The Ultimate Travel Workshop: 14 days, 9 countries

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May 27 - June 10, 2010

Are you interested in travel photography — in capturing the flavor of a culture and its people? Are you desiring to travel to exotic ports and bring back photos showing the beauty and splendor of the location? Are you unsure how to go about getting these photos, all the while seeking the methods, tips and techniques that will catapult you to the next level in your photography skill set? Does the thought of walking up to a stranger in a foreign land, aspiring to take their picture, strike fear in you?

Then this workshop is just for you!

In a unique collaboration with the global study-abroad program Semester at Sea and led by Nikonians Academy instructor Michael A. Mariant, we are proud to bring the "Ultimate Travel Workshop" to you.

In 2009, Nikonians Academy instructor Michael Mariant offered his Travel Photography and Visual Thinking lectures in traveling seminars for Nikonians.

Michael now brings those lectures, along with highly acclaimed and related lectures in the travel genre back to Nikonians Academy, but this time while on a ship heading to 9 different ports of call!


May 27 - Depart: NASSAU, BAHAMAS

May 28 - Day at Sea: Classroom instruction







June 4 - Day at Sea: Critique & Classroom instruction




June 8 - Day at Sea: Critique & Classroom instruction

June 9 - Day at Sea: Classroom instruction and final show


Featuring four full days of classroom instruction, focusing on: travel photography, cultural sensitivity and people photography, street photography, and adapting a visual thinking approach to your photography — all taking place aboard the Semester at Sea's floating university, the M.V. Explorer, a former cruise ship converted into a floating college university campus. The classroom instruction is interspersed around day-long excursions in 9 different countries, where you get to apply and experience the various methods, techniques and approaches of travel photography.

While in country, we will practice and apply the methods taught in the classroom, including:

  • People portraiture
  • Cultural representation
  • Architecture photography
  • Documentary storytelling
  • Travel and leisure photography
  • Street photography
  • and more

— all methods utilized by today's top travel photographers to capture the flavor, essence and character of the people and places you visit.

The workshop is limited to 25 participants only, to ensure an academic environment on-ship and provide one-on-one instruction and assistance between the workshop participants and your instructor. In country, all participants will begin their photography based on a pre-discussed "theme" or "topic" specific for that country, while your instructor will make himself available for assistance, coaching, technical support and advice.

The Nikonians Academy workshop fee for the "Ultimate Travel Workshop" is all inclusive: all 14 days of workshop instruction, classroom lectures, your cabin berth on the ship, and three meals a day on-ship are included in one low price, starting at $2099 per person.


There are four rooming options to choose from (price includes cabin berth, meals on ship and workshop instruction):

- Double occupancy, inside cabin: $2099/person

- Double occupancy, outside cabin (with large porthole/picture window): $2690/person

- Single occupancy, inside cabin: $2390/person

- Single occupancy, outside cabin (with large porthole/picture window): $ 3129/person

(Note: Inside cabin denotes a cabin without portholes located on the inside portion of a hallway; Outside cabin denotes a cabin with a porthole located on the outside portion of a hallway.)

BONUS: We are offering special 'family fares' for spouses and children opting to not partake in the workshop but travel as a passenger on the voyage:

- Spouse, inside cabin: $1675/person

- Spouse, outside cabin: $2265/person

- Children under 17 with two adults: $799

Cancellation Policy:

Prior to March 25, 2010: $300 of the workshop fee is non-refundable.

Prior to April 25, 2010: 50% of the workshop fee is non-refundable, with the exception of possible replacement of participant with similar passage.

Prior to May 19, 2010: 100% of the workshop fee is non-refundable, with exception of possible replacement of participant with similar passage.

If cancelled within 8 days of departure: 100% of the fee is non-refundable.


All participants (including spouses/children) MUST have a valid passport with an expiration date beyond December 2010.

The airport of arrival will be the Nassau Lyndon Pindling Airport (NAS) for embarkation on the ship and the airport of departure will be Fort Lauderdale, Florida (FLL).

Plan on arriving in Nassau on May 26, the day prior to embarkation. Recommended hotels in Nassau are the Atlantis Casino & Resort and the Hilton (the Hilton is very close to the port area). Plan for departure at Fort Lauderdale late in the evening on June 10 or, preferably, on June 11.

We will meet as a group on the morning of embarkation, May 27, in the Cruise Ship Terminal courtyard entrance, prior to boarding the ship.

For spouses and children, there are multiple day trips available in each port, ranging from cultural site visits to recreational options. These trips will be available for sign-up prior in the months prior to departure as well as on-ship after embarkation in Nassau.


The M.V. Explorer is a 590-foot-long, 25,000 ton, 7-deck vessel with full modern amenities. Originally a luxury travel ship, the vessel is now equipped as a floating university campus and one of the fastest, safest and most technologically advanced ships afloat with a top speed of 28 knots. The M.V. Explorer includes two dining rooms, a fitness center, a pool and sundeck, spa and salon, 8,000 volume library, computer lab and free Wi-Fi Internet. The ship is small and intimate when compared to the common mega-cruise ships of today, with a passenger capacity of only 800 and 200 crew members.


When digital was taking over the film world, Michael was hand-picked by the Institute for Shipboard Education to overhaul the Semester at Sea photography program and facilitate the transition to digital. Semester at Sea takes college students on a 100-day ‘Voyage of Discovery’ around the world as they embark on an itinerary to several countries, immersing themselves in the host country’s culture for a week, all while calling a former cruise ship-turned-floating university their home. Michael implemented a myriad of change to accommodate digital photography in the global travel environment while introducing several lectures to assist the emerging photographer, including his highly-acclaimed Visual Thinking lecture, Cultural Immersion in Documentary/Travel Photography, and Self-Editing for the Digital Photographer. After four voyages in the past six years, Michael continues his work as a remote and on-site consultant and coordinator for the program's multi-media department, providing instruction and orientation for the staff photographers each voyage and cultivating current and always-evolving technologies into their travel photography program. Michael Mariant joined the Nikonians Academy faculty on September 2008.

  • You will learn

    • People portraiture
    • Cultural representation
    • Architecture photography
    • Documentary storytelling
    • Travel and leisure photography
    • Street photography
    • and more
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • There will be an extensive online forum at with additional photographs, sailing information, pre-sailing/photography assignment preparation, packing suggestions and help, gear suggestions and more!
    • The link to the Ultimate Travel Workshops forum is this.
  • Optional

    • You may also opt for pre-boarding the ship any time between the 25th and the 26th of May.
    • Once you have booked your cabin accommodations you may also buy the Pre-boarding option, whether you intend to arrive on the 25th or on the 26th, before the 27th departure.
  • What is provided

    • The Ultimate Travel Workshop ;-)
  • Venue Information

      Please check your venue by specific city area location.


This is a unique opportunity for sea travel and photography learning and at a bargain price. Plus you can do it as a famliy trip.


The Ultimate Travel Workshop: 14 days, 9 countries workshops are provided in the following locations:

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Nassau Minor under 17 with two adults 27-MAY-2010 Michael A. Mariant $799 $829 Sold out
Nassau Single Outside Cabin 27-MAY-2010 Michael A. Mariant $3129 $3159 Sold out
Nassau Spouse Inside Cabin 27-MAY-2010 Michael A. Mariant $1675 $1705 Sold out
Nassau Spouse Outside Cabin 27-MAY-2010 Michael A. Mariant $2265 $2295 Sold out

Member prices are only applicable to Nikonians Silver, Gold and Platinum Members. Non-members can register as Nikonians members here. Nikonians Basic members can upgrade the membership level here. Membership payments help sustain the growth of the Nikonians community and its services such as the Nikonians Academy.