There’s always been something romantic about the ocean ever since Errol Flynn `swashbuckled’ his way onto the high seas and Johnny Depp’s loveable Capt. Jack Sparrow swaggered onto the scene.
There’s almost no end to the movies that link romance and the sea.
Why not celebrate Valentine’s Day a bit early with a pre-Valentine cruise aboard the Ocean Institute’s 70-foot R/V Sea Explorer on Sunday, Feb. 10? The cruise begins at 1 p.m. and explores our coast for 2.5 hours. Fall in love with sea animals including possible sightings of whales, playful dolphins and sea lions.
First dates or long-time mates will find the cruise invigorating, informative and fun. The romance is up to you, but the cruise provides the setting for Valentine memories. Why not propose? A sea adventure with the one you love creates
a bonding experience to be treasured.
January through March is migration time for the gray whales so keep your eyes open for one of these awesome mammals. An adult gray whale can reach up to 46-feet long and weigh up to 36 tons (72,000 pounds).
The Feb., 10 R/V Sea Explorer cruise is $37.50 for adults (non-members) and $24.50 for adult Ocean Institute members. Children—4 to12--are $24.50 (non-members) and $21.50 for members. Information may be obtained by calling
949-496-2274 or by registering online. Reservations are required. The
price of the cruise includes admission to the Ocean Institute, which is open 10
a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends.
And, even though the R/V Sea Explorer does have a bowsprit that provides breathtaking views, it’s not the iconic spot portrayed in 1997’s Titanic, one of the most romantic films of that year with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
However, one of the less quoted lines from 1997’s Titanic is from Old Rose: “A woman’s heart is a deep ocean of secrets.”
Happy Valentine! No doubt, even Cupid would enjoy resting his wings in exchange for a cruise on the R/V Sea Explorer at the Ocean Institute.