Bridgetown, Barbados

Posted on 8 April 2016 @ 5:53pm

Bridgetown, Barbados

We had a wonderful tour with Ted’s Tours, travelling around the entire island of Barbados.  It was full of magnificent views, beautiful beaches and plenty of jokes.  Our guide, Ted, provided non stop entertainment for the entire day. We stopped at a local bakery and purchased some wonderful pastries.  After lunch we headed to Harrison’s Caves to do a tram tour of the caves. They are beautiful, and the fresh water inside the caves is so clean and pure you can drink straight from them.  After the cave tour we headed to Crane beach and spent the afternoon having some fun in the sun. The surf was good enough to body surf, so a few people rented boogie boards while others played some beach volleyball. Overall it was a wonderful day in paradise!
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A group of students did some volunteer work at the local RSPCA and spent some time walking, bathing and playing with the puppies and kittens.  Another group of students volunteered to plant breadfruit trees as part of the Future Trees program.
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St. Helena, UK

Posted on 24 February 2016 @ 6:14pm

St. Helena, UK

Our time on St. Helena was an adventure and half for the Crew when we dropped anchor near this special English island situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 4000 people, it is famously known as the place the British imprisoned Napoleon from 1815 until his death in 1821.

Cape Town, South Africa

Posted on 24 February 2016 @ 6:01pm

Cape Town, South Africa

With an early 4 am wakeup call this morning, January 18, its not surprising that our energy level was as dim as the light outside. Despite this, we set out on our first step of the expedition on a bus that brought us to the starting point of our hike. Once we arrived, people were much more lively after recognizing just what it was they were doing and were quite excited. At the start of our climb the light was still low and the path barely visible but some crafty students brought along their headlamps to help guide them until the sun began to rise about 30 minutes into our hike. On the way up, some students began with a slow and steady pace, taking their time with many breaks in between and others moved more briskly, eager to reach the top. The higher we went up the mountain the more breathtaking the view of Cape Town.

Tristan da Cunha, UK

Posted on 7 January 2016 @ 3:19pm

Tristan da Cunha, UK

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

Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

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

Natal, Brazil

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

Dakar, Senegal

Our time in Dakar has been quite the cultural experience.

Las Palmas, Canary Islands

Posted on 9 October 2015 @ 3:26pm

Las Palmas, Canary Islands

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

Agadir, Morocco

We had an amazing time in Morocco!

Lisbon, Portugal

Posted on 21 September 2015 @ 2:53pm

Lisbon, Portugal

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.