Travelers who are looking for that indefinable something, a vacation experience like none other, may wish to look into a vacation aboard the yachts of American Safari Cruises.
Travelers who are looking for that indefinable something, a vacation experience like none other, may wish to look into a vacation aboard the yachts of American Safari Cruises. You'll know you have found something special the moment you board your yacht, when you are greeted personally by your Captain and crew. Your adventure begins with hors d'oeuvres and fine champagne, and you will discover a new level of pampering. Become one of the exclusive few to leave the crowds behind while cruising through some of the most magnificent destinations in western North America and the Hawaiian Islands. American Safari Cruises’ ‘yachtscapes’ are specifically designed to meet the needs of those adventurers who yearn to escape to unknown harbors without sacrificing comfort. Discover some of the Pacific’s best-kept secrets – pristine harbors and waterways that are closed to larger vessels – and what better way to do it than aboard a small, luxury yacht? The 36-guest Safari Explorer, 22-guest Safari Quest, and 12-guest Safari Spirit cruise during daylight hours only, giving you the chance to fully discover and explore nature to its fullest. Experience the beauty of Alaska's Inside Passage, the Hawaiian Islands, and Mexico's Sea of Cortés. Experience the pristine wilderness of the Columbia and Snake Rivers, or explore the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.
Why choose American Safari Cruises? These smaller yachts offer a sleek profile and incomparable maneuverability, giving you unparalleled access to many stunning destinations closed to larger ships. Aboard one of these yachts you will pass close enough to waterfalls that you feel the spray, and travel close enough to shore to experience the wildlife firsthand. With a small ship, the Captain has flexibility with the trip itinerary to meet the desires of the guests, whether it be a change of course to find a whale sighting, or a lingering stay in a tidal inlet to see bears foraging on the beach. Guests might collectively decide to spend extra time kayaking, hiking, or beachcombing, and the crew will be more than happy to oblige – after all, it's your trip. Enjoy the pleasures of cruising on a yacht without doing any of the work!
Lasting Friendships: With a small cruising party, you will come to learn much about your fellow travelers, and will find that you develop long-lasting friendships as the days pass. Shared interests bring people together, and you will find much in common with your fellow travelers, people who share your curiousity about new places and enthusiasm for roads less traveled. As you hike and kayak side by side, you and your shipmates will form lasting friendships. Moreover, these yachts are designed to accommodate 12, 22 or 36 guests, making them a perfect charter for a group of friends or family.
Friendly Captains and Experienced Guides: On a small ship you become well acquainted with your crew and staff, whose sole purpose is to ensure that every detail of your voyage is attended to with the utmost in courtesy and service. From your experience cruising through pristine waters to destinations ashore, the crew is there to make every moment an enjoyable experience to remember. Guests are welcome to visit the bridge and discuss navigation with the Captain, and every journey is accompanied by an experienced Expedition Leader who is well versed in the area, and will offer you limitless information about local history, indigenous people, and wildlife – be it humpback whales or grizzly bears! The All-Inclusive Experience: Guests who have sailed on other ships are used to paying extra for tours and excursions, and drinks at the ship's bar can add a sizeable amount to the cost of your cruise. But not with American Safari. With the exception of staff gratuities, which are solely a personal elective, everything is included on these cruises from the moment you arrive at the airport. Among the many inclusions featured are:
- Gourmet meals
- Premium wine, beer and spirits
- Kayaking and shore boat exploring
- Snorkel gear (Mexico and Hawaii)
- Fishing (Alaska)
- Exclusive shore excursions
- Onboard Expedition Leader/Naturalist or wine expert
- Airport transfers
- Port Charges, taxes, fees
- Massages (Safari Explorer )
- Visits with local residents - "talk story"
Dining is an epicurean experience, featuring fresh local seafood, fresh breads, hearty soups and elegant entrees, not to mention decadent desserts. Guests are served at one common seating, family-style, and dress is always casual. Furthermore, the culinary staff is always happy to accommodate special dietary needs; please let us know if there is something special we can do for you. Moreover, we celebrate milestone events in style – a birthday aboard one of American Safari’s ships is a memorable experience to cherish for years to come!
Activities and Amenities: American Safari Cruises offers a full array of activities designed to offer you a full range of experiences, whatever your personal tastes. Your crew is there to make your voyage as carefree and varied as you'd want, with everything planned down to the finest detail. Your only task is to pack for whatever activities you want to partake in. Some of the many amenities abaiord American Safari Cruise yachts include:
- En suite showers, some Jacuzzi tubs, full bathrooms with heated tile floors
- Tempur-Pedic® memory-foam mattresses
- TV and DVD player
- Wine library (Safari Explorer)
- Terry bathrobes, slippers
- Alarm clocks, hair dryers
- iPod docking stations
- Book and DVD library
- Board games
- Satellite phone service available
- On-deck hot tub
- Steam sauna*
- Exercise equipment
- Kayaks, laser sailboats and water-skis
- Inflatable skiffs
- Full-beam swim step for easy loading into kayaks and skiffs
- Rubber boots and rain gear
- Insulated "Mustang suits" for skiff excursions to view glaciers
- Snorkeling gear and wetsuits
- Hydrophones to listen to whales and other below-surface sounds
- Underwater cameras connected to big-screen TV in main salon
- Open and easily accessible bow and deck space for fingertip closeness to wildlife
*Safari Explorer, Safari Spirit