1,814 per person for a shared outside ocean-view cabin, or pay an additional $907 fee to travel solo

28-Day Tour, Departing 4/26/13

  • $2,639 per person for a shared inside cabin, or pay an additional $1,319.50 fee to travel solo
  • $3,299 per person for a shared outside ocean-view cabin, or pay an additional $1,649.50 fee to travel solo

Included in all options:

  • All onboard meals
  • All onboard lectures and most workshops

Book by: 1/24/13

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

The Fine Print

  • Book by 1/24/13 or promo value expires
  • Valid for depart date on Groupon
  • Limit 1/person, more as gifts
  • Limit 1/visit
  • Valid for option bought
  • Submit cancel notice in writing
  • Cancel 90-61 days in advance & fee of 25% Groupon price applies; 60-31 days & fee of 50% Groupon price; 30 days or less & fee up to Groupon price
  • Age 18+ to check in; 2+ to stay
  • Need CC at check-in
  • Need passport
  • Not valid w/ reward points
  • Fee of 50% Groupon price for traveling alone; may opt for room matching
  • $280 port fee & up to $9 daily fuel fee/person not included.

Other Details

Room Details

  • Two twin beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2–4 on a case-by-case basis during reservations, based on availability
  • Adding occupants above standard: in a limited number of cabins, each additional occupant 17 or older may be added for $795 per trip plus $280 in port fees; each additional occupant 16 or younger may be added for $395 per trip plus $280 in port fees.
  • Fridge, phone, and safe
  • Built-in desk and wardrobe
  • Closed-circuit TV with movies
  • Private bathroom with blow-dryer
  • 110- and 220-volt outlets
  • Outside rooms include a picture window or porthole
  • Closet-size shower

Hotel Policies

  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking in 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: guests can pay a single-supplement fee (additional 50% of Groupon price) to have their own cabin with single occupancy.

What It's Worth

Enrichment Voyage throughout Europe and North Africa aboard the MV Explorer. All options are Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required). Read about different purchase options here.

14-Day Tour, Departing 4/26/13

  • $1,451 per person for a shared inside cabin, or pay an additional $725.50 fee to travel solo (up to a $2,419 value)
  • $1,814 per person for a shared outside ocean-view cabin, or pay an additional $907 fee to travel solo (up to a $3,024 value)

14-Day Tour, Departing 5/12/13

  • $1,451 per person for a shared inside cabin, or pay an additional $725.50 fee to travel solo (a $2,419 value)
  • 1,814 per person for a shared outside ocean-view cabin, or pay an additional $907 fee to travel solo (a $3,024 value)

28-Day Tour, Departing 4/26/13

  • $2,639 per person for a shared inside cabin, or pay an additional $1,319.50 fee to travel solo (a $4,399 value)
  • $3,299 per person for a shared outside ocean-view cabin, or pay an additional $1,649.50 fee to travel solo (a $5,499 value)

Included in all options:

  • All onboard meals
  • All onboard lectures and most workshops

Getting There

  • Beginning airport for 28- and 14-day tours leaving on 4/26/13: El Prat (BCN) in Barcelona, Spain
  • Beginning airport for 14-day tour leaving on 5/12/13 and final airport for 14-day tour leaving on 4/26/13: Deauville–Saint-Gatien (DOL) outside of Deauville, France
  • Beginning port for 28- and 14-day tours leaving on 4/26/13: Barcelona Cruise Port Terminal, Barcelona, Spain
  • Beginning port for 14-day tour leaving on 5/12/13, and final port for 14-day tour leaving on 4/26/13: Terminal Croisière, Le Havre, France
  • Final port for 28- and 14-day tours leaving on 5/12/13: Southampton Cruise Terminal, Southampton, England.
  • Final airport for 28- and 14-day tours leaving on 5/12/13: London Heathrow (LHR)

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.
  • See the Institute for Shipboard Education's website for more travel tips.

Customer Reviews

40 Ratings

Great trip and value. I'll do it again, thanks.
Vincent R. · May 18, 2013
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
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