Odyssey at Sea: World Academy 2021

104 Days. 16 Countries. Our Favorite Ship.

This is the Odyssey of a Lifetime.

If you’ve always loved the idea of an epic learning adventure by ship but aren’t sure about commercial cruises, we have the perfect experiences for you. In 2021, we’re casting off on our grandest World Academy adventure yet aboard our first-ever floating campus, the Aegean Odyssey. The perfect level of comfort. All the right amenities. Delicious and healthy food. Extraordinary educational experiences. And, of course, ship mates who love to learn as much as you do.


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The Voyage of a Lifetime

Join local experts in 16 countries on a monumental 103-night voyage that takes you from the Middle East to India, Southeast Asia to East Africa, Egypt to Greece. Pack a small overnight bag in preparation for seven special field trips on land during your voyage, complete with included flights and hotels.

Browse some of our favorite experiences below or view the program here.


Unbeatable Value

Enroll Early & Save

With prices starting at just $39,999 per person for this remarkable 103-night voyage, you won’t find a better value than our newest World Academy program! Enjoy free air from many cities when you enroll early, as well as a free bag of laundry per cabin for every week of your voyage! Plus, you’ll receive a $1,000 shipboard credit when you enroll on the full voyage!

Pyramids of Egypt
More Time Learning

Since you have the convenience of embarking the ship directly from the airport, you only have to unpack once and get right to learning! What’s more, unlike most cruise ships that only have brief stays in port, we’ll overnight in many destinations, giving you plenty of opportunity for deeper exploration.

Yes, It’s Included!

We’ve thought of everything to ensure your time on board is the best experience at the best value. Here’s what’s included on all of our floating university learning adventures:

  • Two onboard expert instructors on every departure 
  • Expert-led field trips in every port of call for an in-depth experience 
  • Complimentary shuttles at most ports, so you can explore on your own with ease  
  • Free round-trip airfare from many cities on most departures, plus worry-free ground transfers when you travel on program start and end dates
  • All port taxes, fees, and ship staff tips are included
  • Welcome and Farewell Celebrations, perfect for getting to know your fellow Road Scholars 
  • Complimentary wine & soft drinks at all onboard dinners
  • Access to an onboard gym and spa, as well as onboard laundry services


About the Ship


The Perfect Vessel

With room for 350 passengers, the Aegean Odyssey has the amenities and comfort of an ocean liner, but with an intimate feel and nimbleness to navigate the smaller, harder-to-reach ports.

The ship’s cabins and common areas offer the perfect level of comfort for Road Scholar participants. Take advantage of the ship’s variety of outside seating at mealtimes, browse the classics or engage your shipmates in a game of chess in the ship’s well-stocked library, and deepen your understanding of the world as you attend expert-led lectures. In short, you and your fellow Road Scholars won’t miss a minute of the adventure, even at sea!

Aegean Odyssey

Deck Plans & Cabins

You’ll find seven passenger decks on board the Aegean Odyssey and a range of cabin options. Below you’ll find our three broad types of cabins, each with several cabin categories that vary by size and the level of amenities. You can learn details on specific cabin categories by clicking “Select Date” on the World Odyssey “Dates & Prices” page

Click on the image below to view and download the deck plans. 


Aegean Odyssey Cabin Category C
Balcony Cabins

Located on the Lido, Bridge or Belvedere Decks, balcony cabins feature a verandah or balcony, allowing you to step outside without going to a public deck. Balcony cabin categories include A, B, C and D.

(*Please note that this is a photo of a Category C cabin; amenities range based on the category level you select.)

Aegean Odyssey Cabin Category F
Outside Cabins

Located on the Lido, Bridge, Belvedere or Columbus Decks, outside cabins feature a window or porthole, allowing you outside views. Outside cabin categories include E, F, G, H, I and J.

(*Please note that this is a photo of Category F; amenities range based on the category level you select.)

Aegean Odyssey Cabin Category M
Inside Cabins

Located on the Belvedere or Columbus Deck, these cabins do not include any window, porthole or balcony. Inside cabin categories include K, L and M.

(*Please note that this is a photo of Category M; amenities range based on the category level you select.)


Learning Adventures At Your Own Pace

Choose your preferred Activity Level, active or relaxed, perfect for customizing your world odyssey to fit your preferred pace.

Parthenon, Athens, Greece
A Typical Day at an Active Pace

Today we climb the Acropolis! Start your day with some fresh air and a healthy breakfast out on the Lido Deck. Then, our local expert will lead us on the 20-minute uphill walk to the Acropolis. We’ll spend the morning learning about these famed ancient temples before heading to Plaka, a historical neighborhood just below the Acropolis, for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, follow your local expert on a walking exploration of the New Acropolis Museum, full of incredible artifacts and remains, before boarding a shuttle bus back to the ship.

A Typical Day at a Relaxed Pace

Begin your morning with a tasty buffet breakfast in the Terrace Café. Then, set out on an expert-led motorcoach ride around the base of the Acropolis, full of picture-perfect views of this ancient temple, before heading to the New Acropolis Museum for an expert-led visit and lecture. Located at the foot of the Acropolis, the museum offers more incredible views of the remains as part of your exploration. The afternoon is at your leisure. You can board a shuttle bus and return to the ship for lunch and afternoon tea at the Charleston Lounge. Or, remain in the city for the afternoon and enjoy lunch at a local café before boarding a shuttle bus back to the ship for this evening’s lecture on Greek culture prior to dinner.

Life Onboard - The Acropolis
Explore Your Interests

Want to explore on your own? Shuttle buses will be operating between the ship and the Plaka throughout the day, so you have plenty of freedom to explore Athens independently before returning to the ship for a lecture on Greek culture before sharing dinner with your fellow Road Scholars.


Bring a Group

Looking for an unforgettable and enriching experience to share with your affinity group or friends? Bring them aboard the Aegean Odyssey! It's an ideal way to get together — for reunions, annual gatherings or special occasions.


Bring at least 15 and Save!

Enroll 15 or more paying participants, and we’ll waive the program cost for your 16th participant* or take 6% off the total cost for each person enrolled! Don’t forget, we also include free airfare from over 40 cities. You can’t beat the value your group will get on these voyages.

*(double-occupancy program cost only)


Bring 30 or More for a More Private Experience

Enroll 30 or more paying participants, and we’ll waive the program cost for two additional participants* or take 6% off the total cost for each person enrolled! We’ll also arrange a private motorcoach and a Group Leader dedicated just to your group for one of the Activity Level options.

*(double-occupancy program cost only)

Israel, Jordan, Egypt
We take care of all the details!

Once you select your voyage and date, we’ll take care of all the details. We’ll provide your group with a special toll-free number to enroll, collect all the payments, send out the preparatory materials and follow up with evaluations at the conclusion of the program.

“There is a weightless item that won’t fit in my suitcase: the connections I’ve made on this journey. We spent a long time together, strangers from all parts of the United States in search of a better understanding of the world we live in, and in the process developed friendships that will continue to enrich us.”

— Marcia Z., Franklin, Wisconsin —

Join us aboard the Aegean Odyssey

Join our expert instructors on an educational voyage unlike any we have offered before!

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