Explore. Dream. Discover.

Welcome to your school year with Class Afloat.

Each year, Class Afloat students visit more than 20 ports of call on 4 continents. Once in port, students participate in experiential programs, designed to showcase the country’s culture and history, while providing students with opportunities to explore the natural landscape.

From spending a night in the desert to exploring the colourful streets of Havana, students are given countless opportunities to further their learning, push personal boundaries and immerse themselves at each new port of call.


In addition to school organized port programs, students also have time reserved for independent travel and exploration. During shore leave, students are able to leave the ship in groups of 4, with the expectation of returning by curfew. Curfew will be different depending on the port.

Venturing as far south as Cape Town, South Africa and as far east as St. Petersburg, Russia, each school year is different on board Class Afloat. While no two years are ever the same, our signature ports tend to appear year after year. These include Morocco, Fernando de Noronha (Brazil), Dominican Republic and Senegal.

Scroll down to explore our past and present itineraries.


Your 2020-2021 School Year Semester 1

Amsterdam, NL
Welcome aboard! Amsterdam, NL is our first port of call for the 2020-2021 school year. Students can expect to check-in and get settled as they meet their crew and faculty for the first time. During the first few days, a lot of time is dedicated to sail training and safety drills to prepare our students for life at sea.

Lisbon, Portugal 3
Join us on a walking tour of Lisbon as we explore Portugal's largest city! While visions of delicious Pasteis de Nata (custard tarts), yellow trams and colourful tiles may spring to mind, the city boasts stunning architecture and edifices such as the Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery and the Castelo de St. Jorge. Lisbon is a historical wonder and a coastal city students will love to uncover.

Funchal, Madeira
Home to more than just famous footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, Madeira is an archipelago of islands and one of two autonomous regions belonging to Portugal. During this parent port, students, friends & families will have an opportunity to explore the island's lengthy network of "levadas", irrigation systems that were started in the 16th century as well as the Maderian Whaling Museum, Monte's Church, the Botanical Gardens and Funchal's oldest forms of transportation - the Monte sled! The traditional sleds are actually wicker toboggans that have been used in the city since 1850. Race you to the bottom!

Morocco is a Class Afloat signature port filled with sandy dunes, friendly tour guides and our favourite four legged friends. In Morocco, students will enjoy a camel safari and a night under the stars in the Saharan desert where they will grow closer as a community while experiencing a rich culture and stunning natural environment.

Class Afloat has a long-standing history of visiting Dakar, working in partnership with Fann Hospital to ensure upkeep of the Fann Hospital Community Garden. Created in 2003 to support the Infectious Diseases Ward, produce and herbs from the garden help supplement the diets of patients and provides Class Afloat students with a hands-on opportunity to give back in a big way.

Fernando De Noronha
Fernando de Noronha, better known to Class Afloat students as paradise on earth, is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, a volcanic archipelago, a marine park and an ecological sanctuary. With beautiful, underdeveloped beaches and turquoise blue waters, students will enjoy the chance to catch their breath and learn more about the incredible marine life that surrounds them every day on board the ship. Those who enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving will have the chance to spot sea turtles, dolphins, rays, reef sharks and more! For those who prefer land-based activities, there's tons of hiking to go around.

Argentina’s capital city and the birthplace of tango is a cosmopolitan metropolis. The city, filled with stunning architecture, boulevards and parks, centres around the Plaza de Mayo, decorated with 18th-century buildings like Casa Rosada, the presidential palace. While discovering the city on foot, students will have the chance to explore the colourful district of La Boca along the Riachuelo River, the Teatro Colon, built in 1908, and the famous La Recoleta Cemetery. The city is also home to the impressive Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA), the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Museo Evita, detailing the life of Eva Perón through films, photographs & a collection of personal items.

Tristan Da Cuhna
Welcome to the world’s most remote - or remotest - island! Tristan Da Cunha is a group of volcanic islands located in the south Atlantic, home to rare wildlife and approximately British citizens. With no airstrip on the island, travellers come and go by boat, which suits us just fine. During their stay on the island, students will have the opportunity to hike their way around Edinburgh of the Seven Seas (known as “the settlement”), taking in the natural beauty of the region including the now inactive volcanic cone and lava flow whose eruption in 1961 led to the evacuation of the island’s population to England for two years.

South Africa’s legislative capital is sure to be a highlight for our eager crew as they experience a blend of rich history, culture and stunning natural beauty. From the top of Table Mountain National Park to the bustling harbourfront and city centre, there will be an endless amount for our crew to explore. Points of interest include the Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach and a visit to Robben Island, where political activist and former South African President, Nelson Mandela, was imprisoned for 18 years of his life.

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And BREAK! During the break between semesters, students do not stay on board the ship. Some students will return home to visit with friends and family, others will continue their travels until the start of Semester Two at sea!

Your 2020-2021 School Year Semester 2

Class Afloat student
After the break, full-year students will return to their ship while second semester students will be welcomed on board their new home. Following introductions and orientation for our new arrivals, we'll make swift departure to our first port of call.

The Flying Flamingos
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Main Street Jamestown
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Comfortless Cove
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Located on the banks of the Suriname River, students will have the chance to explore the ornate wooden Dutch colonial buildings of Paramaribo and tour the Amazon, learning from local guides about the medicinal properties of jungle plants. Crew members will also have the chance to ride on long, motorized canoes on the Upper Suriname River in the hopes of spotting caimans. Keep your eyes peeled!

Antigua, English Harbour Panoramic View With Boats And Yachts. View Include Freeman Bay And Beach
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Dominican Republic
During their time in the DR, students will work closely alongside the Fundacion Mahatma Gandhi-Las Terrenas, a community volunteer service organization that works in educational and community development. Students will have a chance to hike to (and swim in) the gorgeous El Limon waterfall before heading to Las Terranes where they will meet their host family.

The Tops Of Beige Condominiums In Bermuda
From wandering the streets of Hamilton or St. George's to visiting the Royal Navy Dockyards or walking the Railway Trail, there's no shortage of things to see and do in beautiful Bermuda.

A popular stopover for yachtsmen crossing the Atlantic, Horta's quayside is covered in murals left by sailors who have come and gone. Students will spend some time touching up old murals and leaving a mark of their own before heading off to explore the main city on the island of Faial. During this port stay, students will have the opportunity to hike around the Caldeira of Faial (offering up some spectacular views) and visit the Capelinhos Vulcano Interpretation Center, an award winning museum, constructed entirely underground! Those who wish to, may also choose to summit Mt. Pico, the highest point on the island. Boa sorte!

Sunset In Dublin, Ireland
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Itinerary 2018 2019
Itinerary 2017 2018
Itinerary 2016 2017
Itinerary 2015 2016

What to Expect

Port program
The biggest take away from Class Afloat was learning how to work with and lead people in almost any situation. Furling sails in a storm, 2-4am watches and full days in the galley, working with the same people day in and day out you learn a lot about those people - and yourself.
Student Survey, 2017-2018(1/3)
Renee Martyna
Maybe the most seminal experience of my life.... Class Afloat was the point at which there is now a ‘before’ and ‘after’. Inspired me toward a career with the UN and now, a passion project working with global knowmads. Grateful to my fellow floaties!
Renee Martyna, Class Afloat Alumni(2/3)
Renee Martyna
Maybe the most seminal experience of my life.... Class Afloat was the point at which there is now a ‘before’ and ‘after’. Inspired me toward a career with the UN and now, a passion project working with global knowmads. Grateful to my fellow floaties!
Renee Martyna, Class Afloat Alumni(3/3)