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Cal Maritime's Floating Classroom, the Golden Bear, to Dock in Long Beach between South American Voyages

The Golden Bear docks in Long Beach only once every three years. Media are invited to film and photograph the ship as well as interact with cadets, faculty and prospective students


  • From July 1 to July 5, the California Maritime Academy’s 500-foot training ship Golden Bear will be docked at the Port of Long Beach. This will provide prospective students, incoming freshman, counselors, alumni and media in California's Southland with an opportunity to board a truly unique floating classroom–where California's best merchant sailors receive hands on training.

    The flagship of the California State University's fleet is currently carrying a contingent of over 200 Cal Maritime cadets, faculty and staff as they complete the two-month training voyage with stops in Panama, Chile, Ecuador and Mexico. Follow the voyage here.

    On July 5, a second contingent of cadets, including over 100 students from the Texas Maritime Academy, will board the Golden Bear and take the ship out to Catalina Island to practice basic maneuvers before heading South again.

    Members of the media are invited to board the ship on July 1 and July 2, to take photos, interview crew members, and meet with young soon-to-be cadets. The truly adventurous are encouraged to reserve their place for a visually stunning, one-of-a-kind cruise around Catalina Island on July 5* as the new crew puts the ship through her paces.


  • Media Availability
    July 1, 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., for later appointments contact Erik Fallis
  • July 2, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., for later appointments contact Erik Fallis
    July 5*, contact Erik Fallis by July 2
  • Valid Government Issued ID Required to board the Golden Bear


  • The Port of Long Beach
    Pier T126


Erik Fallis (562) 951- 4064, mobile: 562-477-7317



* Media opportunities for July 5 are being explored based on the ship's training schedule.

About the California State University
The California State University is the largest system of senior higher education in the country, with 23 campuses, approximately 450,000 students and 46,000 faculty and staff. Since the system was created in 1961, it has awarded nearly 2.5 million degrees, about 90,000 annually. Its mission is to provide high-quality, affordable education to meet the ever-changing needs of the people of California. With its commitment to excellence, diversity and innovation, the CSU is the university system that is working for California.