Sunday, 22 July 2012

A Sea Of Cortes Adventure

American Safari Cruises' refurbished 86-guest Safari Endeavour will spend its first winter sailing luxury adventure cruises in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés this winter. Travellers interested in what ASC call "an un-cruise adventure" - or up-close access to nature and wildlife and exclusive excursions - can now choose a warm water adventure exploring this UNESCO World Heritage Site & Biosphere Reserve.

Week-long 'Baja’s Bounty' expeditions sail round-trip from La Paz, Baja, in Mexico from November to April 2013. As an added incentive, guests booking by September 30 earn a $300 travel credit per couple for travel.

An unstructured itinerary explores hideaways such as Isla Espíritu Santo, Isla San Francisco, Bahia Agua Verde, Los Islotes and Loreto. Labelled the “Aquarium of the World" by Jacques Cousteau, the relatively unknown Sea of Cortés rivals the pristine environment and geo- and biological diversity of the world-renowned Galapagos Islands. Flexible itineraries spend time seeking out dolphins and a variety of whales. At Los Islotes, guests enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime adventure snorkelling with playful young sea lions.

Guests can be as active as they like and activities include hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling and skiff excursions. A swim-step and kayak launch platform on the stern of the vessel serves as the hub for guests embarking on water-borne adventures. Expert naturalists provide interpretation on guided excursions ashore and at sea.

Cruise fares start at $2,995, based on double occupancy. Transfers are included from either Los Cabos or La Paz airports. The inclusive cruise includes all from-the-yacht activities and equipment; a massage; exquisite meals; fine wine, premium spirits and microbrews; and all port charges, taxes and fees. An all-American crew has a guest-crew ratio of 2.5 to 1. Yachts can be booked as a private charter or by individual stateroom.

For bookings, follow this link to The Cruise Line Ltd, the UK's luxury adventure cruise experts.