Blog, Newsletter & Media
Feb 17, 2020
Update from our Dean - nearing Jamaica
Dear A+ Friends and Families, We are nearly to Jamaica! The current plan is to come to anchor on the 18th and then go alongside the afternoon of the 19th. I have attached the port plan and you will see on it the various activities we have planned for the students. We have taken extra safety precautions for this port due to safety concerns, so shore leave will end at 1800 each day and we will be alcohol and drug testing students periodically throughout the week.
Feb 11, 2020
Update from our Dean - St.Martin
Dear A+ Friends and Families, This morning, we had some special visitors to our ship from the Caribbean International Academy (CIA). Their 11th and 12th graders were able to come for a tour and spend some time getting to know our students. After lunch, we all traveled to their school where we had two student groups give presentations to the CIA World Cultures class about the different cultures they have interacted and learned about so far this year.
Feb 6, 2020
Update from our Dean - Barbados
Dear A+ Families and Friends, We have finished a fun week in Barbados and are now off to the surprise port…St. Martin! It will be a short sail with our arrival planned for the 8th of February. Barbados was a great island to explore and the local people were so welcoming to our school. Walker’s Reserve was an amazing example of how industry can be both economically productive and environmentally friendly.
Feb 3, 2020
ELA Poems Students in Bridget’s ELA classes were given the assignment of writing poems about their time in Cabo Verde and life on Sørlandet. The students did a fantastic job and showed some great writing skills. Here are a few we thought you all might like to read. Enjoy!
Feb 3, 2020
Student reflection - Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha archipelago is formed by the main island and 20 other islets, creek and reefs, 354 kilometers outside off the Brazilian coast. It is divided into an Environmental Protection Area and the Marine National Park to protect, preserve and value its natural environment, fauna, flora and natural resources. The island is stunning with beautiful, green nature, park trails over the whole island and beaches with crystalclear, turquoise water.
Feb 3, 2020
Student reflection - Fernando to Barbados
Our sail after Fernando de Noronha has been good to us. I’ve noticed how close we all have become on this long sail, in addition to our sail from Cape Verde to Fernando. Even though we’ve had night-watches since we left Cape Verde, it has all become a routine for us and its just a part of our everyday life now.
Feb 3, 2020
Student reflection - The Grand Atlantic
Dear families and friends reading this, Last time I received the honor of writing one of these letters to you was in the Gran Canary Islands, and on behalf of all the students onboard, I can tell you that we have had an incredible time since. After our sail to Cabo Verde and ten-day stay there, with a joyful Christmas celebration and cultural experiences, we finally had the grand Atlantic Crossing in front of us. Being one of my favorites, this sail was definitely an unforgettable adventure.
Feb 1, 2020
Update from our Dean - Atlantic
Dear A+ Friends and Families, We have completed our first crossing of the Atlantic! The students did a great job finishing out the semester, crossing the equator, and persevering through the sometimes long days at sea. We are all looking forward to being in port and enjoying all the opportunities that come with being back on land. Since the winds were in our favor and we arrived early, we are currently at anchor
Jan 10, 2020
Update from our Dean - New Year
Dear A+ Families and Friends, We celebrated New Years onboard with watch competitions including an egg toss, knot, and water bucket challenge. Watch 5 came out victorious and the points gained from the competitions will go towards Watch Wars when that is held at a future date. In the evening, the galley department created an amazing family dinner.
Jan 1, 2020
Student reflection - New Year
Christmas Eve onboard Sørlandet was much better than expected. My expectations were not that high, since I believed it would be very hard to be away from my family and our traditions. However, it went very well! We started the day with making a Christmas video, where each watch lip voiced separate parts of the song “All I want for Christmas”. It was very fun!
Jan 1, 2020
Student reflection - Christmas
Silky napkins of bright colours folded into shapes that made little sense. Columns wrapped in rapidly blinking lights. Carefully cut out paper snowflakes overflowing the room. A single crimson-red mistletoe and a petite Christmas tree so homemade it was nearly falling apart, but that was the beauty of it. This was our living room on Christmas Eve; our home.
Dec 31, 2019
Student reflection - Cape Verde
It was the 24 of December. It was seven in the morning when the Christmas music started playing. All the writhing bodies in the hammocks and beds slowly started getting dressed stumbling half blind from exhaustion and clothes on the floor up to deck where they gathered themselves and thought about dinner and sleeping in.