Since it’s first voyage in 1983, Peace Boat has sailed a number of passenger ships of various sizes. It’s current ship, the Ocean Dream, was built in 1981 in Denmark, and has excellent facilities in which to create the “floating peace village” of community, learning, and action that is the Peace Boat experience. If you have not noticed, a Peace Boat voyage is very different from the traditional model, eschewing vacation in favor of participation, and forgoing the usual luxury in favor of a comfortable platform of travel that offers all necessary amenities in a more sustainable way.
The array of public spaces on the ship have been adapted to serve as lecture halls, classrooms, offices, workshop rooms and rehearsal areas. Students from the Global University, International Student and Global English and Espanol Training programs use the classrooms, and the ballroom and lounges are ideal venues for presentations and large events, functioning both as lecture halls and stage spaces.
Participants also use the various areas around the ship for self planned events, such as educational presentations, displays of artwork, sports clubs, dance practice or planning campaigns for peace activism.
At the hub of Peace Boat’s activities is the Peace Center or “P-Cen,” an office space used by both staff and participants to coordinate onboard events, edit videos, produce posters, plan campaigns and publish the Peace Boat newspaper.
As well as these working spaces, the ship also offers a variety of places to relax, including a sports deck, gym, library, cinema, swimming pools, coffee shops, bars and a sunbathing deck.
Cabins range from 4-bunk inside staterooms to large twin suites with decks. All necessary cabin services are provided by professional hotel services crew.
Wifi internet and phone service is available onboard for a set fee. Mail service for postcards, letters and packages is to and from the ship is available at almost all ports of call.
You are welcome to visit the Peace Boat during ship tour events usually held in Yokohama, Japan between voyages. If you are a potential academic partner institution, please contact us to learn about other possibilities for visiting the Peace Boat in person.
The Ocean Dream is operated and staffed by over 250 professional officers and crew. It is 205 meters long, weighs in at 35,265 tons, and is equipped with stabilizers and the latest safety system based on SOLAS international safety standards. Maximum passenger capacity is 1422, and voyages usually range between 800 and 1100 passengers.