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UWI prepares for its first Scholar Ship cruise

For Release Upon Receipt - February 18, 2011


The University of the West Indies has launched a cruise and learn initiative designed to showcase the Caribbean in a unique and fun way while providing a continuous learning experience for patrons.

The inaugural sailing of the UWI Open Campus Scholar Ship, scheduled for April 17-24, 2011, will be dedicated to the culture, flora and fauna of the region.  Beginning and ending in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the cruise aboard the elegant Caribbean Princess, will dock in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Tortola, British Virgin Islands; Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia and Barbados. 

Professor Hazel Simmons-McDonald, Principal of the UWI Open Campus has described the UWI Open Campus Scholar Ship cruise as a “learning adventure especially designed to strengthen the relationships between UWI alumni, friends and family” noting that “the cruise isn’t only about geographic travel but the exploration of the culture, flora and fauna is a journey itself.”  

This first edition of the cruise will take place under the expert guidance of tour leader Dr. Lennox Honychurch, distinguished Caribbean Anthropologist and Honorary Research Fellow at The UWI with a wide knowledge of Caribbean history, indigenous peoples, folklore, politics, geography and ecology. 

Patrons will be treated to informative lectures on and off board by Dr. Honychurch who will explore the Cultural Crossroads of the Virgin Islands along with numerous other distinguished regional scholars and subject experts. The cruise itinerary will also feature on-island guided tours to ecological landmarks and historical sites, performances of indigenous music and dance and the much anticipated sampling of local cuisine.  

Bookings for the UWI Open Campus Scholar Ship cruise can be made at:


For further information, please contact:                      

  • Open Campus, St. Lucia
  • The University of the West Indies
  • The Morne, Castries, St. Lucia
  • Phone: 758-452-3866/5
  • Fax: 758-452-4080



About The UWI Open Campus

UWI Open Campus is primarily a virtual campus through which the traditional campuses of the University of the West Indies deliver their online programmes. UWI Open Campus was formally launched in Antigua & Barbuda in June 2008.                               

The Open Campus is an amalgamation of the previous Office of the Board for Non-Campus Countries & Distance Education (BNNCDE), the School of Continuing Studies (SCS), the UWI Distance Education Centre (UWIDEC), and the Tertiary Level Institutions Unit (TLIU). 

UWI Open Campus offers programmes in multi-mode methodologies, including online and face-to-face modalities. Online programmes can be made available to anyone who has access to a computer and the Internet or through any of the physical site locations across the Caribbean region. There are currently 42 site locations, serving 16 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean.