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Semester at Sea Ship: A Floating College

Life at Sea

The MV World Odyssey

The MV World Odyssey is the Semester at Sea campus. The ship has been meticulously maintained since construction in Germany in 1998 and underwent routine dry-dock maintenance in May of 2016. The MV 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.

The MV World Odyssey is the sixth ship in Semester at Sea’s history. This ship, like its predecessors, serves as a traveling home and campus that brings approximately 600 undergraduate students to the farthest reaches of the globe every semester.

See the MV World Odyssey deck plan here.

Fast Facts

  • Builder: Howaltswerke Deutsche Werft, Kiel, Germany
  • Year Built: 1998
  • Flag/Port of Registry:  Nassau, Bahamas
  • Tonnage: 22,496
  • Length: 175m
  • Beam: 23m
  • Service speed: 21kn
  • Decks: 10
  • Classrooms: 9
  • Berths: 600

Explore our campus in 360!


The ship has a similar feel to a college or university with the architecture and design, and meets all SAS requirements including safety, program features, and efficiencies. Some of the World Odyssey’s features include:


Berths to accommodate approximately 600 program participants, some exterior with windows, some interior without. To see additional cabin photos, see our cabin tour page.

Reception and Administrative Offices

A welcoming reception desk area with around-the-clock crew presence as well as the Semester at Sea field program and administrative staff.

Anderson Student Union

A large and majestic union with upper and lower level seating that accommodates all students, faculty, staff and lifelong learners for community sessions.


Nine classrooms, each with state-of-the-art technology to support engaged learning.


Fitness spaces includes an indoor gym with free weights, weight machines and cardiovascular equipment. Outside features a spacious sun deck for recreational activities, including a basketball/ volleyball court. See here for additional photos of the fitness spaces on-ship.


A lovely, outdoor pool located on deck nine.

Outdoor Dining

A deck nine alfresco grill and restaurant nearby the outdoor pool, providing a relaxed community dining area.

Wellness Center

Relax on board by spending some time at the on-board Wellness Center.

View the Spa Menu

Shipboard Management

ISE partners with maritime management company, Cruise Management International (CMI) and Cruise Management International – Leisure (CMI-L), provide the officers and crew to manage the program’s vessel.

Learn More About: Shipboard Management