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Safari Endeavour Review

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Safari Endeavour
4.0 / 5.0
36 reviews

Pros
Upscale adventure includes free massage, a wine bar and hot tub
Cons
Bottom Line
Go for the endless wildlife sightseeing, but enjoy the upscale amenities

About

Passengers
86

Crew
34

Passenger to Crew
2.53:1

Launched
1983/2012

Shore Excursions
0
Sails To
Sails From
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Chris Gray Faust
Cruise Critic Managing Editor

Safari Endeavour Overview

When the Alaskan small ship stalwart Cruise West went bankrupt in 2010, Un-Cruise Adventures saw an opportunity to expand its small-ship fleet. The company, owned by former Cruise West employees Dan Blanchard and Tim Jacox, has picked up several vessels that once belonged to the defunct company, refurbishing them for an expedition style of sailing.

Safari Endeavour is one of these. The biggest ship in the Un-Cruise Adventures fleet, the former Spirit of Endeavour has been spruced up, with the passenger capacity reduced from 102 to 86. A high-tech kayak dock has been added to the back, complete with a launching pad that makes it easy for newbies to get in and out. Cabins feature higher-end furnishings, and a few extra gathering spaces, including a resource library where passengers can explore nature-themed books and videos, were created.

A cruise on Safari Endeavour has a get-out-and-explore vibe. The itineraries, particularly the summer routes, take cruisers into some of Alaska's smaller inlets and fjords. But make no mistake: This vessel is geared to those who want a little more comfort with their adventure.

To that end, you'll find passengers enjoying drinks in the glassed-in upper lounge as the ship floats into whale-watching waters, both in Alaska's Inside Passage and in Mexico's Sea of Cortez. Unlike the company's expedition ships, where fleece and jackets hang on hallway hooks and boots sit outside doorways, the corridors on the Safari Endeavour resemble those of a chain hotel, more quiet and sedate. You might find happy hour more crowded than the scheduled hikes, as many travelers come for the intimate atmosphere and up-close views of nature and wildlife that a small ship provides -- rather than to get a workout on land.

Yet, those who wish to be active will find no shortage of possibilities. And a Safari Endeavour cruise will likely appeal more to those who are willing to take advantage of all that the ship has to offer. On a small ship cruise, you're paying for unparalleled access to the outdoors. It would be a shame not to take advantage of it.

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Fellow Passengers

Safari Endeavour is meant for passengers who want a little more luxury. Your fellow cruisers are likely to be less REI and more Nordstrom. Most people onboard choose the ship for its small-ship atmosphere, and they're the types of independent travelers who eschew more traditional cruises.


UnCruise Safari Endeavour Dress Code

Life on Safari Endeavour is meant to be casual, as befits the emphasis on the natural surroundings. There are no formal nights, and people are encouraged to dress down. That said, most passengers do wear long pants to dinner.


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Safari Endeavour Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.3
Dining4.04.5
Entertainment3.03.9
Public Rooms4.04.7
Fitness Recreation3.04.3
Family4.05
Enrichment4.04.6
Service4.04.7
Value For Money4.04.4

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UnCruise Safari Endeavour Member Reviews

Safari Endeavour
lmteacher
Sail Date: Jun 2019
Our cruise, Whales, Wildlife and Glaciers aboard the Safari Endeavour was exceptional.... Read More
Safari Endeavour
James Wedgworth
Sail Date: May 2017
The small boat experience of the UnCruise Safari Endeavour exceeded our dreams!... Read More
Safari Endeavour
Pkratz
Sail Date: Jun 2016
If you want to see Alaska from the ship's railing twenty stories above the water or from the inside of the ship's casino, then take a big ship cruise. You may see whales, porpoise, or sea lions in the water but... Read More
Safari Endeavour
DanC8N
Sail Date: Jun 2017
Safari Endeavor Alaska John Muir cruise is definitely a cruise for people who enjoy adventure, wildlife, learning, intimacy, and luxury.... Read More

UnCruise Adventures Fleet

Safari Quest
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

20 reviews

Super casual and basic expedition cruising with an emphasis on active pursuits in off-the-beaten path destinations; included excursions include kayaking, hiking and skiff sightseeing.

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Safari Explorer
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

One of Un-Cruise's upscale expedition vessels, the 36-passenger Safari Explorer brings understated elegance while alllowing guests to experience nature up close and personal.

Wilderness Discoverer
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

UnCruise Adventure's Wilderness Discoverer isn't glamorous, but thoughtful touches, such as memory foam mattresses, bedside stands with pull-out laptop spaces and outside hooks for bulky gear, abound.

Safari Endeavour
4.0 / 5.0
Editor Rating

The biggest ship in the UnCruise Adventures fleet, Safari Endeavor has a passenger capacity of 86. Cabins feature higher-end furnishings.

Wilderness Adventurer

Alaska expedition cruising with a friendly onboard vibe straight of out the pages of an REI catalog; all-inclusive excursions include hiking, kayaking, snorkeling and skiff sightseeing.

Wilderness Explorer

Expedition-style cruising in Alaska for up to 74 cruisers; friendly onboard vibe with nature guides and active excursions that include hiking, kayaking and skiff sightseeing.

S.S. Legacy
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

An expedition ship with a Victorian twist as crewmembers may dress in Gold Rush-era costumes on some itineraries; kayaks and skiffs activities are always available.

Safari Voyager
4.5 / 5.0
Editor Rating

Expedition-style boat holding up to 62; carries onboard naturalists and offers all-inclusive active excursions including hiking, kayaking and snorkeling; free half-hour massage.

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