This fall, American Safari Cruises will launch the seven-night Wine & Culinary cruise down the Columbia River that will feature Cordon Bleu-trained Executive Chef Kirsten Dixon of Alaska’s Winterlake Lodge, a guest sommelier, private wine tours and tastings and complimentary massage and yoga classes.
On October 2, guests will travel one-way, between Portland in Oregon, and Lewiston in Idaho. On board the 36-guest yacht, Safari Explorer, guests will visit Palouse River Canyon, kayake in hidden channels, explore Multnomah Falls and Hell's Canyon with a jet boat and go on five private wine tours, including Maryhill Winery, Hedges Family Estate Winery, Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard, L’Ecole Nº 41 and Northstar. At the end of each day, a sommelier-hosted wine tasting onboard will feature classic wines from the Pacific Northwest.
During the course of their journey, all guests will receive a signed copy of Dixon's cookbook, a signed copy of the Wine Trails of Washington by wine expert Steve Roberts and a 40-page hard cover photo book depicting images from the cruise (one per stateroom). In addition, an onboard drawing will give guests the chance to win a post-cruise hosted wine party valued at $1,500 to be held at the winning guest's home, for which ASC will provide the sommelier, wine and certificates for cruise savings for all party attendees.
Starting at $4,895 per person, double occupancy, the Safari Explorer has an on-deck hot tub, sauna, exercise equipment, two-person kayaks and motorized shore boats, a wine library and a large-screen TV in the main salon. Onboard, guests can enjoy cuisine with local ingredients and the complimentary bar featuring premium spirits, fine wines and microbrews. Each rooms has Tempur-pedic mattresses, flat-screen TV and DVD players and an iPod docking station. Service includes a guest-crew ratio of two to one, an all-American crew with professional naturalists and captains with broad local knowledge.