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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!

Location: The High Seas
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Latest Activity: Feb 7

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!

Tiger Cruise Safety Video

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

Potential Theodore Roosevelt tiger cruise

Started by paul murphy. Last reply by Clayton Norwood Feb 7. 7 Replies

USS Nevada (SSBN-733) Tiger Cruise, March 2011

Started by Scott Henry. Last reply by Grant Miller Apr 10, 2017. 1 Reply

Tiger Cruise Aboard a Submarine

Started by Chris Summers. Last reply by Scott Henry Apr 10, 2017. 2 Replies

testing post

Started by NavyDads Admin (Paul). Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Aug 19, 2016. 2 Replies

Stennis '07 Tiger Cruise Video

Started by NavyDads Admin (Paul). Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Aug 9, 2016. 4 Replies

General Advice for a Successful Tiger Cruise

Started by E.G. - ND's Creator/Admin. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Jul 22, 2016. 6 Replies

Tiger Cruise Info

Started by Todd S. Last reply by Todd S Jun 13, 2016. 22 Replies

Packing for a Tiger Cruise

Started by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza. Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Nov 18, 2015. 3 Replies

A Sample Medical Screening Form for a Tiger Cruise

Started by NavyDads Admin (Paul). Last reply by NavyDads Admin (Paul) Sep 9, 2015. 6 Replies

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

Started by NavyDads Admin (Paul). Last reply by Mark Johnson Aug 20, 2015. 4 Replies

Makin Island

Started by jay stoddard Jan 16, 2015. 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

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

Comment Wall


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Comment by Phil Shannon on February 5, 2018 at 8:09pm

the key will be your sailor getting the forms for you as quickly as possible once they are available. It's been years since I went on the tc so I forget how much notice but it was more than a month for sure. Maybe 2 or 3 I forget. Keep in close contact with your sailor, make sure he/she finds out when the forms are available at which time the dates should be known so you could make travel plans. good luck

Comment by paul murphy on February 5, 2018 at 2:15pm


I may be able to attend a tiger cruise on the Theodore Roosevelt sometime this spring . Interested in any and all info that folks might care to share. I have read the post here and they were very helpful. Sounds like I may not be able to make travel pla

ns until ~ a month before the date ?  

Comment by richard v holland on July 24, 2016 at 5:20am

Hi James, hope to meet you on the cruise.Sign up sheet said there would be airport transportation. Try to put everything you bring into a carry-on size suitcase and you will be fine. if you need a printed list of what you will need let me know. thanks Richard

Comment by james brown on July 22, 2016 at 10:00am
Richard--I am familiar with Bill W. I am also excited for my upcoming Stennis trip. Since you have been on several maybe you can advise; is there any sort of transportation to bring Tigers to the ship? My son said he'd meet me at the airport. Is there a bus to the port from there? Can you advise how much/little space I'll have to stowe my bag? I definitely don't want to overpack. My leg is from SD north. Thank you. James Brown
Comment by richard v holland on July 19, 2016 at 6:30am

getting ready for the Stennis Tiger Cruise this will be my third one and its great getting to spend time with my son at his job. Just wondering if any of you other dads are friends of Bill W.

Comment by richard v holland on July 19, 2016 at 6:30am

Comment by SCOTT MEARS on July 15, 2016 at 11:14am

You got it Jim. I promise to post a report upon our return.

Comment by NavyDads CoAdmin Jim Gramza on July 15, 2016 at 6:12am

Scott, now that pretty cool that you get to sail on the Mercy. We normally only hear about the cruises on carriers and DDGs. We expect pictures! 

Comment by SCOTT MEARS on July 14, 2016 at 9:25pm

I've got no stories yet, just gathering information and tips from all of you as my wife and I prepare for Tiger Cruise 2016 aboard the USNS Mercy.  Thanks for your posts and knowledge!

Comment by Navy Dads Co-Admin Tom on March 27, 2016 at 11:49am

Members have requested Requirement Information.....Here you go!

Q.   What is a Tiger Cruise?


A.   Tiger cruise is the chance for family and friends to see up close what the US Navy does on a day to day basis. In our case, guests will observe at sea operations and an air power demonstration.


Q.   What is a Tiger?


A.   "Tiger" is any relative or friend(but not girlfriend/boyfriend, fiancée or spouse) of a crew member or embarked personnel joining us for the transit.  It was established for family and friends to experience all facets of the shipboard life of their sponsor.

Q.   Who can participate in Tiger Cruise?


A.   Relatives and friends of crew members or embarked personal are eligible.  By Navy regulations, spouses, significant others, fiancés, fiancées, girlfriends and/or boyfriends are not eligible. 

Q.   Are there any age restrictions?


A.  Tigers must be a minimum of 12 years old on the day of embarkation and no older than 75. 


Q.   What medical restrictions apply to Tigers?


A.   Family members and friends with the following medical conditions are excluded from Tiger Cruise participation.


      • Major surgery within the past 6 months.

      • Recent myocardial infraction or other severe cardiovascular disease.

      • Bone Fracture or other disability requiring cast, cane or crutches during embarkation.

      • Embarkation of pregnant females is prohibited.

      • History of severe motion sickness or claustrophobia.

      • Severe emphysema, COPD, asthma, or reactive airway disease.

      • Active communicable disease (tuberculosis/hepatitis).

      • Severe visual impairment.

      • Dependent on anti-coagulant medications.

      • Epilepsy.

      • Hemophilia.

***ALL tigers must bring their own medications - the ship cannot provide subscription medications***


Note: Individuals with the following conditions - angina pectoris, insulin-dependent diabetes, HIV-positive, chronic lung disease, or any prosthetic surgery must have a written clearance from their doctor AND must be approved by the ship's Senior Medical Officer for participation. Please update any changes you have already submitted.


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