MEALS & BEVERAGES Grande has a galley and large dining cabin with restaurant-style booths. Breakfasts (e.g., eggs, bacon, pancakes, breakfast burritos, etc.) and lunches (e.g., hamburgers and cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches), and a full three-course evening dinner (including salad and dessert), as well as all-day beverages (water, coffee, soft drinks, and beer) are available on board for purchase. You run a ‘tab’ for the length of the trip, and then settle up your bill (with cash) at the end. You may bring your own snacks, simple meal fare, and a few drinks on board.
SEATING Grande has a spacious dining cabin with comfortable "restaurant-booths" with large windows and seating for about 24 people for meals, reading, resting, socializing, or napping. The Audubon Society will bring sturdy nylon outdoor folding chairs aboard to set up outside around the rear bait tanks. If you are local, you may wish to bring your own chair for use if the ca. 10 Audubon chairs are in use. If you enjoy being where the action is (outside on deck the entire day), then 12-16 hours is a long time to be on your feet -- you'll appreciate a chair. Out-of-town guests are not expected to bring a chair.
SLEEPING QUARTERS Sleeping quarters on Grande overnight trips are "bunkhouse style" in two big co-ed bunk rooms with about 50 bunks (though we do not bring this many people on the overnight trips). Your personal bunk is 6' 3" long and 2 feet wide with a mattress, pillow, fresh pillowcase, and a wool blanket. Most bunks have a cloth screen for privacy. The rest is up to you. Some folks bring sleeping bags, most kick off their shoes and sleep in their clothes under the blanket. For couples only: Grande has several double beds in the 6-bed captain's bunkhouse. Please request by email if you would like to share a bunk with a significant-other. These bunks are reserved for couples only, on a first-reserved basis.
PERSONAL HYGIENE There are 2 restrooms (heads): one male, one female. The female head is on the port side, male head on the starboard side. You may wish to bring a small towel, although it is not necessary as each head has a small wash basin with paper towel and a liquid soap dispenser. The heads are typical marine heads, so are relatively small.
Long-tailed Jaeger (c) Matt Sadowski
Laysan Albatross (c) Todd McGrath
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