Yes, there was and earlier thread. It was said shuttles can hold 50 individuals; the academy shuttle that Kirk and McCoy boarded looked like it could. Also, in the book, George Kirk had to set a course somewhere down below where the Narada weapons could get him and make sure they didn't destroy him before the collision. He also programmed the auto-destruct to blow up simultaneously with the collision for an extra-nice explosion. The Narada would have been fixing that for a long time. There much to like about the Kelvin.