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.
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