The new package is being dubbed the, “University of the West Indies Open Campus Scholar Ship”.
According to a recent release from the university, the inaugural sailing of the UWI Open Campus Scholar Ship, scheduled for April 17-24, 2011, will be dedicated to the culture, flora and fauna of the region under the expert guidance of tour leader Dr. Lennox Honychurch, a distinguished Caribbean Anthropologist and Honorary Research Fellow at the UWI.
Dr. Honychurch’s lectures on board the UWI Open Campus Scholar Ship will be complemented by other distinguished regional scholars, subject experts, famous Caribbean personalities including calypsonians, cricketers and artists at specially created in-country tours and activities including guided tours of ecological landmarks and historical and cultural sites, performances of indigenous music and dance and the sampling of local cuisine.
The lecture series on board the cruise will feature discussions about the geology of the Lesser Antilles with the mythology of the volcanic formation of islands and areas of volcanic peaks or pitons and sulphur springs, like Montserrat’s famous Soufriere.
Focus will equally be placed on the architecture of the islands. According to a UWI release, five hundred years of constructing various forms of shelter in the region has made for an interesting mix of colonial, industrial and urban architecture across the region.
Cruisers will also explore the remains of the many fortifications that overlook the towns and harbours of the islands. Previously linked to the protection of trading centers, colonial defense and suppression of revolt, many of these buildings have been transformed for modern purposes into police stations, prisons, colleges and tourist attractions; like Brimstone Hill in St. Kitts, Nelson’s Dockyard and Shirley Heights in Antigua, Pigeon Island National Park and Morne Fortune in St. Lucia and the Garrison in Barbados, which spreads over many acres south of Bridgetown.
The cruise is expected to begin and end in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Passengers will cruise aboard the Caribbean Princess, which will dock in St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Antigua &Barbuda, St. Lucia and Barbados.