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. 

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Posted on 4 September 2015 @ 3:15pm

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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.

Class Afloat explores Horta, Faial, Azores

Posted on 16 April 2015 @ 6:36pm

Class Afloat explores Horta, Faial, Azores

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 beginning 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. 

Samana, Dominican Republic

Posted on 19 March 2015 @ 2:47pm

Samana, Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic was a good port. We got to partake in community service projects in Las Terrenas, mine being mural painting at a local school. The theme of the murals was about education, whether it be about imagination, reading, or nature. Our group chose reading, but we managed to sneak in an image of the Gulden Leeuw. While painting the first mural, a few local children came along and asked us if they could help us paint. They painted some flowers and added their handprints on the wall, all the while getting more paint on us than the wall in the process. We also got to sleep off of the ship this port for 2 nights, some students at home stays and some in hotels.

Belize City, Belize

Posted on 1 March 2015 @ 9:26am

Belize City, Belize

The Port Program for Belize was an experience that will never be forgotten. The Mayan Temple was an incredible view I’ve never seen before. I couldn't believe how old all the Temple were. It was cool being able to learn about local history.

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

Posted on 18 February 2015 @ 9:41am

Puerto Limon, Costa Rica

As we tendered off the ship on the morning of the 16th we were all very excited to get to the white water rafting site. We were all very anxious as soon as we saw the rivers after an hour bus ride. We immediately split up into 11 different rafts and got out in the rapids. Each raft had a guide and six crew members. It was incredible to be rushing down the streams that tossed us around the blue 8-foot inflatable craft.