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 Upcoming SCHOOL YEAR ON BOARD CLASS AFLOAT
The 2019-2020 itinerary is an exciting one that offers our crew the opportunity to visit 22 ports on 4 continents. We explore some of the world's most interesting cultures and natural settings in Europe, the Mediterranean, Africa, the Caribbean and South America.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands |
September 4th, 2019 – September 7th, 2019
Lisbon, Portugal |
September 22nd, 2019 – September 26th, 2019
Rome, Italy |
October 8th, 2019 – October 12th, 2019
Ajaccio, France |
October 14th, 2019 - October 18th, 2019
Malaga, Spain |
October 25th, 2019 – October 29th, 2019
Agadir, Morocco |
November 1st, 2019 – November 9th, 2019
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.
Funchal, Madeira -
November 14th, 2019 – November 18th, 2019
Dakar, Senegal |
November 28th, 2019 – December 3rd, 2019
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 16th, 2019 – December 19th, 2019
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 31st, 2019 - January 5th, 2019
Bridgetown, Barbados |
January 10th, 2020 - January 11th, 2020
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 11th, 2020 - January 19th, 2020
Bridgetown, Barbados |
January 19th, 2020 – January 21st, 2020
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.
Portsmouth, Dominica |
January 23rd, 2020 – January 26th, 2020
Samana, Dominican Republic |
Jan 31st, 2020 - February 6th, 2020
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.
Cartagena, Colombia |
February 13th, 2020 - February 17th, 2020
San Blas Islands, Panama |
Feb 19th, 2020 - Feb 22nd, 2020
Placencia, Belize |
Feb 29th, 2020 - Mar 4th, 2020
Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico |
March 9th, 2020 - March 14th, 2020
Havana, Cuba |
March 20th, 2020 – March 25th, 2020
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 -
April 3th, 2020 - April 7th, 2020
Lunenburg, Canada |
April 14th, 2020 - April 19th, 2020
Horta, Azores, Portugal |
May 4th, 2020 - May 8th, 2020
Amsterdam, Netherlands |
May 23rd, 2020 - May 25th, 2020