Susan Shevlin

New York, New York Travel Agent

Cruising Around the World

My passion for cruising began on a crewed charter sailboat trip from Athens to the Greek Islands. I was traveling with my husband and five other guests, and it was a dream vacation. That was the start of a lifelong love for small-boat trips of all kinds.  

I have since sailed on crewed sailing yachts, barges, riverboats, and small ocean-going yachts. I have even taken expedition cruises. Small ship cruising is my favorite way to discover the world, and I have cruised around the globe, sailing through the Caribbean, Western Europe, Polynesia, South America, and Thailand. I love the sense of adventure being on a boat gives me and the ability to explore new places without crowds. 

There is also something to be said for the luxury of not having to pack and unpack constantly, and having a crew that remembers your likes and dislikes because you are one of a small group of passengers. I also love being rocked to sleep each night by gentle waves. Recently I had the pleasure of cruising through Alaska on a Seabourn adventure trip. Seeing the glaciers up close was breathtaking. I think everyone should have the opportunity to see the incredible beauty that exists there. Go now; it is not going to last forever!

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