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Alaska, Columbia and Snake Rivers, Washington State, British Columbia, Mexico Sea of Cortez, Hawaii cruises

Passenger Capacity: 88
Built:    ; renovated 2013
Former names: Spirit of 98
Length: ft.
Officers/Staff: American
Elevator: 1

  • Itineraries: Cruises include voyages between Seattle and Juneau, Juneau and Ketchikan, and on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. The Gold Rush between Seattle and Juneau will also call on the San Juan Islands, Canada's Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Frederick Sound, Sitka, Icy Strait, Glacier Bay National Park.
  • Cabins: All cabins are outside and have private bath with shower and have twin or queen beds. Each cabin has a TV and DVD player and iPod docking.
  • Dining: Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice.
  • Dress: Casual. Coats, ties are unnecessary.
  • Facilities and Activities: This is a small ship built to look like a Victorian coastal steamer. Naturalists and guides will retrace history along the gold rush trail in Alaska and history of the Lewis and Clark expedition in the Pacific Northwest, including historical characters. The vessel has a hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes and a dance floor. There is an open bridge. An elevator provides access to three public decks.
  • Recent Fares Reported to Us:  7-night cruise starts at $3,15 per person double occupancy. Gold Rush cruise starts at $7,895 per person double occupancy. This is an all-inclusive cruise and fare includes beverages, entry fees to museums and parks, transfers, and a massage.

Passenger Capacity: 22, 36
Built: 1992, refit 2000; 1998, rebuild 2008
Former name: Obsession; Rapture
Length: 120 ft., 145 ft.
Beam: 38 ft.
Officers/Staff: 9, 16. American

  • Itineraries: Alaska - Between May and September, cruises go roundtrip 7-day from Juneau or one-way on a 7-night itinerary between Sitka and Juneau. There are also 10- night itineraries between Vancouver and Juneau in May and September and 14 and 17-night itineraries of the Inside Passage between Vancouver and Sitka or Prince Rupert and Sitka.
                      Wine cruises are offered in Washington State.
                      There are Sea of Cortes 7-night cruises between December and March roundtrip from La Paz, Baja California Sur. to Espiritu Santo, Los Islotes, San Evaristo, Agua Verde and Loreto.
                      Hawaii cruises exploring several islands.
  • Cabins: All accommodations have private bath with shower and have twin, queen or king beds, except one stateroom with bunk beds. Some cabins have windows, and others have high portlights that do not have a view.  Some cabins have small balcony. On the Explorer two suites have accommodations for a third person and four cabins have a sofa that converts to a bed. Each cabin has TV and DVD player. There is one single cabin in each yacht.
  • Facilities and Activities:  In the Sea of Cortez there is snorkeling, beach barbecues, and mule rides along the beach and into canyons. Alaska cruises include Glacier Bay. Family programs offered (Kids in Nature) and children on these cruises are 25% discount fare. Open bridge. Fare includes shore excursions, port fees, all beverages. Safari Explorer has dive compressor, hyperbaric chamber, tanks and in Hawaii includes a volcano helicopter tour.
  • Recent Fares Reported to Us:
    Alaska -- $4,495 to $7,995 per person double occupancy including city tours, transfers, flightseeing and all beverages. (Some shore excursions are available at additional cost such as sport fishing.) Charter $94,995.
            Mexico -- 7-night Sea of Cortes cruise $4,295 to $6,495. Charter  $90,995. Early  payment discount.
           Hawaii -- 7 nights from $5,195 to $6,995, depending on season and cabin category.

Passenger Capacity: 86
Built: 1983; renovated 2012
Former Names: Newport Clipper, Sea Spirit, Spirit of Endeavor
Length: 217 ft.
Beam: 37 ft.

Officers/Staff: 34. American

  • Itineraries: Alaska - Between May and September, cruises go roundtrip 7-day from Juneau including Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Frederick Sound, Thomas Bay, Chichagof Island, Ford's Terror and Endicott Arm. There are also 2 week cruises  between Seattle and Juneau in spring and fall.  The Safari Endeavor will spend winter with weeklong cruises in Mexico’s Sea of Cortes roundtrip from La Paz on the Baja peninsula from November through April. The Sea of Cortez cruises include Isla Espiritu Santo, Isla San Francisco, Bahia Agua Verde, Los Islotes and Loreto.
  • Cabins: All accommodations are outside, have private bath with shower and have twin or king beds, except one stateroom with bunk beds. Suites have a small balcony.
  • Facilities and Activities:  There are two massage rooms, two hot tubs, a sauna, exercise equipment, kayaking and paddle boarding..  Open bridge. In the Sea of Cortez activities include guided hikes to explore cactus forests and desert landscapes. Depending upon weather, passengers will have an evening barbecue ashore at Bahia Agua Verde, swim in a bioluminescent bay and visit with fishermen on Isla Coyote, a remote inhabited island. During a port call in Loreto, passengers can take an optional tour to lagoons on the Pacific coast where whales congregate seasonally. At Los Islotes, passengers have a chance to snorkel with young sea lions.
  • Recent Fares Reported to Us: Alaska - Fares starting at $4,795 per person.Sea of Cortez cruise fares start at $2,995 per person, double, including transfers from Los Cabos or La Paz airports, shore excursions, port charges, taxes and fees and drinks.

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