Preparing for a seagoing expedition involves many months (often years) of planning. There are many forms and documents to prepare; there are many criteria to be met and logistical issues to sort out; there are even issues of personal preparation. The most successful research cruises are typically the ones that are planned early, with an awareness of both the big picture and the fine details. On this page, we have tried to sort the critical elements. If you are interested in using the Research Vessel's Atlantis or Knorr this is your starting point.