What’s filled with learning, comfortable amenities, interesting people… and floats? If you answered Road Scholar’s Floating Campus voyages, you’re right! Road Scholar Floating Campus voyages are unique educational adventures that take place on waterways around the world, on board ships that are perfect for exploring each region. Think of these voyages like college campuses on the water, where you might sit down for lunch with your instructor or meet other Road Scholars during a book club meetup.
Along the way, you’ll explore some of the world’s most fascinating places and enjoy cultural experiences that help you learn more about the people who live there. You’ll pack and unpack only once as you live on board beautiful ships that also serve as your classrooms.
Why Should I Choose a Floating Campus?
If you love the feel of a college reunion, Floating Campus voyages emulate that experience. We’ll have the entire ship on these journeys, allowing you to get to know your fellow Road Scholars in a laid-back atmosphere that is filled with discovery.
Each learning adventure will be enhanced by two instructors who stay with you onboard throughout the voyage and join you on land for field trips. You can join in on board book clubs, meet up with an activity director for a photography class, or simply check out the ship’s library and enjoy an opportunity to chat with other learners like yourself.
On all of these voyages, you’ll enjoy free airfare from most cities and all port taxes, fees and ship staff tips are included — making the value extraordinary and the details convenient!
Find the Floating Campus That’s Right For You
Now that’s you’re excited about Road Scholar’s Floating Campus voyages, the only thing left to do is find the learning adventure that’s right for you! Join us in Scotland, Corsica, Iceland, or along the Mississippi River, and be sure to check back for new voyages that will be added soon.
Experience Scotland’s Northern Coastline
Scotland’s Northern Coast is a place of incredible beauty and wild geographic wonders. Begin your journey in the capital city of Edinburgh with a coach-led exploration, then make your way to Aberdeen where you’ll board the brand-new expedition ship, Ocean Albatros. From here, you’ll explore Scotland’s northern coastline and islands, where average travelers often don’t get to visit.
You’ll voyage to Caithness to learn about royal history at the Castle of Mey, purchased and restored by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Then, continue on to discover Scotland’s prehistoric landmarks during field trips to the Callanish Standing Stones and the Ring of Brogdar in the Orkney Isles, both sites thought to have been constructed for astronomical observations. You’ll even delight in the beauty of Scotland’s remote islands as you explore the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, Sumburgh Head in Shetland. Hop on a Zodiac for a thrilling ride along Loch Torridon!
Walk on the “Wild” Side in Iceland
If you don’t get a chance to sail along the Ocean Albatros with us in Scotland, you can still enjoy this incredible Floating Classroom in Iceland! On a journey that begins and ends in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik, you’ll sail along the country’s coastline, stopping to explore the nature-filled landscapes of the Westman Islands, Grimsey and Husavik.
This voyage is incredible for anyone who loves geology — the volcanic activity and stunning fjords of Iceland are nothing if not riveting. If you’re an animal lover, you’ll be enthralled by the world’s largest colony of Atlantic Puffins who gently make their home along the Westman Islands . And if you simply want to learn more about the warm people, beautiful landscapes and Viking history that Iceland is famous for, you’ll be enchanted around every bend as you explore quaint villages and stunning country sides that feel otherworldly.
Think you Know Corsica? Think Again!
The ancient Greeks were enamored with one particular Mediterranean island — so much so that they named it “most beautiful,” or “Corsica.” Today, Corsica remains a stunning gem in these waters, with its French culture, gastronomy and heritage a true treasure for visitors.
On this special Floating Campus voyage, you’ll begin your journey with two nights in Nice, France, and board the MV La Belle des Océans to sail along the breathtaking coastline of Corsica. Take in the history of the Gulf of Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its dramatic red cliffs and natural beauty. Walk in the footsteps of Napoleon Bonaparte in his home city of Ajaccio, and spend a day walking along the quaint streets of Bonifacio where its old market and the gothic-style Church of St. Dominque will charm you. A walk along the harbor in Porto Vecchio and field trip to the Citadel in Calvi will make you wish you could extend your visit to Corsica!
Tap Your Toes to the Music Along the Mississippi River
This voyage is a music lover’s dream. Step back in time as you board the American Queen Voyages’ American Countess for a timeless journey along the Mississippi River by paddlewheeler. Beginning in Memphis, you’ll be immersed in music as you join experts for an exploration of Beale Street, the Blues Music Hall of Fame and the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum.
Stops along America’s most famous river allow you to explore towns like Paducah, Ky., home to the Chitlin Trail — underground performance venues for African Americans during the 1930s-50s — and the Hotel Metropolitan which has hosted the likes of B.B. King and Tina Turner. You’ll conclude your journey with two nights in St. Louis, where you can admire its famous Arch and pay homage to the blues at the National Blues Museum.
Wherever you want to learn, we have a Floating Campus voyage that’s right for you! Learn more and enroll today for your next adventure.