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Open Campus Cruise 2018

About the Cruise

Join the 3rd UWI Open Campus Cruise and Learn Adventure and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Open Campus and the 70th of The UWI. Connect with fellow Pelicans, make new friends from exotic places, experience new cultures and have FUN!

We will be cruising with Marella Cruise Line aboard the Marella Discovery 2 on their Cuban Fusion tour, departing from Montego Bay, Jamaica to The Cayman Islands, Havana Cuba, Cozumel Mexico and returning to Montego Bay, Jamaica. 

The Marella Discovery 2 is the sister ship to Marella Discovery and has a wide choice of exciting features offered on a larger, more contemporary style of vessel:



Your on-board experience will be captivating, with many amenities, including an outdoor cinema, a rock climbing wall, a mini golf course, an indoor pool and a glossy atrium. The range of bars, excellent dining scene and night-time shows enhanced by up-to-the-minute technology will delight you and best of all, the Marella Discovery 2 offers you these “All Inclusive”; so there are no additional fees. 

Dining:   There are seven restaurants to choose from. The main restaurant offers full waiter service and serves up traditional dishes with a modern twist. There are eateries specialising in a particular cuisine – think succulent steak or pan-Asian fare. Beverage choices abound, whether you’re looking for a pot of tea or a flute of prosecco.  As mentioned, drinks, including prosecco and cider, and meals in a selection of restaurants are included in the cruise price. There is an additional cost to dine at the Sushi Bar, Surf n Turf and Kora La.

Bookings for The UWI Open Campus Scholar Ship Cruise and Learn Adventure should be made directly to The UWI Open Campus at www.open.uwi.edu/adventure.  You will access our booking page and will be redirected to the Alumni webpage with the ScholarShip Cruise and Learn Adventure Poster where you will complete your passenger registration form and make your payment.   A payment plan will be implemented.

Registration and Deposit is required by April 30, 2018

For further information or clarification, please contact our Cruise Planning Committee Chair: Ms Janet DeSouza on telephone at (876) 970-3387 and by email at schloarshipcruise@open.uwi.edu

Please put "The UWI Open Campus Scholar Ship Cruise 2018" in the subject line of your email.


We hope that you and your families/friends have decided to join us on this once in-a‐ lifetime Cruise and Learn Adventure from December 4-11, 2018 to visit some of our Caribbean neighbours in The Cayman Islands, Cuba and Mexico.  For those of you who know the region well, you will see it through new eyes. For those of you who live outside of the region, it will be a voyage full of excitement and discovery.

The Planning Committee for The UWI Open Campus ScholarShip Adventure has been moving steadily with finalising unique and exciting in-country activities for UWI Pelicans that will truly make this a Caribbean journey of a lifetime. For our on-board lecture series, we are currently working to organise the services of a regional scholar and culturalist who will bring to you exciting, informative and engaging lectures surrounding the theme:  The Rebel Roots.

For our in-country activities we will embark on a wonderful exploration of the history of The Cayman Islands.  We will be hosted by the University of Havana, Cuba and will explore some of their fascinating history while leaving plenty of time to sightseeMexico has so much to offer and we know that you will enjoy the “Pelican” activities planned as well as all that the city of Cozumel has to offer.

We encourage you to check our website at www.open.uwi.edu/adventure for all information pertaining to this Adventure and watch your email for regular updates as well.


  1. Airline Reservation  (Book Early)

It is important to make your airline reservations early, to obtain the best fares (don’t forget that Expedia and Booking.com etc. provide excellent deals). The ship sets sail from Montego Bay, Jamaica at 8:00 p.m. on December 4, 2018 and returns to that port at 8:00 a.m. on December 11, 2018. You can book your flights with that schedule in mind and in many cases, this departure time will help you avoid having to pay a night’s hotel fee. If you do require hotel accommodation, we encourage you to also make bookings early.

  1. Visa Requirements

All passengers are responsible for ensuring that they check with their travel agent to see if a visa is required to travel to the countries on the itinerary, i.e. Jamaica, The Cayman Islands, Cuba and Mexico.

If you wish to have a letter from us to support your visa application, please send your request to scholarshipcruise@open.uwi.edu or marketing@open.uwi.edu.

  1. Package Options -­‐ We offer two (2) package options:

Option 1: Inclusive of all the ships amenities (accommodation, meals, dining, entertainment and port taxes) all Open Campus on-board lectures, cocktail reception, Government Departure tax from Montego Bay

Double Occupancy (price quoted per person)
Cat. Inside -    $ 1,360.00 (deck 2/3)

Cat. Inside -    $1,410.00 (deck 6/7/8)
Cat. Outside - $ 1,450.00 (deck 2/3)
Cat. Balcony - $ 1,750.00

Single Rates:

Cat. Inside     -   $1,970.00  

Cat. Outside -   $2,100.00

Triple and Quadruple Rates TBA

Option 2 Inclusive of all the ships amenities (accommodation, meals, dining, entertainment and port taxes) all Open Campus on-board lectures, cocktail reception, and organised in-country tours

Double Occupancy (price quoted per person
Cat. Inside    - $1,460.00 (deck 2/3)

Cat. Inside -    $1,510.00 (deck 6/7/8)
Cat. Outside - $1,550.00 (deck 2/3)
Cat. Balcony - $1,850.00

Single Rates: 

Cat. Inside - $2,070.00

Cat. Outside - $2,170.00

Triple and Quadruple Rates TBA 

Please select you preferred option and accommodation type when you book and complete the passenger registration form.  This information is important as it will assist us in making the correct arrangements for your accommodation.

  1. Booking April 30, 2018 to ensure your space at the present rateThe deadline for all bookings is August 31, 2018.

We hope that this information is helpful to you. Please feel free to contact us at scholarshipcruise@open.uwi.edu or marketing@open.uwi.edu should you have any questions or require further information.

We look forward to having you, your families and friends join us on this wonderful voyage of enrichment, fun, engagement and discovery.

The UWI Open Campus Scholar Ship Cruise and Learn Adventure



Departure Date


Arrival at Destination

Departure from Destination

Tuesday, December 4th

Montego Bay, Jamaica

8.00 a.m.

20.00  (8 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 5th

Georgetown, Grand Cayman

9.00 a.m.


Thursday, December 6th

At Sea



Friday,  December 7th

Havana, Cuba

7.00 a.m.


Saturday ,December 8th

Havana, Cuba


14.00 (2.p.m)

Sunday, December 9th

Cozumel, Mexico

8.00 a.m. 


Monday, December 10th

At Sea



Tuesday, December 11th

Montego Bay, Jamaica

8.00 a.m.




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