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Voyage Blog: Summer 2012

  • Montserrat: Beauty Between the Mountains

    Semester at Sea students traveled to Montserrat Monastery, one of  Spain’s most beautiful and spiritual monuments nestled between the mountains an hour outside Barcelona. They were very excited to learn […]

  • Paella, People, and Culture

    Meals are arguably one of the most important elements of Spanish culture. They are long, social, and nourishing events. On this trip students get a flavor for one of the […]

  • Montjuic: From Prison to Peace Center

    Professor John Cerone has spent the last 10 days teaching his students the ins and outs of international human rights law. Now that they have the basics down, they will […]

  • The Eyes of the MV Explorer: Students Tour of the Bridge

    For most sea going travelers, the bridge is a secret place they will never see. It is the control center of the ship. Semester at Sea students are lucky to […]

  • A poem by Odysseas Elytis: Anniversary

    Throughout the MV Explorer, students and staff can read poetry descending over the staircase walls. Among them is the poem Anniversary written by Odysseaus Elytis. In this short feature, you […]

  • Craig Barton Takes on The Academical Village Aboard the MV Explorer

    Thomas Jefferson envisioned the University of Virginia as a community of faculty and students, living together, with minimal hierarchy, connected by the common interest of learning. He called this community […]

  • Paul Wagner "Maker of Memories"

    Semester at Sea represents a unique opportunity for me as a documentary filmmaker and teacher. Great documentaries are made by filmmakers with passion for the stories they tell. And no […]

  • What Is Your Semester At Sea Legacy?

     Sometimes in life we think we are teaching our children, but really they are teaching us. Pat O'Brien Pat O’Brien learned of Semester at Sea when her son Mark was […]

  • The Best Voyage Ever According to Executive Dean Kenn Gaither

    Executive Dean Kenn Gaither addresses the students and welcomes them aboard. He believes this 110th voyage will be the best one yet and offers some wisdom, from his experience as […]

  • The Summer 2012 Voyage By The Numbers

    The Summer 2012 voyage has officially begun and it’s time to tally up the numbers and give you all an idea of the immensely diverse community aboard the MV Explorer. […]

  • An Emotional Embarkation For All on the Summer 2012 Voyage

    Embarkation is full of hellos and goodbyes. This feeling of excitement and anxiety isn’t reserved just for the students; parents, staff and faculty are full of emotions as well. The […]


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