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  • Announcement of New ISE President and CEO

    Gary Ransdell, President of the Institute for Shipboard Education and Semester at Sea, will retire from his post on May 31, 2020. Dr. Ransdell and his leadership were celebrated by […]

  • Fall 2020 Voyage Update

    In order to allow for global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, the modified Fall 2020 program was scheduled to begin with online course instruction and continue with a condensed Semester […]

  • Monthly Donor Highlight: Dr. Bob Weigl

    Semester at Sea’s monthly donor highlight series continues with a longtime Semester at Sea faculty member who championed diversity on the ship and cross-cultural understanding in-country. Dr. Bob Weigl, who […]

  • Spring 2020 Voyage: Resources to Help Voyagers Travel Home

    We’d like to reinforce the advisories of the CDC, U.S. State Department, WHO, and President Trump’s proclamation and the recent declaration of state of national emergency, which have informed the actions of organizations across the U.S. […]

  • Spring 2020 Voyage: Disembarkation Update (3-12-20)

    Within the last 24 hours, President Trump issued a presidential proclamation that suspends entry to the U.S. for all non-U.S. citizens arriving from certain European countries, the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, […]

  • Spring 2020 Voyage: (Update) South Africa Disembarkation

    We diligently follow U.S State Department advisories. The latest State Department/CDC advisory makes it irresponsible to continue with the voyage to any other port and beyond a disembarkation date of […]

  • Spring 2020 Voyage: South Africa Disembarkation

    Within the past few hours new information has been made available to us and advisories have been issued from the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-19 and travel […]

  • Spring 2020 Voyage: Disembarkation Update

    Over the last few days, our senior leadership team, health and safety advisors, Captain Kostas, and the shipboard leadership team have discussed the progression of the coronavirus and subsequent national […]

  • Spring 2020 Voyage: Mauritius Confirmation

    We have been considering two options in regard to our next port: Mauritius or Mozambique. Our Mauritius port agent has now confirmed berth availability for the extended stay in Mauritius, […]

  • Spring 2020 Voyage: Mauritius Update

    We were pleased to share with the shipboard community today that the port agent and authorities in Port Louis, Mauritius have indicated that it is likely that we can change […]

  • Spring 2020 Voyage: Seychelles Diversion

    We have just learned that the Seychelles Ministry of Health and the Seychelles Port Authority has denied the MV World Odyssey entry to the Seychelles. Despite multiple appeals and no evidence of […]

  • Anthropology Students Gain a Deeper Understanding of Vietnam War

    Field Classes are a unique way for students to gain understanding of class material by immersing themselves in the history of a certain culture, and Spring 2020 students enrolled in […]

  • Spring 2020 Voyage Itinerary Change

    Semester at Sea leadership, Captain Kostas, and key health and safety advisors have been discussing the impact of the coronavirus on the Spring 2020 Voyage’s future itinerary over the last […]

  • Spring 2020 Vietnam Coronavirus Update

    We recently learned that Vietnamese authorities have imposed a quarantine in Son Loi, a rural farming region approximately 25 miles from Hanoi. We have no reason to believe that any […]

  • Spring Voyagers spend reflective day at Hiroshima

    When reflecting on her time in Japan, Dean of Students Mari Strombom recalled that, “the most memorable experience for me was visiting Hiroshima. The only way that I can describe […]


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