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.

Coming alongside a cruise ship while entering the port of Galveston.
Cadets while viewing the entrance to the Channel of Galveston.
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Signing off for the last time – Angel Garcia Asst. Purser Cruise 2019


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.

Cadet Oca looks out at the Florida coast as the T.S.G.B. departs Ft. Lauderdale.
View from the upper deck while heading out to sea.
Deck cadets after mooring.


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.

Cadet Sieving assisting in engine diagnostics.
Taking readings of the engine.
Cadet Nelson welding.


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.

Cadet Nicholas.
Engine cadets during firefighting.
(Credits: Cadet Skarin)
Cadet Sandvold looking on as Cadet Chavez works on a piece of machinery with supervision from 1st Assistant Engineer Reyer.
(Credits: Cadet Skarin)


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.

A beautiful morning like this makes a month at sea well worth it. 
It is so good to get out on the water, away from all the static of a busy shore life, and slow down your mind. 
The conscious mind in the frontal and pre-frontal cortex can observe the feelings and memories in the hippocampus and although it cannot directly change how you feel, remember and dream it can guide how you position yourself in the universe to allow those feelings, memories and dreams to evolve.
Charles Clemons, MD
Cadets learning how to use fire gear in professor Reimans class.
Cadets Kelly and Franklin.


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.

Cadets Taylor, Zablotsky, Gilmore
Cadets, Garifi, Huber, Comerford, Hongell
Engine Cadets enjoying their time on the fantail during the BBQ.
Cadets Nelson & Chavez


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!

Cadet Tucker.
Cadet Curry.
Cadet Mandelkern
Cadet Alexander
Cadet Nicholas
Cadet Franks
Cadet Franks wishing his sister a happy birthday and congratulations.
Cadet Krauter.


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 feel included.

Cadets Potwora, Hidzick, Alexander, Dibacco, Whitworth, Nicholas, Jo, Cordero during their time in Ponta Delgada.
(Credits: Cadet Alexander)
Cadet Curry during day work
Cadets doing routine maintenance during day work.
Cadet Alexander wishing a family member Happy Birthday.
Cadets doing routine maintenance during day work.


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.

Engine cadets with the supervision of Mr. Caplin begin their hands on CPR exercise.
Cadets begin chest compression’s before their partner arrives.
Engine Cadets begin partner CPR which allows both to simulate the act of CPR as well as using an AED.
The T.S.G.B. docked in Ponta Delgada, Azores, Portugal.
(Credits: 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.

Cadets Franks, Corey, and Anastasi pose for a picture during a hike through the forest.
Cadets explore Salto de Cabrito.
Two Cadets enjoy the view from a viewpoint on the east side of the island.
Cadet Laurent and others hike and explore around an old hydroelectric plant.
Cadets, Kronheim, Van der Schoot, and Pena at a view point of Lagoa de Fogo.
Cadet Giesen on the helo deck before departure with the tallest mountain on the island in the background.