Recently Peace Boat has returned to home base, Yokohama, Japan from its 79th Global Voyage around the world visiting more than 20 countries: China, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Suez Canal, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, Russia, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Denmark, Norway, North Ireland, Venezuela, Panama, Guatemala, and Mexico!
Since May 2012, Peace Boat has been chartering the Ocean Dream for its global voyages.
The Ocean Dream was built in 1981 in Denmark, and has operated mostly in the Caribbean and Pacific. At various times it has also sailed under the names of the Tropicale and the Pacific Star.
The Ocean Dream has a draft of 7.5 meters, length of 205 meters, and beam of 26.5 meters, while its total weight is 35,265 tonnes. The maximum passenger capacity of the vessel is 1422.
The array of public spaces on the ship have been adapted to serve as lecture halls, classrooms, offices, workshop rooms and rehearsal areas. Students from the Global University, International Student and Global English and Espanol Training programs use the classrooms, and the ballroom and lounges are ideal venues for public speaking, functioning both as lecture halls and stage spaces. Participants are also free to use the various areas around the ship for self planned events, such as educational presentations, displays of artwork, sports clubs, dance practice or planning campaigns for peace activism. At the hub of Peace Boat’s activities is the Peace Center or “P-Cen,” an office space used by both staff and participants to coordinate onboard events, edit videos, produce posters, plan campaigns and publish the Peace Boat newspaper. As well as these working spaces, the ship also offers a variety of places to relax, including a sports deck, gym, library, cinema, swimming pools, coffee shops, bars and a sunbathing deck.
To view pictures of the Peace Boat, please visit: http://www.peaceboat.org/english/?menu=73
This post was created and published by Michelle (Intern from Peace Boat US)