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InnerSea Discoveries, the spawn of the 13-year veteran, American Safari Cruises is introducing a way for adventurous travelers to experience the uncharted areas of Alaska – without being strapped to a backpack full of survival gear. The new expedition cruise line – set to debut in May 2011 – will attempt to fill the gap in moderately–priced voyages in the secluded areas of the Inner Passage that are often ignored by larger cruise companies. Passengers can go “into the wild” by going hiking, kayaking past ice bergs, spelunking, river-rafting, or by joining an icy polar-bear swim (that’ll really get your heart rate up).
These 8-day itineraries will be offered on two small cruise ships (carrying just 66 to 88 passengers) after both vessels receive extensive refurbishments. Once completed, guests can expect modern comforts such as iPod docking stations, Tempur-pedic mattresses, hot tubs, and saunas – perfect after a day of wilderness exploration. Rates start at $2,500 per person and will include meals, onboard informational guides, equipment for activities, port charges, and transfers. Cruises are expected to go on sale in March 2010.
For more information, visit www.innerseadiscoveries.com.
Passengers taking a Carnival cruise to the last frontier will soon have a convenient, affordable embarkation port to sail from. Beginning in May of 2010, the port of Seattle will play the part of gracious host for Alaska bound cruises as an alternative to the ports in Whittier and Vancouver. Cruising from Whittier has always been a bit of a hassle because this cruise port doesn’t have an airport, forcing cruisers to fly in to Anchorage (which doesn’t have a cruise port). From there, they have to arrange further transportation to Whittier-nearly 60 miles away.
Seattle takes the middle man out of the picture, and makes Alaskan voyages more recession-friendly by also cutting the cost of airfare (I found rates nearly half the amount of flying to Anchorage).
Prior to settling down in its new summer home in Seattle, the Carnival Spirit will sail on May 5 from Vancouver en route to Seattle with a trip through the scenic Inside Passage. Carnival’s Alaska voyages also feature an onboard naturalist, and specialty “Just for Alaska” menu items consisting of local fish and game. Plus, it’s easy to snag a room with a view on this ship, since nearly 80% of the cabins offer an oceanview or balcony, and on an Alaska cruise, it’s worth shelling out the extra cash on the upgrade to take in the scenery.
Interested in sailing to Alaska? Visit our Alaska cruise deal page for some great money-saving offers.
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