Semester at Sea in GIFs

Finding the words to describe a four-month around-the-world-on-a-floating-university experience is often hard. And also, expressing things in GIFs is so much fun, so here you go.

How you feel when the ship sets sail for the very first time:

(You’re going to have that song stuck in your head all day. You’re welcome.)

When you’ve been at sea for seven days or more on end:

Between Hawai’i and Japan, India and Mauritius, South Africa and Ghana… Ship life is fantastic but sometimes you need some solid ground.

Solid ground after experiencing your first big storm:

Hint: The Pacific has storms in Winter.

Every time you have to get your passport/visas/yellow fever vaccination record checked by immigration officers:

“Oh hai, you look like a nice man. Please stamp my passport quickly so that the other 700 people on the ship can get through too.”

Vendors at the markets when they realise how bad you are at this bargaining thing:

Trying to explain to your parents (in an email!) why you need more cash:

“Mom, Dad… it turns out, I’m really bad at bargaining…”

Realising you’re pretty bad at handling chop sticks:

Just use your imagination, okay!

When you keep trying to stargaze but it’s a cloudy night AGAIN:

When your tour guide or tuk-tuk driver wants to take you somewhere… unscheduled:

This usually ends up costing you more money. But sometimes, it turns into a fantastic experience that tourists don’t often get. Nevertheless, be safe out there, kids.

After a long day of walking through the city… or hiking a mountain… or walking The Great Wall…

When the new inter-port students embark and everybody wants a chance to get a one-on-one:

(“So, I’m writing this paper about your country…” or, more realistically, “Where can we get cheap stuff?”)

Declaring that THIS is your favourite country, and you’re going to move there forever:


(Only after EVERY port…)

Getting your game on at the talent show:

The first time you get horribly lost in a new city:

“Guys, guys, I know EXACTLY where we are now!”

Your view ofΒ the world now:

Realising you have a terminal case of wanderlust and that you just want to go back…


  1. Nisha says:

    Love the GIFs

  2. Hahaha. Funny and yes, damn that song…….

    1. I think it’s stuck in my head chronically πŸ˜€

  3. Claire (BWB) says:

    You’re doing the semester at sea? my friend wanted to do that so bad but ended up doing something else.

    1. Yep, I did it in Spring 2013 πŸ™‚
      I almost could not go because my funding fell through last-minute, I think it’s probably one of the most expensive study-abroad programs. I’m so glad I still managed to go but I think plenty other study-abroad programs have excellent merit as well!

  4. harveylisam says:

    Love it! I have terminal wanderlust, too. It’s depleting my bank account haha.

    1. Haha! That’s what university is doing to mine :/ but Wanderlust will deplete my bank account as soon as I give it a chance again!

  5. Nancy Ackelson says:

    That was fun Mariechen, great job!!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you Nancy! ❀

  6. crankygiraffe says:

    Wow! Sounds like an amazing experience!

    1. Thank you, it was pretty wonderful πŸ™‚

  7. johnsonemmadevan says:

    I absolutely love this post! I am planning/hoping/dreaming on going for the Fall 2015 voyage! Keep posting about SAS, it’s great πŸ™‚

    1. I’m so glad you liked it! Best of luck with prepping for the voyage – I hope everything goes well for you! πŸ™‚

  8. Cait says:

    This is hilarious and perfection. GIFING SKILLS!! YOU HAVE THEM!! Although honestly you’ve given me a real hankering to watch El Dorado again. x) It’s been years! I love that movie.

    1. You have no idea how much that means coming from you – I always love your GIF posts! πŸ˜›
      Yeah, I think after exams I want to have a massive Disney marathon, ESPECIALLY El Dorado. I watched that so many times when I was younger – hilarious and great music, does it for me!

  9. Destiny says:

    Reblogged this on Bring Me That Horizon and commented:
    Three years ago I started the journey of a lifetime. And here’s for all of you fellow SAS-ers out there. πŸ™‚

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