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Climb aboard the 540-foot TS Kennedy for Sea Term 2020!  Thanks to cadet blogs, the Captain’s Log, photographs, videos, special features, and a unique hands-on curriculum, you will virtually travel with six-hundred cadets.  Each day, you’ll read about and watch the shipboard responsibilities of cadets majoring in Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation, and Facilities Engineering as they tackle challenging topics such as weather forecasting, celestial navigation, ocean currents, rust removal, engine maintenance, sewerage treatment, firefighting, and seawater desalination. You’ll feel like you’re right beside the cadets as the ship conducts anchoring drills off the coast of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.  Also aboard the TS Kennedy in 2020 will be cadets majoring in International Maritime Business and cadets majoring in Marine Safety & Environmental Protection.  We’ll keep you updated on what is happening with them as well.  You’ll also experience the food, culture, and attractions of the ship’s four exciting ports of call: Balboa, Panama, Golfito, Costa Rica, Willemstad, Curacao, and Tampa, Florida.

This non-stop adventure begins on Monday, January 6th when cadets board the TS Kennedy.  The ship departs Buzzards Bay on Saturday, January 11th.  The TS Kennedy is scheduled to return on Sunday, February 23rd.  There will be posts each day – even on weekends. 

This year, the Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience Programs will be partnering with Plimouth Plantation and Plymouth 400.  Throughout Sea Term 2020, we’ll be comparing the Mayflower’s historic voyage in 2020 with the voyage of the TS Kennedy in 2020.

Thanks for being a part of Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s free, one-of-a-kind, K-12, STEM adventure on land and sea!

  Ahoy, Followers! It’s Thursday, so that must mean that it is time for…  Little Buc’s Colorful TS Kennedy! Today I am featuring two colors that seem to go hand in hand…BLACK and WHITE! Well, some followers may have a problem with me including white and black in my Little Buc’s Colorful TS Kennedy feature.   You see, in physics, the definition of a color is "visible light with a specific wavelength".  Scientist say that black and white are not colors because they do not have specific wavelengths.  The color white contains "all wavelengths of visible light".  Black is defined as "the absence of visible light". You probably have a black and white crayon in your desk.  Maybe you'…
  1/C John Nackashian, who much prefers to be called Jack, is leading the way during Sea Term 2020 in his position of Cadet 1st Assistant Engineer.  This Marine Engineering major is a resident of Marion, Massachusetts received his academic foundation at Sippican Elementary School and Old Rochester Regional Junior High.  He is a graduate of Old Rochester Regional Senior High.  Jack found time to answer a few questions for us.  What are the responsibilities of a Cadet 1st Assistant Engineer? “Serving under the Cadet Chief Engineer, myself and the three other Cadet 1st Assistants are second in charge of the students of the engineering department while on Sea Term. An Assistant Cadet…
For my final day in Panama, I joined 1/C MTRA cadets Michelle “Shelly” Sheehan, Eoin Doherty, Jack Blute, Dan Plumb, and our new friend from The International Maritime University of Panama, Neredith Pinzon, on a hike through the jungle. We took an Uber to the Metropolitan Natural Park, which was only about ten minutes away from the ship. We were greeted by a friendly park ranger, who guided us into the Visitor’s Center and showed us a map of the trail. The trail is 5 km in length, which is approximately 3 miles. Our hike was expected to take about two hours to complete as it factored in stops for wildlife spotting. Not only is Neredith a really cool person, but she was also a really…
1/C Jack Blute discovered his passion for fishing at age two on his neighborhood pond; Bucks Pond in Harwich, Massachusetts, just over the Chatham town line.  Harwich is located on the southern side of Cape Cod.  The town has three harbors and several beaches.  Harwich also shares Cape Cod’s largest lake.  He grew up boating, as his family owned several different boats throughout Jack's youth.   At the age of thirteen, his mom and dad decided he needed a boat of his own. Using money earned by mowing lawns, he purchased a 16' Carolina Skiff to fish the waters of Chatham and Nantucket Sound.   In 2018, Jack’s mom Jodi said, “Jack’s love of boating and fishing made Massachusetts Maritime…
Followers have asked if the TS Kennedy is steered with the same type of  large ship's wheel that they have seen on sailing vessels.  Let's head up to the Bridge to learn about the helm station. You'll find this selection from the TS Kennedy's Video Vault very informative.   This 46-second video was created by Blogger Heather Gaughan in January 2019.
MS Koningsdam  A pool aboard the MS Koningsdam  MS Crown Princess Pools aboard the MS Crown Princess MS AIDAperla  Multi-level theater aboard the MS AIDAperla    Good morning, Followers – Friday will be the TS Kennedy’s third visit to Curacao.  We docked there during Sea Term 2010 and Sea Term 2014.  This will be my first visit in my role as Captain of the ship.  Many crew members who were with us during our previous visits have been talking to cadets about some of their favorite places to explore. Yesterday, I promised that I would share the research that a team of 3/C cadets did for me.  As you recall, a student emailed to ask if there will be any cruise…
When Captain Campbell received an email from a student asking if there would be cruise ships docked in Curacao with the TS Kennedy on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, he asked a group of 3/C cadets for help.  The team went right to work on their research, gathering facts, photos, and videos.  Regretfully, the videos could not be included in the three-column format of today's Captain's Log.  Not wanting the hard work of the cadets to go unused, the videos have been included here. As you watch the videos you will see that the ships are much larger, wider, and newer than the TS Kennedy.  You will also see a lot of features not found on our training ship.  Thanks for your hard work, 3/C cadets…
Are you a Florida educator?  Come meet the ship that you have been following throughout Sea Term 2020.  Not in the Florida area?  Please forward this link to prospective students, teachers, guidance counselors, and coaches living in Florida.   Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Training Ship Will Be Open for Tours in Tampa, Florida! Don't miss the opportunity to tour the TS Kennedy and meet with the ship’s crew, cadets, faculty, and alumni. WHO: the TS Kennedy, Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s 540-foot training ship  WHAT: The TS Kennedy will be open for tours!  This is a great opportunity for prospective students, teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, etc., to visit the ship and…
Final Day in Costa Rica  On the last day of liberty in Golfito, Costa Rica, a number of cadets decided to pay a visit to the Regugio Nacional de Fauna Silvestre Golfito; a nature reserve situated near our port with a primary 2 km pathway (entitled Senedero La Catarata) leading to a waterfall. As 1/C Holly Bryzcky, 1/C Christina Fallavollita, Crew Nate Higgins and I made our way through the dry topical forest of the reserve, Blue Morpho (Morpho helenor) butterflies as large as birds could be seen gliding from perch to perch with their bright iridescent scales. According the Wildlife Field Guide, this species is known for their “characteristically slow, floppy flight.” On the forest floor,…