Win a 25-day trip for two with Enrichment Voyages | Camels & Chocolate

Celebrating 5 Years of Freedom + Win a 25-Day Trip for Two!

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It’s hard to believe it was just five years ago that I was sitting at my desk at Conde Nast, reading an embarrassing number of these so-called weblog anomalies I had discovered through BlogHer and thinking, “hey, you know what? I should start my own!” And five years is a pretty big deal, wouldn’t you say? One might even say it’s a milestone of oceanic proportions. Which brings me to this…

The generous and ineffable non-profit organization Institute for Shipboard Education is partnering with C&C to send one of you very lucky readers—and a guest!—out to sea.

That’s right: One of you gets to go on a 25-day Enrichment Voyage aboard the MV Explorer and take your favorite person along for the ride (er, sail).

Pretty freakin’ cool, huh? I know I’m already jealous of the winner.

In case you missed the boat—or should I say ship (i.e. my past year of coverage on the program)—Enrichment Voyages are educational “cruises” (though don’t say that word in the presence of the MV Explorer, as it’s one of our banned terms!). The Institute for Shipboard Education, the parent company of Semester at Sea, operates these voyages each December and May when the ship isn’t transporting college students around the world, and anybody is allowed to go, no matter their age, height, nationality or political beliefs (heh). Voyagers are from all walks of life—this past May, our youngest participant was 14 months, our oldest was 91 years and our median age was 47—and come from every corner of the world; friends I made on the ship this spring hailed from as far away as Mauritius and the Canary Islands and as nearby as Kentucky. Best of all, I find the people who embark on such a journey to be curious, like-minded, open individuals who always have a story—and wealth of knowledge—to share.

Win a 25-day trip for two with Enrichment Voyages | Camels & ChocolateDays are filled with activities from language classes to art workshops to lounging by the pool (you can do whatever strikes your fancy—nobody will judge). On the December voyage, ISE just announced that Justice Sandra Day O’Connor will be one of the on-board speakers, along with Peter Shankman, Jonathan Murray (television producer of Bunim/Murray fame), and other notable educators and thought leaders in their respective fields. Additionally, Jairek Robbins—son of Tony; a real gem of a guy with whom I had the privilege of traveling—will hold a Rapid Results Retreat during the voyage, as well. In a nutshell, not only will you gain a fantastic travel opportunity should you win, but you’ll get to go about it with a whole lot of fascinating people at that.

Win a 25-day Enrichment Voyages trip for two! | Camels & ChocolateWithout further ado, here are the details:

When is it?

December 2012.

For how long?

Four glorious weeks.

Where will I go?

To Central and South America and the Caribbean, more specifically: Nassau, Bahamas; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Cartagena, Colombia; Colon, Panama; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Callao, Peru; Manta, Ecuador; Puntarenas, Costa Rica; Corinto, Nicaragua; Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and San Diego, California. Here’s the full itinerary and route.

Win a 25-day trip for two with Enrichment Voyages | Camels & Chocolate

How do I win?

  • Visit the Enrichment Voyages website via the link, then come back and leave a comment below answering the following question correctly: “How many passengers can the MV Explorer accommodate?
  • In addition to leaving a comment, you must also follow @EnrichmtVoyages and @LunaticAtLarge on Twitter and Tweet the following: “I want to sail away with @EnrichmtVoyages andย @LunaticAtLarge this December! #giveaway #contest #travel”

How can I increase my chances of winning?

  • Like each of our Facebook pages: Enrichment Voyages and Camels & Chocolate. {1 entry}
  • Mention the giveaway on Facebook, tagging both EV and C&C. {2 entries}
  • Pin any of these images on Pinterest, tagging me (@LunaticAtLarge) with the following: “I want to win a 25-day trip to sea with Enrichment Voyages and @LunaticAtLarge!” {1 entry}
  • Blog about the contest. {3 entries}

Be sure and leave an additional comment and link for each extra effort you’ve completed (this part is imperative) so I can add the proper number of points to your entry. And if you want to read about my experiences with the program, check out my Semester at Sea posts and my Enrichment Voyages recaps.

What’s in the fine print?

  • This contest is open to all citizens of all countries, aside from ISE employees and SVV’s and my blood relations.
  • You must be available to travel from Dec. 8, 2012 through Jan. 2, 2013. However, should you win, you may transfer the prize to a family member.
  • You must have a valid passport or apply for one upon winning this contest.
  • You’ll pay your own airfare to/from the port of embarkation (Nassau) and debarkation (San Diego).
  • ISE will cover your room and board in a luxurious mid-deck outside cabin, the retail cost of which is more than $10,000.
  • But! Don’t forget if you are a U.S. citizen and win, you will be responsible for declaring your winnings on your taxes.
  • Contest will run from Aug. 1, 2012 to Aug. 31, 2012 at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be chosen by
  • I will announce a winner on this blog on Sept. 4 and notify the winner by e-mail. Should the winner not respond within five days, I will select a new winner via

Feeling lucky? Happy playing, y’all!


In honor of my big blogiversary, here are some of my personal favorite posts over the years:

And here are the ones you guys loved, based on number of comments and/or traffic:


All images in this post are courtesy of ISE.