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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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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