Viewing entries posted in October 2018

By Land or By Sea: Adventures with Class Afloat

Posted on 30 October 2018 @ 7:31pm

By Land or By Sea: Adventures with Class Afloat

Small change of plans, we were supposed to set sail to Corsica. Instead we ended up on the way to Barcelona to avoid a heavy storm. So far, Class Afloat has been an incredible experience. All my peers are starting to feel like family more and more every day. Waking up every morning seeing the vast ocean makes me realize how lucky I am to get to experience this in my life.

A Blend of New and Old! Class Afloat Explores Valencia

Posted on 30 October 2018 @ 6:57pm

A Blend of New and Old! Class Afloat Explores Valencia

Early on the morning of the 11th of October, the Valencian sun beamed down upon us as we arrived into port. We were ecstatic to see the vibrant greens of the trees and the grass so foreign to our eyes that were used to nothing but an expanse of blue. The boat was still buzzing with activity as students completed classes and watches. Every student was itching to go out and explore this new and beautiful city, but first, duty called. We spent a few hours deep cleaning the entire ship to make it sparkle and shine, scrubbing every surface. The more we worked, the more eager we were to step off the gangway and into the city lying just beyond our reach. Valencia was calling to us, and we couldn’t wait to answer.

Magical Mallorca

Posted on 30 October 2018 @ 5:45pm

 Magical Mallorca

            I had no idea what to expect from Mallorca as it was not on the original itinerary and I had never heard of it before. However, it ended up being one of my favourite experiences so far. I remember when we first docked; there were a series of complaints as we seemed to be in the middle of nowhere with the city barely in sight. We walked in our groups out of the port and into civilization. It was a long walk, around 20 minutes or so, but as soon as we were out, a huge shopping mall appeared and gone were the complaints.

Class Afloat Instagram Top Ten: One Month at Sea!

Posted on 23 October 2018 @ 7:22pm

Class Afloat Instagram Top Ten: One Month at Sea!

CLASS AFLOAT TOP TEN

Selection criteria: Photos must be taken by a Class Afloat student and must have been posted on Instagram (not necessarily taken) during the month for which they are to be considered for Top Ten. 

Surprise port!

Posted on 19 October 2018 @ 2:06pm

Surprise port!

After a great first port of Porto, there were lots of emotions coming back onto the boat. Many people were excited to get sailing to our next port but most were sad to be leaving Porto. The first day back on the boat we started right back into our typical schedule with a full day of classes and watch. After having so much free time in Porto, it was a little hard to adjust to getting back into the schedule.

Porto to Palma de Mallorca: Settling into Change

Posted on 17 October 2018 @ 5:59pm

Porto to Palma de Mallorca: Settling into Change

       After our first voyage and a jaw dropping stay in Porto we are all finally settling into a routine. I find myself often referring to the ship as “home” and that is truly what it is. In these few short weeks we have spent on board, I have learnt so much about life at sea and how important it is to look after yourself, your shipmates, and your ship. We all work together to ensure everybody is safe and happy. As I spend more and more time enjoying the sea, and less time feeding the fish with my vomit, I have gained a great appreciation and respect for the sea. The isolation is something I have grown to love but it is always an amazing feeling to call home once you have service.

Swim Call

Posted on 5 October 2018 @ 3:19am

Swim Call

5:00pm: After completing a trigonometry problem Mariam asks me in a low tone. “Do you think we are going to have a swim call?”

Adventures of Porto, Portugal

Posted on 5 October 2018 @ 2:51am

Adventures of Porto, Portugal

It was 7 in the morning when the Gulden Leeuw made its grand appearance into Porto. The towering tallship was met with bewildered eyes and camera flashes from all angles as we docked at Gaia, a city across the river from Porto.

Porto: The City of Bridges… And Food

Posted on 5 October 2018 @ 2:20am

Porto: The City of Bridges… And Food

After our long 8 day sail from Amsterdam to Portugal, I have insight as to what I will be doing for the next 9 months, and I couldn't be happier. I never expected Porto to be such a lively city. As we sailed into the Porto canal into our dock area, I was truly amazed; it was pure bliss. Watching the sun rise above each bridge as our 230 feet tall ship would underpass each one, you can imagine how beautiful this was.