2021 Training Cruise B-2

Training Cruise B-2 Information

The following information is provided to give the student / staff member sailing on the Training Ship State of Maine on Cruise B-2 (14 Nov – 21 December) the necessary information to prepare for embarkation and going to sea.  If you have additional questions, please contact the Regimental Office at 207-326-2250.

Midshipmen, we look forward to welcoming you aboard!

Vaccinations and Vaccination Status

As a reminder, receiving a COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory to participate in Cruise B-2. All current employees and students who are on campus should already have provided proof of vaccination. For participants who have not previously submitted their vaccination card, you will be required to show your vaccination card at check-in prior to boarding the ship for cruise.

Being ‘fully vaccinated’ means that at least 14 days have elapsed since your final dose of the vaccine.

Please review the following information carefully:

11 November:  COVID test for all cruise participants in Nurse Tyler’s Office between 0700 and noon. You are encouraged to arrive early.

14 November:  All students participating on Cruise B2 move aboard by Company.

  • Move-Aboard Uniform is cruise khakis w/ ball cap or garrison
  • 1600 – Watches begin
  • Vehicles may be driven to the waterfront to offload gear and then immediately returned to the designated parking area.

Arriving for Cruise

The schedule for students boarding TSSOM is as follows:

  • Delta Company – Noon to 1245
  • Alpha Company – 1245 to 1330
  • Bravo Company – 1330 to 1415
  • Charlie Company – 1415 to 1500

This is based on your Cruise B-2 company assignment.  Most students will remain in your parent company; however, a few students will be assigned different companies for cruise.

*Note: Dinner will be the first meal served on board so please be sure to have lunch prior to boarding.

Move Aboard

You will be required to show your MMA ID and TWIC card when you move your gear aboard, and for those who were not previously on campus, you must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Please also bring your passport as it is good practice to have it anytime boarding a ship.

There will be check-in stations on the pier that must be completed in order prior to moving your gear aboard. All bags are subject to search prior to boarding.

Berthing assignments will be given at the time of check-in. Changes to berthing assignments are not authorized without permission from the Cadet Master AND the Master of TSSOM.

Limited storage for students who will be living in campus housing during the fall semester is available. Please contact Janice Folk at janice.folk@mma.edu for information on storage.

All Midshipmen are to be moved aboard prior to 1600 on 14 November. Watches begin at 1600.

Campus Housing Check-Out

You may check-out of Campus Housing (Curtis or Commons) on Friday, 12 November or Sunday, 14 November. Checkout sign-ups will be posted and handled the same as end-of-semester check-outs.

On-campus residents may store items in their room if returning for Spring 2022. Personal items needed following cruise must be stored separately as students will not be able to access their Curtis Hall room following cruise. Access to stored items will be on Tuesday, 21 December from Noon to 1400.

Parking

You will be able to drop your items off at the Waterfront then park your car and return to have your bags screened then board TSSOM.

Protect your vehicle by keeping it at home or off-campus if possible.

Residential Students with a vehicle and current parking permit may park in the lot between Ritchie Field and the grass practice field during Cruise B2.  Must have your parking pass displayed.

For off-campus students – arrange to be dropped off at MMA for Cruise B2.

Any vehicle parked on campus during Cruise B2 must have a current parking pass or specific permission from Campus Safety.

Campus Safety Email: campussafety@mma.edu

Rental Book Return Deadline

The MMA Bookstore will be open on Tuesday, 21 December to return Rental Books from noon to 1400.

Books may also be mailed back to the Bookstore.  Use a parcel service with tracking information.

Key Documents

Key Dates

  • 11 November:  COVID test for all cruise participants in Nurse Tyler’s Office.
  • 14 November:  All students participating on Cruise B2 move aboard by Company.

Cruise B-2 Schedule & Ports

To review our itinerary, please visit the Port Information page; please note that all ports and dates are subject to change.

The list of mailing addresses for each port will be sent separately. Please advise anyone who may be sending you mail that they should plan to allow one week for delivery; this will help ensure you get your package. However, we recommend that incoming mail be restricted to letters or postcards as the delivery of “care packages” may be delayed.

Uniforms

  • Cruise Khakis (Dickies brand): Cruise Khakis are required for all Midshipmen on cruise. Sewn-in khakis are not authorized for shipboard use.
  • Maintenance Uniforms:  Maintenance uniforms are required for all Midshipmen.  Maintenance uniforms must be in good repair.  Torn uniforms, excessively stained/paint-covered uniforms will need to be replaced prior to cruise.  Safety toe boots are required.
  • Covers:  RPT Ball cap or Cruise Ball cap are the only two covers authorized with the Maintenance Blue uniform on cruise.  Ball caps must be in good repair and not faded.  Cruise ball caps will be issued once aboard.
  • Dress Uniforms:  Salt & Peppers, Combination Covers, and Bates Shoes (dress shoes) are not required. Additionally, the Dress Blue uniform is not required.
  • Relaxed uniforms:  Khaki pants or shorts and Navy-Blue MMA Polo are authorized for the relaxed uniform.  For details, please contact the MMA Bookstore.
  • PT Gear:  PT gear is authorized in the gym and when actively working out and must be in good taste and in good repair.  No torn, cut, frayed, dirty, or otherwise unserviceable PT gear will be allowed.

General Housekeeping

Any student with outstanding XD’s can be worked off during port visits.

Please review the Packing List for required gear.

Parking on campus will be available; please review the Parking Map provided for more information.

SODEXO Employment Opportunity on TSSOM During Cruise B-2

If you are interested, please contact Jayme Maynard, Chief Steward – TSSOM for more information and to apply at jayme.maynard@sodexo.com or 207-326-2464.

End of Cruise B-2

The last day of cruise B-2 is 21 December.  If you are making flight arrangements, please do not book a flight earlier than 1600.

The goal is to have final room inspections complete and all Midshipmen ashore by 1300 on 21 December; all cleaning guidelines must be met at that time.

The uniform required for departure from the training cruise is proper civilian attire.