Emergency contact with individuals aboard the ship is available. Should a student need to be contacted in the event of an emergency (death or serious illness of a family member for example), please call Campus Safety at 207-326-2479 or the Dean of Students, Deidra Davis at 207-326-2138. Dean Davis or Campus Safety staff will contact the ship and have the individual call back.
To reach someone aboard the vessel, please provide the following information:
- Your name
- Your contact information
- The name of the person you need to speak with on the ship
- Your relationship to that person
- The nature of the emergency
This information will be communicated by Campus Safety or Dean Davis to the Commandant of Midshipmen; he will then discreetly arrange for your student to call you back. Please note that this process may take a few hours, depending on the location of the ship and the time of day.
The Cruise Blog is the most important hub of communication for family and friends to receive updates about cruise. Blog posts will chronicle the progress of the ship, allowing parents and friends access to a chart of the TSSOM’s course, summary of activities, activity highlights, stats (latitude and longitude, speed, passage distance, etc), weather, and pictures.
Updates to the site happen at various times and are provided by students, faculty, and staff. In the event that there are technical difficulties or other disruptions, updates may be delayed.
Please note: this blog site does not support commenting.
Training Cruise Manual
The Training Cruise Manual covers everything from discipline to daily routine, watch position description and meal hours. The Training Cruise Manual is available to students on the ship’s internal network during the training cruise. Students are required to attend Personal Development classes and pre-cruise briefings prior to the training cruise where additional information is given.
It is recommended that students carry no more cash than they plan to spend in the Ship’s Store as we will not have opportunities for students to go ashore during the 2021 cruises. Students should always secure their valuables in a locked space when they are not in their rooms.
Students do have the ability to make phone calls from sea and we anticipate strong cellular coverage when we are in port. At sea, students may purchase a “phone card” for use with the ship’s satellite phone. These “cards” can be purchased from the ship’s office using cash or online on the Cruise Store. Cards cost $25 for approximately 45 minutes.
Letters from Home
Mail is slow, so be sure to plan ahead. Please expect it to take at least 1 week for a letter/package to reach the port agent. If you send mail early, the agent will hold it until TSSOM’s arrival. Please use the port addresses listed on this website.
Email will be used for text communication only. Students will not be able to send or receive attachments. If a student needs to receive an attachment, please have them coordinate with the Office on the TSSOM. Student email addresses are in this format: email@example.com. Additional information is available on the Email Tips page.
Alcohol is prohibited on board the ship. The policy aboard the ship is consistent with that of the US Coast Guard and can be found in the Training Cruise Manual. Students may be asked to submit to a breathalyzer test if it is suspected that they are intoxicated. If a student or staff/crew member refuses to submit to a breathalyzer test, they will be sent home. The cost to come home from a port with no notice due to a disciplinary matter can exceed $5,000. Additionally, the student receives no refund for cruise and must repeat the entire cruise. This kind of mistake can cost over $10,000.
There will be no scheduled post-cruise maintenance sessions during Summer 2021.
Family Day Cruise
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we will not be able to facilitate a Family Day Cruise for our students on the first cruise (Cruise-A). We will continue to assess the situation for future cruises.
Packing & Tools
All students enrolled in Marine Engineering Operations, Marine Engineering Technology, Marine Systems Engineering, and Marine Transportation Operations on the annual training cruise are required to have a tool kit. This tool kit is required to be with the student during all Maintenance Programs (Semester and Summer Maintenance) and during 4/C and 2/C cruises.
A list of required tools can be found here.
Students may leave a vehicle parked in the designated parking lot designated by Campus Safety on campus while on cruise. All vehicles left on campus must be properly inspected and insured.