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How to Do Semester at Sea, For Grown-Ups

Condé Nast Traveler logo Condé Nast Traveler 2018-10-15 Paul Brady
a body of water with a mountain in the background: The island of Rhodes, in Greece. © Matt Hranek; The island of Rhodes, in Greece.

Just because you’re adrift doesn’t mean your mind has to be, too. These sailings are putting legit experts aboard to make being on the ocean a whole lot brainier.

In the South Pacific

Astronaut and former International Space Station commander Scott Kelly will be along for the ride on the Seabourn Encore’s 18-day Orchid Isles and Coral Coast itinerary, under the starry dome between Indonesia and Sydney, departing December 3.

In Greece

Antiquities expert Steve Kershaw, whose writings include books on the history of classical civilization and Plato’s Atlantis, will be aboard the Aegean Odyssey next April for a 14-day trip to islands including Crete, Delos, and Rhodes (above).

Near the South Pole

James B. McClintock, an Explorer’s Club fellow and professor of polar and marine biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will join Ponant’s Le Lyrial in Buenos Aires on January 6 for a sail to the Drake Passage and Antarctica, and for talks on climate change’s impacton the planet.

Around the World

Experts including photographer Steve McCurry, chef Jeremiah Tower, author Pico Iyer, and philosopher Alain de Botton are slated to join segments of the 133-day World Cruise of Silversea’s Silver Whisper, which leaves San Francisco on January 6 and arrives in London on May 19. It’s a full-on curriculum.

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