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InsightNew to the American Safari Cruises fleet of upscale yachts, the refurbished, 86-passenger Safari Endeavor will spend its first winter sailing weeklong cruises, dubbed Un-Cruise Adventures, in Mexico’s Sea of Cortes.

The series of Baja Bounty expeditions sail roundtrip from La Paz, on the Baja peninsula, from November through April.

“The desert landscape and marine life are the backdrop for the Un-Cruise Adventures,” said Tim Jacox, American Safari's executive vice president of sales and marketing. “We’re able to navigate into small coves and access islands inaccessible to larger boats.”

Hideaways visited on the cruises include Isla Espiritu Santo, Isla San Francisco, Bahia Agua Verde, Los Islotes and Loreto.

American Safari hiking excursionFlexible itineraries seek out dolphins, orca and sperm whales. At Los Islotes, passengers have a chance to snorkel with young sea lions.

Other activities include hiking with nature guides, kayaking and paddle boarding. A swim step and kayak launch platform on the stern of the Safari Endeavor serve as the embarkation point for water adventures.

During a port call in Loreto, passengers can join a walking tour of the town or take an optional tour to lagoons on the Pacific coast where whales congregate seasonally.

Guided hikes explore cactus forests, island ridges and desert landscapes. Depending upon weather, passengers will have an evening barbecue ashore at Bahia Agua Verde, swim in a bioluminescent bay and visit with fishermen on Isla Coyote, a remote inhabited island.

Cruise fares start at $2,995 per person, double, including transfers from Los Cabos or La Paz airports, port charges, taxes and fees and all meals and drinks.

American Safari Cruises is a division of InnerSea Discoveries, which pioneered yacht cruising in Alaska in 1997 and has since expanded into the Sea of Cortes, the Columbia and Snake Rivers, the Hawaiian Islands and Washington and British Columbia.

For details, contact American Safari Cruises at (888) 862-8881 or www.innerseadiscoveries.com.

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