Cruise Away from Concerns
by Barb Hanson
our chartering cruisers to leave laptops and cell phones
behind. But last month, when Vic and I and friends left
Florida for our Alaskan inside passage cruise, what did I
do? Yep. I hauled my laptop, cell phone and concerns along
news was my laptop and cell phone couldn't find a signal
most of the time. The good news was my laptop and cell
phone couldn't find a signal most of the time.
figured out there's a reward to hauling these devices
around. They make us feel important. Our inner voices tell
us, "The people in the office need me. They really need
me." But there is a big downside to it – stress.
aren't vacations, you know, supposed to be stress
I was a
little antsy at first, not being connected, but I started
to accept the situation. So as our 65-foot Malahide
trawler ambled comfortably all the long days past the
glorious scenery of Southeast Alaska, little by little I
focused my attention on the relaxing reality of the here
and now, not the unreal worry of what might be happening
back at the office.
though we're in the yacht chartering business, and even
though Southwest Florida is one of the most beautiful
cruising areas in the world, I'd forgotten how relaxing it
was to just go cruising. Work and other daily concerns
just get in the way of taking time to enjoy it. Work,
family, pets and house projects seem to take priority over
a weekend cruise.
why I think vacations, to really work, require us to get
out of town and to leave the you-know-whats turned off.
addition to the majestic mountains and gorgeous glaciers
that make up this part of the U.S. coastline, the wildlife
was up close and very photogenic. Whales, sea lions,
otters, seals, eagles and bears seemed to greet us at each
new cove or provide at-anchorage entertainment after
Ah . .
. the blood pressure goes down.
fished, set out shrimp and crab traps, and dined on our
fresh catch nearly every day. While onboard, I read four
books about Alaska. I napped and slept like a child.
cruised Alaska on board this vessel in the past. It’s a
classic, comfortable and sturdy 65-footer built of wood
with a warm and inviting interior. A full-time captain and
chef take care of navigation and nutrition. So very well.
have one electronic device onboard, my camera, but it
helped my mind stay focused on the present. We covered
more than 400 spectacular, panoramic miles at just the
right shutter speed. If you want to see some, let me know.
I'll email them to you.
be going again next year. If you ever get that feeling
that you need to "get away from it all" then you are
welcome to join us. But: Turn off the cell phone. Leave
the laptop behind.
way, those cushioned lounges they put out on the upper
deck are wonderful for naps.