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Thursday, February 6, 2020 Good Morning, Followers – Since today is Thursday, I thought that it would be a good day to talk about Captain’s Inspections.  They take place every Thursday evening.  Although the cadets have their holds inspected daily by their Hold Captains and Division Leaders, the inspections that take place tonight have even more at stake.  Since there are many holds to inspect, I do not visit each one personally.  I am assisted by members of what we call COMCAD.  COMCAD stands for the Commandant Of Cadets.  Aboard the TS Kennedy, COMCAD oversees the day-to-day management of the cadets and everything related to their shipboard life.  COMCAD makes sure that the high…
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…
  Good morning, Followers - Throughout Sea Term 2020, I have received many emails asking about my pets.  Students want to know if I have a cat, a dog, or both.  Let me begin by saying that everyone in the Campbell family is an animal lover.  Back home in Narragansett, Rhode Island, animals outnumber people.  For starters, we have four boxers. Their names are Captain Jack, The Black Pearl, Captain Will, and Flying Dutchman.  That’s right, I’m not the only Captain in the house.  Our family also owns a rabbit, a hedgehog, a bearded dragon, a leopard gecko, a frog, a chameleon, a tortoise, fish, and a “mini-lobster” that is actually a crayfish.  Our latest animal additions to the family…
Good morning, Followers – Soon, the TS Kennedy will be bound for Willemstad, Curacao.   I am up very early to answer a few of the questions that have piled up on my desk.  As I have previously mentioned, I am not the only one that enjoys your emails.  Cadets and crew members who stop by my office for a meeting often ask if anything new has arrived from our Follow The Voyage – Share The Experience participants.  Seeing your letters, drawings, and work samples remind them of their favorite siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces, or nephews back home.  Before I get to the questions, I want to thank two classes that shared photos of their Costa Rica Day celebrations on Friday – one…
Friday, January 31, 2020 Good morning, Followers – I am always up extra early on port days.  There is so much that needs to be checked and rechecked. We are looking forward to a mostly sunny day in Golfito, Costa Rica, with the temperature in the mid-80s.  Rain is predicted for Saturday and Sunday, but that will not slow down our cadets. I have received a few email from students asking why it is so dark on the Bridge at night.  One student even asked, “Why don’t you turn on the lights like I do at home?”  Have you ever looked out the window of your house or apartment at night, when all of the lights are on inside?  You probably found it difficult to see objects in your yard or cars…
Good morning, Followers - Tomorrow we will arrive in Golfito, Costa Rica, a port town in the Puntarenas Province.  This will be my first visit to Golfito as Captain.  This is the sixth time that our ship has visited the country of Costa Rica – either under its previous name, TS Enterprise, or during its eleven years cruising with the name TS Kennedy. As a few rates pointed out to me last night, cadets from the TS Kennedy will not be the only cadets from Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the country of Costa Rica.  Cadets majoring in Energy Systems Engineering arrived in San Jose on Sunday.  Hopefully, you are following their adventures on the Share The Experience page of this website. …
  Good Morning, Followers – There was cheering and laughter near the equator yesterday as hundreds of Pollywogs aboard the TS Kennedy became trusty Shellbacks in an unforgettable ceremony.  You probably won’t see many photos of the festivities or read a lot of details about it in cadet blogs.  We like to keep the events of this special day a surprise for future Massachusetts Maritime Academy cadets.  All cadets majoring in Marine Engineering and Marine Transportation can anticipate crossing the equator once during their four years at the Academy.  The plan is to return to the Equator in 2024.  Perhaps you will be aboard! Do you enjoy having friends visit?  The cadets and crew aboard…
  Good Morning, Followers – Today, is an exciting day! The TS Kennedy will be crossing the equator.  A second grade classes emailed to ask how I know exactly where the equator is.  That is a very good question since there aren’t signs floating in the ocean and we won’t pass over that thick black or red line that you may see on your classroom globe or map.  Fortunately, as the ship cruises through the ocean, the GPS on the Bridge constantly displays the latitude and longitude.  As you know, the Equator is the imaginary line of 0 degrees latitude.  You can be sure that cadets who are on Bridge Watch or in the Navigation Lab will have their eyes on the GPS as it counts down to zero…
  Good morning, Followers – The TS Kennedy is bound for Golfito, Costa Rica.  During our three days in Balboa, Panama, cadets and crew members soaked up the sunshine, sampled local cuisine, rented bikes, chartered fishing boats, explored quiet cobblestone streets, purchased local crafts, and traveled into the modern city center.  We are all grateful for the warm welcome extended by the people of Panama. At every turn, it seemed that there was always a friendly face eager to provide directions or assist us in ordering our meal in Spanish.    Do you enjoy parties?  The TS Kennedy hosted a lively celebration on Saturday evening on the Helo Deck. In attendance was Victor Luna…
  Good morning, Followers – After a smooth transit of the Panama Canal, we have arrived in Balboa, Panama.  While many of you were sleeping, we entered the largest and deepest body of water in the world.  That’s right, the Pacific Ocean.  Do you have a metric ruler handy?  Sea level on the Pacific Ocean is approximately twenty centimeters higher on the Pacific side of the Panama Canal than the Atlantic side. Several people from Massachusetts Maritime Academy have traveled to Panama to meet the ship, including Captain Elizabeth Simmons the Vice-President Of External Affairs.  While the TS Kennedy was making her way through the Panama Canal, Captain Simmons was attending meetings at…