Ocean cruises are a luxurious way to relax and see the sights, unlike boarding dolphins equipped with saddles, which usually results in whiplash and water-filled lungs. Cruise the blue in comfort with today's Groupon: for $225, you get a private two-hour chartered sailing experience for up to six people from Sailing Inc. in Seward (a $450 value) .
An instructional academy in the American Sailing Association, Sailing Inc. occasionally takes breaks from its sailing lessons, bareboat chartering, and sailing tours along the Kenai Peninsula to helm private two-hour nautical adventures for all ages. Once you and up to five friends or Friends impersonators have climbed aboard, a grizzled captain navigates your private vessel, plying the waters of Resurrection Bay and passing the breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, and glaciers of the Alaskan coast. As the ship glides across the waters, snap photos of leaping porpoises, clumsy puffins, and playful otters—or lose yourself in the natural melodies of barking sea lions. Sailing Inc. urges its vicarious mariners to bring their own food and libations.
Crashing waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, and breathtaking glaciers surround Resurrection Bay. Sailing, Inc., an instructional academy and member of the American Sailing Association, calls this slice of the Alaskan coastline its home. On the water, certified instructors teach beginners' to advanced courses, covering everything from navigating moderate sea conditions in basic keelboat classes to sailing past a boat's bedtime in nighttime advanced coastal cruising classes. The captains occasionally take breaks from instruction to charter sailing tours. On these excursions, wind sweeps through passengers' hair as they explore deserted coves or wait for the warm glow of a midnight sunset to turn the boat back into a pumpkin.