What is Cruise?

The annual training cruise of the California Maritime Academy serves several important purposes. First, it provides license-track cadets with the opportunity to put into practice the theoretical knowledge they have been taught in the classroom, fulfilling a requirement of supervised "cruise time.” Second, through the annual training cruise Cal Maritime students visit ports which are a vital link to the worldwide maritime industry. Third, students develop and perfect, under the close eye of faculty supervision, a broad range of essential maritime competence--professionalism, effective leadership and communication skills, and the keen appreciation for the chain of command, teamwork, and the responsibility of standing watch. 

2004 Cruise Handbook for the Training Ship Golden Bear (2004). Cal Maritime