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Spring 2021 Voyage Update



Communications Coordinator
Aug 19, 2020

Health & Safety

Spring 2021 Voyage Update

After careful consideration and consultation with key partners, Semester at Sea has made the difficult decision to cancel the Spring 2021 Voyage.

We continually seek guidance from the CDC, WHO, U.S. State Department, International Maritime Organization, and the Cruise Line Industry Association. Due to COVID-19, protocols and directives do not exist to ensure the health and safety of all voyagers, crew, and the communities we visit around the world.

One of Semester at Sea’s guiding principles is flexibility. In-port plans may be delayed, shipboard activities might shift, itineraries necessarily change, and sometimes our community has to make significant adaptations in order to be effective global citizens.

We are preparing safe, impactful, and engaging voyages for Fall 2021Spring 2022, and beyond. As indicated on our coronavirus response page, we are adjusting protocols and recommendations set forth by several key organizations.

We understand you may have questions. Relevant contact information can be found here.



  1. John N. Serio
    August 19, 2020 at 11:00 am

    I’m sure this has been a difficult decision, but, frankly, given the world-wide pandemic, I think it is a wise and intelligent choice.

  2. Elaine Katherine Church
    August 19, 2020 at 11:42 am

    LIke, John, I recognize that this must have been a difficult and painful decision – one over which SAS had no control. I think, especially given the spikes everywhere as colleges and universities reopen and the delay in establishing industry guidelines, it was the only prudent course available to you. Thanks to all of the SAS and ISE staff who are working so hard to keep alive the program that we all love. We will continue and I look forward to sailing again in the future with others who will benefit from this unique and amazing opportunity!

    Elaine Church

    August 19, 2020 at 11:57 am

    It was the only decision they could have made.

  4. Roane Akchurin
    August 19, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    We are with you 100%! The Alumni Association is setting our goals now, spending the next year on how we keep alumni engaged, bringing everyONE together to support one of the top & best experience of our lives- including WCA, SAS & all affiliates & stakeholders! We will be ready to go again with you for F21 with a full ship, 100% financially supported & out into the world again! Looking forward together-
    Vice President,
    Alumni Association Leadership team

  5. N. Steven River
    August 19, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    It is so sad to see our beloved program taking so many hits. I hope and pray that SAS/ISE comes out stronger and even better as a result all of this. Lets try and put those students who were going to sail together with alumni groups in their areas sort of a Big Brother/Big Sister program to still keep them interested in the program. I would be happy to be a Big Brother.

  6. Bonnie J. Morris
    August 19, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Love and support to all from a three-time SAS professor. This program IS SEAWORTHY and shall ride the waves again!

  7. Randi Sue Quat
    August 19, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    It was the only safe decision, proud to be an alumni &
    to call you all colleagues.
    The journey continues

  8. Mark Malley
    August 19, 2020 at 6:23 pm

    Been waiting to go for two years, this was the last semester I would’ve had to go. Real shame…

  9. Mary Thielemeir
    August 19, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    A difficult decision for all but I believe it is the right decision for this time. Semester at Sea will hit the waves again soon when safety for the community has a stronger chance. In the mean time support the program now so it will be vital in the future.

  10. Crispin Batten
    August 22, 2020 at 3:34 am

    A “Predictable Surprise” (title of a popular business article). Sadly, a future announcement of discontinuing SAS completely would also be a “Predictable Surprise, Without revenue and continuing cost it is difficult to see how the program, so loved by many, could survive.

  11. Pendak Carrer
    August 22, 2020 at 4:15 am

    This is really bad news. It is not a decision for which anybody is to be congratulated, but simply a situation in which regrettably there is no choice. The critical question is What Comes Next, with another year of no academic activity? What are the 30plus senior officers at ISE going to do during this time?

  12. karen Smith Wosiski
    August 22, 2020 at 5:09 am

    100% behind this difficult decision….The future is ours !

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