Crossing the ocean on a sailing ship: Is It For You?

IMG_7883Assessing this voyage and your suitability for it, I must caution that such a crossing is not for everyone. If your sea-going experiences have been limited to traditional cruise ships you’ll have to ask yourself if you’re willing to forgo the casino action, night club shows, specialty restaurants, spa treatments, mani-pedis and daily shore excursions.

On the other hand, if you’re a sailing enthusiast you’ll definitely want to consider a Clipper crossing — nobody does it better or more authentically. Testifying to that is the fact that 61 of the 90-odd passengers had sailed previously with Star Clipper and, as I mentioned earlier, 35 had made one or more crossings. Or, it may be that you’d simply like to escape the frenetic activities of your landlocked life by surrendering yourself to the vastness and vacancy of the sea.

If you’re still undecided, ponder this from Mark Twain:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

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