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Atlantic Exploration: Embarkation Day, Halifax



Aug 27, 2012

Student Life

Atlantic Exploration: Embarkation Day, Halifax

The MV Explorer was full of energy and smiling faces as students from 45 states and 10 different countries embarked from Halifax, Nova Scotia on August 23, 2012, for the 111th voyage of Semester at Sea. Follow along with the students of Fall 2012: Atlantic Exploration as they board the ship and pull away from the harbor to sail 2,192 nautical miles to Galway, Ireland, just one of 14 countries they will explore this term.

Andrew Brooks of High Point University boards the MV Explorer in Halifax for the Fall 2012 Atlantic Exploration.
Emily Sandoval, Resident Director, guides Brayden Beverage of University of California San Diego through the check-in process.
Amanda Bateson of Montana State (top left), Jordan Fowler of University of Virginia (top right), Andrew Anabi and Dylan Bonfigli, both of University of San Diego (middle), complete check-in prior to moving into their cabins, while many others wait in line (bottom).
Ground and ship crews move nearly a thousand pieces of luggage onto the ship.
Sean Hans of Clemson University and Jack Harvey of University Of Colorado Boulder make introductions for the first time while moving into their cabin.
Parents and students wave goodbye to each other as the MV Explorer pushes off from the port in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
As the ship sails east towards Ireland, the western sun casts shadows on bow of 7th Deck.
Executive Dean John Tymitz (top) and Captain Roman Krstanovic (bottom) welcome 474 students, 36 faculty, and 33 staff aboard the ship, and testify to the adventures ahead.
Jake Robinson of University of California San Diego and Amanda Bateson of Montana State watch the first setting sun of the 111 Semester at Sea voyage.


  1. Joseph Paulo
    August 28, 2012 at 2:37 am

    Wishing my son Jonathan Paulo a wonderful trip full of adventure that you will treasure for a lifetime…Stay safe enjoy!

  2. Connie D
    August 28, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Praying for safe travels for everyone!! Have fun Jas!!

  3. Ryan Jones
    August 28, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Wishing my awesome manager Katie McCann the trip of her life. We miss you Katie! From all of us at Toppings in Avalon NJ!

  4. Kathleen Shea
    August 29, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Alex, have a wonderful time. Saw you in one of the photos!
    XO. Aunt Kath

  5. ALina Sala
    August 29, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Dominique – thinking about you and sending you hugs and kisses. Blessings to you and the other students. Have lots of fun in Ireland.

  6. Rose McNally
    August 30, 2012 at 9:45 am

    Hi Tom – have a great time in Ireland! Be well and be safe my son, thinking of you everyday as you enjoy this trip of a lifetime. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand. All my love – Mom xoxo

  7. mary flynn yates
    August 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Céad Míle Fáilte go Gaillimh – a Hundred Thousand Welcomes to Galway and looking forward to meeting my tour group tomorrow morning (Cong and Ashford Castle Day Tour)
    Mary Flynn Yates (FáilteIreland Tour Guide)

  8. Annette Wilson
    September 1, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Hello Tessa,
    Thinking about you, be safe and enjoy the journey!
    Love and prayers.
    Aunt Annette xoxo
    “A journey is best measured in friends rather than miles.”

  9. mary flynn yates
    September 1, 2012 at 8:36 am

    I would like to say what a real pleasure it was to meet my group yesterday on our journey to Ashford Castle and Cong! Galway Port was wet and windy when you sailed in on your tender. But when I greeted you on your tour bus you all brightened up our day with your warm smiles and obvious enthusiasm for what lay ahead! I thoroughly enjoyed being with you – and Kai – you are a born ‘leader’. You are all wonderful ambassadors for your country and its universities. Your courteous manner throughout the day – together with your great and obvious interest in all you saw and did was such a pleasure to witness! Please ‘Come back to Eireann’ as the song says – in the future. I miss your youthful exuberance and your great sense of humour today! Enjoy your remaining time here and may the best team win today! Mary Flynn Yates (Fáilte Ireland Tour Guide)

  10. Karen Falvo
    September 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    Hi Mel,
    You said you were going to do a Semester at Sea and there you are. Can’t believe you are off exploring yet another part of this amazing world we live in. Stay safe and hope you are meeting some amazing people. We Love You! Mom, Dad, Steph, Anthony and your favorite – Roxie !!!!!!!!

  11. Halifax first aid courses
    September 6, 2012 at 1:55 am

    nice education place for learning new things in sea out of home environment

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