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Voyage Blog: Spring 2014

  • Speaking With An Expert: Larry Braskamp Shares His Thoughts On SAS

    While in transit from Japan to Vietnam, the MV Explorer was home to a well known figure in the study abroad world. Larry Braskamp, co-founder and president of the Global […]

  • From the Students: Top Ten Shipboard Activities

    On Semester at Sea, every experience is a learning experience. Between days when they’re immersed in new cultures in port, the shipboard community onboard the MV Explorer provides a place […]

  • Cu Chi Tunnels Living on Four Legs

    Outside of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, lie the Cu Chi tunnels. These tunnels are a part of a larger network of tunnels that played a crucial role in […]

  • Microfinance in Action in Viet Nam

    While in Ho Chi Minh City, a group of voyagers spent a day learning about microfinance in Viet Nam on one of Semester at Sea’s Social EntrepreneurSHIP field programs. Microfinance […]

  • Postcard From Cambodia: Family Reunion

    When Kida Toy discovered that Semester At Sea was offering field programs to Cambodia during its port in Viet Nam, he knew he couldn’t pass up the opportunity. A Cambodian-American, […]

  • Making Friends (and an IMPACT) in a Vietnamese Orphanage

    On the Spring 2014, 50th Anniversary voyage there are over 230 field programs offered to the shipboard community ranging from spending a night on a Japanese mountain with Buddhist monks to getting a […]

  • The Importance of the Mai Po Nature Reserve

    Standing on a path that bisects a commercial fish farm and the Mai Po Nature Reserve, the students in Gary Griggs’ Human Impacts on Coastal Environments class had a clear […]

  • Japanese Language Bootcamp: How to Speak Like a Local

    Before the voyage’s arrival into each port, the shipboard community has the opportunity to attend a Language Bootcamp presentation. The intention of the Language Bootcamp series is to help students […]

  • Field Lab: Sounds of Tokyo

    Students from Professor Greg Seib’s Travel Writing class went on a field lab in Tokyo while the MV Explorer was docked in Yokohama. The students were instructed to focus on […]

  • From Caterpillar to Kimono

    Students enrolled in the Introduction to Anthropology course visited the Nishijin textile facility in Kyoto Japan for lesson in Kimono culture. Kimono, which translates to “clothing” has strong cultural roots […]

  • The Changing Face of Japan’s Economy

    On their first day in Yokohama, Japan, students in Professor Ranade’s International Trade course visited the Nissan factory and museum. These students learned about the auto industry in Japan as […]


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