Cruise Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old cruise quotes, cruise sayings, and cruise proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A bigger business is like a cruise ship: There are lots of amenities and you can go a lot further, but it's harder to turn quickly.

Tony Hsieh

All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveller is unaware.

Martin Buber

The goal is not to sail the boat, but rather to help the boat sail herself.

John Rousmaniere

The journey, not the arrival matters.

T.S. Eliot

Any fool can carry on, but a wise man knows how to shorten sail in time.

Joseph Conrad

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

Mark Twain

He that will not sail till all dangers are over must never put to sea.

Thomas Fuller

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Attitude is the difference between ordeal and adventure

Bob Bitchin

At sea, I learned how little a person needs, not how much.

Robin Lee Graham

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.

Robert Louis Stevenson

The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.

William Arthur Ward

Land was created to provide a place for boats to visit.     

Brooks Atkinson

The Cruise missiles do not frighten anyone. We are catching them like fish in a river. I mean here that over the past two days, we managed to shoot down 196 missiles before they hit their target.

Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

A ship in port is safe, but that's not what ships are built for.

Grace Hopper

Sailing is just the bottom line, like adding up the score in bridge. My real interest is in the tremendous game of life.     

Dennis Conner

Oh, it was easy to see why people had whirlwind shipboard romances, for it was a temporary journey into fantasy, where dreams could come true if only for the duration of the cruise.

Patricia Hagan

Without patience, a sailor I would never be.     

Lee Allred

It isn't that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.

Sir Francis Drake

Super Cruise will follow the lanes of the road, follow the speed you set, and you can be hands-off driving on an expressway.     

Mary Barra

There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.     

Joseph Conrad

She watched the gap between ship and shore grow to a huge gulf. Perhaps this was a little like dying, the departed no longer visible to the others, yet both still existed, only in different worlds.

Susan Wiggs