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Voyage Blog: Summer 2014

  • From A Thousand Eyes: Russia

    “From a Thousand Eyes,” is a four-part series on the Summer 2014 voyage that depicts our ports from the viewpoint of the participants. Here, in the final installment, students share […]

  • Gearing up for TEDx SemesteratSea

    Following a wildly successful TEDx SemesteratSea in San Diego in January, the next TEDx SemesteratSea takes place on the MV Explorer August 5 while the ship is docked in Helsinki. To […]

  • Using the Five Senses: Immersive Travel Writing in St. Petersburg

    “It’s more stimulating and the people are more lively than I expected.” “There are beautiful people, dressed nicely and in trendy clothing.” “It’s so grand; it reminds me of Paris.” […]

  • Summer 2014 Sea Olympics

    The Sea Olympics are a well-known tradition among Semester at Sea alumni. Eight seas (students grouped in cabin halls) compete in a variety of events, challenging intellect, athleticism and teamwork. […]

  • From A Thousand Eyes: Norway

    “From a Thousand Eyes” is a four-part series on the Summer 2014 voyage that depicts our ports from the viewpoint of the participants. Here, students share their experiences and imagery […]

  • Scavenger Hunting Through Norway's Cities: Bergen and Oslo

    When the MV Explorer is docked in port, hours seem to slip by more quickly than usual. Understandably, everyone want to see as much as they can in a short […]

  • The Stony Shores of the Emerald Isle: West of Ireland Field Program

    Semester at Sea field programs are an excellent opportunity for students to let someone else do the travel planning. The organization and care that goes into these trips is top […]

  • Irish "Trad" Music

    The field program “Roots of Irish Music,” led by Professor Kathleen Adams, brought a cross-section of the Summer 2014 Semester at Sea community to Ennis, in County Clare, Ireland.  In […]

  • From A Thousand Eyes: Ireland

    “From a Thousand Eyes” is a four-part series on the Summer 2014 voyage that depicts our ports from the viewpoint of the participants. Here, students and faculty share their experiences […]

  • A Lifetime of Memories with Semester at Sea

    With a history spanning five decades, the vast Semester at Sea network comprises more than 60,000 alumni: students, parents, adult learners, faculty and staff. Since the beginning, voyages have led […]

  • Bagpipes & Bus Rides: Adventures in Scotland

    The day before embarking on the Summer 2014 voyage, fellow student Taylor Vincent and I split the price of a hotel in London, England, after connecting a month before through […]

  • Scottish Athletics: The Luss Highland Games

    America’s Independence Day was a quiet affair on the ship, but the next day, nearly 200 Summer 2014 voyagers experienced a completely different celebration of cultural tradition. The Luss Highland […]

  • Volunteering at Basondo, an Animal Sanctuary

    Basondo, otherwise known as the Xabier Maiztegi Wildlife Foundation, is located on a windy road above Kortezubi, Spain. The animal sanctuary rehabilitates and cares for many local species, as well […]

  • A Different Way of Doing Business: Worker Cooperatives in Mondragon, Spain

    Mondragon Corporation, with headquarters in the Basque region of Spain, is the fourth biggest company in the country, based on gross revenue (which was 13 billion Euros last year). It […]

  • Beautiful Power: Researching Wave Energy in Spain

    Michael Maniates’ “Energy for the World” class visited a wave-powered electric plant and a technology research lab while the MV Explorer was docked in Spain. Spain is among Europe’s leaders in […]


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