Monday, 21 May 2012 Unveiling "UN-CRUISE Adventures" for its combined fleet of upscaleyachts and expedition vessels, InnerSea Discoveries/American SafariCruises inaugurated two boats in time for a full summer inSoutheast Alaska. Friends, family, employees, travel industry and other businesspartners gathered dockside outside the company s Seattle office atFishermen s Terminal on Friday, May 18 to welcome the 86-guestSafari Endeavour and 76-guest Wilderness Explorer into theUN-CRUISE fleet. CEO and Principal Dan Blanchard led a traditional maritimechristening ceremony, and together with Tim Jacox, executive vicepresident of sales and marketing, unrolled a banner announcing theline as the UN-CRUISE. Blanchard presented the Safari Endeavour s Captain Jill Russelland the Wilderness Explorer s Captain Marce Branniff each with afour-foot evergreen branch symbolizing dry land and a safe returnhome. I ask that this be symbolic of us handing the keys over to youand giving you the responsibility, said Blanchard. |
Bring theseboats and our crew back safe. The Captains keep the branch and toss it over the side of the boatas they return home. Margaret Propper, a Birmingham, AL based travel agent and along-term top producer for the company, inaugurated the SafariEndeavour with a crack of a champagne bottle against the hull. Linda Reist, a sales counselor and longtime employee at InnerSeaDiscoveries, christened the Wilderness Explorer with anotherchampagne bottle successfully cracked against its hull. Thechampagne christening is a maritime tradition to ensure good luckand safe voyages.
Propper was also officially named godmother of UN-CRUISEAdventures, the company s brand name encompassing cruising stylesaboard the yachts of American Safari Cruises and the expeditionvessels of InnerSea Discoveries. Propper has been a travelconsultant with Brownell Travel for 35 years and is recognized asthe top Alaska travel expert by both Travel + Leisure and Cond Nast Traveler magazines for the last six years. Margaret was a natural choice for us at this turn in ourcompany s history, said Tim Jacox, executive vice president ofsales and marketing. Her expertise in Alaska and fondness forUN-mainstream cruises matches with our style of Un-CruiseAdventures.
The UN-CRUISE Adventures fleet includes three yachts currentlyoffering Luxury Adventures and three expedition vessels offeringActive Adventures. In 2013, the 88-guest Safari Legacy joins thefleet of yachts to offer Heritage Adventures. Destinations forun-cruises include Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico s Sea ofCort s, Columbia and Snake Rivers and Washington and BritishColumbia. According to Jacox, Un-Cruise Adventures are fully-focused on theluxury of experience: quality over quantity, wildlife over nightlife, and life changing encounters over fleeting entertainment.Un-Cruise Adventures are hands-on with tools provided kayak,snorkel, paddle board, explore by skiff, hike, beachcomb; viewwhales, bears, dolphins, eagles, sea turtles and other wildlife. The Safari Endeavour sails weeklong un-cruises in Alaska s InsidePassage from May-August, roundtrip Juneau.
In celebration of itsMay 18 christening, guests can enjoy a $518 per couple travelcredit on theme cruises in Alaska this summer. In fall, the yachtbegins sailing weeklong Baja s Bounty cruises in Mexico s Sea ofCort s, roundtrip La Paz. The Wilderness Explorer sails weeklong active adventures inAlaska s Inside Passage from May through August. The itinerarysails between Juneau and Sitka, AK (and reverse) with an exclusivethree days spent exploring inside Glacier Bay National Park.
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