American Safari line to add routes, hold rates

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SEATTLE -- American Safari Cruises said it will add 16 departures to its Alaska programs in 2002 and hold the line on prices for several of its sailings.

The company's plans are included in a brochure that was mailed to travel agents across the country.

With respect to pricing, the company said it will hold the line on fares for a number of "value-season" departures and reduce whole-boat charter prices on selected sailings.

American Safari Cruises Safari Escape will sail 16 departures in Alaska next year. American Safari is adding 14 peak-season departures between Sitka and Juneau and off-season sailings between Vancouver and Juneau in May and September aboard its newly acquired, 12-passenger Safari Escape.

The company subjected the 112-foot vessel to a $1 million refurbishment to bring it up to the "luxury level" of its other yachts, the 120-foot, 22-passenger Safari Quest and the 105-foot, 12-passenger Safari Spirit.

Capt. Dan Blanchard, president, said American Safari is keeping its off-season pricing at this year's levels in an effort to encourage domestic travel.

"And because we believe more families will be traveling together than ever before, we've trimmed the price of a full-yacht charter by up to $15,000 on selected sailings," Blanchard said.

The cost of a Sitka-Juneau turnkey full-yacht charter aboard the 22-passenger Safari Quest was reduced to $94,995.

The price includes all meals, beverages and liquor; crew; excursions, and fuel. Other charters begin at $63,995 aboard the 12-passenger Safari Escape.

American Safari passengers have lunch on an Alaska beach.The line's three itineraries include stops at Tracy Arm Wilderness Area for excursions among the ice floes of the twin Sawyer glaciers, flightseeing over the LeConte Glacier Wilderness Area and a port call in Juneau.

The 10-day Vancouver-Juneau itinerary includes spring and fall cruises on the three yachts, with a visit to Prince Rupert, British Columbia; Foggy Cove; Copeland Island Marine Park; the native village of Alert Bay; the hot springs at Bishops Bay; Fjordlands Marine Park; Ketchikan, and Petersburg.

Departures are scheduled for May 1, 8 and 22, and Sept. 7 and 15. Prices start at $3,695 per person, double.

The seven-day Juneau-Prince Rupert itinerary aboard the Safari Spirit includes sightseeing in Juneau or Prince Rupert, whale-watching in Frederick Sound and anchorage in secluded Canoe Cove and Meyers Chuck.

Other stops include Petersburg, Ketchikan and the remote Brothers Islands for beachcombing and a nature hike.

Sixteen departures are scheduled from May 18 to Aug. 31. Prices start at $5,795 per person, double.

The seven-day Juneau-Sitka itinerary explores the "ABC" islands -- Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof -- aboard the Safari Quest and Safari Escape.

Stops include Admiralty Island National Monument, Red Bluff Bay on Baranof Island, Warm Springs and Sergius Narrows.

Thirty-two departures are scheduled for between May 11 and Sept. 7. Prices start at $3,695 per person, double.

For details or to book, call (888) 862-8881 or visit www.amsafari.com.

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