Tiger Cruise: Friends and Family Members Earn Their Stripes

5 10 2012

When a sailor has been on a ship for a while, they might come across an event known as a tiger cruise. A tiger cruise is where a sailor can designate friends and family members to come aboard and set sail for a day or two. This is a great opportunity for you to see your sailor in action and what we go through for a day.
During the cruise, you’ll experience the sights and sounds of everyday sailor life. More than likely there will be drills and planned events that the ship will perform. One of the unplanned events that my parents were able to experience was the guys in the workshop and I troubleshooting a major piece of our gear. Not everything about sailor life is fun and games. There are times where you have to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Out on the water, it’s just you and your wits. You have to put the two together to come up with solutions to the problems that you come across. I was happy that my parents were able to witness the workcenter come together and fix the broken piece of gear through teamwork. In my opinion, it was probably the best example that we could give them about self-reliance. It will be a moment that my parents and I will remember for the rest of our lives.
There are some things to keep in mind if you’re thinking about signing up for a tiger cruise. Spouses will not be allowed to come aboard for obvious reasons. The purpose is to show friends and family members the sights of ship and its daily operations, and to allow your significant other to come aboard might pose as a significant distraction. Depending on how many available racks there are throughout the berthings, each sailor will have a set amount of people that they’re allowed to bring onboard. If you have a large family, you can always try to negotiate with fellow sailors to see if they would be willing to lend you a few additional spots if they aren’t bringing any individuals onboard. If you’ve never been onboard a ship before, or are susceptible to motion sickness, you might want to check out a product called Sea-Bands. I’ve seen quite a few guys who I work with wear them, and they’ve claimed that the Sea-Bands help them out drastically when it comes to motion sickness on the ship.
This is an event that I would recommend trying once. It’s a lot of fun and the cruise is catered for the guests. It’s a great way to experience what we’re all about and feel a sense of pride of what your sailor does.

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