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 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
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.
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
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.