On Sunday, May 1, students, faculty, and staff of The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), a campus of The California State University, will begin their international training voyage onboard the Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR.  The vessel ' along with nearly 300 faculty, staff, cadets, and visiting students 'will depart from the Cal Maritime campus for a two-month journey to the South Pacific, visiting ports that include Papeete, Tahiti; Sydney, Australia; Suva, Fiji; and Honolulu, Hawaii.  For the duration of the cruise, Cal Maritime students will be responsible for running the training ship from stem to stern, including navigating and driving the ship, repairing and overseeing the engineers, and maintaining the vessel.   

The May 1st departure marks the beginning of the campus' first two-month training cruise.  The second training cruise will also travel to the South Pacific, but will depart from Honolulu on July 2 and return to Cal Maritime on August 29.  Approximately 265 cadets, faculty, and staff will be on board Cruise 2.


The California Maritime Academy

200 Maritime Academy Drive, Vallejo


Sunday, May 1, 2005

  • Students, faculty, and staff board ship 7:00 a.m.
  • Ship departs from Cal Maritime campus at 9:30 a.m.
  • Ship travels under Golden Gate Bridge at approx. 11:45 a.m.


  • Capture the Training Ship GOLDEN BEAR departing from Cal Maritime

  • Capture shots of vessel traveling under the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Interview opportunities with family members seeing their cadets off


Cal Maritime's annual international training cruises provide Cal Maritime cadets with an intense  and extensive practical real-life laboratory to put into practice the theoretical skills learned while at the campus. In addition, the ship provides a place where all of the students and staff learn about the value of, and dependency upon, their shipmates and what it means to be a part of a larger crew.  Finally, the cruise experience gives Cal Maritime cadets and the visiting students who join our cruise from other CSU campuses an opportunity to experience the culture and diversity of foreign countries and the wonders of the Earth that can only be appreciated from a ship's perspective.

Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus offers undergraduate degrees that prepare students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.