Atlantic circumnavigation

6,200 Nautical Miles via Boston, Newport, Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Tenerife, Dominica, Guadeloupe, Antigua

Why limit yourself to just one ocean crossing, just one country, or just one continent? Choose the journey spanning over 6,200 miles that offers the best of land, sea, and scuba. Starting at the historical seafaring center of Mystic Seaport, CT we’ll learn the ropes and then voyage East across the North Atlantic to the Portuguese islands of the Azores then to Madeira. From here we’ll head south to the Spanish ports of Tenerife and the Canary Islands before turning our bows west, crossing the Atlantic once again to culminate this incredible journey in the Caribbean against the backdrop of sunrise, sunset, and moonlight.

Scuba dive off the coast of Madeira, known for being one of Europes’ finest diving destinations. Ride camels among the sand dunes on the beaches of Tenerife and wander the streets of the historical markets. 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.

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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!

This is it, the culmination of months of careful planning and eager anticipation – you have arrived in the historical port of Mystic Seaport, CT, Argo’s temporary home. There her crew of 6 staff will be waiting to greet you with a friendly smile. With your gear stowed away in the Laz, and all bags unpacked, Argo will look shipshape and ready to embark on her next adventure.

The next 90 days will see you circumnavigate the Atlantic, following the Tradewinds from Europe back 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.

seamester-orientation

Learning the Ropes
4 days

Mystic Seaport, Connecticut 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*
Start Location End Location
Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, USA Antigua (ANU)
Area Ports of Call
USA Mystic Seaport CT, Newport RI, Boston MA
Portugal Horta, Azores, Madeira
Spain Canary Islands, Gran Canary, Fuerteventura, Las Palmas, Tenerife
Caribbean Dominica, Guadeloupe (Les Saintes), 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.

Italy
Anchors Down -Azores
(2-4 Days)

After a 2,000 nautical mile passage, the volcanic hills of the Azores will be a sight for sore legs to you and your crewmates. Crepes, cafes, and snacks galore will be burned off easily with a few days exploring the natural wonders of this remote archipelago. Soak it all in while you can because as quickly as you arrived, you’ll be back out at sea.

>Next stop: Madeira
Madeira
Madeira
(2-4 Days)

770 miles separate the Azores from Madeira, an archipelago in the North Atlantic south of Portugal, Madeira is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site, several eco marine parks and winner of the 2015 Best Island Destination award, this group of four islands is also an outstanding scuba diving destination and a haven for an endless variety of marine flora and fauna as well as being one of the best spots for whale and dolphin watching.

Madeira offers a warm, year-round climate with mild winters and long summers. Two-thirds of the archipelago is protected, like the Garajau Nature Reserve and the Funchal Eco Marine Reserve. The island is at the top of a volcano on the Tore underwater mountain range and is fringed by reefs full of diverse marine life. Diving access is easy, offering both shore dives and boat dives.

>Next stop: Gibraltar
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.

captain-2

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

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.

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
morocco
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
canary-2
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
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
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
captain
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
Play Video
scuba-semester-abroad
Exploring the Underwater Realm
15-20 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 15 and 20 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 Madeira or the Canary Islands, 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 34
By Lauren S.

Mega Dolphins

Let me just start by saying that today was AMAZING! We had calm seas, a couple of tacks and gybes,…

Read More
Day 3
By Emma M.

Stop, drop and rescue

After the initial shock of our 7am wake up call we are all slowly getting adjusted to our new sleep…

Read More
Day 34
By Lauren S.

Mega Dolphins

Let me just start by saying that today was AMAZING! We had calm seas, a couple of tacks and gybes,…

Read More
Day 3
By Emma M.

Stop, drop and rescue

After the initial shock of our 7am wake up call we are all slowly getting adjusted to our new sleep…

Read More

Trip Logs

Welcome aboard!

This is it, the culmination of months of careful planning and eager anticipation – you have arrived in the historical port of Mystic Seaport, CT, Argo’s temporary home. There her crew of 6 staff will be waiting to greet you with a friendly smile. With your gear stowed away in the Laz, and all bags unpacked, Argo will look shipshape and ready to embark on her next adventure.

The next 90 days will see you circumnavigate the Atlantic, following the Tradewinds from Europe back 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*
Start Location End Location
Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, USA Antigua (ANU)
Area Ports of Call
USA Mystic Seaport CT, Newport RI, Boston MA
Portugal Horta, Azores, Madeira
Spain Canary Islands, Gran Canary, Fuerteventura, Las Palmas, Tenerife
Caribbean Dominica, Guadeloupe (Les Saintes), Antigua
*Please note that all destinations are weather dependent and subject to change.
seamester-orientation

Learning the Ropes
4 days

Mystic Seaport, Connecticut 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.

Italy
Anchors Down -Azores
(2-4 Days)

After a 2,000 nautical mile passage, the volcanic hills of the Azores will be a sight for sore legs to you and your crewmates. Crepes, cafes, and snacks galore will be burned off easily with a few days exploring the natural wonders of this remote archipelago. Soak it all in while you can because as quickly as you arrived, you’ll be back out at sea.

>Next stop: Madeira
Madeira
Madeira
(2-4 Days)

770 miles separate the Azores from Madeira, an archipelago in the North Atlantic south of Portugal, Madeira is home to a UNESCO World Heritage site, several eco marine parks and winner of the 2015 Best Island Destination award, this group of four islands is also an outstanding scuba diving destination and a haven for an endless variety of marine flora and fauna as well as being one of the best spots for whale and dolphin watching.

Madeira offers a warm, year-round climate with mild winters and long summers. Two-thirds of the archipelago is protected, like the Garajau Nature Reserve and the Funchal Eco Marine Reserve. The island is at the top of a volcano on the Tore underwater mountain range and is fringed by reefs full of diverse marine life. Diving access is easy, offering both shore dives and boat dives.

>Next stop: Gibraltar
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.

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
captain-2

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.

morocco
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
canary-2
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
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
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
captain
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

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
15-20 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 15 and 20 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 Madeira or the Canary Islands, 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 34
By Lauren S.

Mega Dolphins

Let me just start by saying that today was AMAZING! We had calm seas, a couple of tacks and gybes,…

Read More
Day 3
By Emma M.

Stop, drop and rescue

After the initial shock of our 7am wake up call we are all slowly getting adjusted to our new sleep…

Read More
Day 34
By Lauren S.

Mega Dolphins

Let me just start by saying that today was AMAZING! We had calm seas, a couple of tacks and gybes,…

Read More
Day 3
By Emma M.

Stop, drop and rescue

After the initial shock of our 7am wake up call we are all slowly getting adjusted to our new sleep…

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
    Master of Yachts 200 Ton Offshore Theory
    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 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.

Meet our team

What's the weather like?

The weather in the North Atlantic at the beginning of the trip should be mild with some cooler sailing conditions as we begin heading west on our return towards North America and the Caribbean. 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 visiting Europe, students will get to sample some classic artisan 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
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 Mystic Seaport, CT (airport code BDL)
  • 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 = $85 | 40-day voyages = $150 | 80 & 90-day voyages = $225) LEARN MORE >
  • Vaccinations (if required/selected)
  • PADI required course books and materials
  • Personal spending money
  • Travel & Tuition Protection insurance – LEARN MORE >
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 Mystic Seaport, CT (airport code BDL)
    • 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 = $85 | 40-day voyages = $150 | 80 & 90-day voyages = $225) LEARN MORE >
    • Vaccinations (if required/selected)
    • PADI required course books and materials
    • Personal spending money
    • Travel & Tuition Protection insurance – LEARN MORE >
  • 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!