When we left home, we knew we’d need to call some audibles along the way given the COVID-19 situation. And our need to be flexible has started earlier than we would have guessed!
Semester at Sea (SAS) recently announced that– based on advisories issued by the State Department and CDC– the current voyage would be ending in South Africa.
This was very sad news for us! A big part of our trip plan has been to fly to Cape Town on March 17, board the ship and join the SAS community to visit Ghana and Morocco. Semester at Sea is an amazing program and we were really looking forward to reconnecting with SAS staff from 2016, as well as re-experiencing meeting new bright, curious college students and professors — it’s a unique, intellectually and culturally stimulating environment.
Nonetheless, as a SAS board member, I’m proud of the way the organization’s leadership has handled this difficult, once-in-a-lifetime situation — they have had to make a number of difficult decisions over the past 2 months. Throughout, they have been consistent in maintaining focus on the health and safety of our voyagers as Semester at Sea’s number one priority.
Our family will still fly to Cape Town and spend some time there… and we’ve started to develop an alternate post-Cape Town plan. Thankfully, our friend, Kirsten Camp, connected us with Nic & Jana who run In the Wild, a small wildlife-adventure travel company. The two of them are helping us think-through what looks to be an awesome alternative for us to explore Namibia and Botswana. When Joe and I traveled to southern Africa in 2000, we heard a number of people rave about Namibia and have been wanting to visit ever since. So we’re really excited about this opportunity, even as we’re so disappointed that, for us, Semester at Sea isn’t to be…