Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017 Study Abroad "Cruise Culture - Eastern Caribbean"

In June, the CIC division embarked on its 2017 Study Abroad “Cruise Culture – Eastern Caribbean” aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. Hospitality department chair, Nathan Rex, and Culinary instructor, Chef Joe Branton, accompanied 12 students as they visited St. Maarten, Puerto Rico, and Haiti. During the cruise, CIC students were directly exposed to cruise operations, including lodging operations, food service operations, entertainment/gaming/recreational services, and event planning. Some of the onboard experiences included back of the house tours, executive guest speakers, dining, and entertainment. While in St. Maarten, the students took an island bus tour, where they learned about history and culture of the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, France and the Netherlands. 

In Puerto Rico, the group was provided an in-depth culinary tour through the city of Old San Juan, where they tasted and participated in making some authentic dishes and learned more about the history, culture, and cuisine of the island. The final stop of the trip was in Labadee, Haiti, which is a private beach leased by Royal Caribbean. In Labadee, students were given the opportunity to decide on their activity for the day. Some of the activities experienced were a cultural Haitian village tour, reef snorkeling, and, of course, shopping!

As a result of an amazing week in the Caribbean, the experiences, skills, relationships, and memories that the students realized from this study abroad will be directly applicable to enriching their future careers in the hospitality and culinary industries. Now, who’s ready to cruise in the 2018 Study Abroad?

On the ship


St. Maarten and St. Martin

Puerto Rico

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