Spring 2020
A Voyage of Discovery
Voyage Overview

A Voyage of Discovery

106 Days, 11 Countries, 13 Cities, 4 Continents

Visiting North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe, and this voyage gives participants a truly global comparative experience as the ship journeys through various cultures around the world.

Embark: Jan 4, San Diego, CA, United States Disembark: Apr 20, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Itinerary: Hawaii, United States, Japan, Vietnam, Mozambique, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco
Embark Jan 4 San Diego, CA, United States
Hawaii, United States
Jan 12 - Jan 12
Hawaii, United States
Honolulu

The “Aloha spirit” is universal, and certainly contagious, when you set foot onto the Pacific paradise of Hawaii and the port of Honolulu. The small, archipelago state presents a beautiful tapestry of natural sights, including secluded beaches, magnificent waterfalls, and a vast rainforest filled with fauna.

Japan
Jan 24 - Jan 28
Japan
Kobe

The second stop on our itinerary brings us to another Pacific archipelago, and the port of Kobe, Japan. With its blend of modern industry amidst preserved ancient culture, Japan presents a variety of options for experiential learning. Students often enjoy getting a glimpse into traditional Geisha culture, taking a train to Tokyo, or exploring the many options for top-notch Japanese cuisine in the Harborland district in Kobe.

Vietnam
Feb 4 - Feb 16
Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City

(Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam is known for its lush, emerald green mountains, outstanding cuisine, and welcoming citizens. Here you can explore the Cu Chi Tunnels where Viet Cong soldiers lived and fought, travel by boat through the Mekong Delta, sample world-class pho, or bike through small villages. Students often enjoy a three-day trip to Cambodia from Vietnam to interact with an NGO that educates and trains disadvantaged locals in rural areas for employment in the hospitality industry.

Mozambique
Mar 5 - Mar 10
Mozambique
Port of Maputo

Mozambique, a scenic country in southeastern Africa. Mozambique is rich in natural resources, is biologically and culturally diverse, and has a tropical climate. Its extensive coastline, fronting the Mozambique Channel, which separates mainland Africa from the island of Madagascar, offers some of Africa’s best natural harbours. These have allowed Mozambique an important role in the maritime economy of the Indian Ocean, while the country’s white sand beaches are an important attraction for the growing tourism industry.

Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/Mozambique

Official Language: Portuguese
Population: 29.67 million (2017)

South Africa
Mar 14 - Mar 23
South Africa
Cape Town

Whether hiking Table Mountain for one of the world’s best views, riding horseback on safari, or engaging with local entrepreneurs in Cape Town, students always fall in love with South Africa. Full of adventure and captivating sights, Cape Town offers countless opportunities for cultural and natural exploration. Cape Town is also home to world-renowned social rights activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who students just may have the opportunity to meet as he is a member of the Institute for Shipboard Education Board of Trustees… and a big fan of Semester at Sea!

Ghana
Mar 30 - Apr 3
Ghana
Tema: Mar 30 - Apr 1, Takoradi: Apr 2 - 3

Located in West Africa, the nation of Ghana is of rugged, sub-saharan beauty bursting with a unique and thriving culture. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy treks through the Accra plains and neighboring reserves, while those seeking an authentic village immersion experience can make homestay arrangements through SAS field programs. Tour the infamous Cape Coast Castle and Slave Dungeons for a historical African perspective on the 17th century slave trade, easily accessible from Takoradi.

Morocco
Apr 11 - Apr 14
Morocco
Casablanca

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. Teaming with colorful bazaars and exotic culture, Casablanca and nearby Rabat, Fez and Marrakech will give voyagers a taste of a culture far different from any other place.

Disembark Apr 20 Amsterdam, Netherlands