Pacific Northwest Cruises

If the words "backpacking," "yacht cruising," "hiking" and "wilderness" come up at any point when discussing a vacation plan with your clients, suggest a cruise to the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Several cruise lines offer itineraries to this region, including American Safari Cruises (, Celebrity Cruises ( and Majestic America Line ( Exploring Princess Louisa Inlet is part of the itinerary of an American Safari Cruises' tour of Washington and British Columbia

American Safari Cruises is offering an eight-day/seven-night tour of Washington and British Columbia this fall, which is geared toward luxury yachting aficionados.

For those who have a penchant for nature and history, the tour, which is on the 112-foot Safari Escape, will have your clients experiencing everything from a visit to the Royal British Columbia Museum, to exploring the petroglyphs of Degnen Bay, to partaking in a natural shower at Friel Lake Falls.

Other highlights include a high tea luncheon at the Empress Hotel; a journey through Jervis Inlet and Queen's Reach to trace the path that was once occupied by a glacier; and an exploration of Princess Louisa Inlet.

Departure dates for 2008 include September 19 and 26, as well as October 3 and 10. Rates are as follows: Mariner, $4,295; Admiral, $6,295; Full Yacht Charter, $58,995. Majestic America Line's Empress of the North ends her journey in Seattle, Washington

For more information, agents should call 888-862-8881 and an American Safari Cruises travel counselor will assist you.

Wine and Water

For a more relaxed, traditional voyage, Celebrity Cruises offers a nine-night wine cruise from Vancouver, B.C., to San Diego aboard Celebrity Mercury, which holds more than 1,800 passengers. Mercury makes calls at Pacific Northwest standbys Victoria, B.C.; Seattle; and Astoria, OR, before moving further west to San Francisco, Monterey and San Diego. Rates for the cruise, running from October 13 to 22, range from $799 for inside cabins; $969 oceanview; $2,599 veranda; and $3,099 for suites, which include a veranda, floor-to-ceiling windows/sliding glass door, two lower beds convertible to queen-size, private bathroom with tub and a sitting area with sofa bed and VCR.

The newest of the Century-class of ships, Celebrity Mercury has world-class amenities and services for passengers, including its Navigator Club for cocktails and dancing; Manhattan Restaurant,the two-level dining room featuring the Champagne Bar; Rendez-Vous Square for meeting and mingling, with live music; and the AquaSpa for treatments and massage. Celebrity Cruises' Mercury journeys from  Vancouver, British Columbia to San Diego

For more information, visit or call 1-800-647-2251.

Majestic Voyage

Majestic America Line offers cruises of Alaska, as well as the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the Northwest. The line's 12-night Alaska cruise, which departs in September, will find your clients cruising from Juneau to Seattle on Empress of the North. The ship, which is reminiscent of 19th-century Russia, can hold 223 guests. Stops along the way include a trip to Point Adolphus, where it wouldn't be out of the norm to catch a glimpse of a humpback whale, as well as Saxman Village to see the world's largest collection of totem poles. Stateroom rates range from $5,399 to $10,099. For more information, visit or call 800-434-1232.

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