CASTINE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — Cadets on board the Maine Maritime Academy training ship State of Maine got a big welcome home Monday.

Two-hundred and nineteen students took part in the 90-day training voyage to the eastern and southern U.S. and Europe.

Alexis Gillman, 3, could not wait for her dad to come home. As soon as she saw him, Alexis ran to her dad with open arms.

"Obviously being away from her and my wife that was the hardest part," said Alexis's dad, James Gillman.

"I'm just a fourth class on the boat so I am training and learning stuff about shipping out and merchant marine stuff," Gillman said, talking about his experience on the boat.