Semester at Sea Students Forsake Technology

MV ExplorerI’ve often wondered how technology works on the MV Explorer, the ship that houses the Semester at Sea program (for which U.Va. is the academic sponsor, and a major contributor of both students and faculty).

Now I know the answer: A lot of it doesn’t work at all.

At least not consistently. Obviously, something must be working, since current voyager Alyssa Fishman was able to publish this blog post about technology at sea on Semester at Sea’s “News From the Helm” blog.

“While my initial impression of life sans texting, cell phone service, and the Internet conjured up frightening images from a more primitive age, I have come to appreciate the restricted communication outlets on Semester at Sea,” she writes.

I’ll let you read the rest. As my technology-driven work week careens toward another end, shipboard life sounds idyllic.

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