Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Recreating Retro Alaska and Darwin’s World

Small Ship Safaris Announces
Expedition Cruises into History
Recreating Retro Alaska and Darwin’s World

 History takes center stage on two themed ocean journeys from Small Ship Safaris (  Departing in late 2013 and mid 2014, the two dedicated cruises recreate original routes and relive stories of man’s heroic endeavors long ago.

Two limited December 2013 departures trace Darwin’s world in Patagonia; followed in the summer of 2014 with cruises aboard a meticulously refurbished steamship-style vessel exploring the lore of early Alaska.

While there are multiple departures this year in Patagonia, only two departures, a 3-day departure on Dec. 4, 2013, and 4-day departure on Dec. 7, 2013, bring on board experts who add insight to Darwin’s landings and scientific discoveries. The journey called The Route of Charles Darwin is on the 208-passenger M/V Stella Australis. The route includes sites visited by Darwin during his voyage on the HMS Beagle and navigates the channels of Tierra del Fuego and Wulaia Bay with sightings of the Holanda Glacier, Wollaston Islands and the Italia Glacier where Darwin made many of his discoveries and observations. On board the luxury expedition ship, guests can indulge in fine dining to go with the breathtaking views; there are two spacious lounges and even an on board gym. See:

Two centuries after his birth, Darwin continues to surprise the world with his theories on natural selection, his detailed observations and interpretations. He left mankind this amazing legacy after sailing through Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Lecturers on board are Sergio Zagier, John Woram and Gerardo Bartolomé. Zagier, a leading Argentine publisher of books and maps related to Patagonia, serves as advisor to Argentina's Minister of Tourism.  Woram authored two books on Darwin: Charles Darwin Slept Here: Tales of Human History at World’s End, (Rockville Press, 2005) and Here Be Giants: Travelers’ Tales from the Land of the Patagons (Rockville Press, 2009). Bartolomé in 2003 led an expedition navigating the Santa Cruz River (southern Patagonia) that recreated Darwin and FitzRoy´s trip in the same place in 1834. He has authored several books concerning Darwin.

Next summer guests can explore Alaska’s heritage on the 88-passenger S.S. Legacy (departure dates June 15, 22, 26; July 6, 13, 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 10, 17 2014). Featured highlights of Alaska’s Golden History adventure include the Tlingit culture at Chief Shakes Tribal House, hand-carved totems in Wrangell and Sitka’s Russian heritage with guided tours to Castle Hill, St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Sitka National Historic Park and the Alaska Raptor Center. Guests visit Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve, and explore Petersburg on a walking tour of the town’s Scandinavian heritage. There is also a ride in a 1920’s-era street car and the White Pass & Yukon Route railway in Skagway between wandering through museums imbibing this region’s colorful frontier history and lore. See:

The ship, newly refurbished in 2013, emulates the old-world charm of a turn-of-century coastal steamer, complete with period costumed characters who wander through the halls and salons. Exquisitely appointed with period decor, the vessel's carved wooden cabinetry, Grand Salon complete with a full bar and dance floor, Klondike Dining Room with wine bar, Pesky Barnacle Saloon, hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and massage suite are features accessible to all guests. The S.S. Legacy's four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for gathering with new found friends. Elevator access is available to three of the public decks.

About African Safari Company & Small Ship Safaris
Mike Nesbitt, a native of South Africa, and daughter Julia bring an intimate knowledge of wildlife migrations, climate variables and cultural opportunities to the African Safari Company that he founded in 1998. Specializing in small group travel and custom safaris for the independent and inquisitive adventurer, the company carefully vets each lodge, camp and safari partner they work with in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda & Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Namibia.

A new division launched in 2013, Small Ship Safaris features a similar exotic adventure experience - on water instead of land. Expedition ships for between 16 and 210 guests transport wildlife and nature enthusiasts to remote areas of Alaska, Amazon, Arctic, Baja Sea of Cortez, Galapagos and Patagonia.

For more information, itineraries, availability and reservations please call: 1.800.414.3090 or 206.284.7682; or visit: or

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