Mediterranean to Caribbean

Aboard S/Y Argo

6,500 Nautical Miles via France, Italy, Spain, Morocco

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 the busy markets of Marrakech. 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
  • Limited
  • $27,370

Life Aboard

Sails Up Anchors Down

Academic Classes

Certification Courses

Activities

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

The Voyage

Your Adventure Starts Here
Welcome aboard!

This is it, the culmination of months of careful planning and eager anticipation – you have arrived in France. After flying into Côte d’Azur airport and collecting your belongings from the baggage claim belt, you will take a quick taxi ride from the airport to Villefranche, Argo’s temporary home. There her crew of 6 staff will be waiting to greet you with a friendly smile. With your dive gear stowed away in the Laz, and all bags unpacked, Argo will look shipshape and Bristol fashion, ready to embark on her next adventure.

The next 90 days will see you sail along the Tradewinds, 4000 nautical miles to the Caribbean, visiting some incredible locations and communities along the way, but for now take a deep breath, relax, call home and get yourself acquainted with the unfamiliar surroundings you’ll come to know as home sweet home.

Learning the Ropes
4 days

Villefranche provides the perfect backdrop to acquaint yourself with life aboard. 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 ins and outs 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 eventually spend time underwater working towards the PADI Open Water Certification. Those arriving with more experience will get reacquainted with the underwater world by taking a refresher dive after we embark.

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*
Area Ports of Call
France Nice, St. Tropez, Cannes, Villefranche
Italy Civitavecchia, Porto Venere, La Spezia, Rome, Elba, Corsica, Sardinia
Monaco
Monte Carlo
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.
Play
Video
accredited-academics-seamester
A New Way to Learn
Academics

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

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

Anchors Down – Villefranche, France
(4-6 Days)

This quintessential Mediterranean town provides no shortage of novelty as you acquaint yourself with life onboard Argo. Peppered with quaint villages, shops, and cafes filled with friendly people – France’s southern coast offers the chance to explore multi-million dollar yachts and Roman ruins in the same day. You’ll get to know your crewmates on a train ride to Monaco for a day spent at the famous Oceanographic Museum and competing in a scavenger hunt.

>Next stop: Italy
Ligurian Coast, Italy
(7-9 Days)

World heritage sites, ancient landscapes, seaside villages, and the birthplace of the modern republic. You’ll explore some of Europe’s most revered cultural sites as well as some of its best-kept secrets. Connect villages through the walking trails and stunning views of the Cinque Terre National Park while also making the obligatory pilgrimage to Rome’s ancient streets. Ports include Venere, Azzuro, Elba, and Civitavecchia.

>Next stop: Corsica & Sardinia
Corsica & Sardinia
(2-4 Days)

Though Corsica and Sardinia are technically parts of France and Italy respectively – these islands provide a very different feel from their mainland counterparts and are diverse enough to be continents in their own right. Visit the birthplace of the Argonauts and the place of Nelson’s legendary navigation. You’ll continue your dive studies and navigate Argo through the steep cliffs that have provided mariners with shelter for millennia.

>Next stop: Spain & Mallorca
Spain & Mallorca
(2-4 Days)

Between the Moorish castle of Granada, the light-hearted city center of Barcelona, and the crystal clear waters of Mallorca – you’ll wonder how one country can encapsulate so much while simultaneously learning what makes them uniquely Spanish. You and your crew will hike the mountains of Soller, have a night out in Barcelona, and spend some time at the beach in one of the world’s largest yacht hubs.

>Next stop: Gibraltar
Gibraltar
(2-3 Days)

The iconic hillsides of this minute territory are almost as captivating a sight as the notorious monkeys that reside there. While climbing, be sure not to take your eyes away from either. This pint-sized peninsula packs a wealth of experiences in the form of elaborate cave systems, a slice of UK living, and cathedral-sized caverns. You and your crew will spend a couple days saying goodbye to mainland Europe on the gateway to the Mediterranean.

>Next stop: Morocco
Play
Video
seamester-sailing-video
Rite of Passage
Island Hopping

One unique aspect of this journey is that the passages basically get longer as you move towards your final destination. Mediterranean society created some of history’s most heroic explorers. This unique corner of the world gave the local people enough natural indicators within their surroundings for them to cross oceans with nothing but a navigator’s skill and intuition. You will follow the trail blazed by these ancient sailors as you spend days at a time in the rhythm of watch teams.

While time seems to stop when you’re out of sight of land, the academic aspects of your journey do not. Classes connect with your daily life through practical application in everything you do. Make no mistake, as a Sea|mester student you are not a passenger, you are the crew responsible for making the ship go. You’ll be an integral part of a watch team sharing the responsibility of navigation, bow watch, engine checks, sail trim and steering the ship to its next port.

First Step to Becoming a Captain!
Academics

For those who have the prior requisite experience, a passion for sailing, and hope to work in the maritime industry, all our 80 & 90-day voyages aboard S/Y Argo offer the Professional Skipper and Crew Training course (PSCT).

Typically only 3 to 4 students will choose to take this course. Students have the opportunity to work towards their Master of Yachts 200 Ton Offshore License by completing the theory portion which means passing a series of in-depth examinations covering subjects such as Meteorology, Navigation, Tides & Currents, and Collision Regulations.

Cultural Exchange
Connecting People with Places

In some ports of call, locals will hardly bat an eyelash when a white schooner with 31 souls drops anchor in their harbor. On the flip side, sometimes Argo can draw a lot of attention. As a result, each port you visit, you’ll find the people to be welcoming, cheerful and unfailingly obliging.

Cultural exchange happens each time Argo sails within sight of land but you’ll have the chance to gain an intimate acquaintance with local customs on each island you visit. Whether it’s picking up a few words of dialect from a local guide or spending an entire day at an elementary school in Dominica, you’ll gain a lifetime’s worth of joy from the people of these ports of call.

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Anchors Down – Morocco
(4-6 Days)

As you arrive on your second continent with Argo, you’ll feel conflicted about leaving the stability of your floating home. Eventually, however, the promise of adventure is sure to plant your feet on dry land. In Morocco, you and your crew will head inland on an overnight trip to Marrakech to explore bazaars, navigate crowds surrounding storytellers, and ride camels over towering dunes. You’ll also get a taste of high-flying adventure traversing bridges and zip lines across the Atlas mountains.

>Next stop: The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands
(2-4 Days)

This expansive archipelago has supported transatlantic mariners for hundreds of years – yet the dramatic landscapes and diverse activities of the Canary Islands remain one of the world’s most underrated destinations. The clear waters and numerous shipwrecks are home to more than 350 species of fish and provide the perfect place to complete your open water certification. You’ll go beyond the stereotypical beach resorts and take advantage of year-round warm temperatures to get your last taste of dry land until the Caribbean.

>Next stop: Dominica
Dominica
(3-5 Days)

There’s no better introduction to the Caribbean than the island of Dominica. After becoming accustomed to life at sea, the high mountains and green hills will seem endlessly surreal. Four unforgettable days in this dramatically new culture will seem to last forever. You’ll explore this nation’s famous fruit farms and stretch your legs traversing the high peaks and thick forests to one of the world’s only volcanic boiling lakes.

>Next stop: Guadeloupe & Les Saintes
Guadeloupe & Les Saintes
(2-4 Days)

Despite being able to see Îles des Saintes from Dominica, you’ll feel as though you’ve traveled back to the Mediterranean after the 20-mile passage. Guadeloupe & Les Saintes are to this day considered to be a region of France so the minute you step off the boat you’ll find yourself fully immersed in this enclave of European culture. Hike to Fort Napoleon, enjoy an espresso after siesta, or take out a Hobie Cat with one of your shipmates to live the lifestyle unique to this small corner of the world.

>Next stop: Antigua
Antigua
(5-7 Days)

Although this is where your journey will eventually come to an end, Antigua will give you the sense that your adventure is only getting started. As the winter home for some of the world’s most iconic classic and modern sailing yachts, Antigua offers the chance to explore British architecture, hike seaside cliffs, and bump elbows with some of the world’s best sailors. Some time at the beach and one final barbecue with the crew provide the perfect opportunity to reflect on just how far you’ve come together.

>Next stop: Real Life
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Video
scuba-semester-abroad
Exploring the Underwater Realm
10-15 Dives

As Argo sails north towards the warm waters of the Caribbean, scuba diving will not only become a more frequent experience but a more exhilarating one as well. Over the course of the 90-day voyage, you’ll become an experienced diver, completing between 10 and 15 dives yet the novelty of breathing underwater will not disappear. Whether working towards a new certification in 15 feet of water, ID’ing fish in the Canarys, or exploring a wreck at 100 ft. – you’ll gain a lifetime worth of stories from places few people get to see.

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.

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…

“ I think I speak for the entirety of the crew when I say, thank you, Argo for this wonderful experience, I will never forget the time I have spent here and look forward to carrying the things I’ve learned here for the rest of my life.”
Veronica M.Antigua
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

Welcome aboard!

This is it, the culmination of months of careful planning and eager anticipation – you have arrived in France. After flying into Côte d’Azur airport and collecting your belongings from the baggage claim belt, you will take a quick taxi ride from the airport to Villefranche, Argo’s temporary home. There her crew of 6 staff will be waiting to greet you with a friendly smile. With your dive gear stowed away in the Laz, and all bags unpacked, Argo will look shipshape and Bristol fashion, ready to embark on her next adventure.

The next 90 days will see you sail along the Tradewinds, 4000 nautical miles to the Caribbean, visiting some incredible locations and communities along the way, but for now take a deep breath, relax, call home and get yourself acquainted with the unfamiliar surroundings you’ll come to know as home sweet home.

Sample Trip Itinerary*
Area Ports of Call
France Nice, St. Tropez, Cannes, Villefranche
Italy Civitavecchia, Porto Venere, La Spezia, Rome, Elba, Corsica, Sardinia
Monaco
Monte Carlo
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.

Learning the Ropes
4 days

Villefranche provides the perfect backdrop to acquaint yourself with life aboard. 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 ins and outs 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 eventually spend time underwater working towards the PADI Open Water Certification. Those arriving with more experience will get reacquainted with the underwater world by taking a refresher dive after we embark.

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
accredited-academics-seamester
A New Way to Learn
Academics

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

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

Anchors Down – Villefranche, France
(4-6 Days)

This quintessential Mediterranean town provides no shortage of novelty as you acquaint yourself with life onboard Argo. Peppered with quaint villages, shops, and cafes filled with friendly people – France’s southern coast offers the chance to explore multi-million dollar yachts and Roman ruins in the same day. You’ll get to know your crewmates on a train ride to Monaco for a day spent at the famous Oceanographic Museum and competing in a scavenger hunt.

>Next stop: Italy
Ligurian Coast, Italy
(7-9 Days)

World heritage sites, ancient landscapes, seaside villages, and the birthplace of the modern republic. You’ll explore some of Europe’s most revered cultural sites as well as some of its best-kept secrets. Connect villages through the walking trails and stunning views of the Cinque Terre National Park while also making the obligatory pilgrimage to Rome’s ancient streets. Ports include Venere, Azzuro, Elba, and Civitavecchia.

>Next stop: Corsica & Sardinia
Corsica & Sardinia
(2-4 Days)

Though Corsica and Sardinia are technically parts of France and Italy respectively – these islands provide a very different feel from their mainland counterparts and are diverse enough to be continents in their own right. Visit the birthplace of the Argonauts and the place of Nelson’s legendary navigation. You’ll continue your dive studies and navigate Argo through the steep cliffs that have provided mariners with shelter for millennia.

>Next stop: Spain & Mallorca
Spain & Mallorca
(2-4 Days)

Between the Moorish castle of Granada, the light-hearted city center of Barcelona, and the crystal clear waters of Mallorca – you’ll wonder how one country can encapsulate so much while simultaneously learning what makes them uniquely Spanish. You and your crew will hike the mountains of Soller, have a night out in Barcelona, and spend some time at the beach in one of the world’s largest yacht hubs.

>Next stop: Gibraltar
Gibraltar
(2-3 Days)

The iconic hillsides of this minute territory are almost as captivating a sight as the notorious monkeys that reside there. While climbing, be sure not to take your eyes away from either. This pint-sized peninsula packs a wealth of experiences in the form of elaborate cave systems, a slice of UK living, and cathedral-sized caverns. You and your crew will spend a couple days saying goodbye to mainland Europe on the gateway to the Mediterranean.

>Next stop: Morocco
Play
Video
seamester-sailing-video
Rite of Passage
Island Hopping

One unique aspect of this journey is that the passages basically get longer as you move towards your final destination. Mediterranean society created some of history’s most heroic explorers. This unique corner of the world gave the local people enough natural indicators within their surroundings for them to cross oceans with nothing but a navigator’s skill and intuition. You will follow the trail blazed by these ancient sailors as you spend days at a time in the rhythm of watch teams.

While time seems to stop when you’re out of sight of land, the academic aspects of your journey do not. Classes connect with your daily life through practical application in everything you do. Make no mistake, as a Sea|mester student you are not a passenger, you are the crew responsible for making the ship go. You’ll be an integral part of a watch team sharing the responsibility of navigation, bow watch, engine checks, sail trim and steering the ship to its next port.

  • Get Our Free Online Brochure

    Full of detailed information about our voyages, staff, and FAQs for you to access anytime

First Step to Becoming a Captain!
Academics

For those who have the prior requisite experience, a passion for sailing, and hope to work in the maritime industry, all our 80 & 90-day voyages aboard S/Y Argo offer the Professional Skipper and Crew Training course (PSCT).

Typically only 3 to 4 students will choose to take this course. Students have the opportunity to work towards their Master of Yachts 200 Ton Offshore License by completing the theory portion which means passing a series of in-depth examinations covering subjects such as Meteorology, Navigation, Tides & Currents, and Collision Regulations.

Anchors Down – Morocco
(4-6 Days)

As you arrive on your second continent with Argo, you’ll feel conflicted about leaving the stability of your floating home. Eventually, however, the promise of adventure is sure to plant your feet on dry land. In Morocco, you and your crew will head inland on an overnight trip to Marrakech to explore bazaars, navigate crowds surrounding storytellers, and ride camels over towering dunes. You’ll also get a taste of high-flying adventure traversing bridges and zip lines across the Atlas mountains.

>Next stop: The Canary Islands
The Canary Islands
(2-4 Days)

This expansive archipelago has supported transatlantic mariners for hundreds of years – yet the dramatic landscapes and diverse activities of the Canary Islands remain one of the world’s most underrated destinations. The clear waters and numerous shipwrecks are home to more than 350 species of fish and provide the perfect place to complete your open water certification. You’ll go beyond the stereotypical beach resorts and take advantage of year-round warm temperatures to get your last taste of dry land until the Caribbean.

>Next stop: Dominica
Dominica
(3-5 Days)

There’s no better introduction to the Caribbean than the island of Dominica. After becoming accustomed to life at sea, the high mountains and green hills will seem endlessly surreal. Four unforgettable days in this dramatically new culture will seem to last forever. You’ll explore this nation’s famous fruit farms and stretch your legs traversing the high peaks and thick forests to one of the world’s only volcanic boiling lakes.

>Next stop: Guadeloupe & Les Saintes
Guadeloupe & Les Saintes
(2-4 Days)

Despite being able to see Îles des Saintes from Dominica, you’ll feel as though you’ve traveled back to the Mediterranean after the 20-mile passage. Guadeloupe & Les Saintes are to this day considered to be a region of France so the minute you step off the boat you’ll find yourself fully immersed in this enclave of European culture. Hike to Fort Napoleon, enjoy an espresso after siesta, or take out a Hobie Cat with one of your shipmates to live the lifestyle unique to this small corner of the world.

>Next stop: Antigua
Antigua
(5-7 Days)

Although this is where your journey will eventually come to an end, Antigua will give you the sense that your adventure is only getting started. As the winter home for some of the world’s most iconic classic and modern sailing yachts, Antigua offers the chance to explore British architecture, hike seaside cliffs, and bump elbows with some of the world’s best sailors. Some time at the beach and one final barbecue with the crew provide the perfect opportunity to reflect on just how far you’ve come together.

>Next stop: Real Life

Cultural Exchange
Connecting People with Places

In some ports of call, locals will hardly bat an eyelash when a white schooner with 31 souls drops anchor in their harbor. On the flip side, sometimes Argo can draw a lot of attention. As a result, each port you visit, you’ll find the people to be welcoming, cheerful and unfailingly obliging.

Cultural exchange happens each time Argo sails within sight of land but you’ll have the chance to gain an intimate acquaintance with local customs on each island you visit. Whether it’s picking up a few words of dialect from a local guide or spending an entire day at an elementary school in Dominica, you’ll gain a lifetime’s worth of joy from the people of these ports of call.

Play
Video
scuba-semester-abroad
Exploring the Underwater Realm
10-15 Dives

As Argo sails north towards the warm waters of the Caribbean, scuba diving will not only become a more frequent experience but a more exhilarating one as well. Over the course of the 90-day voyage, you’ll become an experienced diver, completing between 10 and 15 dives yet the novelty of breathing underwater will not disappear. Whether working towards a new certification in 15 feet of water, ID’ing fish in the Canarys, or exploring a wreck at 100 ft. – you’ll gain a lifetime worth of stories from places few people get to see.

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.

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…

“ I think I speak for the entirety of the crew when I say, thank you, Argo for this wonderful experience, I will never forget the time I have spent here and look forward to carrying the things I’ve learned here for the rest of my life.”
Veronica M.Antigua
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

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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.

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    Scuba Certifications

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

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    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!