Sailing is a sport that everyone can enjoy. A day, or even a few hours out on a cruise, lets you get back in touch with your physical self and with nature. It’s the perfect opportunity to contemplate, or to bond with loved ones and friends.
San Juan Island cruises provide the perfect opportunity to commune with nature in many ways. Get to see and explore areas with exciting wildlife. Watch the frolicking whales and go bird watching, if you wish.
To get the most out of your cruise, it’s important to know what to expect.
Know your package options
There are many different options for you to choose from that would fit your ideal budget and schedule.
The usual sailing cruise packages are a two-hour, half-a-day, whole day, overnight, or multiple-day packages. One of the best bargains in the San Juan Islands is summer sunset cruise.
Thoroughly check out the different package inclusions. For example, know if your package include snacks and beverages or full meals. If not, you can prepare accordingly. Inquire what activities you can expect to do on board and during stops. The crew are there not only to run the ship but also to keep the passengers engaged.
Set an itinerary
The cruise can sometimes be custom-tailored for you. If not, knowing beforehand the original course of the trip will save you from disappointment. Be meticulous with planning and don’t hesitate to ask questions beforehand so you can best plan and enjoy your sailing trip.
Enjoy your history lessons
There are lots of interesting sites and stories to tell about San Juan Island, even the places you stop to eat or about the ship you hire. The locals are more than happy to share with you about their personal stories. You might find it even more enjoyable if you have a little history background to help you relate.
Make safety your top priority
When you’re off to have fun, you tend to throw out the rulebook sometimes. But during sailing trips, it is very important to be mindful of certain rules and regulations. There may be some rules implemented on board, while engaging with wildlife, and on mooring sites. Your sailing crew will inform you of these rules before and as you go along your trip.
Especially when approaching wildlife, over-excitement can cause you and the animals potential safety threats, or you may even find yourself breaking laws. Whenever you are unsure if something is or isn’t allowed, always ask the crew to keep yourself and everyone else safe.
You don’t necessarily need to have an advocacy when planning your next adventure trip to sea. But there are lots of available information during these trips that might get you engaged. Nature preservation and wildlife conservation is a big issue that is constantly being addressed in these areas of high tourist traffic. Be open-minded and stay engaged.
Booking yourself on cruises is certainly an attractive proposition for anyone needing a break from mundane everyday life. To completely enjoy your sailing trip, make sure to take these steps for an enjoyable vacation aboard traditional cruise ships.
San Juan Islands Rules and regulations, fws.gov
(A curated guide to the san Juan Islands) Featured activities, guidetosanjuans.com