After a 10-month, $3.5 million renovation, American Safari Cruises' new luxury flagship yacht, the 36-guest, 145-foot Safari Explorer, will be christened May 23 in Seattle. Two days later, the vessel will depart for Juneau and her inaugural season in Alaska, and will relocate in the fall to Hawaii and offer inter-island cruises late December through early May.

In keeping with the company's focus on luxury in the pursuit of adventure, the Safari Explorer offers elegant accommodations for guests who want to see the waters less traveled for hiking, snorkeling, sailing, mountain biking, kayaking and wilderness exploration by shore boat. Among the new yacht's features are a wine library for tastings; suites with balconies, master bedrooms and Jacuzzi tubs, and an active spa environment with complimentary massages from a licensed masseuse, sauna, yoga classes, exercise equipment and an on-deck hot tub.

The guest-crew ratio is 2 to 1, with two certified naturalists and an executive chef and assistants who prepare outstanding fare based on fresh, local ingredients. A complimentary bar offers premium spirits, fine wines and boutique as well as traditional brews.