Never thought about calling the ship...they have enough to do with their regular duties and tours...
and definitely understand why those numbers shouldn't be public - if they are needed for operations/logistics they need to be available.
I was mainly interested in knowing about the posting of sitreps - and knowing they will be posted here will allow friends and families to 'check in' without bothering anyone. We can follow the journey and get a bit of an idea of what they are experiencing aboard ship. (We know that those of you 'holding down the fort' will be more anxious than we are!!!)
Most of us have no idea how much work goes into receiving and posting these SitReps...so please accept and relay our thanks (to you and them) in advance!