Safari Quest Review

Editor Rating:  4.0
100% of cruisers loved it

Why Choose Safari Quest?

  • Pro: An intimate yachting experience in scenic locales
  • Con: Lower level cabins offer no outside views
  • Bottom Line: Perfect for cruisers who enjoy active pursuits like kayaking and hiking
Safari Quest

Safari Quest Overview

By Ginger Dingus; updated By Steve Faber, Cruise Critic contributors

The fortunate few who choose to sail aboard Safari Quest experience the ultimate in yachting, as opposed to cruising. The pampered, all-inclusive lifestyle begins the moment you arrive at the airport and are whisked to the hotel or yacht. While you're onboard, the entire vessel is yours to enjoy, be it dropping by the bridge for a friendly chat with the Captain or sipping a cognac while soaking in the open-air Jacuzzi.

With only 21 guests -- active, well-traveled, mostly American couples in the 30- to 60-something range -- and nine crewmembers, everyone connects right away. This is a highly social venue, not a place to disappear and be alone. The ambiance is that of an exclusive country house party, only this movable feast cruises from scenic locale to wildlife adventure to remote native village. The captain maneuvers the yacht within feet of tumbling waterfalls, within yards of curious bears and as close as he can safely get to calving glaciers. For even closer encounters, passengers explore Alaska's pristine wilderness by Zodiac or kayak.

Safari Quest Fellow Passengers

The Un-Cruise Adventures passenger is typically upscale, well-traveled and sophisticated. The Alaskan venue attracts an active, adventuresome 30- to 60-something group of outdoor enthusiasts.

Safari Quest Dress Code

Forget the suit and tie. Casual attire, layered to match changing weather conditions works best in Alaska. Bring hiking boots, jeans, sweaters and a warm jacket. Rain slickers and rubber boots are provided.

Safari Quest Gratuity

The recommended tip is 5 to 10 percent of the cruise fare, shared by all members of the crew.

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By Ginger Dingus; updated By Steve Faber, Cruise Critic contributors

20 Safari Quest Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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Barbara Muesing
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We were 14 happy people on the Safari Quest Seattle to Seattle. Fabulous crew catered to our individual and collective interests. We had several rainy days, but the gear provided kept us warm and dry. Guides were very knowledgeable ... Read more
Glaciers
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
3,124 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our second trip with UnCruise so our expectations were very high as we had a wonderful cruise the first time. Every aspect of the Yachter’s Paradise cruise was exceptional. We were picked up at the airport in Seattle and ... Read more
dbjennings
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I am an experienced cruiser but this was my smallest ship (boat?) to date. We had 19 passengers, served by a crew/staff of 10. Just looking at the picture of Safari Quest tells a lot. Service was extraordinary. By the end of day 2, we ... Read more

20 Safari Quest Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

Start your review of Safari Quest
Click to rate
Barbara Muesing
Member Since 2017
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
We were 14 happy people on the Safari Quest Seattle to Seattle. Fabulous crew catered to our individual and collective interests. We had several rainy days, but the gear provided kept us warm and dry. Guides were very knowledgeable ... Read more
Glaciers
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
3,124 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our second trip with UnCruise so our expectations were very high as we had a wonderful cruise the first time. Every aspect of the Yachter’s Paradise cruise was exceptional. We were picked up at the airport in Seattle and ... Read more
dbjennings
Member Since 2014
4 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
I am an experienced cruiser but this was my smallest ship (boat?) to date. We had 19 passengers, served by a crew/staff of 10. Just looking at the picture of Safari Quest tells a lot. Service was extraordinary. By the end of day 2, we ... Read more
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