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First trip to Alaska makes stew thankful for yachting


By Melissa McMahon

Every day is a struggle between really missing home and having my breath taken away by the views of the places I have gone during my first few months of yachting. The locales we see as yachties are unquestionably stunning.

My feet hurt after every day of working, naps become a must during breaks, and I’m dealing with 20 other personalities. Is it all worth it? Yes. The look on guests’ faces and their thank yous mean a lot, and I would not see these mountains, bears, tropical waters, and amazing marine life if I were home working at the desk job I used to have.

Alaska has been the prime spot during this summer for the yacht I work on. I have never seen anything like this before — the glaciers, mountains, whales, seals, meeting the locals, and the excursions I got to go on during time off. All so incredible.

With three days off every three weeks, we try to manage our time thoroughly. Planning what to do, where to go, and who wants to go with, is a process. There’s so much to do in such little time.

For the first time ever, I got to experience a seaplane ride and a helicopter ride. I can finally check those off my bucket list. The bird’s eye view of Alaska had to be one of my favorite adventures. We see these things in magazines or on TV. Now I can say I saw it with my own eyes.

During the seaplane ride, the pilot played music in our headphones and the playlist was on point. With great music and beautiful views, I had to pinch myself to make sure it was all real. Five years ago when I was in college, I never would have thought or imagined myself doing all of this.

The helicopter ride was awesome as well. Riding shotgun and being able to walk across a glacier is out-of-this-world amazing. I hope everyone can experience Alaska. Do it during summer because it is a little chilly here now, so I can’t imagine what it would be like in the winter months.

Life is too short to not go on adventures, meet people, and enjoy life the best we can. Thank you to the yachting industry for providing these opportunities for us.

Melissa McMahon is a stew onboard a 230-foot yacht. Comments are welcome at

Photos and video provided by Melissa McMahon.

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