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Shipboard Management

ISE partners with maritime management companies, Cruise Management International (CMI) and Ship Supply Group (SSG), which combined, provide the officers and crew to manage the program’s vessel.


Shipboard Officers

Hotel Director

Siegfried Schober

Staff Captain

Korney Polikarpov

Staff Captain

Vadym Tavrovetskyy

Chief Engineer

Anatoliy Gerasymenko

Chief Engineer

Rumen Fudulov


MV World Odyssey Fast Facts

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In August of 2015, the program’s new vessel was 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 continue to be retrofitted to create an ideal campus for the Semester at Sea voyages. 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.

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

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.

To learn more about our floating campus including features, virtual tours and a deck plan, visit our Life at Sea section.