Safari Voyager was acquired by Un-Cruise Adventures in 2013 and given a complete overhaul. It relaunched in early 2016, after being almost entirely rebuilt. A nautical-themed library was introduced, staterooms were enhanced, and the sun deck was outfitted with fitness equipment and lounge chairs. The ship now operates the line's off-the-beaten-track itineraries in Panama and Costa Rica, sailing from San Jose to Panama City.
What We Love
Suites: Staterooms were refurbished as part of the dry dock. The most impressive among them: the enlarged bridge deck suites and the massive Owner’s Suite, with bow-facing windows and even a private Jacuzzi tub.
Complimentary Massage: The best follow-up to an active day on shore is a soothing massage, and on Safari Voyager, one complimentary massage per passenger is included in the fare.
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Active Adventures: Safari Voyager offers a fleet of inflatable skiffs to take guests ashore on exploratory excursions, whether that means scanning rainforest canopies for scarlet macaws or trekking to colonial-era fortresses. The ship also features a specially designed platform on the stern to launch kayaks or go for a refreshing dip in the sea. Snorkeling gear, wet suits, and hiking poles also encourage passengers to interact with the great outdoors.
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Who It's Best For
Intellectually Curious Outdoorsy Types: As a small and nimble vessel, Safari Voyager embraces the spirit of adventure, escorting guests beyond the "been there, done that" ports and cultivating an onboard atmosphere that's social and convivial. This ship tends to attract like-minded guests who are fascinated with nature and the environment and are seeking to engage in these topics in out-of-the-box ways.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Few-Frills Standard Cabins: Standard staterooms are comfortable, but on the basic side (though there are TVs and iPod docking stations in every room). Some guests might find the layout — the sink is in the main cabin, not in the bathroom — annoying.
Not for the Physically Challenged: With no onboard elevator and plenty of staircases to climb, plus excursions that require getting out and about, passengers should be able-bodied and have few mobility restrictions. Skiffs are the primary method of transportation between ship and shore, which means extra effort is involved when boarding and disembarking for landings.
Aaron Saunders is a Calgary-based contributor to ShermansCruise.com.
Kim Foley MacKinnon is a Boston-based writer for ShermansCruise whose work has also appeared in The Boston Globe.