November 15th, 2017

In Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” the salty seaman recounts his cursed ship being stuck in the doldrums for weeks, during which the severely dehydrated crew is visited by Death himself and “They dropped down one by one.” The mariner watches as “The souls did from their bodies fly.” And thus was documented the very first spiritual cruise.

Psychic medium Matthew Fraser’s “Spiritual Odyssey on the Sea” will likely have a better outcome. For one thing, the seven-night cruise Cruiseon Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam leaving out of Fort Lauderdale, March 24-31, will have plenty of food and beverages on board. Also, guests won’t be swabbing decks; they’ll be swabbing lotion on their sun-kissed skin as they cross the Caribbean. However, there will be no shortage of departed souls in attendance.

Fraser says he has communed with the disembodied since he was a 4-year-old in New England. It’s a gift he claims his mother and grandmother had, too. (Genetic, perhaps?) He’s worked his unworldly communications skills into a successful career as an up-and-coming celebrity psychic, having appeared on numerous talk shows and radio programs and demonstrated his abilities in live readings. And he’s made it his mission to reconnect people with their loved ones.

But why a cruise? Do the departed like all-you-can-eat buffets and musicals?

“Being on the cruise and being able to speak about the different experiences that everyone onboard has been having is really healing within itself,” says Fraser, who bills the cruise as not just a psychic experience but an inspirational and transformative retreat. “It’s almost like a Tony Robbins event. Everybody in the room is feeling the energy and they’re feeling touched. They’re all vibrating on the same level … in the middle of the ocean.”

Unlike performance mediums who bring participants onto a stage and put on a psychic show, Fraser’s style is more communal. “I keep it like a group event. I don’t use a stage. I walk around the room and I reconnect as many people with their loved ones as I can.”

Nervous about ghosts haunting the bilge pumps? Fear not. Because Fraser claims to be the conduit for spiritual communication, he can act as an otherworldly doorman. “A spirit is somebody to me who is a family member who has passed on who comes and visits you. And a ghost is somebody that you don’t recognize,” he says. “If there’s a soul that’s going to come through that doesn’t have good intentions, then there should be no reason why I should bring them through.”

Matt can offer answers to age-old spiritual cruising questions such as: Do the dead get seasick? Can my deceased grandmother help me win at the pai gow poker table? And of course, How can my expired spouse find me if I’m four daiquiris deep in the Bermuda Triangle?

“Spirits are energy and they are everywhere,” says Fraser, who tunes in the hereafter like a heavenly ham-radio operator. “One reason why this cruise is important is because one of the ways you can connect with your loved ones, the easiest way for them to come through, is when your mind is at ease.” That’s one thing both psychic supporters and skeptics can agree upon.

So break out the Ouija board and tell those spirits to pack their Speedos for a cruise that crosses the Tropic of Cancer and the astral plane.

If You Go:

What: Matthew Fraser’s “Spiritual Odyssey on the Sea”

Where: On board Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam departing from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale with ports of call in Key West; Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; Amber Cove, Dominican Republic; Half Moon Cay, Bahamas.

When: Seven-night cruise March 24-30, 2018

How to book: www.psychicodyssey.com

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