The MV World Odyssey

On September 13, 2015 the program’s newest vessel, the MV World Odyssey, departed from Southampton, England at the start of the Fall 2015 voyage for her role as the latest Semester at Sea campus. She has been meticulously maintained since her construction in Germany in 1998 and will undergo routine dry-dock maintenance this summer. The MV World Odyssey meets the International Maritime Organization’s SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea), U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Public Health requirements, as well as all other statutory standards to operate throughout the world.

The World Odyssey is the sixth ship in Semester at Sea’s storied 51-year history. The new ship, like its predecessors, will serve as a traveling home and campus that brings approximately 600 undergraduate students to the farthest reaches of the globe every semester, giving deeper meaning to education, experiential learning, and community.


The ship has a similar feel to a college or university with her architecture and design, and meets all SAS requirements including safety, program features, and efficiencies. Offering the necessary qualities of a Semester at Sea shipboard campus, some of the World Odyssey’s features include:

Reception and Administrative Offices

A welcoming reception desk area with around-the-clock crew presence as well as the Semester at Sea field program and administrative staff.

The Union

A large and majestic union with upper and lower level seating that will accommodate all students, faculty, staff, and lifelong learners for community sessions.


Nine classrooms, each with state-of-the-art technology to support engaged learning.


A library with built-in book stacks and computers with internet access.


Fitness spaces including an indoor gym with large windows, free-weights, weight machines, and cardiovascular equipment; and a spacious sun deck for recreational activities.


A lovely deck nine outdoor pool.

Outdoor Dining

A deck nine alfresco grill and restaurant nearby the outdoor pool, providing a relaxed community dining area.


Berths to accommodate approximately 600 program participants, some exterior with windows, some interior without.



In this campus transition, ISE will continue its critical 20-year partnership with maritime management company, V. Ships, which has provided the officers and crew to manage the program’s vessel and remain integral to the voyage experience.

Deck Plans

Deck Plans

Fast Facts

  • Builder: Howaltswerke Deutsche Werft, Kiel, Germany
  • Year Built: 1998
  • Flag: Bahamas
  • Tonnage: 22,496
  • Length: 175m
  • Beam: 23m
  • Service speed: 21kn
  • Decks: 10
  • Classrooms: 9
  • Berths: 600