MV World Odyssey



Mar 24, 2015


MV World Odyssey


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.

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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.



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