14- or 28-Day Enrichment Cruise through Europe - 08039 Barcelona

Country-Hopping European Cruise

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Country-Hopping Educational Cruise to Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom

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, the institute has attracted world-famous guest speakers including Mikhail Gorbachev, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela. The university at sea offers two- and four-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- or 28-day voyage exploring continental Europe and the United Kingdom. Some days are spent at sea and others at port in a variety of European cities. The cruise incorporates both lectures and hands-on exploration. Click here to see a full list of guest lecturers.

Groupon buyers have the option to attend the first segment, second segment, or first and second segments of The Institute for Shipboard Education’s upcoming cruise. Click here to see a full itinerary.

Segment 1: The Mediterranean, April 26 to May 11

  • Depart from Barcelona, Spain
  • Dock in Monte Carlo, Florence, Cadiz, Casablanca, and Lisbon
  • Segment 1 ends in Le Havre, France

Segment 2: Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, May 12 to May 25

  • Depart from Le Havre, France
  • Dock in Antwerp, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Belfast, and Dublin
  • Segment 2 ends in Dover, England

The MV Explorer Cruise Ship

The MV Explorer 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.

Check out The Institute for Shipboard Education’s FAQ page for more information.

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

What You Get

  • 14- or 28-day European cruise with accommodations in either an inside or outside cabin. Departures from Barcelona, Spain or Le Havre, France in April or May. Click here to view all options and departure dates.

Note: All options are priced per person and valid for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), or you can pay an additional fee to travel solo.

Book by: 4/5/13

Solo Traveler Fees:

  • Option 1: $2,248.50 total ($1,499 + $749.50 fee)
  • Option 2: $2,423.50 total ($1,849 + $924.50 fee)
  • Option 3: $2,773.50 total ($1,849 + $924.50 fee)
  • Option 4: $2,598.50 total ($1,499 + $749.50 fee)
  • Option 5: $3,973.50 total ($2,649 + $1,324.50 fee)
  • Option 6: $4,948.50 total ($3,299 + $1,649.50 fee)

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.

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The Fine Print

  • Book by 4/5/13 or promo value expires
  • Valid only for date purchased
  • Limit 1/person +multiple as gifts
  • Limit 1/visit
  • Valid only for option bought
  • Reservation req'd, subject to availability
  • 91-day cancellation req'd or fee of 25% of Groupon price; 61-day or fee up to 50% of Groupon price; 31-day or fee up to Groupon price
  • Must be 18+ to check in, 2+ to stay
  • CC req'd at check-in
  • Must use promo value in 1 visit
  • Valid passport req'd
  • $749.50, $924.50, $1,324.50 or $1,649.50 fee based on option bought to travel solo
  • $280 in port fees and $9/day fuel surcharge not included.

Other Details

Room Details

  • Two twin beds
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2–3 on a case-by-case basis during reservations for an additional fee
  • 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 picture windows or portholes
  • Closet-size shower

Hotel Policies

  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking in cabins; smoking restricted to the designated area
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed onboard.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible cabins are available upon request at booking.

Traveler's Tips

  • A passport is required for all travel outside the U.S.
  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.

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