About The Journey and About Us

Alec and I “began” the journey in 2011 when we began planning and dreaming of purchasing a boat capable of crossing oceans and taking us to places we have only been in our imagination.  When Jack was born – in 2010,  we began considering the options for his childhood.  We both wanted to give Jack something that was different than the conventional childhood.  We wanted an alternative experience.  Initially, we decided to buy a home on an island and take a couple of years to live there when Jack was old enough to appreciate the adventure, but slowly and thanks in no small part to the many bloggers who detailed their adventures before us, we began to see a different adventure for Jack – and for us.  We began to dream about living… well…. everywhere.  And the live aboard, crossing oceans seed was planted.     The watering of that seed was done regularly by those wonderful bloggers before us – 3@Sea, Dirona, San Souci, Grey Pearl and later Ocean Pearl (whose boat we later purchased) and Pendana to name a few.  And they are the reason that I decided to blog.  We owe all of you a debt of Gratitude for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us so that we may “See the Invisible” .  So, while we aren’t even sure where this dream will take us, here we go!

Published by cruisingwithgratitude

Alec and Laurie Thyrre (both retired airline pilots) are making an effort to share and experience as much of this beautiful planet with their nearly 13 yr old son Jack and cat Pratt while traveling aboard a 64' Nordhavn boat. We started this adventure in 2018 and crossed the Atlantic in 2019.

4 thoughts on “About The Journey and About Us

    1. Congratulations! Im sure you will have as many amazing adventures as we have. Feel free to reach out if we can be a resource for you. We had a crew deliver our boat to Southampton so we wouldn’t use our precious Schengen time before beginning our summer cruise. We wish you all the best!


      1. Thank you. Our boat arrives in the Netherlands on May 25-28 via freighter. Just beginning to read your most fascinating and informative blog.


      2. Too bad we will pass as ships in the night. We are on a river cruise arriving in the Netherlands – then we will fly to our beloved Gratitude and Pratt (ships cat) and after regaining our sea legs, we shall begin the cruise up the North West coast of the UK. Be sure to give a shout if you see us along your travels!! Good luck and HAVE Fun


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