Tristan da Cunha, UK

Posted on 7 January 2016 @ 3:19pm

Our journey across the Atlantic to Tristan has been exciting. The winds were on our side, getting us across quicker than anticipated, however the weather was not looking favourable for an early arrival at Tristan, and therefore we had to slow down. The maritime crew worked hard, checking the weather daily to anticipate a day that may allow for us to disembark onto the island. 

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Posted on 7 January 2016 @ 2:58pm

The beautiful island of Fernando de Noronha, with its tropical vegetation, the small wooden huts, the kindly welcoming inhabitants, its blue waters, its beautiful beaches, and breath-taking sunsets was the perfect port to reach after the Atlantic crossing.  We had no port programme, but there were still a lot of exciting things to do on the island.

Natal, Brazil

Posted on 8 November 2015 @ 1:20am

Class Afloat loved Natal! Everybody had a great time right from day one when the port authorities put up a “Welcome” sign for our beautiful ship. During arrival day we held scheduled classes followed by shore leave. Many students took this opportunity to go to the nearby mall to purchase snacks for the upcoming 22 day passage (Nutella is bursting out of every nook and cranny on the Gulden Leeuw!)

Dakar, Senegal

Posted on 20 October 2015 @ 3:43pm

Our time in Dakar has been quite the cultural experience.

Las Palmas, Canary Islands

Posted on 9 October 2015 @ 3:26pm

Las Palmas was a wonderful port. Our ship pulled up next to the cruise ships, with people looking on, envious of our vessel. We received a lot of compliments on the ship while at port!

Agadir, Morocco

Posted on 2 October 2015 @ 2:25pm

We had an amazing time in Morocco!

Lisbon, Portugal

Posted on 21 September 2015 @ 2:53pm

We had a beautiful day out in the sun on a bicycle tour of Lisbon during our port programme day. Our guides, Filipe, Teresa and Louis were wonderful and provided us with a great overview of the history of Lisbon. We headed off in three groups to the old town and centre for the historical part of our tour. Here we learned about the Earthquake of 1755 and the Tsunami that followed shortly afterwards devastating the city. We also learned that Portugal had one of the world's largest dictatorships that ended on April 25, 1974, and the large bridge we crossed under when arriving on the ship is the sister to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and named after the revolution. 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Posted on 4 September 2015 @ 3:15pm

Our students, faculty and mariner crew gathered in the great city of Amsterdam to move into their new home - the majestic ship Gulden Leeuw. Our student crew spent a few days getting oriented to life on the ship, immersing themselves in sail and safety training and getting to know each other.

Horta, Faial, Azores

Posted on 16 April 2015 @ 6:36pm

What a busy port program! First we all went to a museum where we watched and interacted with different sorts of volcano images and volcanic rock. At the same location we were able to walk up a lighthouse to look at the oldest piece of land that was over 50 years old. It was made by a volcano that erupted underwater and came to the surface, hardened and became land. After that we drove to the begining of our 12km hike up Faial Caldera, the volcano on the island. Although it was very foggy and hard to see down into the volcano, it cleared up every once and a while to let us see the beautiful view.  It was a great port program after being at sea for 19 days to get out and stretch our legs.

Olivia O. Alberta, Canada

St. John’s, Antigua- Parent Port

Posted on 23 March 2015 @ 11:02am

Antigua is a green island, with turquoise water and beautiful beaches, but we were mostly excited to see our floaties!  Seeing the Gulden Leeuw majestically approaching the pier with the students aloft was quite impressive, although she looked so tiny beside the huge cruise ships!

 After warm hugs, all the floaties were enthusiastic to get off the boat with family and friends. One night, the Gulden Leeuw had to move from its berth and get anchored in a bay, a nice opportunity for some parents to see her motoring at night or at anchor in the morning.  

The crew was tendered to a nearby beach and some floaties directly at their parent's beach. Wednesday was the port program where everyone could enjoy a high powered speed boat ride to see the beauties of the archipelago, among which, the Great Bird Island, where we climbed a hill to see a magnificent view over the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. We all concluded with a dip in the ocean.

On departure day, it’s with mixed emotions that we looked at the Gulden Leeuw, heading to the Atlantic Ocean. 

Written by Caroline Rheaume, Current Parent.