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Fall 2022 Voyage has set sail to Portugal!

Semester at Sea departs on first fall voyage since 2019, sailing to 11 countries on 3 continents


Excited students arrive to the port in Amsterdam.


Semester at Sea’s “floating college”, The MV World Odyssey, embarked on its Fall 2022 voyage this morning with 446 students aboard from 247 institutions and 47 countries. Leaving from Amsterdam, this semester’s itinerary includes stops in 11 countries across 3 continents over 105 days. 

The ship’s first destination is Lisbon, Portugal, where students (including 14 non-student voyagers known as Lifelong Learners) will spend four days in-country on faculty-led Field Classes, SAS-organized field programs or they can plan their own travel. From there, the study abroad program travels to Casablanca, Morocco; Valencia, Spain; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Piraeus, Greece; Limassol, Cyprus; a Suez Canal transit; Aqaba, Jordan; Mombasa, Kenya and Mumbai, India, before disembarking in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Dec. 22. (See a detailed itinerary.)

This year mark’s Semester at Sea’s 130th voyage and is its first fall voyage since 2019. 

Semester at Sea’s floating college, the MV World Odyssey

Semester at Sea voyagers earn between 12-15 college credits through academic partner Colorado State University taking classes while traveling to 10+ international destinations. The shipboard community is truly its own college campus and features classrooms, cabins, lecture halls, a theater, a library, fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor dining, a professional residential and student life staff, and counseling and medical teams, in addition to a maritime captain and crew. 

Institute for Shipboard Education/Semester at Sea® President and Chief Executive Officer, Scott Marshall, Ph.D. on site for FA22 embarkation day.

“There is no program on earth like Semester at Sea, and we’re thrilled to once again introduce our students to one another, our amazing faculty and staff, and the world,” said Scott Marshall, president and CEO of the Institute for Shipboard Education and the Semester at Sea program.

“Over the next three months, all voyagers will be challenged personally and academically while living, learning, and growing in a campus environment unlike any other—one where their professors often become mentors, new friends frequently become family, and our Lifelong Learners, in many cases, become a second set of parents or grandparents.”

Students grab a few photos before boarding the ship.



All smiles as students arrive for the 130th Semester at Sea study abroad voyage.

More about the Fall 2022 Voyage:

  • The fall voyage enrolled 446 student voyagers from 247 institutions, with the largest cohort hailing from SAS’s academic partner, Colorado State University.
  • A record 79 are gap year students, 30 of whom are traveling as Davis Scholars, and there are also 20 recent college graduate voyagers. 
  • 62 staff and faculty are aboard along with 40 companions, including many school-age children. View a full listing of FA22 faculty and staff.
  • 72 courses are offered this fall and led by faculty from universities around the world including Colorado State University, NC State University, University of Virginia, Leeds University (UK), Stanford University, University of Florida and others. 
  • All students take Global Studies, which is offered in two sections by a four-person team led this semester by Dr. Tom Taylor, professor of World History at Seattle University. Faculty across the curriculum regularly attend Global Studies in order to tie their own courses back to this unifying course and focus.
  • The Semester at Sea vessel is expected to be the first cruise ship to dock at Mombasa’s port since the spring of 2019. 

While the global pandemic required SAS to halt its Spring 2020 voyage early, and cancel Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Fall 2021 voyages, the Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) set sail again in Spring 2022. The Spring 2023 voyage, which will embark from Dubai on January 5, is nearly filled to capacity as of September 8, 2022. 

The Institute for Shipboard Education (ISE) is a registered nonprofit headquartered on the campus of Colorado State University, its academic partner since 2016. In 2023, ISE will celebrate its 60th anniversary. In recent surveys of its alumni, between 92-97 percent called their semester in the program “the most consequential” of their college career. 

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