Our Ship

About the MV Explorer

The MV Explorer may look like a cruise ship, but it’s really a state-of-the-art floating campus aboard which travelers enjoy the learning experience of a lifetime.

Benefits of sailing on the MV Explorer

  • Built in 2002 by the well-respected Blohm & Voss shipbuilders of Germany
  • Described by Maritime Telecommunications Network “as one of the safest ships afloat”
  • U.S. and international health and safety ratings in the 99th percentile
  • One of the fastest passenger ships of its kind in the world

Tour the Ship

Take a tour of the MV Explorer, presented by the Fall 2011 Semester at Sea voyage.

Facts at a Glance

Tonnage 25,000 tons
Length 590 ft. (180 m)
Beam 84 ft. (26 m)
Draft 24 ft. (7 m)
Maximum Cruising Speed 28 knots
Stabilizers yes
Air Conditioning Throughout yes
Outside Deck Space 30,000 ft.2 (2.800 m2)
Passenger Decks 6
Pool Area 7,500 ft.2 (700 m2)
Swimming Pool 1
Union Lounge 380 seats
Aqua Marine Dining Room, Deck 5 470 seats
Garden Lounge, Deck 6 210 seats
Garden Terrace, Deck 6 110 seats
Glazer Lounge 138 seats
Classrooms 9
Piano Bar 104 seats
Passenger Capacity (double-occupancy) 836

Special Considerations

Traveling on a ship can pose many challenges for those individuals with physical impairments, including moving and uneven surfaces and steep gangway steps or special dietary needs. ISE remains committed to providing travel, work and study opportunities for everyone. We will evaluate each situation individually and make every possible effort to accommodate the special needs of each participant.