Fall 2021
Europe, Canals, & Beyond
Voyage Overview

Europe, Canals, & Beyond

105 Days, 13 Countries, 13 Cities, 3 Continents

Semester at Sea Fall Semester 2021

Exploring countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia, this voyage gives participants a truly global study abroad experience on our floating campus!

Embark: Sep 9, Amsterdam, Netherlands Disembark: Dec 22, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Itinerary: Iceland, Poland, Sweden, Kiel Canal Transit, Ireland, Portugal, Morocco, Spain, Croatia, Greece, Israel, Suez Canal Transit, India Apply Now
Embark Sep 9 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep 16 - Sep 19
Port of Reykjavik

Iceland, island country located in the North Atlantic Ocean. Lying on the constantly active geologic border between North America and Europe, Iceland is a land of vivid contrasts of climate, geography, and culture. Sparkling glaciers, such as Vatna Glacier (Vatnajökull), Europe’s largest, lie across its ruggedly beautiful mountain ranges; abundant hot geysers provide heat for many of the country’s homes and buildings and allow for hothouse agriculture year-round; and the offshore Gulf Stream provides a surprisingly mild climate for what is one of the northernmost inhabited places on the planet.

  • Location: Europe
  • Capital: Reykjavík
  • Language(s): Icelandic
  • Common Religion(s): Lutheran State Church
  • Government: Unitary State, Parliamentary republic
  • Currency: Icelandic króna
  • Population: 356,991 (2019)

Source: www.britannica.com

Sep 27 - Sep 30
Port of Gdansk

Poland's history as a state began near the middle of the 10th century. By the mid-16th century, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth ruled a vast tract of land in Central and Eastern Europe. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive.

  • Location: Central Europe, east of Germany
  • Capital: Warsaw
  • Language(s): Polish, Silesian
  • Common Religion(s): Roman Catholicism
  • Government: Democracy, Republic, Parliament republic
  • Currency: Polish złoty
  • Population: 37.97 million (2019)

Oct 3 - Oct 6
Port of Stockholm

Sweden’s cultural heritage is an interweaving of a uniquely Swedish sensibility with ideas and impulses taken from other, larger cultures. Swedish art, poetry, literature, music, textiles, dance, and design are deeply infused with a primal relationship with the Nordic landscape and climate, but Swedes also have long been attracted to the greatness of the cultures of such countries as France and Germany, and influences from these and other European cultures have contributed to the development of Swedish literature, fashion, and cultural debate, as well as to the Swedish language itself.

  • Location: Europe
  • Capital: Stockholm
  • Language(s): Swedish
  • Common Religion(s): Church of Sweden (57.7%), Unaffiliated (33.5%)
  • Government: Parliamentary system, Unitary state, Hereditary Monarchy, Representative democracy, Constitutional monarchy
  • Currency: Swedish krona
  • Population: 10.23 million (2019)

Source: www.britannica.com

Kiel Canal Transit
Oct 9 - Oct 9
Kiel Canal Transit
Kiel Canal Transit

Kiel Canal, German Nord-Ostsee-Kanal, English North Sea–Baltic Sea Canal, waterway in northern Germany, extending eastward for 98 km (61 miles) from Brunsbüttelkoog (on the North Sea, at the mouth of the Elbe River) to Holtenau (at Kiel Harbour on the Baltic Sea). The canal has been enlarged twice and is today 160 metres (526 feet) wide and 11 metres (37 feet) deep and is spanned by seven high-level bridges that have about 43 metres (140 feet) of clearance for ships beneath them. The locks are 45 metres (146 feet) wide by 327 metres (1,072 feet) long. The canal constitutes the safest, most convenient, shortest, and cheapest shipping route between the two seas.

Source: www.britannica.com

Oct 14 - Oct 17
Port of Dublin

Celtic tribes arrived on the island between 600 and 150 B.C. Norman invasions began in the 12th century and set off more than seven centuries of Anglo-Irish struggle marked by fierce rebellions and harsh repressions. The modern Irish state traces its origins to the failed 1916 Easter Monday Uprising that touched off several years of guerrilla warfare resulting in independence from the UK in 1921 for 26 southern counties; six northern (Ulster) counties remained part of the UK.

  • Location: Western Europe, occupying five-sixths of the island of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Great Britain
  • Capital: Dublin
  • Language(s): English, Irish
  • Common Religion(s): Catholic Church
  • Government: Parliamentary system, Liberal democracy, Constitutional republic, Unitary state, Parliamentary republic
  • Currency: Euro
  • Population: 4.904 million (2019)

Oct 22 - Oct 25
Port of Leixões

An independent kingdom since 1143, Portugal is one of the oldest nations in Europe and was one of the world's major economic, political, and cultural powers during the 15th and 16th centuries. Mainland Portugal is part of the Iberian Peninsula at the southwestern edge of Europe. It is bordered by Spain to the north and east and the Atlantic Ocean to the west and south. The country also includes the Madeira island group and the nine islands of the Azores archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean.

Sources: U.S. State Department, AngloInfo

  • Location: Europe
  • Capital: Lisbon
  • Language(s): Portuguese
  • Common Religion(s): Christianity, mainly Catholicism
  • Government: Republic, Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Democratic Republic
  • Currency: Euro
  • Population: 10.28 million (2019)

Oct 28 - Nov 1
Port of Casablanca

The Kingdom of Morocco is an immensely rich cultural center point of north-western Africa that exudes influences of all of the proximal regions, including Spain and the Mediterranean, Egypt, the Sahara Desert, and the Atlas Mountains. The port of Casablanca, established in the 20th century, is a busy metropolis and home to the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest in the world after Mecca. This enormous structure, resting at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, was built by 30,000 workers over a period of five years, officially opening in 1993.

Source: CIA Factbook

  • Location: Northern Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, between Algeria and Western Sahara
  • Capital: Rabat
  • Language(s): Arabic, Tamazight, Tachelhit, Tarifit, French
  • Common Religion(s): Islam
  • Government: Monarchy, Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy
  • Currency: Moroccan dirham
  • Population: 36.47 million (2019)

Nov 5 - Nov 9
Port of Barcelona

Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. More recently the government has focused on measures to reverse a severe economic recession that began in mid-2008.

  • Location: Southwestern Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, and Pyrenees Mountains; southwest of France
  • Capital: Madrid
  • Language(s): Castillian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque, Aranese
  • Common Religion(s): Catholicism
  • Government: Monarchy, Unitary state, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy
  • Currency: Euro
  • Population: 46.94 million (2019))

Nov 15 - Nov 18
Port of Dubrovnik

Across the Adriatic Sea from Italy lies the strikingly beautiful landscape of Croatia. The natural beauty and clear water combine with an abundance of medieval towns making this a hallmark of the Mediterranean. Dubrovnik itself is an enchanting pedestrian city known for its intact city wall and towers; historic churches and museums. The clear waters and abundant marine life make snorkeling a popular activity.

  • Location: Europe
  • Capital: Zagreb
  • Language(s): Croatian
  • Common Religion(s): Roman-Catholic, Orthodox Christians
  • Government: Parliamentary republic
  • Currency: Kuna
  • Population: 4.076 million (2019)

Nov 21 - Nov 24
Port of Piraeus

With more ancient sites than any other country in Europe, Greece is an archaeological treasure.  Philosophers and theologians have long been drawn here to explore the roots of modern thought. Even so, it is the vibrant blues and rugged beauty of the Greek Islands that beckon many visitors away from the crowds of Athens and the Acropolis. Santorini’s picturesque town of Oia is a whitewashed, blue-domed beauty. The sea-side cafes, windmills and nightlife of Mykonos are also draw for many of our participants.  Sandy beaches can be found on Skiathos.

  • Location: Europe
  • Capital: Athens
  • Language(s): Greek
  • Common Religion(s): Orthodox Christianity
  • Government: Republic, Parliamentary system, Constitutional republic
  • Currency: Euro
  • Population: 10.72 million (2019)

Nov 28 - Dec 1
Port of Haifa

Israel is a small country with a relatively diverse topography, consisting of a lengthy coastal plain, highlands in the north and central regions, and the Negev desert in the south. Running the length of the country from north to south along its eastern border is the northern terminus of the Great Rift Valley. The State of Israel is the only Jewish nation in the modern period, and the region that now falls within its borders has a lengthy and rich history that dates from prebiblical times.

  • Location: Middle East
  • Capital: Jerusalem
  • Language(s): Hebrew
  • Common Religion(s): Jewish, Arab, Muslim
  • Government: Parliamentary system, Parliamentary republic
  • Currency: Israeli new shekel
  • Population: 9.053 million (2019)

Source: www.britannica.com

Suez Canal Transit
Dec 3 - Dec 3
Suez Canal Transit
Suez Canal Transit

Suez Canal, Arabic Qanāt al-Suways, sea-level waterway running north-south across the Isthmus of Suez in Egypt to connect the Mediterranean and the Red seas. The canal separates the African continent from Asia, and it provides the shortest maritime route between Europe and the lands lying around the Indian and western Pacific oceans. It is one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes. The canal extends 193 km (120 miles) between Port Said (Būr Saʿīd) in the north and Suez in the south, with dredged approach channels north of Port Said, into the Mediterranean, and south of Suez.

Source: www.britannica.com

Dec 12 - Dec 16
Port of Mumbai

As one of the most populous nations in the world, India is bustling with a vibrant culture influenced by a variety of religions, including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. Explore the Taj Mahal, one of the world’s seven wonders, or travel to the holy city of Varanasi on the Ganges River.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: New Delhi
  • Language(s): Hindi, English
  • Common Religion(s): Hinduism (79%), Sikhism, Buddhism, Jainism, Christianity and Islam
  • Government: Parliamentary system, Parliamentary republic, Federal republic, Constitutional republic
  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Population: 1.366 billion (2019)

Disembark Dec 22 Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Diversion Ports

Over our 57 year history, we’ve learned that itineraries are subject to adjustment. More than half of our voyages have required some deviation from the planned itinerary. The need to change an itinerary prior to and/or during a voyage can arise due to a number of factors: weather, political unrest, and other health and safety considerations. Should there be a need to adjust our published plans, we have identified potential Diversion Ports in each region of our expected travel. These ports are selected based on a number of factors including but not limited to safety, educational value, and operational needs. While we don’t intend to visit these locations, should the need arise, these are the locations that are most likely to be added to this itinerary. Again, these Diversion Ports simply serve as a back-up should anything prevent us from traveling to our planned destinations. 

Fall 2021 Diversion Ports

  • Oslo, Norway
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Cardiff, Wales
  • Southampton, England
  • La Coruna, Spain
  • Cadiz, Spain
  • Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
  • Valencia, Spain
  • Toulon, France
  • Naples, Italy
  • Valletta, Malta
  • Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Other ports may be added as required. Just as our world is dynamic, this list of potential ports is also subject to change. Every destination must pass a comprehensive health and safety assessment, regardless of being a planned or diversion port.

Helpful Documents

FA21 Detailed Itinerary