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Tiger Cruise or Family Day Cruise


Tiger Cruise or Family Day Cruise

Navy Tiger Cruise: For those lucky enough to have the opportunity to sail on a Family Day or Tiger Cruise --- Some tips and helps... and a little bit of bragging too!

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Tiger or Family Day Cruises

Some of us have been lucky enough to experience either a Tiger or Family Day Cruise. Whether you are in the planning stages for one or hoping to sail with your Sailor when they return from deployment. Share your hints and experiences here---
but always remember, posting port dates or to many details about upcoming events can pose a security use good judgment about what you post here!


Stennis '07 Tiger Cruise Safety Video

NBC News on the Stennis '13

USS Anchorage (LPD 23) Tiger Cruise - March 2013
from Oxnard to San Diego, California

General Advice for a Successful Tiger Cruise by Thomas Dozier

USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) Tiger Cruise - (April 2009) Blogs and   Videos...

Tiger Cruise Aboard a Submarine - by Chris Summers


Discussion Forum

A Sample Medical Screening Form for a Tiger Cruise

Started by NavyDads Admin (Paul). Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Sep 9. 6 Replies

General Advice for a Successful Tiger Cruise

Started by E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin. Last reply by Mark Skeet Johnson Sep 2. 4 Replies

Tiger Cruise Info

Started by Todd S. Last reply by Tim Browning Sep 1. 15 Replies

USS Theodore Roosevelt Tiger Cruise, April 2009 (Blogs and Video)

Started by NavyDads Admin (Paul). Last reply by Mark Skeet Johnson Aug 20. 4 Replies

Makin Island

Started by jay stoddard Jan 16. 0 Replies

Place to stay near Pearl

Started by Jeffrey W Coon. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Oct 30, 2014. 17 Replies

Tiger Cruise

Started by James Rhodes. Last reply by Paula C McNichol Sep 2, 2014. 4 Replies


Started by Robert Ford Oct 24, 2011. 0 Replies

Tiger Cruise Aboard a Submarine

Started by Chris Summers. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Mar 12, 2011. 1 Reply

tiger cruise

Started by scott alan lonadier sr. Last reply by Wil Stoflet Nov 23, 2010. 3 Replies

Final On-Board Check-off (from TR's April 2009 Cruise)

Started by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Aug 7, 2009. 0 Replies

Stennis '07 Tiger Cruise Video

Started by NavyDads Admin (Paul). Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Apr 8, 2009. 2 Replies

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Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on August 14, 2015 at 5:20pm

Getting anxious to find out about a TC on the TR !

Comment by John E. Prindle on January 26, 2015 at 5:14am
Steve, I was very lucky to participate in 2 Tiger Cruises. One on the Dewey, the second on the Stennis. Pack lightly, bring a windbreaker, and strong sturdy work boots. You will be in a working environment most of the time on ship. Ask your sailor to attempt to secure you a middle or lower rack, as climbing out of the top rack can be an adventure in rolling seas. I would also bring a combo lock to secure your personal papers in your rack. Lastly bring a duffle type bag, not a suitcase as there is very limited room for storage. Enjoy your time with your sailor!
Comment by jay stoddard on January 21, 2015 at 12:15pm
Steve, are you going on the full or mini cruise? I'm heading to Hawaii soon to take the full cruise.
Comment by Phil Shannon on January 21, 2015 at 5:15am

So True. I'm 6'3" and wearing the hat is solid advice. Be careful of your shins too, take it slow when walking throughout the ship. Don't try to keep up with the sailors, they get around great and are used to this. I'm sort of claustophobic too so it took me a few minutes to get used to how small the berth (the bunk where you sleep) is. 

Comment by Gary J. Wimmer on January 20, 2015 at 10:55pm

  It may not be a "Princess Cruise", but the experience was absolutely inspiring.  I was on a 3 day Tiger Cruise in 2013 on the Eisenhower CVN69 with my daughter.  Didn't have a bad second on the entire trip.  You'll have lots of activities and learn a lot about what our family members go through in their service.  Seeing a take off and landing from only a few feet away, there's nothing to like it! :-)  

  One word of caution, if you are over 6' tall, wear a hat at all times below decks.  Ships are designed for folks that are south of 6' tall at the most.  The hat will provide early warning before you leave skin on what is "low hanging stuff" to those north of 6'.  I'm 6'6", so the hat was on the entire time.  Also, berths are exactly 6'6" long!  

  Enjoy the trip, and if you're tall, there are plenty of spaces between "stuff" to stand straight!! :-))

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on January 20, 2015 at 8:19pm

I posted this in ''s a timely reminder:

I have to remind everyone....THIS IS NOT A PRINCESS will be living on a working warship.  The amenities are very few, living spaces are very tight and the pace on a carrier is hectic. Go into this with an open mind and enjoy the heck out of it.  Your sailors haven't seen US soil for a long time...they are anxious to get mainland!!!  Drink in the is an awesome time and will provide you memories for life.

Comment by Phil Shannon on January 20, 2015 at 8:54am

Hi I went on the USS America TC last fall. Some key things I learned: Pack lightly. I was on a 10 day trip and had a large bag and it was such a hassle getting it to my berth. My bad would have been in the middle of the floor because you really have nowhere to store it when sleeping in the rack. Luckily the rack above me was empty so I kept it there. So if possible pack lightly and bring a small suitcase/bag. Also bring sea sick pills. I didn't get sea sick but am prone to, so hopefully I avoided an ugly scene by bringing some. I brought a t-shirt for the captain but didn't get a chance to meet him. Be sure to read all the literature that comes in your packet, it explains what to wear. They really do a great job keeping us tigers busy I had my fitbit and for the 3 days I walked 5 miles, 6 miles, & 7 miles. Be sure to sign up for all of the activities that way you will be busy, and will get to see every part of the ship. 

Comment by Steve Baker on January 20, 2015 at 8:46am

I have been lucky enough to have been chosen to go on the tiger cruise in February on the USS Makin Island. Does anyone have any tips on what to bring or wear during the week? What I could bring to the sailors? What to expect during this week?


Comment by Phil Shannon on November 4, 2014 at 12:29pm

Working on it now, will try to have it posted this weekend. Thanks. 

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on November 1, 2014 at 2:23pm

heck yeah!  Go to the top menu bar and you'll see BLOGS click that and you'll see that and write!  That's what I did for my Tiger can make it as long as you wish....see mine for example: and you'll see that there is a NEXT POST link at the bottom of each page to move the blog along is a series.....


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