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Last minute warm water sailings in Baja and Hawaii
Larry Bleiberg, special for USA TODAY10:51a.m. EST January 2, 2013

If you’re into photography or marine biology, or want to give your kids an intense nature experience, you might want to check out the new Un-Cruise theme trips.

The small-ship cruise line has added special theme sailings in Hawaii and Mexico’s Sea of Cortes for 2013.

The photography and marine biology trips will include a shipboard expert, who will offer presentations and meet in one-on-one sessions with guests during the week-long sailings.

The Hawaii trips on the 36-passenger Safari Explorer are seven-night cruises allowing the chance to explore four islands: Lanai, Molokai, Maui and Hawaii, the Big Island. In the Sea of Cortes, the 86-passenger Safari Endeavour sails round-trip from La Paz, Baja, Mexico.

The Kids in Nature sailings are aimed at families with children 12 and younger, and timed for spring break. The staff will present education programs and lead hiking, kayaking and snorkeling shore excursions suitable for all ages. Trips include March 9 and 30 Kids in Nature trips in Hawaii and March 9 and 23 Kids in Nature sailings in Mexico.

The photography cruises include two Hawaii trips: a Jan. 5 sailing with one of the world’s top whale photographers, and an April 6 trip with a top travel photographer. In Mexico, photography trips run Feb. 16 and March 16.

Marine biology trips are offered in Mexico on Jan. 12 and March 30 sailings.

All trips include trekking, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling and skiff excursions. Sailings accommodate a flexible itinerary, allowing for viewing wildlife such as whales and dolphins.

Un-Cruise Adventures is a company with seven ships sailing Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Its parent company is InnerSea Discoveries and it began as American Safari Cruises.

It’s seven ships are Wilderness Adventurer, 60 guests; Wilderness Discoverer, 76 guests; Wilderness Explorer, 76 guests; Safari Endeavour, 86 guests; Safari Explorer, 36 guests; Safari Quest, 22 guests; and the Safari Legacy, 88 guests

Changes in Cruise Company Names

Recently announced and observed company name changes have some people excited, others confused.

American Queen Steamboat Company

American Queen Steamboat CompanyEffective July 1, 2012, the company once known as Great American Steamboat Company is changing its name to American Queen Steamboat Company. This is an intuitive choice, as their recently renovated ship, the American Queen, has a stronger name recognition than the current company name. However, its timing is creating a bit of a stir, as the company just celebrated just over a month into its inaugural season.
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Small Ship Spotlight: Safari Endeavour

Safari Endeavour

Safari Endeavour

The sleek, 86-guest Safari Endeavour is a recent addition to the American Safari Cruises’ upscale fleet of yachts, all with navy blue hulls, exceptional comfort and refined atmosphere on board. Its size, like many other small ships, makes it easy for it to maneuver in tight locations and visit areas the larger cruise ships simply can’t.

The Safari Endeavour is perfect for those that like adventure and expedition-style activities and environment, combined with a touch of luxury on-board.

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Dual-Christening of Safari Endeavour and Wilderness Explorer

Dual Christening of American Safari Cruises Safari Endeavour (left) and InnerSea Discoveries Wilderness Explorer (right)

“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.
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Safari Endeavour and Wilderness Explorer to be Christened May 18

InnerSea Discoveries’ and American Safari Cruises’ dual-boat christening ceremony set for May 18 in Seattle. Sporting new hull colors, interior spaces, furnishings and amenities, the 86-guest Safari Endeavour and 76-guest Wilderness Explorer emerge from major renovation projects on May 18, 2012 for a dual-boat christening event in Seattle and a summer season of un-cruise adventures in Alaska.

Safari Endeavour

Safari Endeavour

Sporting new hull colors, interior spaces, furnishings and amenities, the 86-guest Safari Endeavour and 76-guest Wilderness Explorer emerge from major renovation projects on May 18, 2012 for a dual-boat christening event in Seattle and a summer season of un-cruise adventures in Alaska. InnerSea Discoveries/American Safari Cruises operates three expedition vessels and three yachts in scenic destinations including Alaska, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Pacific Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands.

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American Safari Cruises Safari Spirit Destroyed By Fire

Safari Spirit

Last night, American Safari Cruises Safari Spirit was destroyed by fire as it was docked at Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal. Two people, including company owner Dan Blanchard and a staff member were sleeping onboard the docked yacht. They both escaped uninjured. Dan contacted the fire department around 1 a.m. to report the fire. By the time the fire department arrived, the ship was completely engulfed in flames. While the 105-foot ship has an aluminum hull and did not sink. However, so much water had to be poured onto the ship, it began to list. Firefighters had to pump water out so they could continue to pour more water on the ship.

Safari Spirit Destroyed

The ship was in Seattle, preparing for its Alaska season starting May 11. Booked passengers will be accommodated on other vessels. American Safari Cruises and its parent company, InnerSea Discoveries, operate seven vessels.

It’s unknown if the Safari Spirit can be salvaged. The cruise line has stated the loss likely will total millions of dollars.

Among Giants with Flip Nicklin

Flip Nicklin, whale expert, will share his knowledge and stories from a life spent researching and watching whales on an upcoming Safari Endeavour Alaska sailing.

Flip first worked with Whales in Maui in 1979. With his father, Chuck, he was part of an Imax Movie crew filming “Nomads of the Deep.” He returned in 1980 to help Jim Darling determine the sex of singing Humpbacks (male). His first National Geographic Magazine story on Humpbacks was in 1982. He has published 20 National Geographic stories, three about work with Humpbacks and two about Killer Whales.

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Bear Kissing Salmon – Happy Valentine’s Day

This bear was caught seemingly kissing his meal before consuming it in an Alaskan stream. This scene was caught during an Alaskan cruise with American Safari Cruises.

Happy Valentine’s Day from Sunstone Tours & Cruises.

Bear Kissing Salmon

American Safari Cruises to Return to Molokai in January


Great News! After reporting that the American Safari Cruises ship Safari Explorer was running into protests on Hawaiian sailings, we’re happy to report that resolution has finally been made with the protesters and concerned residents.
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American Safari Cruises Runs Into Protests on Hawaiian Sailings

Safari Explorer being blocked from entering Molokai's Kaunakakai Harbor

Safari Explorer being blocked from entering Molokai's Kaunakakai Harbor

Early into the inaugural Hawaiian season for American Safari Cruises, protests by locals are causing some issues.

The Safari Explorer has made a port stop in Molokai on three occasions during its inaugural season. The first two visits were met by protesters on land, which had no effect according to protest organizers. On the third visit on Saturday, protesters decided to attempt to block the Safari Explorer from entering the harbor. After two hours, the 36-passenger Safari Explorer left without docking, moving on to its next port of call.
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