Voyages for Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learner

Lifelong Learning Program

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The SAS Lifelong Learning Program provides adult learners with an opportunity to join the SAS academic community. Lifelong learners are retirees, professionals on leave, or simply adventurous travelers who desire to study with bright, enthusiastic undergraduate students from around the world.

Lifelong learners add a valuable generational element to the shipboard community. They may participate in undergraduate courses, subscribe to field excursions, serve as mentors to undergraduates, and conduct evening non-credit seminars in their respective areas of expertise.

Educational Travel and Programming

Educational travel is woven into the core experience of every Semester at Sea voyage. It is a travel experience designed for curious learners, who want to push beyond the tourist paradigm and experience the heart of cultures around the world.

The SAS Lifelong Learning Program provides adult learners the opportunity to intellectually immerse themselves with the SAS shipboard community. Lifelong learners may participate in courses (with space availability), a daily Lifelong learner seminar, and evening programs offered to the undergraduate community. These evening programs, offer delivered by lecture, workshop, or narrated slideshow, include topics such as cultural and historical about upcoming ports, student development matters, current events, faculty areas of expertise, or other interesting current events.

In Country Experiences

With over 10 destinations on a voyage, the opportunities to explore and be immersed in cultures across the world are endless.  The Lifelong Learning program offers SAS-sponsored excursions in each port to promote further understanding of each country.

SAS uses trusted local experts to maximize the in-country learning experience. SAS also deploys a faculty or staff liaison on each excursion to enhance the learning experience. No matter your interest or ability level, you’ll find a diverse array of choices with SAS in-country excursions — from exploring a Moroccan desert by camel to making fresh pasta in an Italian cooking class.

Lifelong learners are welcome to travel and explore independently as well.

The Ship

The MV World Odyssey has operated as the SAS campus since 2015 — the Program’s sixth ship in its 50+ year history. The vessel meets or exceeds maritime health and safety standards and requirements, including those of the International Maritime Organization SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea), U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Public Health.

The ship’s state of the art facilities include indoor and outdoor dining, gym, pool and ten deck areas. There are nine classrooms, a theater, large auditorium, and library to accommodate the educational needs of the program. Cabins range from suite styles to individual rooms with interior and exterior facing windows.

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The Shipboard Community

Each voyage, a unique inter-generational learning community forms onboard the SAS floating campus. This community ventures together on a learning experience across the world.

Lifelong learners generally number 25-30 on each voyage. A dedicated staff member supports the lifelong learner community. Together with approximately 100 faculty and staff and their family, 560 undergraduates, and 180 multi-national crew members, Lifelong learners form an important port of the inter-generational, diverse shipboard community.


Cabin rates range in price depending upon size and type of the cabin selected and number of occupants. Because of the relatively small size of the ship, single cabins are available on a limited basis. Other options may be available for those planning to sail with extended family.

For more information please call our office at 800-854-0195 or email