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The Moorings Opens a New Yacht Charter Destination in Annapolis, Maryland

May 3, 2012

Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. © 2012 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com.

The Moorings has just opened its newest yacht charter destination in Annapolis, Maryland for bareboat sailing, power and skippered charters on the Chesapeake Bay. The fleet includes a range of monohulls built by Beneteau and catamarans from Robertson & Caine.

Charming, historic and idyllic, boating in the Chesapeake Bay is the perfect way to discover the scenic shores of Maryland. A world-renowned boating destination, the Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States, spanning approximately 200 miles long from the Susquehanna River in the North to the Atlantic Ocean in the South.

This area offers fantastic cruising conditions with consistent southwesterly winds averaging from 5-20 knots, as well as a balanced mix of sights ashore including the Bay’s more modernized, bustling east coast cities like Baltimore and the west coast’s quaint, old-fashioned fishing and crabbing towns with wonderful maritime heritage. Annapolis, as well as the Bay area, is widely recognized as “the place” for fresh seafood, and feasting on their world famous steamed crabs is a must-do after a stroll through the historic colonial streets of Downtown Annapolis.

“We a very excited to offer a new cruising grounds in North America,” said Cheryl Powell, Chief Operating Officer of The Moorings. “The Moorings Annapolis, our first location on the Eastern seaboard and the Chesapeake Bay, is literally the ‘backyard’ for so many of our customers. Here, guests can charter for as little as two days or as long as they’d like to enjoy a leisurely weekend getaway while still experiencing the same world-class customer service and meticulously maintained yachts that are the hallmark of a Moorings vacation.”

The Moorings’ fleet is a mix of monohulls and catamarans for sailing charters, as well as the newest power catamaran – The Moorings 393PC. Monohulls available for charter include the Moorings 40.3 (3-cabin/2-head) and Moorings 42CC (4-cabin/2-head), which features a center cockpit with offset helm position that opens up the cockpit space, allowing for improved sailability and an aft deck. The luxurious new Moorings 3900 sailing catamaran and Moorings 393 Powercat will also join the Annapolis fleet, both featuring 3-cabins and 2-heads, including a spacious master suite in the starboard hull, generator and air-conditioning.

Powell added, “The Annapolis Landing Marina was our first choice because of its excellent proximity to many itinerary highlights and because the property presented the most inviting venue for The Moorings customers with a wonderful host of yacht club-style amenities, including a pool, restaurant and picnic area.

Commenting on the new partnership, Ed Hartman President & Owner of Annapolis Landing Marina also noted, “We’ve worked diligently to provide an atmosphere and amenities that make Annapolis Landing Marina an warm, welcoming place for all guests, We are pleased to be working with a high quality operation, like The Moorings, and look forward to welcoming their customers to Annapolis Landing.”

Charters on the Chesapeake Bay begin May 15, 2012 from The Moorings new home at the Annapolis Landing Marina; conveniently located a short drive away from Downtown Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay waterway, as well as 45-minutes from the excellent domestic and international connections of Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI).

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

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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