TORONTO — Intrepid Travel has launched two brand new sailing expeditions that will offer Canadians the chance to experience familiar destinations in a completely different way.
The new tours, one in the Florida Keys and the other in Bahamas, will begin departures in early 2017. The seven-day ‘Florida Key West & Dry Tortugas Sailing Expedition’ will start March 5, 2017 at $2,282 and venture off to one of the most remote National Parks in the United States, Dry Tortugas. The expeditionary nature of the tour means no two departures will be the same; however, white sand beaches, coral reefs and palm trees are among the trips guarantees.
“When it comes to travel, Canadians are no strangers to Florida,” says Leigh Barnes, Director for the Intrepid Group in North America. “While most people may think of theme parks, cruise ships and resorts, we’re hoping to give Canadians a chance to see Florida in an exciting new light.”
Intrepid Travel will also be launching its first tour in the Caribbean island nation of the Bahamas. The seven-day ‘Bahamas Sailing Adventure’ will start at $2,445 and navigate what is widely consider one of the world’s best sailing destinations. Highlights include an onboard chef and a crew equipped with a fishing licence, meaning travellers can expect a fresh catch for multiple meals throughout the day. Departures for the Bahamas Sailing Adventure start on April 15, 2017.
Intrepid has seen growth of over 25% on their sailing tours around the world this year. Florida and the Bahamas will now join a suite of existing North American sailing trips that include the British Virgin Islands and Cuba. Globally, Intrepid now runs sailing itineraries in 14 different countries including France, Italy, Myanmar and Thailand. The United States and Caribbean, however, represent a unique opportunity that is closer to home for Canadian agents.
“Florida and the Bahamas are both very well-serviced destination in terms of flights for Canadians. The interest and demand is clearly there and now agents across the country will have new and exciting itineraries to present to their clients,” Barnes adds.