Posted by: cruise2 | 23 February, 2008

Smallest New Ship for Alaska

With all the cruise ships plying Alaska waters this summer, the newest one may well be the smallest. American Safari Cruises’ new luxury yacht, the 36-passenger, 145-foot Safari Explorer, will make her first Alaska port call May 30 in Juneau for the start of her eight-day, seven-night roundtrip cruises from the Alaska capital.

Now undergoing a multi-million-dollar renovation in Seattle,
Safari Explorer is the cruise line’s fourth luxury yacht and offers an
active spa environment with a licensed masseuse for complimentary
massages, yoga classes, a dedicated fitness area, on-deck hot tub and
sauna. “The ‘real’ spa is the natural one, of course, the great Alaska
narrow waterways and islands for kayaking and guided hiking,” says Tim
Jacox, vice president of sales and marketing.

Other  features include two large suites with Jacuzzi tubs
and balconies, some triple accommodations and all outside or
above-deck cabins. Like other American Safari Cruises vessels, the
new yacht carries double sea kayaks and motorized shore boats for
close-up exploration of the Alaska wilderness.

Safari Explorer
will cruise from Juneau May 30 through Sept. 5.
The itinerary focuses on wildlife – whales, sea lions, bears – and
glaciers, including up to two days in Glacier Bay National Park and a
full day hugging the fjord walls of Endicott Arm to view the rarely
visited Dawes Glacier. Following the Alaska season, the yacht will
debut in Hawaii with inter-island itineraries in the waters less
travelled.

“Our cruises are built on spontaneity,” Mr,Jacox says, “and because our
itineraries are flexible, we can always follow the wildlife without
worrying about sticking to a rigid schedule to the next port.”

In addition to kayaking, Alaska passengers hike in the Tongass National
Forest and visit the tiny picturesque village of Elfin Cove and the
small Norwegian fishing port of Petersburg. The yacht travels only
during the day, spending the nights at anchor in small coves and bays
or quaint harbours.

The crew includes two professional naturalists, plus a park ranger in
Glacier Bay, and has a guest-crew ratio of two to one. The inclusive
cruises feature complimentary fine wines, premium spirits and
exceptional cuisine served at a single seating.

For information, please contact Diana Lang at The Cruise People on 1-800-268-6523.

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