Keeping our students and crew safe boils down to two essential elements: detailed planning and being prepared. That is why we have a rigorous planning of the itinerary where safety and weather holds the highest priority. We also perform regular drills so that all students, faculty and crew members are prepared for all possible scenarios.

The ship meets the highest standards for structural integrity, safety, navigation, communication and life saving equipment as set out by Norwegian Flag State Authorities, has the best rating according to its Class Society and International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations, and has been awarded the highest safety classification by Veritas.

To keep the ship’s incredibly high safety standards, we have a meticulous maintenance program in place, backed by annual inspections and a major survey every five years. In line with Norwegian best practices, the ship has two complete sets of crew who are rotate on and off the ship at regular intervals, ensuring that the 12 professional sailors aboard are always well rested, fit, and ready to put safety first. All maritime officers have extended first aid training, and our onboard medic is prepared to meet student needs at any time of day.

There is no conventional e-mail service provided during the A+ programme. Parents and students are encouraged to communicate with their students in the different port of call. There will be WIFI in some ports. In the ports where there is no WIFI, students generally locate cafes or local sim-cards in order to call, skype or Facetime home. There is no WIFI or cell service at sea and only emergency email communication is available, through our office, while the vessel is at sea. We encourage all parents to follow the Schools social media platforms where we endeavour to post updates from the ship on a daily basis.