Seven-Country European Cruise

23-Day, 7-Country European Enrichment Cruise Departing May 25, 2013, from Institute of Shipboard Education

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23-Day, 7-Country “Coastal Cultures of the West” Educational Voyage

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. Over the years, college students have enrolled in the Institute's Semester at Sea academic program, an intercontinental voyage that has attracted Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, and other world-famous guest lecturers to speak along the way. Today, the university tours the world aboard the MV Explorer, offering enrichment voyages that feature informative lectures, courses, and optional field excursions that delve into each port of call’s history and culture.

The Coastal Cultures of the West enrichment voyage is a 23-day trip departing on May 25, 2013, with stops at seven countries, including Germany, Russia, Denmark, and Sweden. Aboard the ship, scholars and field specialists will lead a string of seminars exploring history, language, literature, and more, with subjects often relating to the destination you’ll be visiting next. On land, explore each port of call independently or participate in the Institute's hands-on field studies, which can include museum tours as well as sportier activities such as nature hikes.

Coastal Cultures of the West is a multi-segment trip; this Groupon is valid for the third and final segment. Click here to see the full itinerary, including Segment III, beginning on May 25 in Dover, England, and ending on June 16 in Southampton.

May 25–May 28: After departing from Dover in England, you’ll spend two days at sea getting acquainted with the MV Explorer, which is smaller and more intimate than a traditional cruise ship. On the third morning, the ship docks at Oslo, Norway’s capital, known for its contemporary architecture and scenic fjords.

May 29–June 5: The cruise curves into the Baltic Sea and stops at Stockholm, Sweden, which Frommer's hails as “arguably Scandinavia’s most regal, cutting-edge and intriguing city.” After spending a day there, you’ll head to Saint Petersburg, Russia, where historic buildings and palaces line the canals.

June 6–June 10: You’ll depart Saint Petersburg and spend a day at sea before arriving in Riga, Latvia’s 800-year-old capital. Feel free to roam the picturesque Old Town or tour its 13th-century cathedral. The next stop will be Denmark’s Copenhagen, home to Europe’s longest and oldest pedestrian-only shopping strip. The city was also dubbed Europe’s Best Town for Foodies by Travel + Leisure—be sure to grab a Danish pastry before you leave.

June 11–June 16: After leaving Copenhagen, you’ll cruise to Hamburg, Germany, a city with a mix of winding canals, glass towers, and old baroque buildings. Following that, the journey concludes in Southampton, England.

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

What You Get

23-day, 7-country enrichment voyage departing 5/25/13 from Dover, England. Valid for Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required), or pay an additional fee to travel solo. Read about package structures here.

  • Option 1: $2,069 per person for an inner stateroom (up to a $3,449 value)
  • Option 2: $2,579 per person for an outer stateroom (up to a $4,299 value)

Single Supplement Fees

  • Inner stateroom: $1,035
  • Outer stateroom: $1,290

In lieu of the single supplement fee, the Institute for Shipboard Education can attempt to partner solo travelers willing to share a room with a roommate of the same gender if one is available.

Book by: 12/15/12

Included in all options:

  • All onboard meals
  • All onboard lectures and most workshops

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


  • 9,000-volume library
  • 24-hour computer lab
  • Onboard dining
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Outdoor sport court
  • Fitness center

The Fine Print

  • Book by 12/15/12
  • Valid for departure 5/25/13
  • Limit 1/person, may buy multiple as gifts
  • Reservation req'd, subject to availability
  • 91-day cancel notice req'd in writing or fee of 25% Groupon price applies; 61-day notice or 1/2 Groupon price; 31-day notice or fee of Groupon price
  • Must be 18+ to check in, 2+ to travel
  • CC required at check-in
  • Not valid w/rwd pts
  • Passport req'd
  • $280 port fee & possible fuel fee up to $9/day due onboard
  • Fee for solo travel: $1035 for option 1, $1290 for option 2

Other Details

Room Details

Inner or Outer Stateroom

  • Two twin beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: a limited number of cabins have room for up to 4 guests.
  • Adding occupants above standard: guests 18 or older staying in a cabin with two Groupon holders may travel for $795 plus $280 in port fees; guests 17 or younger staying in a cabin with two Groupon holders may travel for $395 plus $280 in port fees.

Hotel Policies

  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking in cabins; 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 single-occupancy cabin.

Traveler's Tips

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

Customer Reviews

Didn't know it was availablebefore finding the groupon. Handled very wellby the ship. Great experience!
Patricia M. · November 9, 2013
Wonderful Experience
Terry S. · June 8, 2013
Erica A. · May 18, 2013
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