Tuesday 26 July 2016

AdventureSmith Explorations Adds Small Ship Safari Voyager for Adventurers Seeking Active, Intimate Central America Cruise Vacations


AdventureSmith Explorations, the company that brings cruise guests into intimate contact with seldom-visited shorelines around the world, recently announced the addition of the newly renovated Safari Voyager to its collection of the world’s premier small ships.

To accompany the launch, guests will enjoy an exclusive discount on select 2016 and 2017 cruise departures in Costa Rica and Panama.

For bookings now through August 30, 2016 cruise guests will save $350 per cabin aboard the Safari Voyager on AdventureSmith’s Uncharted Isthmus! Sloths, Monkeys & Mangroves cruise itinerary on scheduled departures set for Dec. 17, 2016; Jan. 7, 14, 21, Feb. 4, March 4, 18, and April 1, 15, 22, 2017. The eight-day adventures start at $2,995 per person, double before the discount.

On AdventureSmith’s Pure Panama: Cultures, Coasts & Canal participants will also save $350 per cabin through August 30, 2016 on all 2017 departures from April through September. Pre-discount rates start at $3,795 per person, double for the nine-day cruise.

In addition to cruise savings, travelers who let AdventureSmith Explorations plan a trip extension ashore in Costa Rica or Panama before or after the Pure Panama or Uncharted Isthmus cruises can save an additional $250 per person ($500 per cabin/couple).

Both itineraries take place aboard the luxurious Safari Voyager, a 62-passenger, 174-foot yacht that AdventureSmith Explorations is introducing following the completion of the ship’s $4 million restoration this fall.

“These new cruises in Costa Rica and Panama will add a much needed option to the current selection of small ship cruises suitable for active travelers seeking to explore off the ship with more opportunities to kayak, paddle board and snorkel,” explains Todd Smith, AdventureSmith Explorations’ founder and president.“Costa Rica has long been a mecca for adventure travelers and now there is an adventure cruising style worthy of this reputation.”

Uncharted Isthmus is an eight-day voyage that explores the shorelines of Costa Rica and Panama by skiff, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling and kayaking. The route covers the entire Pacific coastline of Panama — and most of Costa Rica’s as well — making this itinerary one of the most comprehensive ways to cruise the region. Highlights include transiting the 48-mile-long Panama Canal connecting the Caribbean Sea to the Pacific Ocean; visiting Costa Rica’s Corcovado National Park; snorkeling the crystalline waters at Panama’s Granito de Oro; and spotting wildlife like sloths, monkeys and macaws along the way.

Pure Panama is another upscale small ship cruise that focuses on actively exploring Panama over nine days. From home base on Safari Voyager, guests travel by motorized dugout canoe to meet the local Emberá people; hike the magnificent Darién Jungle in search of wildlife; kayak along the Chagres River looking for toucans and monkeys; marvel at its history while transiting the 48-mile-long Panamá Canal; explore the historic UNESCO site Fort San Lorenzo; and kayak, stand up paddle board and snorkel among the rare beauty of Las Perlas and Guna Yala Islands.

According to Smith, “these two itineraries are the most active cruise options now available to these Central American countries.”

If a traveler were to combine these coastal explorations with any Costa Rica or Panama land trip, they can enjoy additional savings.“A top pick is our Tropical Volcano & Cloud Forest cruise extension, a fully guided six-day trip to Arenal National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest,” Smith added.

Aboard Safari Voyager
Guests enjoy views from four public decks and a window-lined lounge offering an uncompromised 270-degree view with comfortable seating for all 62 guests and a full-service bar and deck seating. Other features include an elegant dining room and a new library on the Cabin Deck with eight floor-to-ceiling windows, plush furniture and nautical decor. The Sun Deck features a new al fresco public space with fitness equipment and lounge chairs. Two massage rooms are being added in her current renovation. 

An aft EZ Dock launch platform provides convenient access into and from the water for adventure activities. The vessel is outfitted with kayaks, stand up paddle boards, inflatable skiffs, snorkel gear, wet suits, and hiking poles. Guests can also take advantage of the onboard wellness program with fitness equipment, yoga mats and a complimentary massage.

Generously sized staterooms include one owner’s suite, four suites and two single staterooms. All Safari Voyager cabins feature wide panoramic view windows above the waterline; individually controlled air conditioning; generous storage and closet space; desk and chair; iPod/MP3/4 docking stations; TV/DVD player; and private bath with shower. Depending on the stateroom category, singles, doubles, or triples can be accommodated.

(AdventureSmith Explorations)

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