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August 16, 2013

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August 16, 2013

I'm saddened to read the prior posted review.

The basic concept of a Semester at Sea was started in about 1921, according to my old shipboard prof "Dr. T" who got me admission to Wharton MBA and would have maybe Harvard MBA if I had not been too intimidated. This is remarkable because
I seldom opened a book!

Dr. T was apparently a young Econ prof in about 1921 and a crusty old curmudgeon prof in 1967, with an inner heart of gold when I took classes from him and goofed off without opening a book. I declined Wharton and Econ and went in a different direction. Dr. T was crusty, unrelenting, grumpy, ... and wonderful when you got to know him and he thought you might have some small spark of intelligence that could be ignited. In my case it was not ignited! I was a naive North Dakota kid who was wide eyed at the world.

I greatly respect Dr. T. and the concept of shipboard education and learning about other cultures.

I also know Guidestar because I have created a community foundation and therefore went here for a reference.

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January 12, 2013
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January 12, 2013
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If you are interested in educational travel, stay away from “Enrichment Voyages.” They use the ship that normally runs the Semester at Sea program (MV Explorer). There are some very good lectures on board when you are at sea, but the Enrichment Voyage policy is to raise as much money as possible to support other programs. In other words, the goal is to “enrich” their coffers but not necessarily your brain. They push cheap sweet drinks, at high costs on board, sell logo items at high prices and offer shore programs that are mostly shopping trips, with minimal educational value. You learn very little on shore trips that would help you to tell one port from another. Management has not trained the ship staff in respectful behavior towards senior citizens. For example, they confiscated distilled water necessary for a medically essential CPAP machine (then days later, reluctantly sold the person a bottle of distilled water for $15). The staff response to a request of a lip-reader to face him and speak slowly was for them to yell at him. My recommendation for senior citizens and serious learners: Consider travel with any other educational travel program but Enrichment Voyage. They were wonderful some years ago, but now they are fundraising and marketing to bargain hunting, escapist, “Groupon” tourists and highlighting many mindless “fun” activities, which are entertaining – if that is what you want.

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