Sailboats To Cruise Ships Provide Great Options To Travelers
Planes, trains and automobiles.
These are the most common ways of getting from one destination to another, but there is another method I often prefer: by boat.
I’ve often done this, mainly on sailboats, but big cruise ships are another transportation option.
There’s something about being on the water that I really enjoy. Perhaps it is because I enjoy the TropRock, Jimmy Buffett lifestyle of being in or near beaches, boats and bars. It’s also because when I’m on a boat, I always feel as if I should have something to drink in my hand, be it a cold beer, a glass of wine, a margarita or – perhaps best of all – a boat drink.
I’ve even done Public Relations for boat races (tho dealing with super-rich sailboat skippers can present certain challenges) and spent 10 days on a sailboat for the Interline Regatta in the British Virgin Islands.
Sometimes, I’ve even spent time on sailboats and not ever left the dock. They are great places to gather for social parties. There’s just something about it when someone says “my friend has a boat” that has me bolting to the slip.
I also spend several nights on my friend’s 36-foot Catalina sailboat whenever I’m in Monterey, CA. “Gary’s Island,” as he calls her, is always my home for at least a few days while I’m there to do some PR at Laguna Seca Raceway or just to go there to do a little wine tasting, go to some of the great restaurants or just enjoy that great area.
Earlier, I mentioned the big cruise ships. Other than the Queen Mary and lunch aboard the Carnival Splendor – one can’t go anywhere and the other was in port in Long Beach before its weekend trip to Mexico – I’ve never been on one.
I do think they are great adventures, kind of an everything-is-at-your-fingertips kind of traveling option. I suspect being on a cruise ship is a lot more about the journey than the destination and sometimes that’s a great way to travel.
So big or small, I like boats. Perhaps I’ll see you on the water sometime.