Editor's Note: Safari Spirit caught on fire in April 2012. The ship has been declared a "constructive loss" and will not be repaired. Read more.
Cruising aboard Safari Spirit is the epitome of yachting in the grand safari style -- excellent dining, fine wines, cushy sleeping quarters and attentive service accompanied by wildlife spotting, nature hikes, kayak adventures and Alaska's incomparable scenery. An expedition leader/naturalist orchestrates each voyage, formulating the itinerary along with the Captain to match the desires of the passengers and the whims of Mother Nature.
Safari Spirit is as close as you can get to sailing aboard your own yacht without actually owning one. With only 12 passengers and six crewmembers, everyone knows everyone from day one. The ambiance is completely relaxed. You feel perfectly comfortable fetching your first cup of coffee while dressed in your bathrobe or running out on deck in slippers to see a bear munching mussels on the beach. No one wants to miss the excitement. Passengers are a highly flexible, active 30 to 60s group that is equally at home being pelted by rain while zooming up to a glacier in the Zodiac or being greeted with steamy Irish coffee after the chilly ride.
Safari Spirit Fellow Passengers
ASC passengers are typically upscale, well-traveled and sophisticated. The Alaskan venue attracts an active, adventuresome 30 to 60-something group of outdoor enthusiasts. The California itinerary appeals to food and wine aficionados of all ages. Due to the exclusive, intimate nature of the yachts, children under 14 are only permitted on occasional family cruises or individually chartered voyages.
Safari Spirit Dress Code
Leave your suit and tie at home. Casual clothing is always appropriate. Pack sweaters, jeans, hiking boots, a parka, gloves, hat, rain gear and binoculars. Foul weather jumpsuits and rubber boots are provided for Zodiac rides.
Safari Spirit Gratuity
The suggested tip is a steep 5 to 10 percent of the cruise fare with the sum distributed among the six members of the crew, including the Captain and chef.
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