American Safari Cruise - March 2012 Family Sailings

September 14, 2010

The Hawaiian Islands - family playground at its best! American Safari Cruise will be offering 2 all-inclusive family sailings in March 2012.

Far from the typical family vacation getaway, a yacht cruise provides kids a fun way to learn about nature and other cultures. With one crewmember for every two guests, kids and adults alike are accompanied on a variety of personal-choice excursions while the yacht is at anchor. In a rare introduction to wilderness lifestyles, kids and the entire family will meet and interact with local residents of remote island communities.

An Inclusive Experience
Maybe you remember other cruises where you had to pay extra for tours and your drinks at the ship’s bar. Not with American Safari Cruises! With the exception of a gratuity for the crew - which they believe is a very personal elective - everything is included with the cruise. From your arrival at the airport to a fond farewell, you’re a pampered guest aboard the yachts. Everything’s included from the first to the last:
• Gourmet meals
• Premium wine, beer and spirits
• Kayaking and shore boat exploring
• Snorkel gear
• Exclusive shore excursions
• Onboard Expedition Leader/Naturalist or wine expert
• Airport transfers
• Port Charges, taxes, fees
• Visits with local residents - “talk story”
Dining is a true delight, a cornucopia of fresh local seafood, just-baked breads, hearty soups, exquisite entrees, sinfully delicious desserts. Everyone is served at one seating, family-style; dress is always casual. Of course, we’re happy to plan for any special dietary needs, and if there’s something you’ve got a craving for, let us know. Milestone events are celebrated in great style onboard.

Activities abound for all ages:
The opportunities are endless. Whether your family wants to kayak, walk on a remote beach, collect shells to study, hike in the temperate rain forest, or enjoy a full-scale picnic, you’ll find that our explorations are a blast! You’ll hop from shore-to-shore by shore boat, then there’s fishing and kayaking as well as checking in on the musical antics under the sea via the underwater Hydrophone and underwater camera. All of these activities offer an exceptional experience for the whole family.  GUARANTEE IT…NO ONE WILL BE BORED!

Memories to Share:
At the end of a week of up-close adventure, the crew will present each family member with a photo disc of several hundred images to share and reminisce for years to come. Each child under 12 will receive other mementos of their various explorations.

Questions We Often Hear:
My kids are so active. Are they going to go stir crazy on a boat for a week?
On the contrary, kids kayak, hike, fish from the swim platform, with the help of the Expedition Leader/Naturalist and learn about nature from all of the crewmembers. They will be playing on rope swings, tubing, water skiing, snorkeling, beachcombing, cave searches, and other adventures await kids and adults alike.

Kids enjoy the hot tubs, games, kid-friendly DVDs and books available onboard. With so many varied activities at their fingertips, kids tend to forget that Nintendo even exists.

I’m worried about my kids disrupting the cruise for others. Will my kids be bored?
To ensure that everyone enjoys their yacht experience, we generally set aside special departures under our “Kids in Nature” program for families with kids under the age of 12. Educational and fun activities aided by take-home equipment provided by the Expedition Leaders keep the kids happy and busy. Bored - no; exhausted at the end of each day from kayaking, swimming and hiking - yes! Parents truly appreciate the all-out effort to ensure their kids come away with a well-rounded outdoor vacation. The other way that young kids are accommodated on our 12 - 36 guest yachts is when families charter the entire yacht.

What is the youngest age child that you can accommodate?
There is no age restriction. Families with kids between infancy and about five-years-old most often choose to book a private charter or take advantage of one of our “Kids in Nature” select departures. Life jackets are provided onboard for kids age five years and above (about 70 pounds and up). For younger children, it works best for parents to bring a custom-sized life jacket from home.

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Relax and Enjoy the Wine on Waiheke Island, New Zealand!

June 30, 2010

Prior to departing for my 14 night “Wine & Gourmet Cuisine Cruise” on the Regent Seven Seas Mariner between Sydney Australia and Auckland, New Zealand I had a very good friend mention we must visit Waiheke Island, New Zealand. It was one of the many highlights of our 3 week adventure. Great little shops, antique stores, friendly people and gorgeous countryside as well as great wine added up to the best way to end our holiday adventure.

Waiheke Island is a picturesque blend of farmland, forest, beaches, vineyards and olive groves. Located in the Hauraki Gulf of New Zealand, it is only 35 minutes by ferryboat from downtown Auckland. There is a great range of activities on Waiheke including sightseeing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, vineyard & winery tours and much more. When planning a trip to New Zealand, schedule a few extra days to relax on the island.

Waiheke is the third most populated island in New Zealand, after the North and South Islands. Waiheke Island has a permanent population of around 8,000 residents. Much of the population lives close to the western end of Waiheke Island, at or close to an east-west isthmus between Huruhi Bay and Oneroa Bay which, at its narrowest, is only 600 metres wide.

History of Waiheke Island
Discovered and settled by Maori approximately 1000 years ago, Waiheke translates to ‘cascading waters’. Some Maori legends relate that one of the pioneering waka (canoes) to New Zealand came upon the island. The first traces of Europeans arrived with the missionary Samuel Marsden in the early 1800s, several years after Captain Cook passed by and acknowledged the island in his travels through the Hauraki Gulf.

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