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It looks like I may be able to go on a Tiger Cruise from Hawaii to San Diego. I am looking for advice. I have absolutely no idea what to expect, what to bring, etc. If anyone out there has been on one of these please give me any advice you have.
Oh, Howard, you lucky duck!!! I never got to go on one, my son was never on a float (and moms can't go with sons, it's a boy/boy or girl/girl kinda thing), but I received lots of pics when the father of one of my "adopted" Marines was aboard. Talk about jealous. It sounded to me like there were the obvious ship tours, galley meals, and daily activities consisting of things like contests, weapons "siting (sp?) in, on deck BBQ, etc during their Tiger Cruise.
I have toured a couple of ships within MEUs while docked in SD and I can tell you to pack light as space is an issue. Be prepared to mix and match (shorts and pants that go with a couple of short sleeve shirts or polo's - you can get Unit wear right here at the EGA store - and a light jacket to layer on for evenings) and the number one thing to pack: a camera!!!
Enjoy every moment while your Marine shows off 'Pop' and visa versa! Then come back and tell us ALL about it =)
I'm going on the cruise, too! I have absolutely no idea what to expect and no dates/costs have been released, but my Marine did get my name on "The List". She did tell me no sandals (open toed), suggested jeans and several "tops" (aka shirts for dads). She said we could use the fitness center so bring workout clothes. If you haven't arleady done so, add some stair climbing to your workouts because there will be plenty of ladder wells daily. She suggested a sheet (don't know what size) and she will borrow a blanket to me -unless I want the true "boot camp" experience of a scratchy wool blanket. She suggested brining a kindle/reading material for when there's nothing to do.
We can only board the ship one day prior to sailing. So if you go to Hawaii sooner than the date (once they're released), then you'd have to arrange for your own hotel. And I'm told don't assume your Marine can stay in the hotel with you. I have another Marine at 29, so he & his family will be there to greet us in San Diego. Therefore, I plan to have the days added to the trip after rather than before the cruise.
Don't know if we're allowed to say which ship we'll be on?
Oh yeah- bring a swim suit!