American Safari Cruises has just been incorporated into a new company called InnerSea Discoveries. The company was created and is owned by former American Safari Cruises CEO Dan Blanchard. The company purchased the assets of American Safari Cruises and will operate the ASC brand beginning with the 2009 Alaska season.
During unstable economic times, people may be concerned with investing their money with a new cruise venture. Not only does the executive team of InnerSea Discoveries have a combined 60 years of experience in yacht and small-ship cruising, they are voluntarily placing customer payments into a secure account. “We believe this to be a sound business practice for our new company model,” Blanchard says. “This is our own decision — we are not required to do this by any regulatory agency.”
Plans for new itineraries are already in the works. For the fall 2009 season, the company is introducing new 9-day, 8-night one-way cruises along the Columbia and Snake rivers on its flagship Safari Explorer, with details to be announced shortly.
InnerSea Discoveries will continue to provide cruises that focus on natural history and environmental education, all within the framework of luxury cruising. They are retaining the elements that led to American Safari Cruises unique reputation – an inclusive experience onboard yachts carrying from 12 to 36 guests; the choice to book private charters or individual staterooms; a two-to-one passenger-crew ratio; professional expedition leaders with specific backgrounds in the cruise route; an enthusiastic all-American crew; an unstructured schedule where the captain follows the wildlife; and itineraries that avoid tourist-clogged towns in pursuit of up-close encounters with nature.