Spring 2024
Asia, Africa, and Europe Exploration
Voyage Overview

Asia, Africa, and Europe Exploration

107 Days, 12 Countries, 13 Cities

Spring 2024 Semester Study Abroad

Embark: Jan 5, Tokyo, Japan Disembark: Apr 20, Bremerhaven, Germany

Itinerary: South Korea, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, Ireland Apply Now
Embark Jan 5 Tokyo, Japan
South Korea
Jan 11 - Jan 14
South Korea
Busan

South Korea, country in East Asia. It occupies the southern portion of the Korean peninsula. The country is bordered by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) to the north, the East Sea (Sea of Japan) to the east, the East China Sea to the south, and the Yellow Sea to the west; to the southeast it is separated from the Japanese island of Tsushima by the Korea Strait. South Korea makes up about 45 percent of the peninsula’s land area. The capital is Seoul (Sŏul).

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Seoul
  • Language(s): Korean
  • Common Religion(s): No religious affiliation, Christian, Buddhism
  • Government: Unitary state, presidential system, Constitutional republic
  • Currency: Korean won
  • Population: 21.71 million (2019)

Source: https://www.britannica.com/place/South-Korea

Hong Kong
Jan 18 - Jan 21
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Hong Kong was governed by Great Britain for decades, but retained many traditional Chinese features. Visit some of the monuments, heritage buildings and historical sites that help give Hong Kong its unique atmosphere. Explore the famous local markets including the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden, Flower Market, and Jade Market. The Man Mo Temple dates back to 1847 and is the oldest temple in the city. Visit to Aberdeen, home to hundreds of people living on fishing junks juxtaposed against a modern high-rise community. Ride the tram up to Victoria Peak for a birds-eye view of the city before taking the funicular tram downhill.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: City of Victoria
  • Language(s): Chinese, English
  • Common Religion(s): Chinese Folk Religions, Buddhism, Taoism, Protestantism, Catholicism
  • Government: Hong Kong Government or HKSAR Government
  • Currency: Hong Kong dollar
  • Population: 7.5 million (2019)

Vietnam
Jan 25 - Jan 30
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.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Hanoi
  • Language(s): Vietnamese
  • Common Religion(s): Atheism, Daoism, Buddhism, Confucianism
  • Government: Unitary state, Communist state, Socialist state
  • Currency: Vietnamese đồng
  • Population: 96.46 million (2019)

Malaysia
Feb 3 - Feb 6
Malaysia
Port Klang

Malaysia is a multiracial, cultural and linguistic state. The Malays are the largest communities that play the most important role in national politics. Bahasa Melayu (Bahasa Malaysia), is the main language of the country. Minangkabau, Bugis and Javanese people can be classified as "Malay" in accordance with the constitution definition, but also can speak in their native language. English is also widespread in major urban areas.

  • Location: Asia
  • Capital: Kuala Lumpur
  • Language(s): Malay
  • Common Religion(s): Islam, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism
  • Government: Democracy, Parliamentary system, Constitutional monarchy, Elective monarchy
  • Currency: Malaysian ringgit
  • Population: 31.95 million (2019)

Source: https://www.malaysia.gov.my/public/cms/topic/47/

India
Feb 13 - Feb 18
India
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. Get a taste of how 70% of Indians live by visiting the rural, traditional Chendamangalam village.

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

Mauritius
Feb 26 - Feb 28
Mauritius
Port Louis

A island nation in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a tropical paradise and the wealthiest African nation. The ship will dock in the capital city of Port Louis, home to the mountain known as Le Pouce, first summited by Charles Darwin and well worth the hike for great panoramic views of the island.

  • Location: Africa
  • Capital: Port Louis
  • Language(s): English
  • Common Religion(s): Hinduism, Christianity, Islam
  • Government: Parliamentary republic
  • Currency: Mauritian rupee
  • Population: 1.266 million (2019)

South Africa
Mar 7 - Mar 12
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!

  • Location: Africa
  • Capital: Cape Town (legislative), Pretoria (administrative) and Bloemfontein (judicial)
  • Language(s): Ndebele, Pedi, Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venḓa, Xhosa, Zulu, Afrikaans, English
  • Common Religion(s): Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, traditional African religions and Judaism
  • Government: Parliamentary republic, Constitutional republic
  • Currency: South African rand
  • Population: 58.56 million (2019)

Ghana
Mar 20 - Mar 24
Ghana
Tema: Mar 20 - 22, Takoradi: Mar 23 - 24

Ghana is a 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.

  • Location: Africa
  • Capital: Accra
  • Language(s): English
  • Common Religion(s): Christianity, Islam, Indigenous religious beliefs
  • Government: Unitary state, Presidential system, Constitutional republic
  • Currency: Ghanaian cedi
  • Population: 30.42 million (2019)

Morocco
Apr 2 - Apr 6
Morocco
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)

Ireland
Apr 14 - Apr 14
Ireland
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)

Disembark Apr 20 Bremerhaven, Germany

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 safety, educational value, and accessibility. While we don’t intend to visit these locations, should the need arise, we’ve made arrangements to allow us to travel to these ports. Again, these Diversion Ports simply serve as a back-up should anything prevent us from traveling to our planned itinerary.

Spring 2024 Diversion Ports

  • Shanghai, China
  • Singapore
  • Surabaya, Indonesia
  • Cochin, India
  • Male, Maldives
  • Victoria, Seychelles
  • Walvis Bay, Namibia
  • Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain
  • Cadiz, Spain
  • Southampton, UK