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World Academy: Discover South America, Hawaii, Japan & Beyond

Program No. 22764RJ
Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime 131-day voyage onboard the MS Zuiderdam as we explore the world from South America to the Pacific, Asia to the Middle East and Mediterranean Europe.

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At a Glance

Are you ready to for an around-the-world adventure like no other? Join us for the ultimate educational voyage onboard the beautiful MS Zuiderdam for a 131-day adventure that leads to South America, Asia and more. Beginning and ending in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, you’ll sail to Central and South America, make your way along the Amazon River, transit the Panama Canal, journey to the Pacific to explore Hawaii and the islands of Japan, and continue along for stops in the Middle East and Mediterranean. You’ll enjoy overnight stays in Japan, China, and India allowing for additional time to explore and learn about these fascinating countries. Along the way, enjoy expert instruction and insight from your onboard instructors who offer a look into history, culture and modern life as you make your way around the globe.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
I like to spend much of the day exploring. Whether walking through historic neighborhoods at a moderate pace or out and about on a coach, I prefer to keep my days full. Stairs don’t bother me, and I love to keep up with the group.

What You'll Learn

  • Search for new and exotic species as you sail along the Amazon River in Brazil and marvel at modern engineering as you transit the Panama Canal.
  • Enjoy overnight stays in cities like Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Mumbai allowing you additional time to explore and learn about their history.
  • Journey to Jordan’s southwestern desert to thrill at the city of Petra, a series of tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs.
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386 Meals
129 Breakfasts
128 Lunches
129 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Low Salt, Low Fat, Vegetarian
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Jan 02, 2024 - May 11, 2024
  • Jan 02, 2024 - May 11, 2024
1 night
Fort Lauderdale
The hotel is blocks from the Broward County Convention Center and two miles from the beach. The Sun Trolley, with routes across the whole neighborhood, stops right outside the hotel.
129 nights
Classic nautical finishes, modern amenities and a spectacular art collection make Zuiderdam a continued favorite. The ship has numerous enrichment and entertainment activities.

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