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Saint John, New Brunswick, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Program Description

This course will take place during the second four week session during the 2020 Summer Session.

We will spend the first two weeks in class discussing tourism and its impact on communities as well as a deep exploration of the cruise industry.

During the 3rd week we will embark on a cruise that will visit several port towns both here in the United States and in Canada.

During the final week of the semester, we will reflect on the experience and present group projects.

The hope is that after taking this course, students will have a deeper understanding of the tourism industry and the people who work in this field as well as the locals who live in its towns.

Location Description

The home base for this experience will be aboard a 692 foot Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship. The Empress of the Seas has a capacity of almost 2,000 guests and with an additional 700 crew members. While there are plenty of things to do on the ship (from live shows to multiple restaurants), the majority of our class will take place in the ports we will visit. We will first visit the US coastal cities of:

Newport, Rhode Island
Boston, Massachusetts
Bar Harbor, Maine

Then we will cruise to the Canadian cities of:

Saint John, New Brunswick
Halifax, Nova Scotia


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Housing will be provided aboard the cruise ship. Students will share double rooms and have options for internet access while cruising. While at port, transportation will be provided to site tours and lectures.

All meals will be provided as a part of this program aboard the ship. Lunch will be provided before we embark and when we disembark.

Additional Items to Consider

A valid passport is required to transit between the United States and Canada. Visas are not required for US citizens. 

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

All levels of undergraduate and graduate students are welcome

Hart School Students are preferred as this program closely aligns with their field of study. However this program is open to all students

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short essay 
  • Resume
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


HM 298: Special Studies in Hospitality and Tourism Management (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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