By Heidi Sarna
August 23, 2006
Expedition cruise specialist AdventureSmith Explorations (tel. 800/728-2875; www.adventuresmithexplorations.com) is offering free air between Los Angeles and La Paz, Mexico, with its "Among the Great Whales" cruises or up to 25 percent off select "Baja: Whales & Wildlife" cruises, both featuring Mexico's Sea of Cortez. Spend three days in the heart of the gray whale's winter feeding grounds at Bahia Magdalena on the Pacific coast. See the creatures up close from the decks of the small ships or from the inflatable Zodiac boats the vessels carry aboard.
"Among the Great Whales" cruises on the 68-passenger Sea Bird or Sea Lion depart between Jan and Mar 2007, with prices starting at $3,990, per person, based on double occupancy. Complimentary air between Los Angeles and La Paz aboard Aeromexico is included with these cruises. Special cruise features include Zodiac landing craft, sea kayaks, snorkeling gear, wet suits, video microscope, hydrophone and "Splash-Cam." In addition, AdventureSmith Explorations offers group discounts as well as family-friendly pricing: For groups of eight or more, guests receive a 5 percent discount; kids under 21 traveling with an adult get $500 off the double occupancy price.
"Baja: Whales & Wildlife" cruises aboard the 138-passenger Spirit of Yorktown depart between Dec 2006 and Mar 2007, with prices starting at $2,299, per person, based on double occupancy. On select dates, guests may receive up to 25 percent off their cruise price including a holiday cruise departing Dec 23, 2006. These cruises sail round-trip from Cabo San Lucas.