CASTINE — Maine Maritime Academy’s training ship is casting off for its annual two-month training voyage that is taking students to U.S. ports, the Caribbean and Bermuda.

The 500-foot State of Maine departs Castine this morning and is scheduled to return June 30.

During the cruise, the ship is scheduled to make stops in Galveston, Texas; on the Caribbean island of Curacao; on Bermuda, and in Charleston, S.C.

The training cruise is an annual tradition that gives students hands-on training.