Snorkeling with Turtles // (c) 2010 Hawaii Tourism/Japan
American Safari Cruises, best known for its yachting adventures in Alaska and Mexico's Baja, is introducing Hawaii cruises beginning in the fall of 2011.
Clients can book either the seven-night Hawaiian Seascapes trip or ten-night excursion called Hawaii's Traditional Shores. Both itineraries cruise from Lahaina, Maui to Kona on Hawaii's Big Island, or reverse. Hawaii's Traditional Shores includes three days of island exploration on Hawaii's Big Island.
American Safari Cruises is the first operator to offer unstructured interisland yacht cruising in Hawaii. Its vessel in the islands is the 36-passenger Safari Explorer, which features an on-deck hot tub, sauna, exercise equipment, two-person kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, sail boats, snorkeling equipment, motorized shore boats, a wine library and large-screen TV in the main salon.
Staterooms offer Tempur-pedic mattresses, flat screen TV/DVD players and iPod docks. The all-American crew includes naturalists, a masseuse and captain, some of whom hail from Hawaii.
The inaugural Hawaiian cruise departs Oct. 26, 2011, with weekly departures through mid-May 2012. Inclusive prices start at $4,995 for seven-night cruises and $6,495 for ten nights.