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A new small-group cruise line, InnerSea Discoveries, which is now the parent company of American Safari Cruises, is taking bookings for its 2011 voyages in Southeast Alaska. The season runs May 21 to Sept. 3, 2011.
Two expedition vessels — the 170-foot, 49- passenger Wilderness Discoverer and the 157-foot, 49-passenger Wilderness Adventurer — and an all-American crew will take clients on eight-day, seven-night cruises from Ketchikan to Juneau.
Typical included activities are hikes of varying length and difficulty, snorkeling, whale-watching, birding, Polar Bear Club-style swims, glacier viewing, yoga sessions and naturalist-led discussions. Optional add-ons at additional cost include river kayaking and jet-boat excursions, fishing with expert guides from a fully outfitted boat, glacier floatplane tours, cave exploration and overnight wilderness hiking, kayaking and camping ashore.
“We’re especially excited to provide something totally new, an intense, active exploration of Southeast Alaska from a well-appointed vessel that offers exceptional creature comforts,” said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “A growing number of travelers are looking for this. They want to be able to challenge their own abilities while exploring new territory, but they also want a choice — push hard one day, relax the next.”
Prices for a one-way cruise begin at $1,795 per person, based on double occupancy. Private, full-boat charters for up to 49 guests are also available, and prices begin at $136,995 for eight days, seven nights. The price includes crew services, fuel, activities and equipment, transfers and all food.