Country-Hopping Cruise to Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom with Expert Speakers
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 14-day voyage exploring continental Europe and the United Kingdom. The 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.
See the itinerary for a day-by-day schedule. This deal is only for Segment II, beginning on May 12 and ending May 25.
May 12–17: 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.
May 18–25: 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, Dover, England.
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