Spring 2015
A Voyage Around the World
Voyage Overview

A Voyage Around the World

112 Days, 15 Cities, 12 Countries, 4 Continents

Visiting Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America, the Spring 2015 voyage is a truly global journey that allows students to compare and contrast many differing cultures around the world.

Embark: Jan 7, Ensenada, Mexico Disembark: Apr 29, Southhampton, England

Itinerary: Hawaii, United States, Japan, Japan, China, China, Việt Nam, Singapore, Burma, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Namibia, Morocco
Embark Jan 7 Ensenada, Mexico
Jan 14 - Mar 14
Hawaii, United States

The “Aloha spirit” is universal, and certainly contagious, when you set foot onto the Pacific paradise of Hawaii and the port of Hilo. The small, archipelago state presents a beautiful tapestry of natural sights, including secluded beaches, magnificent waterfalls, and a vast rainforest filled with fauna. Among the extensive list of geographic must-sees is Hilo’s National Volcano Park, home of the most active volcano in the world.

Coursework Themes

  • Traditional Hawaiian Art, Language, & culture
  • Natural Science of Kilauea volcano
  • Astronomy at Mauna Kea’s Observatory

Jan 26 - Jan 27
Japan

(Yokohama) The second and third stops on our itinerary bring us to another Pacific archipelago, and the ports of Yokohama and Kobe, Japan. With its blend of modern industry amidst preserved ancient culture, Japan presents a variety of options for experiential learning. Students often enjoy getting a glimpse into traditional Geisha culture, taking a train to Tokyo, or exploring the many options for top-notch Japanese cuisine in Yokohama’s Minato Marai 21 neighborhood or the Harborland district in Kobe.

Coursework Themes

  • Sino-American relationships
  • Anime art
  • Lessons in Zen Buddhist

Jan 29 - Jan 31
Japan

(Kobe) The second and third stops on our itinerary bring us to another Pacific archipelago, and the ports of Yokohama and Kobe, Japan. With its blend of modern industry amidst preserved ancient culture, Japan presents a variety of options for experiential learning. Students often enjoy getting a glimpse into traditional Geisha culture, taking a train to Tokyo, or exploring the many options for top-notch Japanese cuisine in Yokohama’s Minato Marai 21 neighborhood or the Harborland district in Kobe.

Coursework Themes

  • Japanese products, Global consumers
  • Memorial & spiritual sites
  • Temples of Kyoto

Feb 3 - Feb 4
China

(Shanghai) China presents a spectacular array of historic traditions, stunning landscapes, and magnificent architecture including its vast and iconic Great Wall. Cultural opportunities are endless with the chance to meditate in a Tibetan monastery, converse with Buddhist monks, or practice the Chinese art of Tai Chi at sunrise while overlooking the bustling city of Shanghai. In Hong Kong, SAS students may partake in a junk boat project to aid in the recovery of plastic pollution in local, oceanic waters.

Coursework Themes

  • Architecture of Shanghai
  • Chinese government, society, and business
  • China as a globalized power

Feb 7 - Feb 8
China

(Hong Kong) China presents a spectacular array of historic traditions, stunning landscapes, and magnificent architecture including its vast and iconic Great Wall. Cultural opportunities are endless with the chance to meditate in a Tibetan monastery, converse with Buddhist monks, or practice the Chinese art of Tai Chi at sunrise while overlooking the bustling city of Shanghai. In Hong Kong, SAS students may partake in a junk boat project to aid in the recovery of plastic pollution in local, oceanic waters.

Coursework Themes

  • Architecture of Shanghai
  • Chinese government, society, and business
  • China as a globalized power

Feb 11 - Mar 16
Việt Nam

(Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam is known for its lush, emerald green mountains, outstanding cuisine, and welcoming citizens. Here you can explore the Cu Chi Tunnels where Viet Cong soldiers lived and fought, travel by boat through the Mekong Delta, sample world-class pho, or bike through small villages. Students often enjoy a three-day trip to Cambodia from Vietnam to interact with an NGO that educates and trains disadvantaged locals in rural areas for employment in the hospitality industry.

Coursework Themes

  • Imperialism in Vietnam
  • Politics in developing Vietnam
  • Vietnam war from the Vietnamese perspective

Feb 19 - Feb 20
Singapore

(Singapore) With Indian, Malay, and Chinese influences, the island nation of Singapore has a unique culture that is easily revealed by exploring its various ethnic neighborhoods and exotic local cuisine. This spring, Semester at Sea will be in Singapore during the Chinese New Year and students will be able to observe and participate in the cultural celebrations.

Coursework Themes

  • Britain and the fall of Singapore
  • Education in a multilengual, multicultural environment
  • World War II and it’s affects on the city

Feb 24 - Mar 28
Burma

Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, has preserved its Buddhist traditions and predominantly rural culture. In many ways, Burma has remained unchanged since British colonial times. SAS students may partake in a visit to an elephant camp, engage with teachers and children at a local school, or participate in a meditation.

Coursework Themes

  • Poverty alleviation
  • Aid agencies and economic development
  • Buddhist Pagodas of Rangoon

Mar 6 - Mar 11
India

As one of the most populous nations in the world, India is bustling with a vibrant culture influenced by a variety of religions, including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Explore the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s seven wonders, or travel to the holy city of Varanasi on the Ganges River. Get a taste of how 70% of Indians live by visiting the rural, traditional Chendamangalam village.

Coursework Themes

  • Historic and contemporary geography of Kerala
  • Revolution and the colonial past
  • Sex, gender, and culture in the Chendamangalam Village

Mar 18 - Mar 18
Mauritius

A small African island nation in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a tropical paradise and the wealthiest African nation. The ship will dock in the capital city of Port Louis, home to the mountain known as Le Pouce, first summited by Charles Darwin and well worth the hike for great panoramic views of the island.

Coursework Themes

  • Mangrove restoration and coral reef conservation
  • Sociology of tourism
  • Marine Science Research Park

Mar 25 - Mar 30
South Africa

Whether hiking Table Mountain for one of the world’s best views, riding horseback on safari, or engaging with local entrepreneurs in Cape Town, students always fall in love with South Africa. Full of adventure and captivating sights, Cape Town offers countless opportunities for cultural and natural exploration. Cape Town is also home to world-renowned social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who students just may have the opportunity to meet as he is a member of the Institute for Shipboard Education Board of Trustees… and a big fan of Semester at Sea!

Coursework Themes

  • Apartheid vs. Democracy
  • Psychology of forgiveness and reconciliation post-Apartheid
  • Food and social relations in the Gugulethu Township

Apr 2 - Apr 6
Namibia

Situated near the southern tip of the African continent, Namibia is a vast land brimming with adventure. The nation itself is quite large- about twice the size of California- but is home to only a little over two million inhabitants. With a low population to land ratio, the nation makes a name for itself with the numerous natural attractions that it has to offer, making it a true haven for lovers of the outdoors Namibia is covered in beautiful desert regions, including the Namib Desert, regarded at one of the oldest in the world, as well as lush countryside, plateau regions, and coastal plains of rolling sand dunes, with a subtropical and arid climate.

Coursework Themes

  • Night Sky Observing
  • The struggle against forced marriage: Woman’s shelter visit
  • Tribal cultures of the Mondesa Township

Apr 19 - Apr 23
Morocco

Morocco is an immensely rich cultural center point of north-western Africa that exudes influences of all of the proximal regions, including Spain and the Mediterranean, Egypt, the Sahara Desert, and the Atlas Mountains. The port of Casablanca, established in the 20th century, is a busy metropolis and home to the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest in the world after Mecca. Teaming with color bazaars and exotic culture, Casablanca and nearby Rabat and Marrakech will give voyagers a taste of a culture far different from any other place.

Coursework Themes

  • Gender inequality of the Habous District
  • Retail marketing and practices in Morocco
  • Moroccan social entrepreneurs collaboration

Disembark Apr 29 Southhampton, England
Spring 2015: A Voyage Around the World