Floating University Land Management

ISE Voyages

2012 – Present, 3 port Calls per year.

Ports include: Dublin Port, Galway Port, Belfast Port

Ship Capacity of 1200 includes 500 + students

Each year since 2012, we been the land based coordinator for Semester at Sea cruise liner which holds approx. 500+ students plus faculty and staff. Semester at Sea is a study abroad programme, departing from America the ship stops at many different ports around the world. In 2012, Galway was the first port of call followed by Dublin. BEM organised day tours and overland excursions and also arranged and managed the Shuttle bus transfers, guides, venues, lunches, and academic field labs. This involved the development and delivery of academic Field Labs and land excursions for the students and faculty of the MV Explorer. The Field Labs were organised as part of the Academic Trips the students on board the MV Explorer took as part of the course curriculum. It is worth noting that in 2012, all of this was arranged with just 3 months’ notice and took place on what was one of the busiest weekends in the calendar last year during the Navy V Notre Dame football game which had been planned for over 12 months and attracted 30,000 visitors to Dublin City.

• Identification of target market to ensure quality of programme (For this programme the guests were young college students on an academic tour).

• Manage guest accommodation booking online across range of accommodation types.

• Organise multiple simultaneous ground transportation to/from the Port for Tours/Accommodation/Field Labs.

• Manage the Shuttle bus to/from the city centre.

Sample 2012 Programme:
BEM organised Day tours and overland excursions for them (Guides, venues, lunches, transport)

o Galway Day Tours:
– Aran Islands Tour
– Celtic Spirituality Tour
– Cliffs of Moher Tour
– Cong & Ashford Castle Tour
– Cycling tour of Joyce Country (Connemara)
– Wonder of Connemara Day Tour
– Walking Tour of Galway City

o Overnight Tours from Galway:
– Belfast & Sligo, 3 Day Tour
– Bunratty & Killarney, 3 Day Tour
– Cycling Tour of Killarney, 3 Days

o Day Tours from Dublin:
– Dublin City Orientation Tour
– Historical Tour of Dublin City
– Howth Head Hike
– Johnnie Fox’s Evening of Traditional music, song & dance.
– Kilkenny Day Tour
– Dublin Literary Pub Crawl
– Garden of Ireland (Wicklow) Tour


o Field Labs Dublin
– Acting: Backstage tour of the Abbey Theatre, Tour and performance in Bewley’s Café theatre.

– International Mass Media : Tour of the Irish Times Office (Don’t allow very often) with Q+A Session, Observation of Compilation and delivery of the National 1 o’clock news in RTE, Tour of RTE News Studios (TV, Radio, Internet) followed by Q+A.

– Race, Class, Gender: Walking Tour with members of Sinn Féin bookstore in Dublin City with Q+A, Tour of Glasnevin Museum and Cemetery, Garden of Remembrance.

– The West & the World : Special Trinity College and Book of Kell’s tour with specialist Trinity guide, Walking tour of Dublin (Medieval Focus)

o Field Labs Galway
– Drawing at Sea. Students and Professor visited Castles in South Galway and drew the main features.

– The Irish in Literature & Film. The students visited the Burren and Connemara regions to see the areas that inspired some of Ireland’s greatest writers and to see where the films The Quiet Man and The Field were filmed.
Our bus guide Ena was terrific. A sweet woman that knew a lot about the history and art of Dublin. We received a city tour from her that we were not really expecting.
Greg Justice (Acting I)
We arrived at our destinations on time, with a guide who was experienced and funny (Naill), and a bus driver (John) who kept us safe at all times.
Remo Berg (Intro to Epidemiology)
The tour guide was wonderful and even sang us a couple of Irish folk songs. Our guide, Padraic, recommended that instead of Bailey’s we go to another pub that James Joyce frequented, where there were pictures of Joyce and some of his manuscripts on the walls. We drank a toast there to Joyce and talked some more about Dubliners, the students were able to get wifi on their phones, Padraic talked to some of them about Dublin at length, and everyone was happy (including me).
Sarah Sloane (Creative Writing)
Our afternoon walk through central Dublin only built the anticipation for the city and Cultural Night; tour guide knew how to point out places young people would care about as well as throwing in curious and relevant bits of Irish history along the way. She essentially threw in a city orientation trip between our two stops, with multiple stop and talk points, like a former House of Lords board room in a contemporary bank, a memorial garden to a political journalist murdered for her reports on organized crime, and the history of Dublin castle. She also made a point to stop at a tourism venue to acquire Cultural Night programs for all of us.
Jeanne Siler (Academic Argument)
Also, our bus tour guide, Paul, was a huge key to the success. You need to try to get him every time, because we spent a lot of time on a bus driving through beautiful countryside, and he was able to provide interesting history and commentary all through the trip – just the right amount and very interesting. Without that, I think it would be too much bus time, but with his commentary, it was excellent.
Robert Young (Galway Day Tour with SMART and NUI Galway)