What is a Tiger Cruise? When an aircraft carrier is coming home from deployment they give relatives a chance to meet the ship and cruise the rest of the way home with them. The relatives are called "Tigers." The families sleep in bunks just like the sailors. No fancy guest rooms on a war ship! They eat in the same galley as the sailor. No fancy restaurants either!
The Nimitz is coming home in a few months and they are already planning the Tiger Cruise. Participants have to be medically screened as there are a lot of steep stairs (ladders) and they will be doing a LOT of walking. They are advised of safety rules to follow while on board, such as to wear sensible clothing. No high heels and they don't recommend skirts.
In the words of Nimitz Captain Monger:
"On behalf of the entire crew of the USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) and Carrier Air Wing ELEVEN, it is my pleasure to invite you to join us for 'Operation TIGER CRUISE 2010.'
'Tiger Cruise' is the Navy's name for a very special guest cruise program. A ship returning from deployment is permitted to embark relatives and friends of crewmembers, (Tigers), eight years of age or older, for a Tiger Cruise.
The cruise provides an opportunity for family and friends to see and participate in our daily shipboard routine. It is always action packed, informative and a fantastic way to end a very successful deployment.
USS NIMITZ and CVW 11 will host a Tiger Cruise as we transit home in March 2010. We plan to demonstrate to the Tigers most every aspect of what this national asset does while at sea. I can guarantee you an exciting time and a once in a lifetime opportunity to cruise aboard a US Navy warship."
If you have a sailor on the Nimitz I encourage you to go on the Tiger Cruise 2010. Last March the Nimitz hosted a Friends and Family Day Cruise in San Diego and it was very worthwhile. Not only did we get to see our sailor, but we saw what an awesome ship the Nimitz is. We cruised out to sea and they put on a fantastic air show, we saw about 200 dolphins, they fed us well and we had a great time.
The USS Nimitz
Nimitz Friends and Family Day Cruise
Cesar Milan - Leader of the Pack
4 years ago