The sleek, expedition-style Safari Endeavour is one of the largest ships in the Un-Cruise fleet, carrying 84 passengers into the shallow backwaters of Alaska and the Sea Of Cortez. Fully renovated in 2012, it has a wine bar with free-flowing pours, a handsome library, and a lounge where guests gather for scenery and animal viewing, naturalist presentations, and even photography lessons.
What We Love
Wildlife Viewing, Above and Below Deck: The open bow and sheltered promenades make good perches for animal spotting and landscape viewing. In addition, an underwater bow camera and a hydrophone that detects sounds keeps voyagers abreast of happenings beneath the surface of the sea.
Knowledgeable, Enthusiastic Guides: Un-Cruise’s guides host hikes, snorkeling, and zodiac excursions in search of flora and fauna. They're real pros, with eagle eyes for porpoises, puffins, and pods of whales, and a passion for nature that they show and share.
Best Known For
Water Sports: Safari Endeavour has kayaks, paddle boards, snorkeling gear, and wet suits for loan, plus a fleet of inflatable skiffs for anyone who wants to take to the outdoors.
Wellness: A complimentary massage is offered when you book a cruise; guests also have access to fitness equipment, a pair of hot tubs, yoga mats (stretching and yoga classes are also included), and a small sauna.
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Who It's Best For
Active, Well-Traveled Cruisers: Safari Endeavour goes to lesser-known places not included on the routes of mainstream ships; it’s ideal for people who've already visited the destination but want to explore something new. Daily activities tend to be geared to those who aren't afraid of action and exercise.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
It's Not a Sleepy Cruise: You won’t be idling away your days with nothing to do. Plan on lots of excitement and activities that require physical exertion.
Peter Knego is a California-based contributor to ShermansCruise who also writes for USA Today.