Florida Cruising Boosters
Boost Alaska Cruising, too
MYERS, Fla. – Barb and Vic Hansen, owners of the
chartering firm Southwest Florida Yachts, are
well-known advocates of cruising in Southwest
Florida. Now, the boosters of Florida yacht cruising
are boosting cruising in Alaska, too.
The Hansens have invited others to cruise with them
in July along the wild Southeastern Alaska shoreline
aboard Ursa Major, a 65-foot classic Malahide
trawler. Ursa Major cruises from Sitka to Petersburg
July 9-15 and back to Sitka July 17-23.
Barb Hansen said the cruises are at the height of
the whale and bear season and that the vessel will
turn into quaint harbors with fishing villages and
nose into fjords with calving glaciers and
waterfalls. The vessel carries kayaks for passengers
to explore the wildlife, waterfalls and other
natural features of the shoreline.
The cost is $3,500 per person per week, which
includes all meals prepared by a gourmet chef. The
vessel has two double cabins available for one
couple or two single persons per cabin. The two
cabins share a large head with shower.
Barb Hansen said that space aboard Ursa Major is
limited but that other vessels are available for
cruising in tandem with the Ursa Major.
“Think of it as a gourmet cruise, with friends, on a
kind vessel that is just the right size to
experience America’s last piece of real shoreline
wilderness,” said Hansen. She invited interested
persons to go to the home page --- www.swfyachts.com
-- and click on the box in the left margin headlined
“Passport to Cruising - Alaska." Or, simply phone
Hansen at 1-800-262-7939 or email her at
Barb and Vic Hansen founded Southwest Florida Yachts
in 1984. They also manage Florida Sailing & Cruising
School in which students live aboard the vessel
while they learn to operate and navigate vessels of
different sizes and complexity.