Our crew will meet each other in Amsterdam, Netherlands and move into their new home, the Gulden Leeuw. Parents are invited to meet with our faculty, mariner crew and school leadership team, while students will attend orientation, sail training and safety preparation sessions. Students will assist our mariner crew and faculty with final ship preparations before our grand departure. Students and families will have the opportunity to independently explore this beautiful and historic canal city.
The 2018-2019 School Year on board Class Afloat
The 2018-2019 itinerary is an exciting one that offers our crew the opportunity to visit 22 ports on 3 continents! We will explore some of the world's most interesting cultures and natural settings in Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, the Caribbean and South America.
The year will begin on September 4th, 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and finish with our grand return on May 24th, 2019. Graduation will take place on May 25th, 2019.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands |
September 4th, 2018 – September 7th, 2018
Porto, Portugal |
September 18th, 2018 – October 22nd, 2018
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and is best known for its cobbled streets, stunning bridges and production of delicious port wine. As part of our port program, students will tour a port cellar and while they won’t be drinking any Port (rules are rules) students will sample a taste of Fado, a musical genre that originates from Lisbon and can be traced back to the 1820s. Students will also enjoy a walking tour of the old city and time to explore the famous Ribeira district, filled with buzzing restaurants, shops and cafes.
Bonifacio, Corsica, France |
October 3rd, 2018 – October 7th, 2018
Valencia, Spain |
October 11th, 2018 - October 15th, 2018
Famous for its ceramics, tiles, renaissance churches, beaches and intense culture, Valencia is a colourful addition to our 2018-2019 itinerary. Home to more than just the tallest opera house in the world, our students will discover a city that hosts 9km of parkland including the Cuidad de las Artes y las Ciencias – the City of Arts and Sciences, a cultural and architectural complex that, in 2007, was declared one of the “twelve treasures of Spain”.
Funchal, Madeira |
October 24th, 2018 – October 28th, 2018
Essaouira, Morocco |
November 1st, 2018 – November 8th, 2018
Our crew will leave their ship behind for a 4-day trek into the Sahara Desert, crossing the Atlas Mountains, and stopping in ancient villages along the way. In the desert, we will form a Class Afloat camel train for a safari into the Sahara. Upon arrival at a Bedouin desert camp, students will be treated to dinner and an evening of dancing around the bonfire before settling into a night under the desert stars. Long before dawn, we will climb the tallest sand dune to watch the sunrise over the Sahara – an incredible lifelong memory.
La Palma, Canary Islands -
November 12th, 2018 – November 16th, 2018
Dakar, Senegal |
November 24th, 2018 – November 30th, 2018
In Dakar, our students will participate in their first home stay and international volunteer service project of the year. Since it's inception, Class Afloat has undertaken various service learning projects alongside local Senegalese youth. This port visit, and the meaningful experiences our students have, is always a highlight for Class Afloat students.
Fernando de Noronha, Brazil |
December 13th, 2018 – December 15th, 2018
Fernando de Noronha is an archipelago of 21 islands, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The largest island is only 18 square kilometres in size. The ship will anchor off the coast and each morning will begin with a swim call, when we usually see large pods of dolphins swimming by and leaping through the water. Students will explore this island oasis, learning from the local residents, hiking the island’s cliffs, snorkelling and scuba diving among the sea life and visiting the spectacular beaches.
Paramaribo, Suriname |
December 29th, 2018 - January 3rd, 2018
Bridgetown, Barbados |
January 8th, 2019 - January 9th, 2019
Students will begin their semester break after arriving in Bridgetown, Barbados, the island's largest and most vibrant city. This historic city is now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with plenty for our adventurous crew to explore.
SEMESTER BREAK – JANUARY 9th, 2019 - February 17th, 2019
Bridgetown, Barbados |
January 17th, 2019 – January 19th, 2019
Our crew will reunite in the spectacular city of Bridgetown after their semester break. They will spend a few days exploring the city, getting to know our new semester two students and reorienting themselves with safety and sail training sessions before departing for the second half of our year at sea.
January 21st, 2019 – January 25th, 2019
The island of Dominica is host to sperm whales, a variety of flora and fauna and the world’s largest hot spring (Boiling Lake). The youngest island in the Lesser Antilles, it is still being formed by geothermal-volcanic activity. The island is surrounded by lush mountainous rainforests and is often referred to as the “Nature Island of the Caribbean". During our port stay in Dominica, students will get to experience nature at its best and most pristine. With a bit of luck, they may even catch a glimpse of the elusive Sisserou Parrot, Dominica’s national bird that can only be found on the island.
Samana, Dominican Republic |
January 30th, 2019 – February 4th, 2019
Samana is located in the Northeastern part of the Caribbean tropical island of the Dominican Republic. While in the Dominican Republic each year, Class Afloat partners with Fundacion Mahatma Ghandi, and carries out valuable service projects in the small town of Las Terrenas. Past projects have included building school playgrounds, developing community gardens, and painting schools and houses. After these projects are completed, the crew will hike into the Limon Waterfall and swim in the large pool at the base of the falls.
Havana, Cuba |
February 12th, 2019 – February 16th, 2019
Salsa dancing anyone? During Semester Two, our students will have the chance to explore Havana, the bustling capital of Cuba! Founded by the Spanish in the 16th century, this cultural hub is Cuba’s largest city and, while it was once the Caribbean’s main centres for ship-building, is best known today for its vibrant history, culture and architecture. Not to be missed are awe-inspiring buildings like El Capitolio, historic landmarks like Revolution Square and colourful cars lining the streets. Havana was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.
Hamilton, Bermuda -
February 26th, 2019 – March 2nd, 2019
Horta, Azores, Portugal |
March 20th, 2019 - March 24th, 2019
London, England |
April 8th, 2019 - April 12th, 2019
London calling! Home to the world’s oldest underground railway network, a famous royal family and an abundance of tea – London will prove an epic stop on this year’s journey. From the shores of embankment to the postcard perfect sites of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the buildings of Parliament, there will be no shortage of picture perfect opportunities for students as they explore the ins and outs of this British capital.
Gdansk, Poland |
April 20th, 2019 - April 24th, 2019
On the Baltic coast of Poland, you’ll find Gdansk, the centre of the world’s amber trade and home to St. Mary’s Cathedral, the largest brick church in Europe. With a unique feel attributed to its long history as a port city, Gdansk offers visitors a chance to see the revitalization of a city forced to rebuild following near destruction during WWII. The European Solidarity Centre, located in Gdansk, offers a glimpse into the movement that followed the famous strikes of 1980. The Centre is a museum and library devoted to the history of Solidarity, the Polish trade union and civil resistance movement, and other opposition movements of Communist Eastern Europe.
St. Petersburg, Russia |
April 30th, 2019 - May 4th, 2019
Tallinn, Estonia |
May 6th, 2019 - May 9th, 2019
Welcome to Tallinn – or Reval, as it was referred to before gaining independence in 1918. Tallinn is the capital of Estonia and the country's major political, financial cultural and educational centre. Boasting the highest number of start-ups per person in Europe, Tallinn may be home to one of the best preserved medieval cities in Europe but is commonly referred to as the Silicon Valley of Europe. Tallinn’s Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Copenhagen, Denmark |
May 14th, 2019 - May 19th, 2019
A world of wonder awaits Class Afloat students as they set off to explore Copenhagen, Scandinavia’s most visited city – and for good reason! Home to noteworthy landmarks such as Kronborg Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Tivoli Gardens, the second oldest amusement park in Europe, and the Rundetårn, Europe’s oldest working observatory, Copenhagen is packed with incredible things to see and do. Students can take a stroll down the Stroget, the longest car-free shopping zone in Scandinavia, visit the Little Mermaid statue, a testament to Danish author Hand Christian Andersen’s famous fairytale, or sip espresso in one of the city’s trendy cafes. With so much to see, it’s no surprise that Denmark constantly makes the list of the top ten happiest countries in the world.
Amsterdam, Netherlands |
May 24th, 2019 - May 26th, 2019