Homeschool On The Seas is a program run by Alumni Cruises, and has been doing homeschool cruises since 2007. What makes this different from a traditional cruise is that participants receive a pre-cruise curriculum guide developed by homeschooling moms, private and group sessions onboard the ship, and a post-cruise learning package. While the work is not graded, participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the cruise. There is a graduation ceremony for those completing the program. The educational sessions include a scavenger hunt and ocean lab tours. As with most cruises, the meals are included in the price of the package. In the past five years they have taken homeschool cruises to Bermuda, the Western Caribbean, Eastern Caribbean, Alaska, and the Mexican Riviera. The 2011 homeschool cruise to Alaska is $895 per person, for the first two people in the cabin.
Another company offering homeschool cruises is World Wide Family Vacations. Their School at Sea program has four trips taking place in 2011 for homeschooling families. These cruises are going to the Mexican Riviera, Alaska, the Western Caribbean, and the Southern Caribbean. In 2012 they will be taking three homeschool cruises to Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, and the Western Caribbean. They also offer "land cruises" to Israel, Washington, D.C., Canadian Rail, Egypt, and New Zealand. Their pre-cruise curriculum guide includes geography, literature, critical thinking, and puzzles. Every participant from the ages of two to seventeen receives a daily goodie bag. Special venues have been reserved for the School at Sea program participants. Students can participate in educational workshops or classes such as scrapbooking, writing, art and science. For around $800, you can take part in a 7 day Alaska cruise through the School at Sea program.