Ocean cruising - a lifestyle process Article

Lusby, C, Anderson, S. (2010). Ocean cruising - a lifestyle process . 34(1), 85-105. 10.1080/14927710903550031

cited authors

  • Lusby, C; Anderson, S



  • Cruisers have made a conscious decision to quit their land-based life to lead a more self-determined lifestyle. They own their own boats, live aboard, and are constantly on the move. An interpretive research paradigm was used to investigate this alternative lifestyle. Through in-depth, semi-structured interviews with 25 cruisers, three categories of questions were represented in the data collection: motivation for cruising, relationship with the marine environment, and flow. Using the method of constant comparison, themes were constructed from these categories and a grounded theory model of the cruising lifestyle was developed. Cruising was found to be a vehicle to experience freedom, travel, and love of the ocean. Mother Ocean, spirituality/healing, and beauty were three themes connecting the participants to the marine environment. Cruisers were found to experience characteristics of flow. © 2010 Canadian Association for Leisure Studies.

publication date

  • February 1, 2010

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start page

  • 85

end page

  • 105


  • 34


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