2018-2019 Homecoming Voyage: December 28, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore below to get all of your questions answered about the Semester at Sea 2018-2019 Homecoming Voyage. Find answers to questions about costs, cabins, guests, passports & more!

If you don’t see your question, feel free to email us at homecoming@isevoyages.org.


When does Homecoming registration close?

Registration ends on Friday, December 7 at midnight. Unfortunately we cannot process any registrations after this date.

Are the rates listed per person or per cabin?

The rates listed are per person, based on either single or double occupancy, with a limited number of triple cabins.

About the triples: what if there are only two people in the cabin?

There are a limited number of triples on the ship and we would like to reserve them for groups of three traveling together. There is one price listed for the cabin, and it will be split evenly in three ways between the guests.

Are kids welcome on the Homecoming Voyage?

Yes, kids over the age of two are invited on the voyage. Children are welcome to join all activities on the ship under supervision of their parents.

How much do children cost?

Dependents under 18 years of age sharing a cabin with at least one adult passenger will not be charged. The adult passenger(s) will be charged the full cabin rate. Children may stay in their own cabin if they are over the age of 10, but will be charged the standard cabin rates.

May I invite family members, friends, and significant others who are not SAS alumni?

Absolutely! All Semester at Sea alumni and friends are welcome, including prospective student and Lifelong Learner voyagers.

Will there be Wifi on the ship?

Wifi will not be available on the Homecoming Voyage. There will be a limited number of computers available in the Academic Success Center (library) for participants to use. We also recommend setting up an international plan on your cell phone so you may easily connect to email and phone services while in Ensenada on December 30.

How will I be assigned a cabin?

Please select your cabin type preference on the registration form, including the deck number and capacity. All cabins will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

If I am traveling alone, will ISE put me in a room with someone else traveling alone?

ISE will not match random roommates. All passengers traveling alone will pay the single room rate for their desired cabin category.

Is there a discount for groups?

There are no group discounts available.

Does everyone need a passport?

Yes, all passengers, including children, are required to have a valid passport. A passport card will not suffice. All passports must be valid through at least July 1, 2019.

Are meals included in the registration rate?

Yes. Meals, taxes, and passage fare are included. Alcoholic beverages, food from the snack bars, crew gratuities, and in-country program fees are not included and will be charged to your shipboard account.

What should I do if I have special needs?

There is a place on the registration form to list any special needs you may have. Traveling on a ship can pose many challenges for those individuals with physical impairments, including moving on uneven surfaces and steep gangway steps, or those with special dietary needs. Semester at Sea remains committed to providing travel, work, and study opportunities for everyone. We will evaluate each situation individually and make every possible effort to accommodate the special needs of each participant.

How can I change some of my registration information for me and/or my guest(s)?

You can make changes to your registration by calling 800.854.0195 or by emailing homecoming@isevoyages.org.

When will I pay for the voyage?

Passage fare will not be charged or collected until Tuesday, January 1, 2019, when the voyage returns to San Diego, California. The credit card you provide to the ship at the beginning of the voyage for on-board purchases will be used to pay for your passage fare.

What if I need to cancel?

There is no penalty if you cancel by November 15, 2018. Cancellations made between November 16 and December 1 will incur a $200 fee. Cancellations made after December 1 will incur a $500 fee.

What type of outlets are on the MV World Odyssey?

All outlets on the MV World Odyssey are European (220v). You must bring an adaptor/converter if you want to plug in your electronic devices while on the ship.

What is the attire for the Homecoming Voyage?

Casual dress is appropriate while on-board, with cocktail or dressy attire for the New Year’s Eve Celebration. Consider bringing comfortable walking shoes, a sweater or jacket (as the air conditioning on board can be chilly) and a swim suit for on the ship or in port.

What time can I board the MV World Odyssey for the Homecoming Voyage?

Boarding will be from 1 – 4 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2018, at the Port of San Diego, CA.

What do I do with my luggage when I get to the ship?

You will be given a luggage tag with your name and cabin assignment listed. Our ship staff will deliver your luggage to your cabin.

I'm traveling with my spouse or partner. Is it possible to push the single beds together?

Unfortunately, we are not able to push single beds together. Most double and triple cabins are set up for the student voyagers, and beds cannot be pushed together as they are bolted to the cabin floors.

How do I find out about Field Programs during our day in Ensenada?

Once available, information about In-Country Field Programs will be available on our website under the menu item “In-Country Programs.”  For more information, email homecoming@isevoyages.org.

Is there anything I cannot bring onto the ship?

No alcohol is permitted to be carried on-board the ship. Please also review the prohibited items list online for more information.