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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Preserving the Ecology of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is best known for its volcanoes. In fact, Kīlauea and Mauna Loa are two of the most active volcanoes in the world. A group of students and lifelong learners visited the park during the MV Explorer’s short stop in Hilo, Hawai’i, and discussed the history and ecology of the park with a […]

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Exploring Endangered Languages in Hawaii

Spring 2015 SAS students enrolled in Anthropology 2430 – Languages of the World pay a visit to the University of Hawaii at Hilo where they learn about the University’s efforts to preserve and revitalize the Hawaiian language and get the chance to speak with native Hawaiian speakers.

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Spring 2015 – By The Numbers

The Spring 2015 Voyage of Semester at Sea has been at sea for two weeks.  We have already visited our first port of Hilo, Hawaii, crossed the International Date Line, and had 10 days of classes.  But who makes up the Spring 2015 Voyage?  Read on, with a bit of help from numbers found on […]

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A Look Inside Kilauea

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is home to five colossal volcanoes: Kohala, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Mauna Loa, and Kilauea. Two of which, are the most active Volcanoes on Earth, Kilauea and Mauna Loa. Both volcanoes are still adding to the big island of Hawai’i to date. During the Spring 2015 voyage’s stop in Hilo, Hawai’i, professor […]

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A Student’s Perspective: International Student Orientation

On the fourth day of the Spring 2015 voyage, all international students were called into the Union for a welcoming convocation. Coming from Panama, and having already met a handful of the international students, I was expecting, at most, for there to be around 30 people in attendance. However, once I stepped inside the dimly […]

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Success At Sea

As the Spring 2015 voyage sails on, previous voyagers spent a night lending their advice to current students about how get the most out of Semester at Sea. The Explorers’ Seminar was hosted by seven alumni, who shared personal stories and guidance about what was effective and what may have hindered their former voyage. Evan […]

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What did you bring?

12 countries, 112 days, two suitcases. What would you bring? 629 students had to decide what to bring and what to leave prior to boarding the MV Explorer in Ensenada, Mexico on January 7. Bring the essentials of course – Clothes, shampoo, camera, don’t forget your toothbrush. After all the essentials, there is no room […]

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A Student’s Perspective: Embarkation Day

Embarkation day, also known as the day the journey begins, is one of the most memorable days for any participant commencing his/her trip with Semester at Sea. For myself, this voyage has been a journey of first— my first time flying alone, first time crossing the border to Mexico, as well as my first time […]

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Meet The Deans Of Spring 2015

Both are experienced voyagers from previous semesters spent with the floating university that is Semester at Sea. Academic Dean Mark Thomas and Executive Dean Bob Vieira have been deemed “The Dean Team”. With no shortage of knowledge, character, and wisdom, they fit the pun intended title perfectly. Mark Thomas sailed previously on the Fall 2011 […]

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