Virtual Cruise Orientation from Rick
Current dates for planning travel are:
LEG 1: Depart: 2 July – Seattle, WA Arrive: 8 July - Kodiak, AK (1 PM at the Coast Guard Pier)
LEG 2: Depart: 09July - Kodiak, AK Arrive: 2 Aug - Seward, AK
Those arriving for leg 3 are requested to board the ship by the evening of the 7th. The ship still expects to get underway the 8th.
LEG 3: Depart: ~ 8 Aug - Seward, AK Arrive: 2 Sep - Kodiak, AK
All leg 3 participants should plan to disembark in Kodiak on September 2nd, and fly out the 3rd (or later if you wish to travel).
The NOAA Ship McArthur needs all participants to fill out a NOAA Health Services Questionnaire to be submitted to the medical file of the ship.
This needs to be done as soon as possible, as the questionnaires must be reviewed by NOAA Health Services in Seattle before they are approved for release to the ship. If you don't have an NHSQ on file, you can't get on the ship.
Please download it, fill it out, and send it to the Survey Coordinator at:
8604 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
WHAT TO BRING FOR THE CRUISE
In general, pack as light as you can. Accomodations are relatively small and space is limited. But here is a list of some things to bring:
Spare eyeglasses and/or contacts; your eyeglass prescription
Polarized sunglasses and a spare pair
Prescription, as well as non-prescription medications that you use frequently (the ship will have some of these, but quantities are limited and chances to restock are few)
Hat for the sun and sunscreen (even though most of the weather will be cloudy, you never know!)
Cassettes & CD's - Music is played on the flying bridge when things are slow. We quickly get to the point of having heard the 'same old thing,' so bring as many as you have room for.
Robe - for travel to and from showers
Film - If you bring your own camera, bring enough film for two months - film will probably be available in the small city port calls but it could be expensive. Bring an extra camera battery, too.
Batteries - For alarm clocks, watches, walkmans, etc.
Closed-toe shoes - Required throughout the ship, except in your room or in the shower.
Warm clothing - It will be cold and getting colder throughout most of the cruise. Colder than you think. Bring long pants, a warm pull-over, a windbreaker, socks, and gloves and a hat.
Foul weather jacket and pants for rainy days and small boat work. Though we will have some foul weather suits on loan from the Antarctic group, it is a good idea to have your own.
Dry Bags (for carrying gear in small boats)
Rubber boots, especially if you plan to work with net tows.