|InnerSea Discoveries CEO Dan Blanchard (far left) with Wilderness Adventurer Captain Jeff Kalbach (center) and Wilderness Discoverer Captain Marce Branniff (right). // (c) InnerSea Discoveries 2011|
New small-ship adventure cruise line InnerSea Discoveries officially christened its fleet of two expedition vessels that will launch the line’s inaugural Southeast Alaska cruise season.
The inaugural ceremony took place outside InnerSea Discoveries’ Seattle office on April 29, marking the successful refurbishment and launch of the brand’s 68-passenger Wilderness Discoverer and 60-passenger Wilderness Adventurer.
The two ships, which were originally constructed to maximize up-close, adventurous itineraries, underwent extensive refurbishments. On both ships, all guest cabins are located above deck with large windows eco-friendly memory-foam mattresses and bath amenities, flat-screen TVs with DVD players and iPod docking stations. Each ship also has a sauna, exercise equipment, complimentary on-deck yoga classes, a large resource library, a well-stocked DVD library and board games and a hot tub with a view.
The line is reporting that its first season of sailing weeklong and two-week cruises in Alaska is already sold out, with only a few cabins left on its two 15-day cruises sailing between Seattle and Juneau. Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Tim Jacox, said that the line is already booking cruises for 2012.
InnerSea Discoveries two ships will sail between Juneau and Ketchikan (and reverse) from May through September on a Western Coves and Eastern Coves itinerary. When combined, it becomes the two-week Ultimate Adventure itinerary. The line intends for its ships to spend less time in port and instead spend time tucking into hidden bays and coves for adventure activities in Alaska’s wilderness. Guided hiking and kayaking trips will be daily activities for onboard guests.
Prices for the seven-night cruises start at $1,795 per person, based double occupancy, and include a transfer day of embarkation and disembarkation and all activities except optional excursions. Port charges of $167 per person per week, massages, wine, spirits, beer and gratuities are extra. InnerSea Discoveries is a sister cruise line to American Safari Cruises.