My husband and I decided to mark our 50th birthdays with a trip to Alaska and this cruise (Discoverers' Glacier Country) was recommended highly by his folks. We liked the sound of it because we believed in a small-ship setting we'd have more opportunity for close encounters with the landscape and wildlife. This turned out to be true.
The cabins are extremely comfortable and spacious enough for a week's worth of luggage and gear. The view from our cabin's windows was always spectacular. While there is no TV or Internet reception available, there is a decent DVD library (if you have time and energy to use it after a day full of adventures). Common areas are well kept and cozy. The bar is well stocked, and you can help yourself if there's no crew available.
The food was fine. It didn't blow us away, but it wasn't bad by any means. Service around meals was great in that choices were always available and special requests were smilingly honored. Servings were small to moderate, which I actually think is great. We had no trouble getting seconds if we were really hungry. Sometimes it took a while for tables to get served (which made a lot of sense when we saw later how food had to get from the kitchen in the lower level to the dining room level by dumbwaiter), but we weren't in any hurry.
We loved this room. It is spacious, with a very comfortable bed and a sitting area as well as large windows. We even used the Jacuzzi tub. There was a perfect amount of storage space for a week's worth of clothes and gear. The location--on the same level as the common areas including dining room and bar--is very convenient. Noise was only a problem one night when a party in the common areas went quite late.Just before disembarking we took a quick look at the other cabins, including the "best" cabins, and felt satisfied with our choice--if we found ourselves on the Safari Explorer again, we'd pick the same cabin.