Maybe it’s because I stepped off of a sailing ship in the Mediterranean two weeks ago, but I feel like sailing. The Wind Star may be an awfully long way from the West Coast, but the Schooner Zodiac is just a stone’s throw away from both Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, Canada. And it’s one of my favorite cruise experiences.

Schooner and kayak. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Schooner and kayak. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Their sailing season continues on into October, and you can now pre-book for the Zodiac’s 2014 sailings as well – which include some fantastic highlights like a celebration of the Schooner’s 90th Birthday on April 26, 2014 and, of course, the immensely-popular voyage to Desolation Sound.

Should you book early? I think so, particularly if there’s something that interests you, since the ship carries a maximum of 24 guests on these multi-day sailings. In fact, I’m already booked for the August 7, 2014 Forest Sun Music Cruise!

For a little Friday daydreaming, here’s a look at our most recent experience aboard this historic vessel – a multi-night cruise tour of some of the San Juan Island’s best breweries!

Underway once again, bound for Friday Harbor! Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The thrill of sailing! Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Guests helped polish Zodiac's brightwork to keep her sparkling! Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Guests helped polish Zodiac’s brightwork to keep her sparkling! Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The cozy Salon aboard the Schooner Zodiac. Yes, those are proper "berths" behind the curtains - and they're very comfortable!

The cozy Salon aboard the Schooner Zodiac. Yes, those are proper “berths” behind the curtains – and they’re very comfortable!

Lunch at sea! Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Lunch at sea! I don’t know what Cook Ian Relay puts in his food, but it’s universally fantastic. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

1924 or 2013? Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Next year, Zodiac celebrates her 90th birthday. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Swells in Eastsound. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

The Schooner Zodiac calls on picturesque Eastsound in the San Juan Islands; a sleepy, Stephen King-esque town come to life. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

A tranquil afternoon aboard the Zodiac. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

A tranquil afternoon aboard the Zodiac. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Hop Diggidy! It's 12 different kinds of brews from the Port Townsend Brewing Company. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Hop Diggidy! It’s 12 different kinds of brews from the Port Townsend Brewing Company. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Every morning aboard the Schooner Zodiac, guests wake up to a view like this. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Every morning aboard the Schooner Zodiac, guests wake up to a view like this. Photo © 2013 Aaron Saunders

Sunset aboard the Schooner Zodiac; a magical moment. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Sunset aboard the Schooner Zodiac; a magical moment. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Read our full Live Voyage Report from aboard the Schooner Zodiac’s June 2013 Brew Cruise!

 

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