SLNC is the exclusive transporter of US government freight to and from Guantanamo Bay. We are the only carrier that sails every other Friday from Jacksonville/Blount Island, FL (JaxPort/CONUS) on a regular 14-day schedule. The ship makes two stops along the way - at Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana.
In addition to Navy cargo, SLNC also carries household goods, vehicles, and personal items between JaxPort and Guantanamo Bay. The voyage takes about 21/2 days.
Guantanamo Bay is a large bay located in Cuba, south of Miami. It was first discovered by Spanish explorers in 1606 but wasn't settled by any inhabitants until 1869. Since its founding, Guantanamo has been used as a military base by several countries including the United States, Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Sweden, Tunisia, and the UK. In 1903, Congress approved funds for the construction of a naval station at Guantanamo which was completed four years later. Today, it is home to a major United States Naval Base known as Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.
Since 2001, Guantanamo has become associated with the detention practices of the US government after being used to hold terror suspects captured during the War on Terror. The base has held over 700 people since its opening in 1903.
As a duty station, Guantanamo Bay provides some unusual obstacles. Despite its proximity to the United States mainland, the sole route on or off base is by one of six military-contracted aircraft each month that stop in Jacksonville, Fla., and Norfolk, Va. There are no direct flights into the United States. Instead, passengers must go through Customs and Immigration at the first port of call, which for many people is going to be Havana.
Guantanamo has been called the world's biggest jail. It was built in 1825 as a naval station and prison for "immoral" sailors. The Cuban government took over in 1842. From then until January 2009, it was used to hold terror suspects captured abroad during Operation Enduring Freedom and other U.S. military operations.
The prison population peaked at 488 in December 2002, shortly after the September 11 attacks. Since then, only 44 prisoners have been released from Guantanamo, with most being freed before trial. The remaining 424 inmates are currently held without charge or trial under the authority of the President. Some have been there for more than seven years.
The prison island is home to an active Naval Station that supports about 14,000 military personnel and their families at any given time. The base is divided into four sectors: security, law, medical and education.
Access to the northern section of the bay may be achieved from Guantanamo City or one of the bay's smaller towns, such as Caimanera and Boqueron, which are to the north of the US-held zone. Non-military persons from other countries have visited the installation. Some are still present. Others have been repatriated or transferred.
Guantanamo has become a symbol for those who oppose the war on terror and the alleged abuses committed by the United States during its armed conflicts. The prison at Guantanamo has also been criticized for its lack of freedom of speech and of religion. There are currently 166 prisoners remaining at the detention facility. A few of them have been charged with crimes but most remain without charge or trial under laws that allow for the indefinite detention of aliens involved in combat operations against the United States.
Guantanamo was established in 1903 as a military training camp. The first inmates were foreign nationals accused of piracy by the US government. Since then, it has been used to hold both enemy combatants and innocent people. The number of detainees has fluctuated over the years; currently, there are 166 prisoners remaining at the detention facility.
3. Bring illicit drugs or other substances on board. If you are found sneaking drugs, guns, or other illegal goods onboard the ship, your luxurious cruise holiday might turn into an extended detention at a local police station. The cruise line would not like this and they may not treat you very kindly when they find out about it.
2. Use drug-laced food or drink to get away with it. If you know that you will be on board a ship where drug use is common, then it's best not to risk being caught by eating or drinking something suspicious. Some people smuggle drugs into jail or prison in food or drink, so this could be a viable option for you. Of course, this means that you'll need to keep drugs somewhere else besides your body, such as in a water bottle that you carry with you at all times.
1. Steal them from someone who is using them onboard. If no one is looking, you can take what you want from another passenger's bag or even their body. There have been cases where people have gone aboard a ship and started using drugs without telling anyone about it, after which point they have stolen the drugs from the unconscious person's possession.
The main thing is that you should never try to sneak drugs onto a ship. Even if you think that no one is watching, things often go wrong.
Cruising on a cargo ship may appear strange, if not ludicrous. However, passengers do accompany working vessels that routinely move cargo and stop at relatively humdrum ports. Mundane may not sell cruises, but it may also imply a lack of ostentatious tourism.
Passengers on cargo ships usually have nothing to worry about when it comes to safety. However, because these vessels are used for transporting goods not people, certain precautions must be taken to ensure the safety of both crew and cargo. For example, cargo ships should not go beyond a certain speed or experience large waves under any circumstances because this could be dangerous for those on board.
Most passengers on cargo ships are travelling for work or school so they can't really enjoy themselves unless they get paid. This means that the facilities on board tend to be basic and without much in the way of entertainment options. There may be a movie theater or library, but otherwise the only other place to go is your cabin or the lounge. If you're lucky enough to have a room with a balcony or window, you might be able to see some scenery from there!
The food on cargo ships tends to be quite plain and simple. Most meals consist of several choices of rice and vegetables with maybe a bit of meat or fish added. These dishes are usually served with many different sauces and spices to taste.