Netherlands Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. Day 30.
The Netherlands Coast Guard Rescue Helicopter (G-BIMU, Stac Pollaidh) hovered off the Semester at Sea M/V Explorer as we traveled along the coast of Netherlands on our way to Oslo, Norway. The helicopter did an amazing job of staying stationary right next to our ship. They wanted to do a drill, but had to leave as they were running low on fuel. I liked the expression on the pilot and co-pilots faces.
One of the great things while on the M/V Explorer I didn’t need to deal with mundane things like laundry. On the ship, laundry was done any day we were at sea for $6/bag (more if you wanted anything ironed). Since we had been at port in Cadiz, Spain for the last several days of my trip, I ended up coming home with a large bag of laundry 😉
For the past ~40 days I have been on the M/V Explorer as part of the Fall 2012 Semester at Sea program. The map shows a GPS track of where I have been. The internet connection on board the ship was limited, so I have not been posting since mid-August. Blog posts and images from the trip will be added in the near future (links below).
Semester at Sea Fall 2012 Voyage Day 2: Atlantic Crossing
The main activity for the first full day at sea was an all-day orientation for the students in the Union. There are 477 undergraduate students attending the Fall Semester this year. In addition there are 47 Life Long Learners (30 full voyage and 17 partial voyage), 36 Faculty, 37 Staff & Family, and 181 Crew on board the M/V Explorer for this voyage.