American Safari offers savings on May cruises

SEATTLE -- American Safari Cruises is offering clients discounts of up to 25% on select Alaska cruises in May and promoting a $999 travel agent rate for the same cruises.

Under the promotion, clients can save $2,500 per couple on seven-night cruises that are priced from $4,895 per person, double.

The amount of the discount is the same regardless of cabin category and could result in a savings of up to 25% per couple, according to the cruise company.

American Safari passengers enjoy lunch on an Alaska beach.The promotion applies to four May departures: May 5 and 12 between Juneau and Prince Rupert on the 105-foot, 12-passenger Safari Spirit, and May 12 and 26 between Juneau and Sitka aboard the 102-foot, 22-passenger Safari Quest.

American Safari Cruises said May is an ideal time to visit Alaska, as the average rainfall that month is lower than during subsequent summer months.

"Most travelers don't realize that the prime weather season comes early in Alaska, and late spring there traditionally is drier than the summer months," said Capt. Dan Blanchard, president of American Safari Cruises.

"There is more sunshine and there are fewer tourists. It's really the best time of all," Blanchard said.

The 12-passenger Safari Spirit gives passengers an up-close look at Alaska's wildlife. American Safari Cruises promises clients an up-close look at small fishing villages and Native Alaska communities where passengers meet tribal elders who recount local traditions.

For the active traveler, the cruises offer kayaking in secluded coves, small-boat explorations of icebergs, wildlife viewing and free "flightseeing" excursions.

The yachts travel in the daytime and anchor during the late afternoon in small bays and remote coves.

Both yachts feature on-deck hot tubs, observation areas and staterooms with private bathrooms and TVs/VCRs.

The yachts also feature salons, libraries and bars serving complimentary premium spirits, wines and microbrew beers. Meals are multicourse affairs served in a single seating.

For reservations or information, call (888) 862-8881 or visit the Web at

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