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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

Tiger Cruise

Started by James Rhodes. Last reply by Ric Pallson Nov 16, 2013. 3 Replies

A Sample Medical Screening Form for a Tiger Cruise

Started by NavyDads Admin (Paul). Last reply by Marlana Ruther May 12, 2012. 4 Replies

General Advice for a Successful Tiger Cruise

Started by E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin. Last reply by Gerald Lee Campbell Apr 28, 2012. 3 Replies

Place to stay near Pearl

Started by Jeffrey W Coon. Last reply by Kevin C. Maxwell Feb 13, 2012. 16 Replies

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

Started by NavyDads Admin (Paul). Last reply by Jeffrey W Coon Nov 27, 2011. 1 Reply


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 Darryl Davis on July 9, 2014 at 12:29pm
2014 Tiger Cruise - USS GEORGE WASHINGTON.....Anyone?
Comment by Phil Shannon on June 25, 2014 at 4:51am

My sailor heard a rumor about a tiger cruise for us this fall so I'm keeping that week open already put in for vacation. Got a flight on southwest airlines so I can change it if the rumor dates change, or cancel if this doesn't happen.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on June 24, 2014 at 9:23pm

Been there- I've had two sailors on cruises to the Mideast so am aware of the lack of comms and the frustration.....keep the faith and keep after him!  There is always snail mail to remind him to "send news!!!!".

Comment by Mike Bennett on June 24, 2014 at 9:20pm

Thanks for replying Paul.  I would be happy with 3-4 weeks notice but so far my sailor tells me they don't tell him anything until the last minute.  they don't have access to the internet all the time either when out at sea so it's difficult communicating with them.  It seems like we're always in the dark....  Trying to be patient but it's very frustrating.

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on June 24, 2014 at 9:11pm

It is not up to the Navy to give you any information- that is entirely up to your sailor. Keep after him- return dates change and not all ship have Tiger Cruises.....setting schedules a long time in advance is not feasible- you have to be flexible and respond as soon as you hear something.....don't think I had more than about 3-4 weeks to make firm arrangements for my cruise. 

Comment by Mike Bennett on June 24, 2014 at 8:58pm

Hi Chuck,  I want to go on the USS Bush Tiger Cruise too.  So if you hear anything or find ouot any info, please share it.  It seems everything is keep a big secret until its to late to make plans.  My son never told me about any of the other events either.  I would have loved to go to them but he said it wasn't a big deal.  I told him it was a big deal to me.  I hope he will tell me when the Tiger Cruise is because I live in California and would need to fly there in time to do it.  The Navy never gives us any information about anything....  It's very frustrating for parents and loved one.  All we can do is hope someone will let us know.

Comment by Chuck Fitzgerald on June 24, 2014 at 6:13pm

My wife and I are planning to do the TC for USS H.W. Bush this fall. Since it is still a few months away we have not had any contact about it yet. I assume we will meet the ship at Mayport, and would appreciate any info on food, lodging, transportation, near by attractions and any other that may be helpful. We are going to try to get there a day or two early. Thank you in advance, Chuck

Comment by NavyDads Admin (Paul) on May 30, 2014 at 10:04am

I also took motion sickness meds with me, but didn't need them- granted I was on a carrier, but we had some serious weather the first night and would think some people might have gotten ill.  When we got back to land 2 1/2 days later though it was impossible to walk a straight line on land!  I swore the streets were moving!  That took a couple of days to settle down!!!

Comment by Paige on May 30, 2014 at 9:52am

Paul and Rick, thank you for your comments.

Rick, my son will be renting a car from a rental facility on the base.  With his military discounts it is going to costs about $110-$120 for the 2 1/2 days we will be needing it.  I will be taking a shuttle from the Airport to our hotel which is only $15.  Down side is that our hotel charges $35 a day additional fees for valet parking which we have to use.  So we gain some and lose some, but it will be nice having our own transportation available for our leisure.

We've made reservations to attend a catamaran cruise and a luau.  And, also plan to tour the Arizona Memorial and the Missouri. My son will be having his going away party with his shipmates while we're in Hawaii as well because he departs from this Command upon their return to home port in San Diego.  It's going to be a whirlwind trip for sure, but most certainly a lot of fun!!

Oh, I have sickness meds already on my list of things to take just in case there is a period I will need it, lol.  Don't think I will, but going prepared just in case!!

Comment by Rick Perkins on May 30, 2014 at 9:20am

Paige I had a fantastic time with my son and his fellow shipmates in Hawaii before the TC, The only downside was the cost of taxis..I spent  about $150.00 in a day and a half..ouch! The TC was a great expierence, one that I will never forget. Have fun, take some Ibuprofen and pepto bismol and you will be set!


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