SEAmester was established in 2016. It is the first of its kind in South Africa and due to its popularity, it will now be held annually. The idea for this ‘class afloat’ comes from Dr Isabelle Ansorge who ‘grew up’ on SEAmester type cruises in Europe. Together with Tahlia Henry, they put together two programmes aimed at post graduates students in the Science field. The objective of the cruise is to encourage interaction between young South African scientists, lecturers and field specialists in a hands-on, practical environment on board the SA Agulhas II.