Mediterranean to Caribbean

Aboard S/Y Argo

6,500 Nautical Miles via

Why limit yourself to just one ocean, country or continent? Choose the journey spanning over 6,500 miles that offers the best of land and sea. Sail the Mediterranean, cross the Atlantic and cruise the Caribbean against the backdrop of sunrise, sunset and moonlight.

Gaze at the Pantheon and Coliseum in Rome. Tour the ancient fortress town of Bonifacio – a mountain in the sea with over 1,700 summits and water so clear that visibility is perfect even at 50 feet below. Ride camels among the sand dunes on the beaches of Agadir and wander in the courtyard of the King’s Palace in Casablanca. Conquer our longest sailing passage and experience deep blue freedom in every direction as you cross the Atlantic with pilot whales, bioluminescent plankton and flying fish. Night dive over vivid Caribbean Reefs. As your journey closes, realize that the greatest achievement of your voyage is that it was accomplished by you.

  • Days
  • Credits
  • Students
  • Term
  • Availability
  • Tuition (USD)
Fall / Sep 15 - Dec 13, 2018
  • 90
  • 12 credits
  • 24
  • Fall
  • Open
  • TBA

Life Aboard

Sails Up Anchors Down

The Voyage

Your Adventure Starts Here
Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
France Nice, St. Tropez, Cannes, Villefranche
Italy Civitavecchia, Porto Venere, La Spezia, Rome, Elba, Corsica, Sardinia
Monte Carlo Monaco
Spain The Balearic Islands of Minorca and Mallorca, Barcelona, Cartegena, Grenada/Motril
Gibraltar Gibraltar
Africa (Morocco) Essaouira, Agadir
Canary Islands Fuerteventura, Las Palmas
Caribbean Dominica, Les Saints, Antigua
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.

 

Day 81
By Seamester Staff

Day 81 – Your Adventure Starts Here

Today, we went on yet another hike; or at least a few of us went. Pancho took us to another …

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Day 79
By Raymond. F

Day 79 – Behind The Scenes

Today was another great day on the beautiful island of Dominica. The start of the day consisted of eating delicious …

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Day 78
By Ian. M

Day 78 – The Joy Of Teaching

Our students set off today to visit a local middle school here in Dominica. Having crossed an ocean together, the …

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Day 58
By Danielle. P

Day 58 – Cross Your Fingers And Cross An Ocean

The day has finally arrived- we are officially underway to Dominica! Today after breakfast, we practiced more CPR and First …

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Day 57
By Trevor. M

Day 57 – That Looks Like Enough Food To Feed 27 For 3 Weeks

This morning I woke everyone up and played some grateful dead over the speakers. We didn’t have any eggs, so …

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Day 56
By Richard. C

Day 56 – Presidents And Mountainsides

The crew of Argo awoke today to the much-anticipated news coming from half way around the world. Some rejoiced in …

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Day 54
By William. H

Day 54 – “Daysail”

Life continues on ArgoThis morning got started a bit slow. We got up late, and passage prep was hectic. But …

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Day 49
By Carmen. C

Day 49 – Guys, We’re In Africa!

The title is an “Endless Summer” reference, if you were wondering.This morning we awoke to a beautiful sunrise over our …

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Day 48
By Thomas. G

Day 48 – That’s Just The Wave

The crew woke up early to hit the beach. Our morning started with a lesson from Carolyn–the science behind catching …

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Day 47
By Tina. D

Day 47 – Waking Up In The Atlas Mountains

After a good night’s sleep Argo’s crew woke up bright and early in Terres D’amanar, crawling out from under cozy, …

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Trip Logs

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
France Nice, St. Tropez, Cannes, Villefranche
Italy Civitavecchia, Porto Venere, La Spezia, Rome, Elba, Corsica, Sardinia
Monte Carlo Monaco
Spain The Balearic Islands of Minorca and Mallorca, Barcelona, Cartegena, Grenada/Motril
Gibraltar Gibraltar
Africa (Morocco) Essaouira, Agadir
Canary Islands Fuerteventura, Las Palmas
Caribbean Dominica, Les Saints, Antigua
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.

 

Day 81
By Seamester Staff

Day 81 – Your Adventure Starts Here

Today, we went on yet another hike; or at least a few of us went. Pancho took us to another …

Read More
Day 79
By Raymond. F

Day 79 – Behind The Scenes

Today was another great day on the beautiful island of Dominica. The start of the day consisted of eating delicious …

Read More
Day 78
By Ian. M

Day 78 – The Joy Of Teaching

Our students set off today to visit a local middle school here in Dominica. Having crossed an ocean together, the …

Read More
Day 58
By Danielle. P

Day 58 – Cross Your Fingers And Cross An Ocean

The day has finally arrived- we are officially underway to Dominica! Today after breakfast, we practiced more CPR and First …

Read More
Day 57
By Trevor. M

Day 57 – That Looks Like Enough Food To Feed 27 For 3 Weeks

This morning I woke everyone up and played some grateful dead over the speakers. We didn’t have any eggs, so …

Read More
Day 56
By Richard. C

Day 56 – Presidents And Mountainsides

The crew of Argo awoke today to the much-anticipated news coming from half way around the world. Some rejoiced in …

Read More
Day 54
By William. H

Day 54 – “Daysail”

Life continues on ArgoThis morning got started a bit slow. We got up late, and passage prep was hectic. But …

Read More
Day 49
By Carmen. C

Day 49 – Guys, We’re In Africa!

The title is an “Endless Summer” reference, if you were wondering.This morning we awoke to a beautiful sunrise over our …

Read More
Day 48
By Thomas. G

Day 48 – That’s Just The Wave

The crew woke up early to hit the beach. Our morning started with a lesson from Carolyn–the science behind catching …

Read More
Day 47
By Tina. D

Day 47 – Waking Up In The Atlas Mountains

After a good night’s sleep Argo’s crew woke up bright and early in Terres D’amanar, crawling out from under cozy, …

Read More

Trip Logs

Need More Information?

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
       Master of Yachts 200 Ton Offshore Theory
       Learn more about sailing

Need To Know

What is the main focus of this voyage?

Our 90-day Global Sea|mester Voyages offer the most comprehensive experience in terms of the geographical area covered and both academic and vocational classes and certifications earned. During the program, up to 12 academic credits are offered for the Seamanship, Student Leadership, Oceanography, and Marine Biology classes taught aboard. In addition, there are several vocational courses offered for those looking to further their professional development in the maritime industry. For more information on our classes, please visit our academics page.

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?

Six professional staff members live aboard full-time. There will be the Skipper, the First and Second Mate and two Marine Biologists (who are typically scuba diving instructors) and a sixth staff member who could also be an EMT or someone with other special skills. Take a look through our team page for more information.

What's the weather like?

The weather in the Mediterranean at the beginning of the trip should be mild with some cooler sailing conditions as we begin heading west into the Northern Atlantic. It is likely that we will see varying weather conditions during our south and then westbound crossings from Gibraltar to Antigua via the Canary Islands. Once heading west we will sail into increasingly warm tropical weather and into the refreshing Caribbean trade winds.

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 starting in Europe, students will get to sample some classic French bread, stinky cheese and tapas! Once across the Atlantic Ocean, the South American and West Indian influence will take over and by the end of the trip most of the crew will have hopefully tried a Chicken Roti in Antigua.

Nitty Gritty

Flights
As our students fly from all points of the compass, the Sea|mester tuition does not include the cost of travel to and from the program.

This voyage will begin in Nice, France (airport code NCE) and end on the island of Antigua (airport code ANU) in the West Indies. Nice is usually reached via a London or Paris connection although there are direct US flights. Antigua is served by a number of US carriers from their east coast hubs.

Booking Travel

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.

For specific information on travel itineraries and costs, we suggest that you contact our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez from TRC Travel Center. Leah has helped us organize our global travel for years. She can be reached on 1.800.329.9000 (Texas 281.528.7727) or by email at leahctn68@hotmail.com

Travel Docs & Vaccinations
Skip the stress and plan ahead

Sea|mester cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. All US and Canadian students traveling on this voyage need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from the Program. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas. To confirm whether or not a visa is required for any part of this voyage, please call us on +1.941.924.2900

Sea|mester understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, Sea|mester does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic. We do ask that all students check that their Tetanus and Hepatitis B inoculations are up-to-date.

Tuition
Sea|mester tuition covers 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 fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included.

Insure Your Investment

Although optional, we highly recommend that you purchase insurance to protect your tuition payment against trip cancellation and interruption as well as make provision for emergency medical transportation services.

This coverage is suggested yet optional; about one half of our students purchase it. You are welcome to choose any travel insurance, yet we recommend that you start by looking at the plans provided by Travelex.

Travelex offers a number of standard plans. For this reason, you will need to visit their website so as to determine which plan best fits your needs, then complete the process online using their ‘Get a Quote’ wizard. Click on the link below to start your quote.
Learn More about Travelex

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 & Vaccinations
  • Tuition
  • Voyage Itinerary
  • As our students fly from all points of the compass, the Sea|mester tuition does not include the cost of travel to and from the program.

    This voyage will begin in Nice, France (airport code NCE) and end on the island of Antigua (airport code ANU) in the West Indies. Nice is usually reached via a London or Paris connection although there are direct US flights. Antigua is served by a number of US carriers from their east coast hubs.

    Booking Travel

    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.

    For specific information on travel itineraries and costs, we suggest that you contact our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez from TRC Travel Center. Leah has helped us organize our global travel for years. She can be reached on 1.800.329.9000 (Texas 281.528.7727) or by email at leahctn68@hotmail.com

  • Skip the stress and plan ahead

    Sea|mester cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. All US and Canadian students traveling on this voyage need to have a passport which is valid for a minimum of six months after the date of departure from the Program. Visitors from certain countries other than the US, UK and Canada may require visas. To confirm whether or not a visa is required for any part of this voyage, please call us on +1.941.924.2900

    Sea|mester understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, Sea|mester does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic. We do ask that all students check that their Tetanus and Hepatitis B inoculations are up-to-date.

  • Sea|mester tuition covers 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 fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation, including in-country flights, are not included.

    Insure Your Investment

    Although optional, we highly recommend that you purchase insurance to protect your tuition payment against trip cancellation and interruption as well as make provision for emergency medical transportation services.

    This coverage is suggested yet optional; about one half of our students purchase it. You are welcome to choose any travel insurance, yet we recommend that you start by looking at the plans provided by Travelex.

    Travelex offers a number of standard plans. For this reason, you will need to visit their website so as to determine which plan best fits your needs, then complete the process online using their ‘Get a Quote’ wizard. Click on the link below to start your quote.
    Learn More about Travelex

  • 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!