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The World Odyssey

This August, the program’s new vessel will be renamed the World Odyssey for her role as the 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 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.

At Sea
Embarkation
Oslo, Norway

Features

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
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.

Union
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.

Classroom
Classrooms

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

Library
Library

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

Gym
Fitness

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

Pool
Pool

A lovely deck nine outdoor pool.

Decks
Outdoor Dining

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

Cabins
Cabins

Approximately 600 program participant cabins, some exterior with windows, some interior without.

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V.Ships

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

KennGaither“The World Odyssey marks a new chapter for Semester at Sea—a chapter that will allow us to progress, but maintain our traditions,” said T. Kenn Gaither, ISE President and CEO. “We will continue to provide an invaluable experience to new students, who, like our 60,000 alumni, are eager to embrace the world around them, see with new eyes, and make an impact. The World Odyssey will help us educate a new generation of global citizens.”

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