Students sail 500-foot training ship “Golden Bear” to San Diego

Students from California State University Maritime Academy arrived in San Diego on June 25th – the final port of call on a two-month, 14,000 nautical mile training cruise aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear. This year, the cadets sailed the 500-foot vessel to Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Saipan, and Hawaii.

Elizabeth Alvarez was live on the Golden Bear to ask the students about the training mission and their experiences at sea.

The annual training voyage is part of the specialized curriculum for students majoring in marine transportation and engineering 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, the chief engineer, and a team of experienced mariners. During the cruise, cadets continue to attend classes and apply what they have learned in the classroom, in the lab, on the waterfront, and as members of the Academy’s Corps of Cadets.

To follow along on the Training Ship Golden Bear’s two-month journey, visit the Follow the Voyage blog at

Cal Maritime has been recognized by multiple organizations for its academic programs and high-achieving graduates – on average, the highest-earning alumni of any public university in California ten years after graduation.

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 approximately 1200 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing 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.

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