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This is a difficult review to write. We took this cruise expecting a small ship with cramped cabins. Actually, the cabins are quite spacious, and we were in the next to bottom category. We expected to be able to snorkel and sure enough, it was offered every day. We did not expect water temperatures of 75 degrees, making it too cold for us. This was our fault, for not checking in advance. We expected limited menu choices, but did not realize that there would not be an "always available" menu. Other than snorkeling, the activities included whale watching in skiffs (interesting once, not more), taking a very difficult hike on Molokai (not for us at age 70/75), and lots of reading on deck. This last was fine with us, but the deck was strewn with various bits and pieces of furniture, closed hot tub, closed sauna and something large covered in plastic (perhaps a bbq?). We also strolled around Lanai. The conditions of the interior of the ship needs attention. During our cruise, 2 light bulbs went out in the dining/bar area and were never replaced. The throw blankets do not appear to have ever been washed. The waste bin the the public head was constantly overflowing. Most of the other passengers on the ship were nothing like us. I cannot find a polite way to explain this, but we are drinkers, foodies with no allergies, do not do yoga, do not demand special meals (vegan, non-gluten) and do not wear ex-officio type clothing. The crew relentlessly addresses you by your first name, even coming up with nick names. At the end of the cruise when I wanted to leave a tip, I was told the 10% was expected. In a pig's eye! I do not think this cruise line represents value for cost.

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Safari Explorer Cruise Review by mpfund

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2015
  • Destination: Hawaii
This is a difficult review to write. We took this cruise expecting a small ship with cramped cabins. Actually, the cabins are quite spacious, and we were in the next to bottom category. We expected to be able to snorkel and sure enough, it was offered every day. We did not expect water temperatures of 75 degrees, making it too cold for us. This was our fault, for not checking in advance. We expected limited menu choices, but did not realize that there would not be an "always available" menu.
Other than snorkeling, the activities included whale watching in skiffs (interesting once, not more), taking a very difficult hike on Molokai (not for us at age 70/75), and lots of reading on deck. This last was fine with us, but the deck was strewn with various bits and pieces of furniture, closed hot tub, closed sauna and something large covered in plastic (perhaps a bbq?). We also strolled around Lanai.
The conditions of the interior of the ship needs attention. During our cruise, 2 light bulbs went out in the dining/bar area and were never replaced. The throw blankets do not appear to have ever been washed. The waste bin the the public head was constantly overflowing.
Most of the other passengers on the ship were nothing like us. I cannot find a polite way to explain this, but we are drinkers, foodies with no allergies, do not do yoga, do not demand special meals (vegan, non-gluten) and do not wear ex-officio type clothing.
The crew relentlessly addresses you by your first name, even coming up with nick names.
At the end of the cruise when I wanted to leave a tip, I was told the 10% was expected. In a pig's eye!
I do not think this cruise line represents value for cost.
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Cabin B15
Cabin was larger than expected. Normal small boat toilet. Shower difficult in high seas, but not their problem. Heated floor -- probably nice in Alaska.