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Safari Explorer Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Alaska at its best

Review for Safari Explorer to Alaska
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First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Aug 2013

We took off in the Safari Explorer out of Juneau for a 7 night visit to Glacier country during the first week in August. We visited Glacier Bay National Park where we spent 2 days with a park ranger on board , Icy Strait, Chicago and Baranoff Islands ,Frederick Sound, Ford terror and Endicott Arm. This was an expedition ship designed to see wildlife close and personal.We saw and followed humpback whales , sea lions, seals, sea otters, bears, bald eagles, puffins, and other birds, and saw the start of the salmon run. We took hikes in hardly touched forests and filmed bears catching salmon for dinner;kayak by glaciers with snow covered mountains for background. For those who wanted a more relaxed activity, there were the skiffs who took us on tours of the various islands and inlets. We saw the calving of Ward glacier. One day we practically followed humpback whales most of the day and saw bubbling feeding, and mother and calf breaching in front of our ship.

The cabins were very comfortable and spacious for a 36 passenger ship. The staff and the service were top notch. All the meals and afternoon appetizers prepared by Nate the chef were 4 star all the way. On our arrival at Glacier Bay park, the basket full of King Crabs was waiting for us and we had them for dinner that night. All liquor was included in the cruise so at around 5 pm we started gathering by the full bar for cocktails. If the crew was busy, we fixed our own drinks. This is the cruise to take to Alaska.

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Our cabin was B-16 and our daughter had the single, B6. Ours was at the back of the ship ,was spacious , had a king size bed and a private bathroom. The bed is against the mirror wall, so its a little difficult for the person sleeping next to that wall to get out of bed. But my husband did not see it as a big problem. Our daughter had a queen size bed and the cabin was spacious, and had a private bathroom( all cabins do).Hers was toward the front of the ship. There was never a problem with seasickness.

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