Maryland school to use cruise ship as dorm

The motorized vessel Sea Voyager is seen in a June, 2007 photo from user Velo Steve. Steve

BALTIMORE - A Maryland college is moving hundreds of students from a mold-infected dorm to a cruise ship docked beside campus.

St. Mary's College of Maryland will move approximately 200 students to the ship this weekend. About 350 students had already moved to local hotels or reconfigured rooms because of mold in two dorms.

College President Joe Urgo said in an announcement that the 300-foot cruise ship named the Sea Voyager will likely remain until the end of the semester and will cost about the same as hotels.

The college says damp conditions from Hurricane Irene and persistent rains are to blame for the mold.