American Safari Cruises will launch Hawaii yacht sailings in fall 2011, three years after the company scrapped its originally scheduled entry into Hawaii.

In October 2008, the company said it would defer launching Hawaii cruises until the capital funding markets and U.S. economy improved. Since then, American Safari Cruises has been through an ownership change — industry veterans Dan Blanchard and Tim Jacox bought the cruise line in 2009.

American Safari Cruises will operate two itineraries: the seven-night Hawaiian Seascapes and the 10-night Hawaii’s Traditional Shores.

Both cruises sail from Maui to the Big Island or reverse. Highlights include whale viewing, exploring cliff-lined bays and beaches on Lanai, a Hawaiian feast on Molokai and hiking at La Perouse Bay on Maui. The 10-night cruise includes three days of exploring the Big Island.

Available activities for both itineraries include scuba diving, kayaking, helicopter tours, mule rides and golfing.

American Safari Cruises will use the 36-pasenger Safari Explorer, on which the guest-crew ratio is 2-to-1, said the line.

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 10 nights.


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