Today is the last night before we reach our first port! Everyone is excited for Vera Cruz, MEX this weekend. However, before we get our liberty all the holds (bunk rooms) and cadets must be inspected by the captain and his staff.
Each hold is in charge of its own cleaning and every cadet is responsible for their personal appearance and rack (Bed). The floors must be waxed and the shoes shined. Some leniency is given for the creases in the uniform due to the fact that ironing on the ship is difficult, but that does not mean a shirt or trousers can look horrible.
Even though the sun was behind fog today, it was very hot and very humid. Some cadets that had the day off were fishing off the fantail. For most of us it was business as usual with maintenance and training.