Semester at Sea Lifelong Learning Program

The Semester at Sea Lifelong Learning Program provides adult learners, who are 30 years of age or older, with an opportunity to see the world in an academic community.

Lifelong Learners add a valuable generational element to the shipboard community. They are retirees, professionals on leave, or simply adventurous travelers who desire to study with bright, enthusiastic undergraduate students from around the world.

  • Sail for a full 100+ day voyage or sail as a partial "Spotlight" voyager for 25-45 days
  • Travel to 10+ countries around the world via a floating university
  • Option to participate in university courses
  • Explore destinations with in-country experiences led by local experts
  • Connect with shipmates via pre-port sessions, Interport Scholar lectures, and post-port reflections
  • Cabin options for single travelers and family travel
  • Loyalty Program for Semester at Sea alumni

Inquire to learn more about the Lifelong Learning Program!


Explore 10+ Destinations every fall and spring

Fall 2021: Europe, Africa, and Asia
105 Days, 13 Countries, 13 Cities, 3 Continents

Embark: Sep 9, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Disembark: Dec 22, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Itinerary: Iceland, Poland, Sweden, Ireland, Portugal, Morocco, Spain, Croatia, Greece, Israel, India

Spring 2022: Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe
106 Days, 12 Countries, 12 Cities, 4 Continents

Embark: Jan 5,Tokyo, Japan
Disembark: Apr 20, Bremerhaven, Germany
Itinerary: China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Mauritius, South Africa, St. Helena (UK), Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Ireland



Audit University Courses

Lifelong Learners can informally sign up to participate in courses on the ship taught by world-renowned faculty. Further your education by engaging with students in courses such as psychology, oceanography, communications and media studies, tourism and hospitality, and much more.


Extended Family Program

Lifelong Learners, faculty, staff and students have the unique opportunity to join the “Extended Family Program” on each voyage. The program allows Lifelong Learners to “adopt” a group of students, with the intent of serving as mentors, providing support and establishing an extended family on the ship. The Extended Family “parents” create, organize, and initiate “family activities,” such as game nights, family meals, or other activities and celebrations.



Let's Connect.

My name is Whitney Grist, and I'd love to welcome you aboard one of our future voyages as a Lifelong Learner. Please complete the form below and let me know if you have any questions or comments I can respond to.

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