You are here: Home > Cruise Travel > Maryland college students give cruise ship mixed reviews

Maryland college students give cruise ship mixed reviews

Remember those St. Mary’s College of Maryland students who were forced to move onto a cruise ship earlier this month after mold was found in their dormitories? Not all of them are loving the experience.

The campus paper at the school, The Point News, this week reports that some of the 244 students who were transferred to the vessel, the Sea Voyager, have had a tough adjustment to life on a cruise ship, even one that is permanently docked. They cite such things as the ship’s small cabin sizes, paper-thin walls and frequent crew boat drills.

“The staff uses the intercom in the morning, and it wakes me up every day,” one student complains to the paper. “We hear all of it.” Another student calls the cabins on the ship “prison cells.”

“You can hear every little thing through (the ship’s) walls, making it very hard to fall asleep, no matter what time,” another student is quoted as saying.

RELATED:  Cruise ship to serve as college dorm
ALSO ONLINE:  A look inside luxury line Silversea’s newest ship

Still, not everyone is down on the experience. “Compared to a (regular) dorm, this is really swanky,” one freshman tells the news outlet.

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 can be removed. The 286-foot-long ship is docked near the school along the waterfront of St. Mary’s City, Maryland.

Cruise aficionados will recall the 10-year-old 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).

Cruise Loggers, share your thoughts below.

Tags: ,

  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • RSS

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.