(Vallejo, California – April 18, 2016) – Students from Cal Maritime will get under way for the first of two two-month training cruises with a day of training in the San Francisco Bay, followed by a reception in San Francisco on Sunday, April 24.
The Training Ship Golden Bear, the 500-foot training vessel of California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) will depart the Vallejo campus at 8:00 a.m. Sunday. Following a day of training, a reception will be held aboard the ship from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Piers 15/17 in San Francisco, adjacent to the Exploratorium. 
The itinerary for the cruises includes transit through the Panama Canal and stops in the Dominican Republic, Baltimore, Fort Lauderdale, Puerto Rico, New York, and Charleston, South Carolina. The first cruise ends on June 22, when new crew, students and faculty board the ship for the second cruise. The ship returns to Vallejo for good on Sunday, August 21.
The annual training voyage is part of the specialized curriculum offered at Cal Maritime. For the duration of each summer training cruise, Cal Maritime cadets are responsible for running the ship, including navigating and driving, repairing and overseeing the engines, and maintaining the vessel. All training cruises are supervised by Cal Maritime faculty, the ship's captain and chief engineer, and a team of experienced mariners.
During the cruise, cadets continue to attend classes, and intellectual learning, applied technology, and leadership development blend daily as cadets apply what they have learned in the classroom, in the lab, in the Corps, and on the waterfront.
For more information about receptions aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear, visit foundation.csum.edu/tsgbreceptions.
To follow along on the Training Ship Golden Bear's two-month journey, visit the Follow the Voyage blog at www.cma-virtualftv.org.



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 serves nearly 1,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. The new oceanography degree program launched in the fall of 2020. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.