Semester at SeaOur Semester at Sea was a life-altering learning adventure.
Itinerary - 1996Nassau, BahamasLa Guairá, VenezuelaSalvador, BrazilCape Town, South AfricaMombasa, KenyaMadras, IndiaHo Chi Minh City, VietnamManila, PhilippinesHong Kong, Hong KongKobe, JapanSeattle, WA USA
Before we leave each port, the ship usually is joined by an"inter-port lecturer" and at least one "inter-port student" -- aprofessor and a college student from the country that willbe our next destination. They help to prepare the shipboardcommunity for our upcoming visit to their country.
Nassau, BahamasThe Bahama Islands are the result of coral reefs which become dry landwhen the sea level dropped hundreds of centuries ago. The islands aremostly flat with miles of white and pink sandy beaches.
La Guairá, VenezuelaThe Port of La Guairá lies on Venezuelascoastal zone at the foot of its centralhighlands about 30 kilometers by highwaynorthwest of the countryscapital, Caracas.
Salvador, BrazilSalvadors Street Carnival is the biggest inthe world.
Historic Center of the Town of GoiásCandomblé is Brazils most influential Afro-Braziliansyncretic religion. Practiced mainly in Bahia, it mixesCatholicism and Yoruba (an African religion).
The Ngorongoro Conservation Areabecame a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. The main feature of the NCA is the Ngorongoro Crater, a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera. The crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago, is 610 m (2,000 ft) deep and its floor covers 260 km2 (100 sq mi). Estimates of the height of the original volcano range from fifteen to nineteen thousand feet (4500 to 5800 metres) high.
Lake Manyara National Park, TanzaniaLake Manyara National Park, founded in 1960, covers 320 square km and contains fivedistinct vegetation zones. Wildlife of the area includesbuffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros, and many water birds, especially flamingos.
Kilimanjaro is an inactive stratovolcano in north-easternTanzania and the highest mountain in Africa at 19,341 ft above sea level.
Madras, IndiaMadras is now Chennai. This the Central Railway Station. We took anovernight train to the state of Kerala. Cochin is a major city and seaportlocated on the south-west coast of India by the Arabian Sea.
Periyar is a protected area, and a nature reserve in the South Indian State of Kerala, set high in the mountains of the Western Ghats at the border of Tamil Nadu.
Madurai is among the oldest continuously inhabited citiesin the Indian peninsula. It is an ancient and prestigious city in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu, situated on the banks of the River Vaigai in the Madurai District. Gandhi Museum Madurai Meenakshi Hindu Temple
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Cho Ben Chanh MarketTran-Hung-Da Temple
Manila, Philippines Rizal Park is the site ofManila skyline with Rizal Park and Intramuros Philippine hero Jose Rizals execution.
JeepneysJeepneys are the most common form of public transport throughout the manyislands of the Philippines. In Manila they are so numerous, that there is almostconstantly traffic congestion. The jeepneys dont have air-conditioning. They haveopen windows. Most of the time the jeepneys are constantly-packed with manypassengers. Jeepneys offer one of the cheapest ways of getting somewhere.They seldom have a special place to stop. The drivers will slow down enough toenable the passengers to jump on or out.
Taal Volcano is located about 60 km SSE of Metro Manila, the capital of thePhilippines. It is a complex volcanic system composed of a small volcanic island (VolcanoIsland), which has been the site of almost all historic activity, located within a 20x30 kmlake-filled complex caldera, one of the great volcano-tectonic depressions of the world.
Hong Kong The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is a city of 7 million located on the South China Sea. Once a quiet fishing village, the city became a British crown colony in 1841 following the first Opium War, when China went to war with England trying to stop the flow of drugs into the country. A second annexation took place following the next Opium War in 1860, and in 1898, the New Territories countryside was leased for 99 years. On July 1, 1997, Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule under the One Country, Two Systems ideology.
Kobe, Japan Mount Rokko provides the pleasant green backdrop to the city of Kobe.Museum commemorating the 1995 earthquake
KyotoRyoanji Temple is the site of Japans most famous rock garden, which attractshundreds of visitors every day. Originally an aristocrats villa during the HeianPeriod. The site was converted into a Zen temple in 1450 and belongs to theMyoshinji school of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism.
Shimogamo Shrine, is an important Shinto sanctuary in Kyoto.