Sea Term 2009: Less Than 12 Hours To Go!

We’re now officially less than 12 hours away from the start of Sea Term 2009. At this time tomorrow morning, the freshmen will be checking in and starting their first briefing of Sea Term in Admirals Hall. A few hours after that, the ship will be alive with cadets moving in and starting the immense on-load process that will last all week. I’ll be posting photos and videos of this process throughout the coming week, so stay tuned! Read On →

Sea Term 2009: Packing Up

I’m writing this during a quick break I’m taking from packing my bags. I’ll be leaving my house early in the morning (0630) to drive from Annapolis, MD up to Buzzards Bay, picking my car up in Connecticut. I’ll stay with my grandfather tomorrow night, and then Monday morning I will join the 500 other cadets in checking in and moving on to the ship, to begin Sea Term 2009. Read On →

Sea Term 2009: SeaWave Sign-Up

I’ve been hearing concerns about how to sign up for SeaWave, mainly regarding credit cards. In order to sign up for SeaWave, you do need a credit card so that usage can be billed. This information is necessary during registration to complete the process. If your cadet will be using the credit card of a parent and needs the information for the card, it will need to be provided to them so they can sign up. Read On →

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to everyone! As we speak, Sea Term 2009 officially begins in 1 week, 3 days and change. I’ve added a countdown timer on the sidebar right below my picture which currently displays the up-to-the-second count until the official start of Sea Term. I’ll be continuing my pre-Sea Term info posts tomorrow.

Sea Term 2009: Laptops

I received a Skribit suggestion that I talk about cadets bringing laptops on cruise. Not only can cadets bring their laptops, but I would highly encourage it. In the evenings on cruise we have plenty of down time, and having a laptop provides plenty of entertainment opportunities. Almost everyone brings DVDs as well as movies stored on their computers directly, so having a computer on board allows you to watch all the movies available (Note: Chartwells also rents movies to cadets very cheaply and they have a large selection). Read On →

Sea Term 2009: Communications

One of the biggest issues on cruise last year was communications. While we’re at sea, we have very limited contact with the rest of the world. We have an e-mail system that connects a few times a day to send and receive e-mails held in the queue, called SeaWave. And that’s it. No Internet, no phone. Just a delayed e-mail system. It may sound like a problem, but in reality it’s all we really need. Read On →

Sea Term 2009 Coverage

Well, we’re almost halfway through finals week, and only a few weeks away from Sea Term 2009. In keeping with last year, I’ll be blogging during the voyage about the trip, keeping friends & family of Sea Term cadets up-to-date. This year, however, I have the benefit of knowledge and experience from last year’s Sea Term to share with people prior to departure. So, I’ll be starting my Sea Term coverage this week and posting throughout the holiday break with tips, information and updates about Sea Term that could be useful. Read On →

Finals Week: Almost Done, but Not Quite Yet

This week marks the beginning of the end for fall semester. Today is the first day of final exams, bringing mixed emotions to campus. Certainly everyone’s excited that in a mere 5 days we’ll be leaving to go home for the holidays with school totally out of mind (for those of us not going on Sea Term that’s even easier). Morning formation is the shortened formation every morning this week to allow for more studying time. Read On →

Review Follow-Up: SPOT Pricing

SPOT satellite tracker I’ve received a number of e-mails in response to my SPOT review asking how much it costs. I decided I’d just make another post to address this, rather than answer all the individual requests. Here’s how the pricing breaks down: Basic Service: $99.99/year This provides check-in (send “I’m OK” messages to people you pre-select along with your location), help requests (non emergency) and 911 requests. You get unlimited usage of these services for this fee. Read On →

Review: SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker

SPOT satellite tracker I recently received a SPOT Satellite Personal Tracker as part of a contest run on gCaptain. For those of you unfamiliar with the device, it’s a GPS antenna and commercial satellite transmitter integrated inside of a handheld case, with a few different functions thrown into the mix. You can use it to track your location throughout the world, send assistance requests, as well as distress and emergency calls. For more detailed information, check out the SPOT web site, and perhaps watch the video they have featured on their home page. Read On →