Changes in Cruise Company Names

Recently announced and observed company name changes have some people excited, others confused. American Queen Steamboat Company Effective 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 …

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Dual-Christening of Safari Endeavour and Wilderness Explorer

"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 …

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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 …

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Paddle Boarding Takes Off with Small Ship Adventure Cruises

Ever heard of Paddleboarding? Paddle Boarding is one of the fastest growing water sports in the world. And "stand up paddle boarding is catching on aboard small ship cruises. Originating in Polynesia, the sport has been popular in the South Pacific and Hawaii. The sport has begun to catch on in a perceivably unlikely location …

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Alaska’s Eastern Coves vs. Western Coves

There are several questions that often come up when planning to explore Alaska's coastal waterways via a small ship cruise. What month to sail, what style of cruise (soft adventure, high-adventure, expedition, luxury yacht, etc.), what ship, etc. There are also lots of questions around which itinerary would be best. We at Sunstone Tours & …

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Former Cruise West Ships – Where are they now?

Back in the 90's and into most of the 2000's, Cruise West was a major player in the small ship cruising niche industry. Many of our clients fell in love with their Alaska experience and the ships. With the one-year anniversary of the Cruise West's demise approaching, we like to check in on the former …

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New Purchases for American Safari / InnerSea Discoveries

American Safari Cruises, along with sister company InnerSea Discoveries has again expanded, purchasing two additional ships from the now defunct Cruise West cruise line. The former Spirit of Discovery, will become InnerSea Discoveries's "Wilderness Explorer," sailing adventure cruises between Juneau and Sitka, beginning in summer 2012. Itineraries will include three days spent exploring Glacier Bay …

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