The Ocean College voyage starts in Dublin, travels along the western coast of Europe and continues to the Canary Islands and Cape Verde. The ship then crosses the Atlantic and arrives in the Caribbean, before continuing on to Costa Rica. On the return journey, the ship will pass Cuba, Bermuda, the Azores before returning to Europe. Port destinations and projects will take place in Tenerife, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Cuba and the Azores. These are only the main destinations, many more port visits will take place, depending on weather conditions.
Stage 1 – Dublin (IRL) – Vigo (ESP– Lisbon (POR) – Tenerife (ESP)
Stage 2 – Tenerife (ESP) – Cape Verde – Atlantic Crossing I – St. Vincent
Stage 3 – Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
Stage 4 – Puerto Limón (CRC) – Marina Hemingway (Cuba)
Stage 5 – Havana (CUB) – Bermuda – Atlantic Crossing II – Fajal, Azores (POR)
Stage 6 – Fajal, Azores (POR) – Bolougne (FRA)
Following the chilly journey through the North Sea, the Biscay and ports in Spain and Portugal, the ship will set course to Tenerife. We will then travel from Cape Verde before, using the trade winds, sailing leisurely across the Atlantic. This is the perfect time for sailing courses and school classes. Upon arrival in the Caribbean, the group will enjoy snorkeling and a christmas celebration amongst other activities on the many islands along the route. The students will be taught about the arrival of Christopher Columbus, colonial history and slavery and clean beaches from plastic in the Caribbean, before their arrival in Costa Rica, where we will stay approx. five weeks for extensive excursions to the rainforests and a Spanish course. The next stop is Cuba, where they will take part in a cycling tour and visit various schools and cities outside of the typical tourist hot spots. This allows the students to experience the unique social culture of a socialist state.
After Cuba there will be a short stay on Bermuda, in order to prepare the ship for the return Atlantic crossing. Proper preparation is key, the North-Atlantic will require a strong and motivated crew. The ship will be heading to the Azores, the westernmost point of Europe and the preferred destination for a west to east Atlantic crossing.