Following favourable responses from a recent survey of University of West Indies alumni, the open campus of UWI is launching its latest initiative — a cruise and learn adventure christened The UWI Open Campus Scholar Ship.
Created to appeal to UWI alumni, their families, friends and other interested persons, this will be an opportunity for reunions and memories as participants deepen their knowledge of Caribbean culture, heritage, flora, fauna and people while sailing the Caribbean, particularly to destinations that have a UWI presence and a physical site.
It will be a way for UW alumni — those in the region and in the Caribbean diaspora — to reconnect with and expand their knowledge about their own heritage and culture.
Their maiden voyage is scheduled for 17 to 24 April, 2011, sailing aboard the Caribbean Princess.
In addition to all the activities and amenities found on the ship, the itinerary from San Juan to Barbados and back will be filled with discovery and scholarship about the Caribbean through customised lectures and complementary in-country activities organised in association with UWI Open Campus country sites.
Ship guests will bypass the usual cruise package deals and experience a unique trip acquiring new knowledge about the artistic, historical, ecological and architectural grandeur of the Caribbean that can only be truly appreciated in person.
Caribbean anthropologist and UWI Honorary Research Fellow Lennox Honychurch will be the facilitator on board.
A lecturer and tour leader with wide expertise in areas of Caribbean history, indigenous people, folklore, politics, geography and ecology, Mr. Honychurch has experience in guiding and giving lectures to university-organised cruises, including for Cambridge University in the UK and various universities in the United States.
His past trips include several visits to Venezuela, up the Orinoco River, in the Dutch Antilles ABC islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao and all of the Lesser Antilles and Trinidad and Tobago up into the Virgin Islands.
He is also very involved in historic restoration, including directing the restoration of Fort Shirley at the Cabrits National Park Dominica; designing the layout of the interpretation centre of Betty’s Hope Plantation in Antigua; advising on the restoration and layout of the visitor site at Fort Frederick in St. Georges, Grenada; and designing a restoration programme for Fort Charlotte, Kingstown, in St. Vincent.
The University of West Indies encourages former students to join their UWI alma mater on this journey for seven days and nights and become a part of the esprit de corps and share the vision at an unbelievable value.
More information is available on the website at www.open.uwi.edu/adventures or email [email protected] All bookings are to be made through the General Sales Agents for Princess Cruises in the Caribbean, Viajes Dumbo, whose link is available directly from our website.