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Explorer was originally built as Olympic Explorer by Blohm & Voss as the second of two ships for the now the defunct Royal Olympic Cruises. In 2001 she had to be renamed Olympia Explorer due to a conflict with the International Olympic Committee before she became the 'floating campus' of 'Semester at Sea' in 2004.

2015 she was briefly operated by Celestyal Cruises as Celestyal Odyssey before becoming Glory Sea of Diamond Cruises and now serves as 'Glory Sea' for Diamond Cruises.

Semster at Sea

leaves Halifax

The article "Development and Operational Experience with the Fast Monohull MS Olympic Explorer" (Jahrbuch der Schiffbautechnischen Gesellschaft) gives a technical description of the sister ship Chinese Taishan (back then Olympic Explorer). See also: ship-technology.com. Photos, also of her interior designed by AMK Architects & Designers, are found at www.shipparade.com. Explorer got some attention by the media when she was struck by a freak wave that smashed two bridge windows which causeds the ship tp be without propulsion and power for some time. By coincidence only one month later her sister ship, Grand Voyager, was also hit by a large wave encountering similar problems. Although an assessment by Det Norske Veritas confirmed that Explorer proved to be a safe ship in the circumstances encountered modifications were made to ensure that such an incident could not happen again.

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