The 2017-2018 itinerary is an exciting one that offers our crew the opportunity to visit 20 ports on 4 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 10, 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and finish with our grand arrival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on May 29, 2018 and graduation on May 30, 2018.

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Semester 1

1 Amsterdam, The Netherlands | September 10th, 2017 – September 13th, 2017

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.

2 Porto, Portugal | September 27th, 2017 – October 1st, 2017
3 Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy | October 15th, 2017 – October 19th, 2017
4 Toulon, France | October 22nd, 2017 - October 26th, 2017
5 Malaga, Spain - Parent Port | November 2nd, 2017 – November 6th, 2017
6 Agadir, Morocco | November 11th, 2017 – November 17th, 2017

Agadir is rich with the vibrant colour and energy of Moroccan street life, Souks and mosques. 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. 


7 La Palma, Canary Islands | November 21st, 2017 – November 25th, 2017
8 Dakar, Senegal | December 3rd, 2017 – December 7th, 2017

In Dakar, our students will participate in Class Afloat’s West Africa Initiative. For many years, Class Afloat has partnered with SYTO (Senegal Youth Travel Organization), SOS Children’s Villages, and the American Peace Corps and 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.

9 Fernando de Noronha, Brazil | December 21st, 2017 – December 22nd, 2017

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.   

10 Recife, Brazil | December 25th, 2017 - December 29th, 2017
11 Belem, Brazil | January 9th, 2018 – January 13th, 2018
12 Bridgetown, Barbados | January 24th, 2018 - January 25th, 2018

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

SEMESTER BREAK – JANUARY 25th, 2018 - February 2nd, 2018

SEMESTER 2       

13 Bridgetown, Barbados | February 3rd, 2018 – February 5th, 2018

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.

14 Samana, Dominican Republic | February 15h, 2018 – February 20th, 2018

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. 

15 Cartagena, Colombia | February 28th, 2018 – March 4th, 2018
16 San Blas Islands, Panama | March 6th, 2018 – March 8th, 2018
17 Puerto Limon, Costa Rica | March 11th, 2018 – March 15th, 2018
18 Havana, Cuba - Parent Port | March 24th, 2018 - March 28th, 2018
19 Horta, Azores, Portugal | April 23rd, 2018 - April 27th, 2018
20 St-Malo, France | May 10th, 2018 - May 14th, 2018
21 Dublin, Ireland | May 18th, 2018 - May 22nd, 2018
22 Amsterdam, Netherlands | May 29th, 2018 - May 31st, 2018

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