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The Moorings Introduces Power Yacht Charters in Pacific Northwest

August 18, 2012

The Moorings, a leading yacht charter company, is now offering Power Yacht Charters aboard the Moorings 393 Powercat in the Pacific Northwest.

The Moorings, a leading yacht charter company, is now offering Power Yacht Charters aboard the Moorings 393 Powercat in the Pacific Northwest with their Preferred Partner, Anacortes Yacht Charters.

The expansive cruising range offered by this power catamaran will allow charter guests to enjoy the natural splendor and lively cosmopolitan atmosphere offered by a two-country itinerary throughout U.S. and Canadian waters.

“These Pacific Northwest waters are top-rated as one of the world’s best boating destinations, and since 2004 we have offered bareboat sailing vacations in this region,” Cheryl Powell, COO of The Moorings, says. “Now, we are pleased to expand our partnership with Anacortes Yacht Charters to include power cruising vacations aboard the Moorings 393 Powercat.”

In the Pacific Northwest, there is something for everyone. The historic town of Anacortes – a key destination for power yacht charters – offers the ability to cruise through the protected waters of Puget Sound while experiencing charming towns steeped in history, quiet fishing villages, unique shops, and delectable farm fresh cuisine.

Other itinerary options will lead charterers through more than 2,000 islands of the U.S. San Juan Islands and the Canadian Gulf Islands. These waters are home to mountainous evergreen peaks, secret fjords, protected anchorages, waterfalls and all types of wildlife.

Those who enjoy sightseeing will want to experience Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia located on Vancouver Island, which is well-known for its cobblestone streets, jazz scene and magnificent Fairmont Empress Hotel. While just across the Strait of Georgia, the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver is home to a unique mix of cultures, art galleries, parks, distinct neighborhoods and fantastic restaurants all surrounded by snow-capped mountains and crystal clear water.

Amenities of Moorings 393PC

The Moorings 393 Powercat designed by multihull architects Morelli & Melvin and built by Robertson & Caine, features a cutting edge design with 3 deck levels, large functional living spaces, and amenities such as air conditioning, flat-screen TV/DVD player, sound system with MP3 connection, and upgraded electronics, including color chart plotter. The 39-foot power catamaran has a roomy saloon and galley plus 3 cabins and 2 heads, with a luxurious suite in the starboard hull. On the fly bridge, a centrally positioned helm station offers excellent visibility on all corners of the yacht for ease of maneuvering. Powered by two 110hp Yanmar diesel engines, she delivers excellent fuel efficiency, with solar panels on the hard top to provide additional power supply.

For information about The Moorings charter vacations, visit www.moorings.com or call 1-800-535-7289.

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Arctic Kingdom launches Arctic Explorer Yachting

December 2, 2011

Arctic Kingdom, a leader in Arctic expeditions and polar logistics, is launching the latest program in polar tourism: Explorer-yacht expeditions.

“Yacht captains and owners are searching for new, untapped cruising grounds,” says Arctic Kingdom’s Chief Expedition Officer, Graham Dickson. “And the Arctic, with miles of jaw-dropping coastline, teeming with polar bears, walrus and whales, is catching their eyes.”

Given the vast wilderness, Arctic yacht-logistics and itinerary building can be challenging for super-yacht captains and crews. This is where Arctic Kingdom’s 12 years of experience come in to play. Arctic Kingdom knows the people, the places and the secrets of the regions to create expertly crafted itineraries tailor made for yacht clients. They have the tools and expertise to put together seamless, custom-made yacht expeditions. Such expeditions include overnight side-trips to such places as Ellesmere Island, Greenland’s Ice Cap and even the North Pole made possible given the company’s remarkable network.

While the Arctic region remains pristine, it is largely accessible from the yachting mecca of New England, making the destination even more appealing. For a yacht based on the Eastern Seaboard, Greenland, Labrador and the Canadian Arctic, including the Northwest Passage, are much closer than other explorer yacht hotspots like the Amazon, Galapagos or Alaska.

Arctic Kingdom is also providing their explorer yacht clients with custom Antarctic itineraries planning and logistics services.

This past August, Arctic Kingdom delivered an expertly-crafted yacht program, including building the itinerary and handling all logistics and guiding, for an explorer mega-yacht. During a six-week period, the yacht explored the coasts of Greenland, Baffin Island, Hudson’s Bay and Labrador. Guests witnessed massive icebergs calving from glaciers, countless whales, along with seals, wolves, caribou and at least 15 polar bears. The popular yachting publication Boat International published an article about the trip in their November issue.

Read the article and more about Arctic Kingdom’s Yacht program at: www.arctickingdom.com/yachting/

About Arctic Kingdom

Arctic Kingdom is a leading  Canadian Arctic outfitter and logistics provider, specializing in supporting documentary and feature films, scientific operations and offers world class polar tourism experiences by scheduled departures and private custom itineraries. Through its combination of small groups, safari style arctic camps, expedition experts and the knowledgeable Inuit guides, Arctic Kingdom ensures their guest’s experience in the world’s most captivating region is topnotch.

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American Safari Cruises Plans Weeklong Sails on 22-Passenger Yacht in Washington & British Columbia

July 27, 2011

Well-known in yachting circles as a favorite for gunkhole cruising— a yachter’s paradise of quiet, scenic anchorages—the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands star in American Safari Cruises’ Pacific Northwest Passage itinerary returning in 2012. The cruise features Washington and British Columbia with a new homeport—Seattle, Washington.

Beginning September 14, 2012, the 22-guest Safari Quest sails 10 weeklong cruises roundtrip from Seattle. The yacht returns in the spring for six more weeklong cruises beginning March 29, 2013. The Pacific Northwest Passage itinerary explores the inlets and islands of the San Juan and Canadian Gulf Islands including visits to Victoria, Jervis Inlet, the Harmony Islands, Princess Louisa Inlet, Nanaimo and the Gulf Islands, British Columbia; Friday Harbor, San Juan Island and Stuart Island, WA.

“The intimate nature of this upscale yacht is ideal for navigating among the islands and scenic inlets in Washington and British Columbia,” said Tim Jacox, executive vice president of sales and marketing. “Sailing from Seattle will be more convenient for many people, and we’ve also increased the number of sailings in fall and spring.”

Sailing from Seattle, the yacht passes through the historic Hiram M. Chittenden Locks to Puget Sound. In Victoria, guests enjoy a tour of Butchart Gardens with a traditional British high tea, a visit to the Royal British Columbia Museum and the historic Empress Hotel.

A flexible itinerary allows time to search out and view wildlife such as orca whales, eagles, seals, sea lions, porpoise, black bears and deer. Expedition—or gunkhole—cruising means the yacht freely explores among the inlets and islands of the Pacific Northwest. An onboard expedition leader provides expert narration while leading waterborne or land-based adventures including kayaking, hiking, beachcombing and skiff rides. Paddle boards are also available for solo adventures in scenic waters.

Other highlights of the cruise include exploration by foot or by kayak in Princess Louisa Inlet, only half a mile wide and culminating at the spectacular Chatterbox Falls; scenery and solitude while relaxing in the upper deck hot tub; stroll along Nanaimo’s picturesque waterfront promenade; a visit to the town of Friday Harbor with boutiques, galleries and a Whale Museum; hiking along a bluff to Turning Point Lighthouse on Stuart Island and kayaking among the sheltered Harmony Islands.

Cruise fares start at $3,995 per person based on double occupancy. The inclusive cruise includes all from-the-yacht activities and equipment; transfers; exquisite meals; fine wine, premium spirits and microbrews; and all port charges, taxes and fees. The 22-guest Safari Quest features a hot tub, Tempur-pedic mattresses, heated tile floors in all bathrooms and upper category balconies. An all-American crew has a guest-crew ratio of 2 to 1. Yachts can be booked as a private charter or by individual stateroom. To book a yachting adventure or to request additional information, contact your travel agent or American Safari Cruises at 888-862-8881 or email sales@americansafaricruises.com.

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