I was speaking with McManus the other day. Rumor has it that the new ship will arrive in time for SST 2023, and the present training ship will babied until then.
The captain is pushing the school for a few changes: no more split cruise, one 75 day cruise for all cadets. Abolishment of the Corpsman Rate, adding a health and safety rate, which will not involve watching movies all day in the sick bay. Teaching GMDSS on SST instead of a 3 credit class ashore.
There is some motivation to move the GMDSS because there is supposed to be parity among SUNY schools, you should be able to transfer anywhere in the system in your first 2 years and keep all your credits. The only way Maritime can do this is by getting rid of a few license classes or moving them around.
Apparently the charter flight to change out cadets is up to 500K which the cadets pay for. This will also give all cadets the exact same SST experience, instead of wishing you had 2nd half ports of call on your cruise.