“It is a happy day!”
With that statement from Dan Blanchard, CEO at InnerSea Discoveries and American Safari Cruises, along with “Oh Happy Day” playing in the background, the dual-christening of the Safari Endeavour and Wilderness Explorer began.
A group of several hundred company employees, travel agents, and other followers from the travel industry and media attended the late afternoon ceremony on May 18th, 2012 at Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal. Both former Cruise West ships had just completed thorough renovations that upgraded their interiors and amenities.
After comments on the ship renovations by Dan, Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing, and Tim Voss, Director of Special Projects and Refits, Dan introduced the two captains of the ships. Jill Russell is the captain of the Safari Endeavour, with 20 years marine operations experience and Marce Branniff is the captain of the Wilderness Explorer, with 10 years in the maritime industry. Both captains were presented with a four-foot evergreen branch, which symbolizes dry land and a safe return home.
The spotlight then turned to the actual dual-christening. Travel agent Margaret Propper, a Birmingham, AL based travel agent, inaugurated the Safari Endeavour and InnerSea Discoveries sales counselor Linda Reist christened the Wilderness Explorer, both with a crack of a champagne bottle against the hull. The video below shows the main event.
Both ships are now sailing in Alaska. The Safari Endeavour sails weeklong un-cruises in Alaska’s Inside Passage from May-August, roundtrip Juneau. In celebration of its May 18 christening, guests can enjoy a $518 per couple travel credit on theme cruises in Alaska this summer. In fall, the yacht begins sailing weeklong Baja’s Bounty cruises in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, roundtrip La Paz.
The Wilderness Explorer sails weeklong active adventures in Alaska’s Inside Passage from May through August. The itinerary sails between Juneau and Sitka, AK (and reverse) with an exclusive three days spent exploring inside Glacier Bay National Park.