Fall 2014 Embarkation: Backpacks, Books, and Luggage



Aug 25, 2014


Fall 2014 Embarkation: Backpacks, Books, and Luggage

The Port of Southampton was abustle with incoming voyagers on August 23rd. From around the world, 629 college students traveled to England ready to embark on the Fall 2014 voyage of Semester at Sea. The 108 day voyage will take students, lifelong learners, faculty, and staff to 16 countries across the Atlantic Ocean. With smiles on their faces, only a world of new cultures awaits them as they depart on their voyage of discovery.

Academic Dean David Brenneman (left) and Executive Dean Sue Weitz (right) prepare to welcome the Fall 2014 students to the MV Explorer.
Photo by: Joshua Gates Weisberg
First Aboard
Five Elon University students, including Sam Stein (left) and Ruth Robinson (right), were the first to arrive aboard the MV Explorer.
Photo by: Joshua Gates Weisberg
Juggling Luggage
Students’ luggage is transported by port staff directly from check-in on to the ship after passing through security.
Photo by: Joshua Gates Weisberg
Tymitz Time
Lively throughout the day, Tymitz Square served as a hub where all questions could be answered for incoming voyagers.
Photo by: Joshua Gates Weisberg
Union Unity
In the Union, students received additional course field program information among other assistance.
Photo by: Jessica DePeppo
Hello, my name is...
Angela McMaster of Saint Joseph’s University received her name tag as the final part of the check-in process.
Photo by: Jessica DePeppo
Orange you glad you're aboard!
The inaugural lifeboat drill takes place as voyagers gather at muster station B2 on the forward port side of the MV Explorer.
Photo by: Joshua Gates Weisberg
Once all passengers were secured, the MV Explorer changed births within the Port of Southampton in preparation for the next day’s departure.
Photo by: Joshua Gates Weisberg
Fond Farewell
As the MV Explorer repositioned, parents came out to wish their students well on their Fall 2014 voyage of Atlantic Discovery.
Photo by: Joshua Gates Weisberg


  1. Moira L McDermott
    August 25, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Looking forward to following the semester at sea and my son,Billy Fleming through News from the helm.

  2. Karen Burns
    August 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Bon Voyage! Fair winds and smooth seas!

  3. Ann Marie Gathright
    August 25, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Thanks for the updates! Wishing my daughter, Olivia Gathright and all the voyagers a joy-filled, magical adventure.

  4. Susan Henry Busch
    August 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    How many Lifelong Learners are sailing on this Semester at Sea Voyage?

  5. Laurie Miller
    August 27, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Have a wonderful adventure! Our thoughts are always with you! (Madeline Miller’s mom)

  6. Sylvia G. Ash
    September 5, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Wishing my son Qassim Ashton Ghaffaar from the University of San Diego safe passage and a wonderful amazing experience.

  7. Arogeanae Brown
    October 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Hello, I am excited for all of the brave students and I thank you all for participating in this wonderful experience, making it available for myself.

    As I conducted research about the campus I have one question that has remained unanswered, How do I prepare for embark, how should I book my ticket coming from California? how do I book a room if needed in London, etc….?

    If anyone have some answers or guidance please let me know, thank you. abro6863@students.vsu.edu

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