Savings of up to $200 per couple are offered on fall 2014 and all 2015 sailings.
The 60-passenger Wilderness Adventurer expedition vessel sails a week-long 'Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands' itinerary to south Hood Canal, the Olympic Peninsula and the San Juan Islands. The 22-passenger Safari Quest yacht sails a week-long 'British Columbia Yachters’ Paradise' itinerary exploring the San Juan Islands, Canada’s Harmony and Gulf islands and Princess Louisa Inlet. Both routes operate round-trip Seattle from September to November and April to May.
Travelers booking a cruise departing fall 2014 through fall 2015 by Sept. 30, 2014, save $100 per couple on Wilderness Adventurer and $200 per couple on Safari Quest.
The ships keep a flexible schedule as they search for wildlife and 'gunkhole'—a term widely used in the Northwest that means meandering from place to place seeking isolated anchorages.
Highlights of the coastal Washington itinerary include hiking in Olympic National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Mount Constitution and Washington State Parks. Passengers explore the scenic San Juan Islands by land and sea with time ashore on Orcas, Sucia and San Juan Island. In Quilcene Bay, a local family hosts a home-grown oyster and clam tasting. Passengers get free time in Friday Harbor and discover native cultures in Port Townsend.
A highlight of the British Columbia itinerary is extended time in Princess Louisa Inlet, a stunning fjord with mile-high cliffs rising up from the water and Chatterbox Falls at the head of the inlet. A port call in Victoria allows free time for shopping, a visit to the Empress Hotel or the Royal British Columbia Museum before tea at Butchart Gardens.
Both itineraries offer kayaking, hiking, skiff excursions, shore walks and paddle boarding, plus opportunities to view marine life and seabirds.
Space is still available on fall 2014 dates for both itineraries. The cruise fare (before savings) begins at $1,595 per person, double occupancy on Wilderness Adventurer and $3,695 per person, double occupancy on Safari Quest. Craft beer and ornithology theme cruises are planned on Wilderness Adventurer.