InnerSea Discoveries celebrated the refurbishment of two expedition ships with a christening ceremony in Seattle on Friday.
The ships, the 68-passenger Wilderness Discoverer and 60-passenger Wilderness Adventurer, will be deployed in Alaska for InnerSea's first season there, sailing one- and two-week Inside Passage cruises. The vessels formerly sailed for the now-defunct Glacier Bay Cruiseline.
InnerSea said all cabins on the renovated ships are above deck and have large windows, "ecofriendly" memory foam mattresses, flat-screen TVs with DVD players and iPod docking stations.
The main lounge has been designed to feel like "a cross between a National Park lodge and a quaint neighborhood pub," said InnerSea. The bar top is made from salvaged Alaskan yellow cedar.
Each ship also has a sauna, exercise equipment, a resource library, a DVD library, board games and a hot tub with a view. The ships offer complimentary yoga classes on deck.
InnerSea said that its first Alaska season is nearly sold out, with just a few cabins left on two 15-day cruises between Seattle and Juneau.
InnerSea is a new brand created by co-owners Dan Blanchard and Tim Jacox. The two men also own American Safari Cruises, a sister brand to InnerSea.