Virgin Islands to Grenada

1,100 Nautical Miles via The Grenadines, Martinique, Antigua, Saba

Grasp lessons (and earn college credits) in oceanography, marine biology, basic seamanship and leadership–not to mention the wisdom that comes from working with shipmates from across the globe to complete your journey. Study marine biology up-close as you tag turtles at Mountain Point and complete reef check dives in Soufriere, St. Lucia. Climb to… and jump from the top of the Seven Sisters waterfall in Grenada. Dive off Great Dog Island to explore the array of marine life that call a submerged airplane home.

All told, you’ll explore the British Virgin Islands, the islands of Saba, St. Eustatia, The Grenadines, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe and The Saints, Montserrat, Antigua and St. Barts. If you want to see every facet of the Caribbean Lesser Antilles, earn sailing and diving certifications as well as a full semester of college credits–this is your adventure.

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We’re sorry, but there are no planned semesters at this time. Please contact us for more information.

Life Aboard

Sails Up Anchors Down

USF Accredited Academics

Certification Courses

Activities

  • Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
  • Educational & Cultural Tours
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Service
  • Personal Time

The Voyage

Your Adventure Starts Here
Welcome aboard!

The journey begins at our home base at Soper’s Hole in the west end of Tortola. It won’t be hard to find our 88-ft schooner, S/Y Ocean Star, tied alongside the dock with an eager crew of 4 staff waiting to greet you with a smile. After dropping your bags in your cabin, it’s time to take a breath, look around and realize that this beautiful schooner floating atop crystal clear Caribbean waters is now your home and classroom for the next 80 days as you embark on the voyage of a lifetime.

learning-the-ropes-seamester

Learning the Ropes
8-10 days

Early on day two, we cast our lines and the journey begins. As with all Sea|mester voyages, the first week to ten days of the program is a crash course on how to be successful in your new environment. With the guidance of our staff, you’ll learn the in’s and out’s of how to live, work and learn in such close quarters with others – from sailing to cooking and everything in between.

Those new to scuba diving will spend quite a bit of time underwater working towards the PADI Open Water Certification. Those arriving with more experience will get reacquainted with the underwater world by taking a few refresher dives.

During the first week, you’ll also have your first lectures for each of the four college-level courses. While the structure of the syllabi might look familiar, you’ll quickly find that learning from the deck of a boat couldn’t be more different.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Start Location End Location
Tortola, BVI (STT or EIS) Antigua (ANU)
Area Ports of Call
British Virgin Islands Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Peter Island, Salt Island, The Dogs, Sandy Spit, Jost Van Dyke
Leeward Islands Nevis, Antigua, St. Barts, Statia, Saba, St. Kitts
Windward Islands Bequia, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, The Saints, Guadeloupe
Grenada & the Grenadines Grenada, Carriacou, Union Island, Tobago Cays
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.
Play Video
seamester-sailing-video
Rite of Passage
Sailing without seeing land

It’s going to seem like we’ve crammed about 2 months’ worth of information into that first 8-10 day period, but time will fly by as you absorb it all. Station drills, man overboard drills, fire drills… it’s now time for you and your team to put it all to the test with the first of many sailing passages, a 24-hr voyage from the BVI to the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis.

As we turn our bow to the southeast, the rhythm of the trip shifts. With the fundamental knowledge in place, we now embark on the next phase of the expedition, our days alternating between those spent ashore exploring and those on passage, voyaging between six hours and as many as three days to reach a new destination.

horseback-riding-nevis-study-abroad
Anchors Down – Nevis
(2-4 days)

After making it through your first overnight passage from the BVI, you’ll make landfall at the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton.  Here on Nevis you’ll have the chance to explore the capital city Charlestown, hike through a volcanic rainforest to “The Source”, bike tour its hilly and quaint roads or simply enjoy a little personal time on the beach.

>Next stop: Grenada & the Grenadines
study-abroad-caribbean-grenada
Grenada & The Grenadines
(10-12 days)

From Nevis you’ll embark on your longest passage yet, 3-4 days of beautiful downwind sailing to the island of Grenada. During your time in the Grenadines you’ll get the chance to hike to the top of, and jump off the epic Seven Sisters waterfalls in Grenada, tour the unique whaling culture of Bequia or dive the bluest water you’ve ever seen in the Tobago Cays.

> Next stop: St. Lucia
study-marine-science-abroad-st-lucia
St. Lucia
(2-4 days)

Upon arrival you’ll set anchor in Soufriere in the shadow of the Petit Piton, one of the most beautiful spots in all of the Caribbean.  During our time in St. Lucia you’ll work with the local marine park SMMA to spearfish the invasive Lionfish, take a mineral bath at the Diamond Botanical Gardens and get a well-deserved night out in Marigot Bay.

> Next stop: Martinique
adventure-study-abroad-caribbean-martinique
Martinique
(1-3 days)

On the first French Caribbean island you visit during your voyage, Martinique gives you ample opportunity to explore its gorgeous land and waters.  On land you’ll partake in one of the largest hikes of the trip, hiking straight up Mt. Pelee, the now dormant volcano that erupted in 1902 devastating the islands and its residents.  Under water in St. Pierre you’ll get to dive on the myriad of sunken ships the volcano also took with it.

> Next stop: Dominica
adventure-study-abroad-caribbean-martinique
Dominica
(4-6 days)

Nicknamed the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica is often considered one of our students favorite islands of the voyage. With the help of our good friends, local Dominicans Pancho and Sea Cat, you’ll hike through the rainforest to the world’s largest boiling lake, all while refreshing yourself in one of its dozens of natural hot springs. You’ll also spend a day taking a tour of the island eating more deliciously fresh Caribbean fruit than your stomach should be able to handle.

Play Video
Seamester Scuba Diving
Exploring the Underwater Realm
20-25 Dives

Students often tell us they chose this voyage because of the amount of diving and dive training we offer. Whether a deep dive on a 100ft. sunken ship in Statia, or a night dive in Guadeloupe, during your 80 days you’ll likely dive 20-25 times.

If you’re new to diving, you’ll earn the PADI Open Water Dive Certification as well as the Advanced Open Water Dive Certification. Depending on time, conditions and student interest, many groups also earn the PADI Rescue Diver certification. If you’re already an experienced diver, you can work all the way up to the professional Divemaster certification. If you feel that scuba diving is a passion, this is definitely the voyage to consider.

community-service-study-abroad-seamester

Giving Back
20-30 Service Hours

Creating an opportunity to give back to the amazing communities that welcome us is a component of any Sea|mester voyage. While projects vary from voyage to voyage, in the past we’ve done anything from collecting data underwater for local marine parks to building new structures in schools. Our students have also done a little teaching themselves, working in schools to teach local students a little about marine biology and why protecting their environment is critical.

Regardless of the project, making time to give back is a great way to connect on a deeper level to the Caribbean community.

Play Video
accredited-academics-seamester
Academics Aboard
12 USF Credits

Throughout the voyage, it’s easy to forget that this is college even though academics are an integral part of the experience. Our instructors schedule 3 or 4 lectures, discussions, or labs per class each week and each course includes quizzes, research projects, midterms, and finals.

Learning in an environment that combines academia with experience allows you to truly interact with your education. It brings academics to life, adding relevance and practical application to the material. Learning has never been this fun.

Seamester Study Abroad Gap Year Brochure

  • Get Our Online Viewbook

    Full of detailed information about our voyages, staff, and FAQs for you to access anytime
scuba-dive-study-abroad
Anchors Down – Guadeloupe & Les Saintes
(4-6 days)

One of the reasons you’ll love the Caribbean is the cultural diversity between each individual island.  Due to colonization in the 1500s, Guadeloupe & Les Saintes are to this day considered to be a region of France.  The minute you step off the boat you’ll realize that the islands are very much steeped in French culture.  The best examples are found in the Fort Napoleon (yes that Napoleon) in Les Saintes, and the underwater statue of Jacques Cousteau at Pigeon Island in Guadeloupe.

> Next stop: Antigua
study-abroad-semester-antigua
Antigua
(5-7 days)

Directly after visiting two very french islands, you’ll arrive at the very British Nelsons Dockyard in Antigua.  This is one of the world’s only fully restored Victorian era dockyards, which provides an amazing backdrop to your time spent in Antigua.  While here, you’ll enjoy a steel drum and reggae concert at Shirley Heights, walk the historic ramparts of English Harbor and dive the crystal blue waters while anchored outside of Green Island.

> Next stop: St. Barths
surfing-st-barths
St. Barths
(2-4 days)

Surf day!  Although you will certainly enjoy a cup of French espresso in Gustavia, the real adventure begins as we pack a couple of jeeps with surf boards and hit the waves for a day of surfing on St. Barths north shore.  Being another of the Lesser Antilles French islands, you’ll pause at lunchtime for a beach picnic of freshly baked baguette and stinky cheese before paddling back out to catch another wave.

> Next stop: Saba & Statia
local-people-study-abroad-seamester
Saba & Statia
(3-5 days)

These two Dutch islands provide you with yet another culturally diverse backdrop on your adventure through the Caribbean Lesser Antilles.  During your time in Statia you’ll dive the 100ft. shipwreck of the Charlie Brown and snorkel the ruins of Oranjestad’s sunken harbor in search of the elusive blue bead.  At Saba, you’ll test yourself by tackling the 2,855 ft. (1,064 stone steps) tall Mt. Scenery and spend the day learning how to blow glass while visiting the quaint town called The Bottom.

> Next stop: Back to the BVI
Time to Say Goodbye

The best way to explain what it means to say goodbye after such an incredible experience is to use the words from someone who had to do just that…

“It is hard to believe that 80 days have passed by since 15 pale faces climbed aboard Ocean Star for the first time. We have had an amazing adventure over these past 80 days, visiting 13 countries and sailing some 1,320 nautical miles through the Caribbean. We have explored volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls, and beaches; learned about new cultures, languages, and food; scuba dived on reefs of all shapes and sizes; learned science, sailing, diving and even how to cook; pushed ourselves academically, physically and emotionally; and turned a boat of 19 strangers into a home and family. This was a great adventure, but don’t let it be your greatest adventure – keep exploring, learning and pushing yourself.”
S/Y Ocean Star Staff TeamBVI, 2015
Day 79
By Miranda M.

Last Full Day

Good morning Ocean Star!!!! It’s day 79… the last day of our trip. It’s been a long time, and I…

Read More
Day 78
By Carolyn V.

Messy BA Part 2

Anticipating our final movement of the semester onto the dock, my internal alarm clock woke me up at 5 am.…

Read More
Day 71
By Steffen R.

Jo Bean, the Eccentric Glass Lady

We kicked off the day today with some fluffy pancakes prepared by chef Matthew and his team. We prepared our…

Read More
Day 68
By Jade K.

Mt. Quill Hike

This morning we had a beautiful sunrise to wake us up for a delicious frittata made by Joseph. It was…

Read More
Day 67
By Joseph P.

One Last Round

As I’m sure all you parents know, we have a job every day — 18 jobs for 18 people to…

Read More

Trip Logs

Welcome aboard!

The journey begins at our home base at Soper’s Hole in the west end of Tortola. It won’t be hard to find our 88-ft schooner, S/Y Ocean Star, tied alongside the dock with an eager crew of 4 staff waiting to greet you with a smile. After dropping your bags in your cabin, it’s time to take a breath, look around and realize that this beautiful schooner floating atop crystal clear Caribbean waters is now your home and classroom for the next 80 days as you embark on the voyage of a lifetime.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Start Location End Location
Tortola, BVI (STT or EIS) Antigua (ANU)
Area Ports of Call
British Virgin Islands Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Peter Island, Salt Island, The Dogs, Sandy Spit, Jost Van Dyke
Leeward Islands Nevis, Antigua, St. Barts, Statia, Saba, St. Kitts
Windward Islands Bequia, St. Lucia, Martinique, Dominica, The Saints, Guadeloupe
Grenada & the Grenadines Grenada, Carriacou, Union Island, Tobago Cays
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.
learning-the-ropes-seamester

Learning the Ropes
8-10 days

Early on day two, we cast our lines and the journey begins. As with all Sea|mester voyages, the first week to ten days of the program is a crash course on how to be successful in your new environment. With the guidance of our staff, you’ll learn the in’s and out’s of how to live, work and learn in such close quarters with others – from sailing to cooking and everything in between.

Those new to scuba diving will spend quite a bit of time underwater working towards the PADI Open Water Certification. Those arriving with more experience will get reacquainted with the underwater world by taking a few refresher dives.

During the first week, you’ll also have your first lectures for each of the four college-level courses. While the structure of the syllabi might look familiar, you’ll quickly find that learning from the deck of a boat couldn’t be more different.

Play Video
seamester-sailing-video
Rite of Passage
Sailing without seeing land

It’s going to seem like we’ve crammed about 2 months’ worth of information into that first 8-10 day period, but time will fly by as you absorb it all. Station drills, man overboard drills, fire drills… it’s now time for you and your team to put it all to the test with the first of many sailing passages, a 24-hr voyage from the BVI to the islands of St. Kitts and Nevis.

As we turn our bow to the southeast, the rhythm of the trip shifts. With the fundamental knowledge in place, we now embark on the next phase of the expedition, our days alternating between those spent ashore exploring and those on passage, voyaging between six hours and as many as three days to reach a new destination.

horseback-riding-nevis-study-abroad
Anchors Down – Nevis
(2-4 days)

After making it through your first overnight passage from the BVI, you’ll make landfall at the birthplace of Alexander Hamilton.  Here on Nevis you’ll have the chance to explore the capital city Charlestown, hike through a volcanic rainforest to “The Source”, bike tour its hilly and quaint roads or simply enjoy a little personal time on the beach.

>Next stop: Grenada & the Grenadines
study-abroad-caribbean-grenada
Grenada & The Grenadines
(10-12 days)

From Nevis you’ll embark on your longest passage yet, 3-4 days of beautiful downwind sailing to the island of Grenada. During your time in the Grenadines you’ll get the chance to hike to the top of, and jump off the epic Seven Sisters waterfalls in Grenada, tour the unique whaling culture of Bequia or dive the bluest water you’ve ever seen in the Tobago Cays.

> Next stop: St. Lucia
study-marine-science-abroad-st-lucia
St. Lucia
(2-4 days)

Upon arrival you’ll set anchor in Soufriere in the shadow of the Petit Piton, one of the most beautiful spots in all of the Caribbean.  During our time in St. Lucia you’ll work with the local marine park SMMA to spearfish the invasive Lionfish, take a mineral bath at the Diamond Botanical Gardens and get a well-deserved night out in Marigot Bay.

> Next stop: Martinique
adventure-study-abroad-caribbean-martinique
Martinique
(1-3 days)

On the first French Caribbean island you visit during your voyage, Martinique gives you ample opportunity to explore its gorgeous land and waters.  On land you’ll partake in one of the largest hikes of the trip, hiking straight up Mt. Pelee, the now dormant volcano that erupted in 1902 devastating the islands and its residents.  Under water in St. Pierre you’ll get to dive on the myriad of sunken ships the volcano also took with it.

> Next stop: Dominica
adventure-study-abroad-caribbean-martinique
Dominica
(4-6 days)

Nicknamed the Nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica is often considered one of our students favorite islands of the voyage. With the help of our good friends, local Dominicans Pancho and Sea Cat, you’ll hike through the rainforest to the world’s largest boiling lake, all while refreshing yourself in one of its dozens of natural hot springs. You’ll also spend a day taking a tour of the island eating more deliciously fresh Caribbean fruit than your stomach should be able to handle.

Play Video
Seamester Scuba Diving
Exploring the Underwater Realm
20-25 Dives

Students often tell us they chose this voyage because of the amount of diving and dive training we offer. Whether a deep dive on a 100ft. sunken ship in Statia, or a night dive in Guadeloupe, during your 80 days you’ll likely dive 20-25 times.

If you’re new to diving, you’ll earn the PADI Open Water Dive Certification as well as the Advanced Open Water Dive Certification. Depending on time, conditions and student interest, many groups also earn the PADI Rescue Diver certification. If you’re already an experienced diver, you can work all the way up to the professional Divemaster certification. If you feel that scuba diving is a passion, this is definitely the voyage to consider.

Seamester Study Abroad Gap Year Brochure

  • Get Our Online Viewbook

    Full of detailed information about our voyages, staff, and FAQs for you to access anytime
community-service-study-abroad-seamester

Giving Back
20-30 Service Hours

Creating an opportunity to give back to the amazing communities that welcome us is a component of any Sea|mester voyage. While projects vary from voyage to voyage, in the past we’ve done anything from collecting data underwater for local marine parks to building new structures in schools. Our students have also done a little teaching themselves, working in schools to teach local students a little about marine biology and why protecting their environment is critical.

Regardless of the project, making time to give back is a great way to connect on a deeper level to the Caribbean community.

scuba-dive-study-abroad
Anchors Down – Guadeloupe & Les Saintes
(4-6 days)

One of the reasons you’ll love the Caribbean is the cultural diversity between each individual island.  Due to colonization in the 1500s, Guadeloupe & Les Saintes are to this day considered to be a region of France.  The minute you step off the boat you’ll realize that the islands are very much steeped in French culture.  The best examples are found in the Fort Napoleon (yes that Napoleon) in Les Saintes, and the underwater statue of Jacques Cousteau at Pigeon Island in Guadeloupe.

> Next stop: Antigua
study-abroad-semester-antigua
Antigua
(5-7 days)

Directly after visiting two very french islands, you’ll arrive at the very British Nelsons Dockyard in Antigua.  This is one of the world’s only fully restored Victorian era dockyards, which provides an amazing backdrop to your time spent in Antigua.  While here, you’ll enjoy a steel drum and reggae concert at Shirley Heights, walk the historic ramparts of English Harbor and dive the crystal blue waters while anchored outside of Green Island.

> Next stop: St. Barths
surfing-st-barths
St. Barths
(2-4 days)

Surf day!  Although you will certainly enjoy a cup of French espresso in Gustavia, the real adventure begins as we pack a couple of jeeps with surf boards and hit the waves for a day of surfing on St. Barths north shore.  Being another of the Lesser Antilles French islands, you’ll pause at lunchtime for a beach picnic of freshly baked baguette and stinky cheese before paddling back out to catch another wave.

> Next stop: Saba & Statia
local-people-study-abroad-seamester
Saba & Statia
(3-5 days)

These two Dutch islands provide you with yet another culturally diverse backdrop on your adventure through the Caribbean Lesser Antilles.  During your time in Statia you’ll dive the 100ft. shipwreck of the Charlie Brown and snorkel the ruins of Oranjestad’s sunken harbor in search of the elusive blue bead.  At Saba, you’ll test yourself by tackling the 2,855 ft. (1,064 stone steps) tall Mt. Scenery and spend the day learning how to blow glass while visiting the quaint town called The Bottom.

> Next stop: Back to the BVI
Play Video
accredited-academics-seamester
Academics Aboard
12 USF Credits

Throughout the voyage, it’s easy to forget that this is college even though academics are an integral part of the experience. Our instructors schedule 3 or 4 lectures, discussions, or labs per class each week and each course includes quizzes, research projects, midterms, and finals.

Learning in an environment that combines academia with experience allows you to truly interact with your education. It brings academics to life, adding relevance and practical application to the material. Learning has never been this fun.

Time to Say Goodbye

The best way to explain what it means to say goodbye after such an incredible experience is to use the words from someone who had to do just that…

“It is hard to believe that 80 days have passed by since 15 pale faces climbed aboard Ocean Star for the first time. We have had an amazing adventure over these past 80 days, visiting 13 countries and sailing some 1,320 nautical miles through the Caribbean. We have explored volcanoes, mountains, waterfalls, and beaches; learned about new cultures, languages, and food; scuba dived on reefs of all shapes and sizes; learned science, sailing, diving and even how to cook; pushed ourselves academically, physically and emotionally; and turned a boat of 19 strangers into a home and family. This was a great adventure, but don’t let it be your greatest adventure – keep exploring, learning and pushing yourself.”
S/Y Ocean Star Staff TeamBVI, 2015
Day 79
By Miranda M.

Last Full Day

Good morning Ocean Star!!!! It’s day 79… the last day of our trip. It’s been a long time, and I…

Read More
Day 78
By Carolyn V.

Messy BA Part 2

Anticipating our final movement of the semester onto the dock, my internal alarm clock woke me up at 5 am.…

Read More
Day 71
By Steffen R.

Jo Bean, the Eccentric Glass Lady

We kicked off the day today with some fluffy pancakes prepared by chef Matthew and his team. We prepared our…

Read More
Day 68
By Jade K.

Mt. Quill Hike

This morning we had a beautiful sunrise to wake us up for a delicious frittata made by Joseph. It was…

Read More
Day 67
By Joseph P.

One Last Round

As I’m sure all you parents know, we have a job every day — 18 jobs for 18 people to…

Read More

Trip Logs

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Vocational Certifications

Depending upon previous experience, students will have the opportunity to complete a number of the following certifications during their voyage.

  • Seamester is a PADI 5 Star Resort

    Scuba Certifications

    Open Water Diver
    Advanced Open Water Diver
    Rescue Diver
    Divemaster
    Learn more about scuba
     

  • Seamester is an International Yacht Training partner school

    Sailing Certifications

    International Crew
    VHF Operator
    Navigation Master
    Learn more about sailing

  • Seamester Safety Certifications

    Safety Certifications

    Emergency First Response - First Aid & CPR

Need To Know

What is the main focus of this voyage?

Our 80-day Sea|mester voyages offer a comprehensive Caribbean experience in terms of the geographical area covered and both academic and vocational classes and certifications earned. During the program, 12 academic credits are offered for the Seamanship, Student Leadership, Oceanography and Marine Biology classes taught aboard. For those with a keen interest in scuba diving, our Caribbean-based voyages offer the greatest opportunity to experience the underwater realm.

What Experience Do I Need?

None at all. All you need is a great attitude and a willingness to fully participate in every aspect of the experience.

Who will be my staff?

Four professional staff members live aboard full-time. There will be the Skipper, the First Mate and a Marine Biologist (who is typically a diving instructor) and a fourth staff member who could also be a scuba instructor, EMT, Marine Scientist or someone with other special skills. Take a look through our team page for more information.

Meet our team

What's the weather like?

The short answer to this question is, great! Well, usually anyway! In the Caribbean, the trade winds blow a steady 8-14 knots and the average temperature is 80 Degrees Fahrenheit with 76% humidity and 79 Degrees Fahrenheit water temperature. What’s great about the Caribbean weather is that there is always a breeze, so it feels very comfortable almost all the time. Yes, it does rain now and then, but it is more of a tropical shower, lasting only a few minutes, rather than a complete day of rain.

How do I communicate with home?

When we are ashore or close at anchor there will be plenty of opportunities to communicate with friends and family at home. That said, while aboard we have guidelines as to when it is appropriate to use your personal communications devices. The environment we strive to create relies heavily on each individual remaining focused on the group and our experience. Being tied to the modern world of “instant communications” can, in certain circumstances, be a hindrance to the personal and group processes aboard.

Cell Phones: Check with your provider before you go, but so long as you have a sim card, your cell phone will likely work in most global locations.

Internet: While our vessels are not wifi equipped, another way to communicate is by email, text, Facetime or Skype using shore side internet. The internet is often free or available to purchase in most of the locations that we visit.

What is the food like?

Both on the vessel and ashore, the answer is up to you. The vast majority of the meals during your trip are prepared and eaten aboard. For meals aboard, each person on the crew takes a turn as head chef to plan and cook the meals for an entire day with the help of another person acting as sous-chef. We all work to stay within a budget, with both students and staff responsible for stocking the vessels. We endeavor to accommodate everyone aboard while providing what any alumni will tell you, was a great dining adventure. During your free time ashore you will have the opportunity to eat more adventurously. With this voyage being based in the Caribbean, the venturesome amongst the crew will want to seek out some of the traditional West Indian meals such as Chicken Roti or some local Salt Fish.

What's the typical age of the students?

Sea|mester students range in age from 18 through to about 22. Average age is right around 20, yet this can change from voyage to voyage. Give a call through to the office if you are interested in learning more about the student crew.

Nitty Gritty

Flights
Students come from all over the world, so coordinated travel is vital.

You can choose to book on your own, yet we suggest that you start by requesting a quote from one of our recommended travel partners as they will provide you with service on-beyond an online booking service or search engine.

This voyage is scheduled to:

  • Start in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Either fly to St. Thomas (airport code STT) and take a ferry to the BVI or direct to Tortola (airport code EIS)
  • End in English Harbor, Antigua (airport code ANU)

When booking travel, students should be aware that the program start date is the date upon which students should arrive aboard the vessel. The program end date is the date on which students should depart the vessel and start their travel home.

Recommended Travel Agents

a. TRC Travel Center

Leah Hernandez is our primary travel coordinator, and she works for a company called TRC Travel Center. Leah obtains great fares and provides close monitoring and assistance on travel days in case of flight difficulties. Leah will also maintain your flight details in the Student Portal on your behalf, ensuring their accuracy in the event of flight changes. Connect with Leah –
Phone: +1.281.528.7727 (9am – 5pm Central Time)
Email: leahctn68@hotmail.com

b. Global Marine Travel

An alternative is to contact Global Marine Travel (GMT) to request a quote for a “Marine Fare” ticket. Marine Fares may be cheaper or more expensive than a regular fare, but in most cases will be more flexible should you need to change your ticket and will include the provision for a larger number of checked bags. Do the research to figure out which ticket suits you best. Connect with GMT –
Phone: +1.954.761.9595 (24hrs)
Email: info@flygmt.com

When contacting GMT, you will need to reference the following:

  • Organizational Name: Global Expeditions Group
  • Vessel Name (select): Ocean Star, Argo or Vela
  • Vessel Registry: British Virgin Islands

c. Other Booking Options – Air Miles & Self Booking

We cannot be responsible for coordinating flights booked in this way, so please ensure that you are booking the correct itinerary (dates/destination) before purchasing a ticket online or through a source other than our recommended travel partners. If you have any questions regarding the date or time of arrival for your voyage, please call us to confirm any proposed flight itinerary before you book it. Once booked, you will be required to enter, then maintain accurate flight details in the relevant section of the Student Portal.

Travel Docs & Immunizations
Passports

Your passport’s expiration date is of utmost importance to the immigration officials in the countries we visit. Each government mandates a “minimum validity,” with many using a six-month rule, meaning that the visitor’s passport must remain valid for six (6) months AFTER the last day of travel in that country. A few nations have more lenient minimum validity rules, but since we typically visit multiple countries throughout the voyage, meeting the six-month standard is compulsory in most cases. If your passport expires sooner than six months after the final day of your program, we recommend that you talk to the passport office about their backlog and renewal timeframe. You may also contact our office to learn more about whether you would be able to travel on a passport that expires earlier than six months after your trip ends.

Visas

US Citizens: Those traveling on a US passport rarely need to apply for specific country visas in advance of the program. In certain circumstances, we are required to process a vessel cruising permit or visitation visa on your behalf before the trip. If this is the case, we’ll let you know in advance whether there are any steps that we need you to take.

Students traveling on non-U.S. passports: Aside from needing a valid US ESTA to transit through the United States (if applicable), students traveling on a Canadian or an EU passport rarely need to apply for any other specific country visas in advance of the program. Learn more about the ESTA requirements, and whether this applies to you here – https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/.

Citizens of Asian, African, and South American nations may need to apply for specific visas. Since we cannot apply for visas on your behalf, you must take the following steps as soon as you can.

  • Contact our office and request a definitive list of the countries we will visit on the voyage. Please do not rely on the sample itineraries listed on our website.
  • Verify visa requirements for your nationality by contacting the local embassy or consulate for these destination countries.
Immunizations

We know that each individual has unique medical considerations and understand that families have varying opinions on immunizations as a whole. While we are not physicians and cannot provide official or specific medical advice, we recommend that you talk with your healthcare provider to discuss the trip and check that all standard immunizations and boosters are up to date.

The CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website at www.cdc.gov contains an excellent section that focuses on Travelers’ Health. This is a useful resource as you consider which precautions you might want to take. When completing your research, bear in mind that your voyage is almost 100% coastal. Many of the CDC’s recommendations are specific to agricultural or rural areas or regions within the country which we do not visit.

Tuition
Sea|mester tuition includes the following:
  • Sea|mester academic instruction for the applicable courses offered during the voyage
  • University of South Florida (USF) academic credit for all academic classes offered during the program.
  • Full room and board
  • All group excursions, field trips and destination-focused educational experiences
  • Non-professional sailing instruction and certification costs
  • Non-professional scuba instruction and certification costs
Not included in the Sea|mester tuition:
  • Travel expenses from home to the program (flights, visas, ferry, taxi, baggage, taxes, etc.)
  • Required International SOS and MedAire membership & emergency evacuation insurance. (20-day voyages = $50 | 40-day voyages = $75 | 80 & 90-day voyages = $150)
  • Vaccinations (if required/selected)
  • In-country COVID-19 testing fees – Dependent on voyage itinerary and individual country health requirements. Expect $200 to $500 USD.
  • PADI required course books and materials
  • Personal spending money
Travel Protection

We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 09-6257.

Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within15 days (Travel Basic) or 21 days (Travel Select) from the time you make your initial trip deposit. However, the plan can be purchased any time prior to departure.

The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N

Voyage Itinerary

Though the fundamentals of our voyages do not change, specific logistics evolve over time and can be subject to change based on any number of factors, most of which relate directly to risk management planning.

For this reason, the map and voyage timeline portions of this page should give you a basic understanding of the places we’ll go and activities we’ll do, but you should expect your voyage to be unique. If you take a look through the Trip Logs for previous voyages you’ll see that they can differ significantly.

With that in mind, we encourage all students to “live in the moment” while on the program. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

  • Flights
  • Travel Docs & Immunizations
  • Tuition
  • Voyage Itinerary
  • Students come from all over the world, so coordinated travel is vital.

    You can choose to book on your own, yet we suggest that you start by requesting a quote from one of our recommended travel partners as they will provide you with service on-beyond an online booking service or search engine.

    This voyage is scheduled to:

    • Start in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Either fly to St. Thomas (airport code STT) and take a ferry to the BVI or direct to Tortola (airport code EIS)
    • End in English Harbor, Antigua (airport code ANU)

    When booking travel, students should be aware that the program start date is the date upon which students should arrive aboard the vessel. The program end date is the date on which students should depart the vessel and start their travel home.

    Recommended Travel Agents

    a. TRC Travel Center

    Leah Hernandez is our primary travel coordinator, and she works for a company called TRC Travel Center. Leah obtains great fares and provides close monitoring and assistance on travel days in case of flight difficulties. Leah will also maintain your flight details in the Student Portal on your behalf, ensuring their accuracy in the event of flight changes. Connect with Leah –
    Phone: +1.281.528.7727 (9am – 5pm Central Time)
    Email: leahctn68@hotmail.com

    b. Global Marine Travel

    An alternative is to contact Global Marine Travel (GMT) to request a quote for a “Marine Fare” ticket. Marine Fares may be cheaper or more expensive than a regular fare, but in most cases will be more flexible should you need to change your ticket and will include the provision for a larger number of checked bags. Do the research to figure out which ticket suits you best. Connect with GMT –
    Phone: +1.954.761.9595 (24hrs)
    Email: info@flygmt.com

    When contacting GMT, you will need to reference the following:

    • Organizational Name: Global Expeditions Group
    • Vessel Name (select): Ocean Star, Argo or Vela
    • Vessel Registry: British Virgin Islands

    c. Other Booking Options – Air Miles & Self Booking

    We cannot be responsible for coordinating flights booked in this way, so please ensure that you are booking the correct itinerary (dates/destination) before purchasing a ticket online or through a source other than our recommended travel partners. If you have any questions regarding the date or time of arrival for your voyage, please call us to confirm any proposed flight itinerary before you book it. Once booked, you will be required to enter, then maintain accurate flight details in the relevant section of the Student Portal.

  • Passports

    Your passport’s expiration date is of utmost importance to the immigration officials in the countries we visit. Each government mandates a “minimum validity,” with many using a six-month rule, meaning that the visitor’s passport must remain valid for six (6) months AFTER the last day of travel in that country. A few nations have more lenient minimum validity rules, but since we typically visit multiple countries throughout the voyage, meeting the six-month standard is compulsory in most cases. If your passport expires sooner than six months after the final day of your program, we recommend that you talk to the passport office about their backlog and renewal timeframe. You may also contact our office to learn more about whether you would be able to travel on a passport that expires earlier than six months after your trip ends.

    Visas

    US Citizens: Those traveling on a US passport rarely need to apply for specific country visas in advance of the program. In certain circumstances, we are required to process a vessel cruising permit or visitation visa on your behalf before the trip. If this is the case, we’ll let you know in advance whether there are any steps that we need you to take.

    Students traveling on non-U.S. passports: Aside from needing a valid US ESTA to transit through the United States (if applicable), students traveling on a Canadian or an EU passport rarely need to apply for any other specific country visas in advance of the program. Learn more about the ESTA requirements, and whether this applies to you here – https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/.

    Citizens of Asian, African, and South American nations may need to apply for specific visas. Since we cannot apply for visas on your behalf, you must take the following steps as soon as you can.

    • Contact our office and request a definitive list of the countries we will visit on the voyage. Please do not rely on the sample itineraries listed on our website.
    • Verify visa requirements for your nationality by contacting the local embassy or consulate for these destination countries.
    Immunizations

    We know that each individual has unique medical considerations and understand that families have varying opinions on immunizations as a whole. While we are not physicians and cannot provide official or specific medical advice, we recommend that you talk with your healthcare provider to discuss the trip and check that all standard immunizations and boosters are up to date.

    The CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website at www.cdc.gov contains an excellent section that focuses on Travelers’ Health. This is a useful resource as you consider which precautions you might want to take. When completing your research, bear in mind that your voyage is almost 100% coastal. Many of the CDC’s recommendations are specific to agricultural or rural areas or regions within the country which we do not visit.

  • Sea|mester tuition includes the following:
    • Sea|mester academic instruction for the applicable courses offered during the voyage
    • University of South Florida (USF) academic credit for all academic classes offered during the program.
    • Full room and board
    • All group excursions, field trips and destination-focused educational experiences
    • Non-professional sailing instruction and certification costs
    • Non-professional scuba instruction and certification costs
    Not included in the Sea|mester tuition:
    • Travel expenses from home to the program (flights, visas, ferry, taxi, baggage, taxes, etc.)
    • Required International SOS and MedAire membership & emergency evacuation insurance. (20-day voyages = $50 | 40-day voyages = $75 | 80 & 90-day voyages = $150)
    • Vaccinations (if required/selected)
    • In-country COVID-19 testing fees – Dependent on voyage itinerary and individual country health requirements. Expect $200 to $500 USD.
    • PADI required course books and materials
    • Personal spending money
    Travel Protection

    We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.

    For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click on the link below or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 09-6257.

    Please Note: To be eligible for the waiver of pre-existing medical condition exclusion, the protection plan must be purchased within15 days (Travel Basic) or 21 days (Travel Select) from the time you make your initial trip deposit. However, the plan can be purchased any time prior to departure.

    The product descriptions provided here are only brief summaries and may be changed without notice. The full coverage terms and details, including limitations and exclusions, are contained in the insurance policy. Travelex CA Agency License #0D10209. All products listed are underwritten by, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company (formerly known as Stonewall Insurance Company), 1314 Douglas Street, Suite 1400, Omaha, NE 68102. 11.17 E7N

  • Though the fundamentals of our voyages do not change, specific logistics evolve over time and can be subject to change based on any number of factors, most of which relate directly to risk management planning.

    For this reason, the map and voyage timeline portions of this page should give you a basic understanding of the places we’ll go and activities we’ll do, but you should expect your voyage to be unique. If you take a look through the Trip Logs for previous voyages you’ll see that they can differ significantly.

    With that in mind, we encourage all students to “live in the moment” while on the program. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!