6 UnCruise Safari Quest Alaska Cruise Reviews

Full disclosure, this was our fourth Alaska cruise with Un-Cruise Adventures and our second aboard the Safari Quest. There were 18 guests and nine crew - nice ratio! We love to un-cruise because it is the difference between looking at ... Read More
Full disclosure, this was our fourth Alaska cruise with Un-Cruise Adventures and our second aboard the Safari Quest. There were 18 guests and nine crew - nice ratio! We love to un-cruise because it is the difference between looking at Alaska from a big cruise ship and actually experiencing Alaska by paddling in kayaks or riding in skiffs among the glacial ice floes and other areas, hiking instead of calling on ports and buying trinkets, being treated like royalty by the fun, knowledgeable and guest-oriented crew who work their tails off to create an extremely memorable experience. Expedition Leader Brock Munson is well-versed in all things Alaska and knows how to make sure you are having a good time. Oh - the food! Chef Joe on this cruise produced the 5-star quality meals to which we'd become accustomed on our previous trips, and pastry chef Tori tempted us with her sinfully delicious treats and desserts that were worth hours on the treadmill when we returned home. Our steward/bartender Jade created a "drink of the day" which we could enjoy or choose anything else from the bar. Remember, this is an all-inclusive cruise, the best kind! No buffet line; all plated meals, three a day with beautiful table settings and napkins folded differently each time. Oh, how we love to un-cruise! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
The Safari Quest and its crew are top notch in every respect. I have never experienced more competent, capable, friendly, and helpful people as this crew. They made this adventure fun and interesting. The boat has a capacity of 22, but we ... Read More
The Safari Quest and its crew are top notch in every respect. I have never experienced more competent, capable, friendly, and helpful people as this crew. They made this adventure fun and interesting. The boat has a capacity of 22, but we had 13 guests. Rooms are comfortable, if small, but small is to be expected at sea. Food was absolutely outstanding. Every dinner had a choice of seafood or meat, with plenty of alternatives for vegetarians. Dungeness crab, one night, was outstanding. Another night, we had short ribs that the chef had braised overnight for 8 hours. Best I had ever eaten. Both my wife and I ate fish or seafood most nights (and she is not a fish fan). Day trips were wonderful. We visited many glaciers, saw lots of bear, seals, sea lions, sea otters, etc. I kayaked for the first time in my life. We had a National Park Service Guide on the boat for several days in Glacier Bay. She knew her stuff and was able in to communicate facts while keeping it interesting. We saw more humpbacks than I could have imagined. They seemed to cavort just for us. That was a highlight. Nice cabin. Small, as is to be expected, shipboard. Queen bed. Bathroom is small but functional. Shower (no tub) works well. Only downside is that cabin is next to galley and one or two mornings we heard galley noise around 6. Chef commmented to us that he made efforts to be quiet in the AM, but sometimes stuff happens. I think the room was better than those below, if not as nice as the 4 A deck rooms, which have sliding glass doors that open to the sea air and more storage space. Un-Cruise, the "cruise" line, is outstanding. I would try any of their boats. The owner came aboard one night, and the obvious rapport between him and the whole crew was something to behold. He is sincere and committed to the environment. His employees are dedicated to making a trip a true pleasure. This was the trip of a lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
What an introduction to Cruising.... 7 days all exclusive trip on a luxury yacht around some great scenery and wildlife. 21 like minded guests on board and we have already visited some of them after the cruise. From the welcome at the ... Read More
What an introduction to Cruising.... 7 days all exclusive trip on a luxury yacht around some great scenery and wildlife. 21 like minded guests on board and we have already visited some of them after the cruise. From the welcome at the local hotel until we disembarked 7 days later, everything was friendly, professional and most welcoming. The on board staff made the trip for us; they became companions on the adventure. I know they were working hard behind the scenes to make the trip what it was; from the cooks who surprised us every meal with their culinary skills, the very knowledgeable Expedition leader (who corrected the park Ranger a few times) to the Captain who navigated us into some great isolated places. Cabins were spacious; we didn't spend much time in ours as so much to see from the decks or on the kayaks/skiff. Great nature trips; kayaking amongst icebergs, brown bears and in front of glaciers, and walking in temperate rain forests and on glaciers to name but a few... We stopped at two places; Tenakee (small coastal community) and Bartlett Cove (Glacier Bay national Park Entrance) for walks and to meet locals. We saw a few large cruise ships steaming at 18knots in Glacier Bay whilst we kayaked and followed brown bears on the shore line; definitely the best way to see the Inside Passage. We often diverted to see wildlife, including humpback whales within feet of the boat, and views to get out of bed at 6am for. We have already booked our 7 days cruise in Hawaii in Jan 2014. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
This was an unbelievable 10 day adventure I have been on many cruises but have not posted reviews as I feel in the posted reviews everything that is needed to be said was already said. As there was very little info on American Safari I ... Read More
This was an unbelievable 10 day adventure I have been on many cruises but have not posted reviews as I feel in the posted reviews everything that is needed to be said was already said. As there was very little info on American Safari I wanted to post this to help others that might be considering it. While it was very expensive it was not a big a difference as one might think. If you are considering a suite on Holland America or Princess and factor in cost of drinks, bottled water, shore excursions, photos, specialty restaurants, transportation etc, it is not that much more yet what you see is so much more and what was experienced was that of once in a life time. My Review We are a family of 5, 3 kids ages 12/9/6 We flew Air Alaska from EWR to SEA and connecting to Sitka. I have no complaints flights were on time and all employees were professional and helpful. We spent 3 days and 2 nights in Sitka Prior to our cruise. Sitka is all that is posted about on these boards. A truly charming town with very friendly people where ever we went. Day 1 We arrived in Sitka at 1:30 pm checked into our hotel The West mark. American Safari had a Private transfer waiting for us at the airport. Our bags were brought to our room. The hotel was fine as a place to sleep for the night. That afternoon we wonder around the town going in and out of the many fine shops we ate at Victoria's Pour House and had some of the best King Crab legs we have ever had. Later on some of the fisherman from The Deadliest Catch came into the bar as it seemed to be their local hang out which we were not aware of as my son is a big fan of the show. Day 2 Had breakfast at a new restaurant called Level 2 that was recommended to us and the food was very good we ate dinner there as well. They have a nice lunch menu if you are visiting for the day and it is right on the main street were the cruise ships tender in. We had lunch at a small stand set up on the road to the left of the docks called Two Chicks and a Stick. It was two sisters that had fresh caught salmon from local fishermen that was skewered and you had a choice of different glazes and toppings served over rice for $8 two skewers for $15 with a drink you had to eat on the side of the road next to their trailer but it was well worth it to eat salmon that had just been caught. I highly recommend trying them. We were going on a tour the next day that was included with the cruise so we just walked around the town went to the lookout and to the Bishop's house and bought some gifts. Day 3 cruise day 1 We went back to Victoria's for some King crab for Lunch and Had Halibut Burgers which were great, we went to the docks to see the Debra D from the Deadliest catch and take some pictures. Our tour started at 1:30 and brought us around the town, Went to the Raptor Center, Russian Church, the tot-am pole park, and then we were brought to our ship the Safari Quest. Our bags were taken from our hotel and brought to our rooms on board the ship. The Ship is a private yacht that holds a max of 22 passengers yet there were only 15 on our sailing. They do not allow children under 12 except for two sailings per season this being one. There was a family of 6 from Australia and a family of 4 from Indonesia for a total of 15 on our sailing. We got to know each other on our tour and were excited about getting to the Ship. There was a crew of 9 for our sailing all standing outside waiting to greet us and they knew all of our first names from the time we met. We were show to our rooms and gathering in the living room for Champagne and Hors d'oeures. We all gathered in the living room area and we got the run down on how things worked. We cruise during the day and go to quiet coves to Anchor at night. We got to know the crew which were just fantastic. Throughout the cruise they seemed to antic pate our needs and desires and they were met without asking and a friendly smile. We would get a talk each night about the next days activities from our on board Expedition Leader as well as a review each morning to make sure that everyone was doing what he or she wanted to. There was a Chef and a pastry chef on board. For breakfast there was pretty much anything you wanted made to order plus the chefs special of the morning. During breakfast were were told about our dinner choices there was always a fish and a meat with chicken available. You could choose one or the other or have both if you wanted. The food was all cooked to order and excellent throughout the cruise. There was Breakfast at 8ish, lunch at 12ish, Fresh Baked cookies at 3ish, Ct hour at 6ish with hors d oeuvres and dinner at 7ish. Everything was ISH due to the events that could be taking place at that time if there was something to see we would eat later. Day 2 We woke up in the heart of the inside passage. There were brown bear on the shore eating with cubs so we were off in kayaks or the skiff depending on what you wanted to observe them closer a truly amazing morning. After lunch we pulled anchor and went out to observe whales we saw Humpback first, then sea otters and porpoise riding the bow of the ship. and the we saw families of Orca, I do not know who was more excited us or the orca as they were very playful with us we say two of them fully breach which was just spectacular. We weren't sure how this day could be topped but each day we saw things that amazed us more and more it was like being on a seven day shore excursion. Day 3 We went To the town of Baranof which has 1 full time resident and some summer homes, a small general store and just more magnificent scenery. We took our skiff to the dock and went on a two mile hike up a mountain with spectacular waterfalls and vistas, we ended our hike at hot springs which we were able to go in and relax the ships crew hiked with us to point out what we were looking at and they were there at the hot springs with champagne and sparkling cider for the kids servings as we soaked in the hot springs. Back to the the hike, skiff and back to the ship were the crew would great us with hot chocolate and warm apple cider spiked if you wish. We then met up with a local fisherman at his boat met his wife and 4 kids that live on their boat all season. He talked about life as a fisherman and we were all able to ask questions and see him in action on how he does his crabbing. Our Caption then purchased crab from him which the chef made for dinner, it was just unbelievable. Day 4 We went on a beach excursion and hike on remote islands more kayaking, playing with sea lions, skiff excursions and whale watching we saw orca's again which I heard is rare. The weather was just perfect through out our cruise very Little rain and we had 4 days of sunshine. Being on a kayak looking at wildlife in the middle of nowhere by yourself with your family was just an incredible experience. Day 5 & 6 We went to Glacier bay , we started at the Glacier bay lodge we we went hiking and picked up the park ranger that would spend the next two incredible days with us. We spent hours up close watching glaciers calving. We went out on our skiff and we weaved among the icebergs. We hiked right next to a glacier and water fall. We saw mountain goat, bears eagles and more whales, we saw sea lions, puffins, and seals and we were so close to it all the ship provided binoculars to everyone but we really did not Need them as we were so close to it all. After our two days in Glacier Bay we dropped the park ranger off after dinner. Day 7 which happened to be the 4th of July, the only ones celebrating was the American crew and our family as but the other two families joined in the spirit of things. The crew decorated the ship most of us woke up late this day as we were all so tired from the busy week of non stop action and since no fire works were plain ed we figured we had seen and done it all so some relaxed in the hot tub on the top deck some watched movies from the 1,000 DVDs they had on board while others sat in the library to read a book, I was siting with the captain and my daughter on the bridge chatting with the caption as he took us to our next place to anchor and kayak. When my daughter said look at all those humpback's and then the caption said over the loud speaker we have bubble net feeding humpback's dead ahead. Everyone when to to the front of the ship the expedition leader lowered an under water mic sow that we could hear the whales communication and as the sounds get stronger they would all breach and feed yards from our ship. It was the best 4th of July fire works we had ever seen we delayed dinner for about 2 hrs just to watch the show. Day 8 we docked in Juneau and after breakfast the crew loader our bags onto our transfers and lined up to say good bye to us and for us to say good bye to our Friends that we had made while on this incredible journey. We were each given a CD with over 200 pictures that the crew had taken during the cruise of us and all that we saw, we did not get the photos of the orca breaching but they did! The ship was immaculately clean our rooms were cleaned twice a day just like on a mainstream cruise the beds were all temperdicted and we all sleep great the entire 7 nights. I would not be able to say that one crew member stood out over another they were all just perfect at giving warm friendly unstuffy professional service. Great bartenders and drinks, the whole ship was open so you could talk to to the captain while on the bridge or have a chat with the chef in the galley. For any one thinking of seeing Alaska up close or as their slogan puts it Luxury in the Pursuit of adventure I recommend this cruise without hesitation. When we left the ship we were transfers to our hotel and then we were picked up for our helicopter dog sledding tour which as others have stated is a great experience. Back home on Alaska Airlines and Back to reality. Read Less
Sail Date June 2008
The all inclusive Safari Quest experience can best be described as sharing your own private yacht with 18 of your best friends. 10 perfectly appointed cabins, lounge area with large windows for viewing, open bar, open bridge policy, ... Read More
The all inclusive Safari Quest experience can best be described as sharing your own private yacht with 18 of your best friends. 10 perfectly appointed cabins, lounge area with large windows for viewing, open bar, open bridge policy, intimate open seating dining with your on board private gourmet chef, 3 outside decks for lounging or enjoying the surrounding nature and an outdoor jacuzzi tell only part of the story of this fabulous adventure. The Inside Passage itinerary that we took from Sitka to Juneau was packed with as much or as little as one wished to do. In between fabulous meals and snoozing, kayaks were provided for individual exploring, a 12 person skiff for those who preferred to accompany the expedition leader, and plenty of easy to moderate hiking opportunities for closer inspection of the beautiful little villages or glacial displays and wilderness areas. We saw up close and personal bear, humpback whales, sea otters, porpoises, Bald eagles, sea lions, Puffins and mountain goats. The most special part of this particular choice of cruise line is that with the exception of local fishermen, we were unto ourselves along the waterways and coves of this glorious part of the country with no other commercial cruise line in sight. It was pure heaven. Demographics were well traveled professionals in their 50's and 60's. If you want a personal experience in Alaska without leaving the comforts of home, this is the BEST! American Safari also offers cruises in Baja California and Hawaii. We'll no doubt be on one of those next. Read Less
Sail Date August 2007
Safari Quest Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.8
Entertainment 2.0 4.0
Public Rooms 3.0 5.0
Fitness Recreation 3.0 4.4
Family 1.0 4.4
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.7
Service 3.0 5.0
Value For Money 3.0 4.7
Rates 5.0 4.2

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