Status of the MV Explorer

A recent story in a maritime journal publicized the charter of the MV Explorer to Greek cruise line company Louis Cruises. This article has spawned a flurry of misinformation and inaccurate conclusions regarding Semester at Sea’s current shipboard campus. As the Institute for Shipboard Education has shared since earlier this year, ISE and its European […]

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A Student Perspective: Atlantic Crossing

My experience crossing the Atlantic Ocean, like my ancestors, was quite interesting. I definitely had a mix of feelings because it represents the historical discourse of African slave trade, colonialism and the exploitation of many different resources. However, it reflects the manifestation of African cultures within other cultural constructions like Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Caribbean, etc. I’m very […]

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Music Cultures: Samba in Salvador

Musical practices, aesthetics and skills that can be observed in Brazil’s music and dance came with the slaves who were taken from their homes in Africa during the Atlantic slave trade. Samba is one form of music celebrated in Brazil with deep cultural roots in Africa. During their recent visit to Salvador, Brazil, Fall 2014 […]

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A Student Perspective: Meeting the Brazilian Youth Ambassadors

Semester at Sea was proud to host five Brazilian students onboard the MV Explorer during the ship’s transit from Rio de Janeiro to Salvador. These youth ambassadors engaged voyagers in a variety of presentations, language workshops, and field programs all designed to teach Brazilian culture. I was happy to get to know these students and […]

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Inside a Favela

Favelas are impoverished and close-knit communities that are often referred to as the slums of Brazil. They are a big part of the country’s culture and the city of Rio de Janeiro specifically. For the Anthropology and Underdevelopment class, their visit to the Santa Marta posed an in-depth look at the community and the effect […]

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Science in the Field

  Just outside the city limits, environmental science students learned there was a whole other side of Rio de Janeiro to explore. The town of Barra de Guaratiba was home to a secluded beach, beautiful water, and most importantly a complex mangrove ecosystem. This area remained a relatively untouched natural wonder and was a safe haven to […]

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GoPro Moments: SAS at FC Barca

Before tickets were distributed on game day, excitement for the evening FC Barcelona vs. AFC Ajax fútbol match could be felt across the ship as nearly half of the shipboard community prepared for one of the most memorable experiences of the Fall 2014 voyage. Students, faculty and staff couldn’t believe that in a few short hours […]

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Fighting for her Chance to See the World

“Overwhelming.” Overcome by her emotion, that is the one word Paola Correa could use to describe what it feels like to be on the Fall 2014 voyage. With tears in her eyes, she recalled a time when being out of her bed was a far-off dream. “I don’t have a day to waste,” she said, […]

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Stories from the Streets of Barcelona

An NGO working with homeless adults, the Arrels Foundation opens its doors to people living on the streets who are struggling with a myriad of issues. They are a volunteer organization looking to provide comprehensive support to all people interested in leaving the streets behind and improving their quality of life. “They are so respectful […]

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