We spot dozens of Humpback Whales during our cruise of southeast Alaska

DAY TWO ABOARD THE WILDERNESS DISCOVERER— There’s a spout! There’s a fin! There are flukes!! We are cruising around Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska aboard the InnerSea Discoveries  Wilderness Discoverer when we spy humpback whales. So cool!  Two are off the bow of the ship! “We are able to be extremely flexible,” says Chelsea Leven, who is in her fifth season and is our expedition leader. “We stop to watch wildlife… we can rearrange the …

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Day one of our cruise of southeast Alaska

DAY ONE ABOARD THE WILDERNESS DISCOVERER — Southeast Alaska, the Inside Passage Liquid Sunshine. That’s what they call the rain in Southeast Alaska.   And we are enjoying plenty of it kayaking this morning outside of Dry Pass northwest of Ketchikan. We boarded the Inner Sea Discoveries Wilderness Discoverer late yesterday oin a rare sunny afternoon in Ketchikan. Our 78-passenger ship with 26 crew looks like a baby next to the giant cruise ships anchored nearby.  We have …

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InnerSea Discoveries adds an expedition vessel to Hawaii in 2013

InnerSea Discoveries’76-guest expedition vessel Wilderness Explorer begins active adventure cruising among the Hawaiian Islands in fall 2013. The boat joins the line’s 36-guest upscale yacht Safari Explorer offering island explorations from the sea. From November 2013 through April 2014, the Wilderness Explorer will sail seven-night AdventureBound Hawaii cruises between Oahu and the Big Island and reverse. The itinerary visits Ka’ena Point State Park, Wai’anae Harbor, Maui, Lana’i, Honomalino Bay, Opihihali and Kailua-Kona. Guests will also enjoy scenic …

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Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ Expedition Cruises 2012/2013

I just received information from Hapag Lloyd on the 2012/2013 Expedition Cruises, and have the latest on what itineraries the MS Hanseatic and MS Bremen will be sailing.  The Hanseatic, the world’s only 5-star expedition ship (184 passengers), and the Bremen, a 4-star expedition ship (164 passengers), will be offering 12 international (English/German) itineraries next season, including travel in Antarctica, the Northwest Passage, Greenland, Spitsbergen, Norway, the Amazon, the South Seas and New Zealand. There will also …

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