Modern amenities and personal service are the hallmarks of our intimate 836-pasenger ship. Our ship serves as the floating campus of the University of Virginia’s Semester at Sea program and is outfitted for educational pursuit. Built in 2002, the MV Explorer also includes a full spa and salon, fitness center, pool, and a panoramic lounge with stunning 180-degree views. Visit the photo gallery to see pictures of the ship>>

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center, located on Deck 7, offers massages, manicures, pedicures, haircuts, and other spa treatments to participants while at sea. Click here to see Wellness Center Services.

Fitness Center

A Fitness Room with treadmills, elliptical machines, Stairmasters, and stationary bikes is located in the Wellness Center on Deck 7. Weight machines and free weights are available on the Pool Deck, Deck 7, aft.

Pool & Sundeck

The pool area is 7,500 sq. ft. (700 m2) and includes one outside pool and a snack bar, which serves smoothies, hot dogs, and burgers.

Piano Bar & Glazer Lounge

Bar list

Wine list

Explorer Private Dining

Looking for a private dinner for a special occasion? Try our Private Dining room on Deck 5 with an upscale menu that is sure to delight. Nightly at sea on a first come first serve basis. Main course options include steak, poultry, seafood, and vegetarian. Please see Akin in the Deck 5 dining room for reservations and more details. Additional fees apply.

Private Dining Menu

Sports Court

The Sports Court is a netted, multi-use court on Deck 7.


The Library contains about 9,000 volumes specifically tailored to international study and travel, and to the curriculum of each voyage. There is an extensive map collection containing physical, political, topographical and historical maps. Also onboard is a significant collection of videos for educational and recreational purposes.

Computer Lab

The Computer Lab is an extension of the Library and is designed to be used primarily for word processing and limited Internet access.This facility is available for use to the entire shipboard community on a 24-hour basis. Each of the 20 computers is configured with Windows XP, Microsoft Office XP, DVD Player (with a limited number of CD burners), and USB ports. External floppy drives and Zip drives are available for loan. Limited Internet access is available via satellite. Participants are provided with 30 minutes of free Internet access. Should participants need additional time for connectivity, there is an opportunity to purchase an Internet package. Please keep in mind that a limited number of packages will be offered.

Current Internet Pricing

Gift Shop

The gift shop offers a selection of SAS logo clothing, school and travel supplies, daily necessities, voyage mementos, and gift items. Purchases are made using your shipboard account and all sales are tax free.


The MV Explorer has nine state-of-the-art classrooms, which are equipped with audio/visual technology.

Medical Clinic

The Medical Team is responsible for planning, coordinating, implementing, and evaluating total patient care for the students, faculty, staff, and assisting with the officers and crew aboard the MV Explorer. The Physician is assisted by a Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner and one Registered Nurse, as well as a Crew Doctor and a Crew Nurse. The Clinic is located near the Gangway on Deck 2.