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College says goodbye to cruise ship dorm

Remember those St. Mary’s College of Maryland students who were forced to move onto a cruise ship in November after mold was found in their dormitories? They’re now back on land.

The Washington Post reports that the 10-year-old Sea Voyager pulled out of St. Mary’s City, Maryland on Sunday, sans the 240 students who have been living on it the past two months. The students had moved out of the ship last week before their holiday break and will be moving back into their regular residence halls, now cleaned of mold, when they return to campus next month.

The ship was clearly “not a long-term solution,” the Post quotes school president Joseph Urgo as saying.

Reaction from students had been mixed, with some citing a tough adjustment to life on a cruise ship, even one that is permanently docked. Students griped about such things as the ship’s small cabin sizes, paper-thin walls and frequent crew boat drills.

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The small liberal arts college has chartered the 301-passenger Sea Voyager, an out-of-service coastal cruise vessel, to serve as emergency lodging for the students until the mold found in two residence halls could be removed. The 286-foot-long ship was docked near the school along the waterfront of St. Mary’s.

Cruise aficionados will recall the vessel as the Cape May Light, which was built for the long-defunct Delta Queen Coastal Voyages line. (Read what we wrote about the ship at its debut in 2001).

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