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Semester at Sea secures ten-year lease on MV World Odyssey



Vice President of Public Affairs
Jan 29, 2018


Semester at Sea secures ten-year lease on MV World Odyssey

The Institute for Shipboard Education is pleased to announce the completion of a long-term lease agreement for the MV World Odyssey, which will ensure the stability and sustainability of the fall and spring voyages through the next ten years, into 2027.

After two years of leasing the MV World Odyssey under a short-term contract, ISE is excited to make the World Odyssey a more permanent home. ISE President and CEO, Gary Ransdell affirms the merits of this agreement, “The MV World Odyssey is a beautiful vessel that is an ideal shipboard campus for our students. We are fortunate to have secured long-term lease agreement for a ship that supports the academic mission of Semester at Sea so well.”

See photos and more information about the MV World Odyssey here.



  1. Bonnie J. Morrs
    January 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    Proud to be returning as faculty in spring 2019 and will love this ship as much as I loved the SS Universe and Universe Explorer!

  2. Asa Weldon
    January 29, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Congratulations ! and Best Wishes/ Prayers for Many Smooth Sailings !!!

  3. Karyn Planett
    January 29, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    Congratulations. This is terrific news and further validates the vision of those literally at the helm. We wish you continued success with a program that we feel is critical to the growth of all students.

    Karyn Planett. F’68, S’69, Summer 2011
    Geoff Thompson. Summer 2011.

  4. Byron Bunda
    January 30, 2018 at 12:01 am

    I was on the MV World Odyssey for the reunion voyage in 2016. During a presentation we learned a bit about the cruise ship market and how few ships there are in the world that meet SAS’s needs. This is excellent news for the program and I look forward to visiting the MV World Odyssey again soon.

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