American Safari Cruises has a new parent company.
American Safari Cruises (ASC) former CEO, Dan Blanchard, who headed the company from 2001 to 2008, has formed a new company, InnerSea Discoveries, which purchased the assets of American Safari Cruises and will operate the ASC brand beginning with the 2009 Alaska season.
Based at Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle, the new parent company plans to add several new brands to complement the American Safari yacht cruising experience.
To ease agent and consumer anxiety in the current economic climate, InnerSea Discoveries is placing client payments into a secure account.
"We believe this to be a sound business practice for our new company model," Blanchard said. "This is our own decision — we are not required to do this by any regulatory agency."
Under ASC’s "Alaska — Even More Beautiful At 50" promotion, travel agents who book an Alaska cruise before April 15 will save their clients $500 per person, receive their normal commission plus a $50 thank you, and will be entered in a late-April drawing for a free Alaska cruise.
For the fall 2009 season, the company is introducing new nine-day, eight-night one-way cruises along the Columbia and Snake rivers.