Lane N.W. * North Fort Myers FL 33903
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E-YARDARM - SPECIAL ALASKA EDITION
Introducing our Passport to Cruising Alaska!
are invited to join Southwest Florida Yachts for the cruising experience
of a lifetime in beautiful Alaska.
You will cruise aboard the 65 foot Malahide trawler, “Ursa Major.” The
boat will cruise from Sitka to Petersburg (July 9-15) and back to
Sitka (July 17-23) in Southeast Alaska.
There are two double cabins available on each trip - one couple or
two singles per cabin with a lower double and upper single berth in
each. The two cabins will share a large head with shower.
may join us for one or both weeks! (Boarding will be on July 9th
Sitka or July 17th in Petersburg.)
You’ll marvel at the natural beauty of Southeast Alaska at the height of
the whale and bear season. You’ll dine on gourmet food from “Ursa’s”
galley, including homemade bread, soups and desserts each day!
Vic & Barb kayaking
Cost - $3500 per person per week for the yacht and crew, including
all meals. “Ursa Major” has a full-time Captain, Crew and Cook on
board. You can sit back and enjoy the scenery or navigate alongside the
Captain in the pilothouse.
Southeast Alaska is serviced by Alaska Airlines from
Seattle. Give Barb Hansen a call if you are interested in this
cruising adventure. Vic and Barb have cruised aboard the “Ursa” and
have seen, first hand, the awesome beauty of Alaska – up close and
personal. As the owner of “Ursa Major” says, “friends don’t let
friends see Alaska from a Cruise Ship!” Consider Vic and Barb your
friends! They promise that if you love cruising and you love
trawlers and you love nature and you love good food and making new
friends, you’ll love this cruise!
Give us a call for our Alaska cruise flyer. We hope you will plan to see
Alaska this summer aboard the “Ursa Major!”
ALASKA CRUISE SUMMARY
WHO: Cruise with Vic and Barb Hansen and the Captain &
Crew of “Ursa Major.”
WHEN: July 9-15 or July 17-23 (You will board at noon
on the first day and return at noon on the last day.
You may need to arrive in Sitka the afternoon before
boarding due to flight schedules. We can refer you to
local hotels for overnight accommodations in town.
Whales: a common sight
WHERE: July 9-15- Sitka to Petersburg; July
17-23-Petersburg to Sitka WHAT: A nature cruise
through Southeast Alaska aboard a 65-foot trawler
COST: $3500 per person (Includes all meals while on
board. (Gratuities for Captain and crew not included.)
A 50% deposit is due at the time of your reservation.
The balance is due by June 1, 2007. Call
1-800-262-7939 to reserve your cabin!
BREAKFAST: Coffee - Tea - Juice – Milk - Fresh Fruit,
Assorted Cereal Bagels - Toast - Assorted
Jams/Jellies/Condiments, Eggs Benedict & Eggs
LUNCH: Spring Garden Salad - Assorted Homemade
Dressings, Old Fashioned Chicken n' Dumplings , Fresh
Baked Carrot Cake
APPETIZERS: Focaccia w/ Cold Smoked Salmon, Fresh Dill
Cream Cheese and Salmon Caviar Stuffed Grape Leaves –
Greek Lemon Sauce
DINNER: Caesar Salad , Roast Prime Rib - Au Jus -
Parslied New Potatoes - Broccoli with Hollandaise
Sauce, Wines – Petit Syrah– Cabernet Sauvignon, Old
Fashioned Cherry Pie ala mode (Homemade Vanilla Ice
you are interested in the option of bringing a larger group, other yachts
are available for cruising in tandem with the “Ursa Major.” Please don’t
hesitate to call with any questions you may have. We can even give you
tips on sightseeing in other parts of Alaska if you would like
extend your stay. Alaska is amazing!
We hope you will plan to see Alaska this summer with Vic and Barb aboard
the “Ursa Major!” Call 1-800-262-7939 or 239-656-1339 to reserve your
dates or email us at
Cruising Advice: Think Small
By Barb Hansen
Here’s the television
commercial I’d like to make.
camera is looking down on the Southeast Alaskan shoreline from 50 miles in
the sky. On the screen and we see the words, “Alaska Cruising Advice.”
The camera zooms in and
now we recognize snow-capped mountains and glaciers curving down to the
sea. More slowly now, the camera moves in closer and reveals a quiet cove
with a gleaming yacht and five kayaks paddling from the mother ship toward
the shore. You hear majestic music, and the high, clear call of a whale.
Abruptly the music stops.
We get a view of a massive cruise ship out in the open sea. It slowly
moves out of sight. Then the camera and the music return to the tranquil,
happy scene in the cove.
Then, one by one, words
roll up on the screen and park themselves into one
Vic and I are convinced.
In 2004, to mark our 20th anniversary, we did a little personal research.
From Seattle we flew to Sitka, about 90 minutes southeast of Anchorage. We
boarded Ursa Major, a 65-foot, Malahide wooden hull trawler. It’s
the perfect boat to see Alaska.
The Ursa Major
took us graciously along this spectacular American coastline. She turned
into quaint harbors with fishing villages and nosed into fjords with
calving glaciers and waterfalls. We watched sea lions, otters, eagles and
even a mother bear with three cubs moving along the shoreline.
You need to cruise Alaska
at least once in your lifetime. And, when you do, here’s a word of advice.
Don’t book passage on a cruise ship. Big cruise ships don’t fit in and
don’t dare enter the best coves. Big cruise ships don’t let you slide a
kayak into the water to explore a waterfall or walk the shoreline to some
hot springs. Big cruise ships don’t let you put a fishing line in the
water to catch a fresh fish for dinner.
Big cruise ships move at
night past scenery passengers never get to see. Ursa Major
overnights quietly in isolated coves. While big ship sheep shuffle down
the buffet line, guests on Ursa Major applaud the chef’s cold
smoked salmon, salmon caviar, and stuffed grape leaves. They fall asleep
to the unique sound of a remote wilderness. In the morning, their alarm
clock is fresh-baked bread. At lunch, between spoonfuls of hearty homemade
soup, they share experiences with new friends.
Those who know how much I
love cruising Southwest Florida must be thinking, “Is this the same Barb
Hansen who writes about the glories of cruising the beautiful
No worries, Mate. I’m
still Southwest Florida’s number one cruising fan. But once or twice in
our short lives I think we owe it to ourselves to cruise the second most
wonderful place on the water planet – Alaska.
Vic and I are hosting
another cruise through Southeast Alaska this summer. If you would like to
join us aboard the Ursa Major, just give me a call. We have cabins
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.
For more information on
charters, classes, charter yacht ownership, or brokerage yachts for sale,
please call us at 1-800-262-7939 or 239-656-1339.
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