After 2 months at sea the T.S.G.B. is now dockside in
Galveston, Texas our last and final stop. We got the opportunity to sail
through the Panama Canal between North and South America, we sailed
Transatlantic twice, and we visited Europe. The seas treated us well throughout
the entire journey as well as the weather. We spent nights on the fantail
talking to one another away from the outside world. We saw millions of stars
and sunsets incomparable to ones on land, we experienced seas as calm as glass
and visited incredible ports. While on this cruise each of us made new friends,
experienced a new way of life and got out of our comfort zones. Those aboard
have bonded strongly with each other, through the work done on board and the
port days we had together. On a journey like this we all change and are
different people by the end, we create new friendships, we learn more about
ourselves and see the world just a bit differently. Cruise 2019 was that
journey for those aboard the T.S.G.B. Golden Bear and it has ended. To the
friends and family who have followed us on this journey, Thank you. We hope
you’ve enjoyed this blog. This will be the last post for Cruise 2019, from all
of us here, Thank you for tuning in and we wish your loved one’s safe travels.
Signing off for the last time – Angel Garcia Asst. Purser
We have left Ft. Lauderdale and are midway through our
transit to our final destination in the port of Galveston. We are set to arrive
at 0800 on the 30th of June, and disembark when cruise is officially
over at 1200 on 1 July 2019. The weather has been good to us with very mild
seas and expected temperatures in the 80s with humidity above what we’re used
to. Things around the T.S.G.B. are winding down as we prepare to fly home to
various parts of the country. We’ve traveled over 12k + nautical miles, from
one continent (North America), between another (Panama Canal) and over to
another (Europe). But nothing beats being home, ready to wind down from a long
two months out to sea.
There is never a shortage of action in the engine room, with
machinery running 24/7, routine maintenance, and constant checks; engine cadets
are always on the move. They work hand in hand to teach and learn from one
another. This is all done while the engine room heats up and cools down
depending on where we are headed. With the T.S.G.B heading into more tropical climate
the engine room has been steadily heating up, but nonetheless engine cadets
work through it to hone in on skills and learn all that they can.
The T.S.G.B. is more than half way to her next destination
in Port Everglades which is very apparent as the weather has now changed to
sub- tropical with humidity hovering around 85% daily and temperatures in the
mid 80s. The skyscape now changes rapidly and rain can be seen in the distance
every so often which makes for interesting sunsets as well. The weather will
only become more tropical from here until we reach Florida, where cadets will
be able to disembark and explore what the Sunshine state has to offer.
A perk of being at sea far from civilization is the sunsets.
For the everyone on board, time out at sea in the middle of the Atlantic has
shown us incredible sunsets that can’t be replicated on land. Couple that with
any clouds or almost still waters and you have something cadets remember as
being something to look forward to after a busy day. At times it’s the simple
things that we look forward to while out at sea.
Yesterday was officially our last Sunday at sea which means
the next two Sundays we will be in port. First in Florida then at our final
destination Galveston. It marks two weeks till cruise 2019 is over which is
fast approaching. We also had our third and final BBQ at sea where cadets were
able to relax and enjoy themselves and the weather which is once again becoming
more humid. The Atlantic has been treating us well with smooth waters and
sunny/ partly cloudy skies.
Today is Father’s day which means many cadets want to wish
their loved ones a happy Father’s day. So here are some cadets doing exactly
that. With just about 2 weeks left in cruise 2019 cadets are ecstatic to be
with back home soon!
For two months the T.S.G.B. becomes the crews home away from
home. As the cruise progresses we settle into routines and in between we begin
to interact with more people whom we never had before. What this creates is an
atmosphere of not only camaraderie but family as well. We eat together, work
together, socialize together, and look out for each other. For many it is their
first time out at sea and it can be a bit nerve wracking to also be away from
what is familiar but here on board the T.S.G.B. we make sure to make everyone
From our departure point on the island of Sao Miguel to our
next arrival point back stateside in Port Everglades the T.S.G.B. and her crew
will travel once again across the Atlantic. That distance is 3000+ Nautical
Miles, during that time it is business as usual, classes, day work and watch.
In addition here are some birds eye view shots of the T.S.G.B. from her time
docked in Ponta Delgada courtesy of Cadet Scopazzi.
The T.S.G.B. has officially left Ponta Delgada which means
she and her crew are headed back to the states on its last leg of Cruise 2019.
During her stay in the Azores cadets, faculty, and staff explored the island
and all she had to offer, which at times can look like something out of
Jurassic Park. This includes hot springs, lakes, hikes, beaches, and small
coastal towns. The weather was good to everyone with moderate temperatures that
made the time there much more enjoyable. The people of the island welcomed us
and were more than happy to explain the rich history of the island. The island
itself was on the smaller side with wide open green pastures that filled the
country side, small quiet towns dotted the island, and the coast surprised many
with its beauty. The island of Sao Miguel was different than the hustle and
bustle of Lisbon and because of that it was much easier to relax and enjoy
quiet beaches and attractions with minimal tourists. The days were long with
the sun setting around 9 pm which allowed everyone to maximize their day and
visit more places around the island.