2 Seattle UnCruise Safari Explorer Cruise Reviews

We wanted a small boat experience to do the Inside Passage and chose the Safari Explorer which had a capacity of only 36. Fortunately from Seattle to Ketchikan there were only 12 of us as it was the first cruise of the season, and 26 from ... Read More
We wanted a small boat experience to do the Inside Passage and chose the Safari Explorer which had a capacity of only 36. Fortunately from Seattle to Ketchikan there were only 12 of us as it was the first cruise of the season, and 26 from Ketchikan up to Juneau - this made their service even better. The staff were helpful, knowledgeable and professional in every sense. Our excursions on the skiffs and kayaks plentiful, we saw humpbacks, orcas, porpoises, seals, and grizzlies. Often there would be a choice of activities including hiking (where the pace was quite slow) and 'bush-wacking' which was fun. The food and bar service was excellent and flexible to cope with the various food requirements of the varied guests - nothing was too difficult for them. They has an extensive supply of waterproof jackets and trousers, wellingtons, and binoculars. It was expensive of course, but worth it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Having tired of looking at European cathedrals, we decided to enjoy and appreciate nature and wild animals for a change. Well, we saw a number of creatures, orcas, humpback whales, sea lions, harbor seals, brown bears, bald eagles and, ... Read More
Having tired of looking at European cathedrals, we decided to enjoy and appreciate nature and wild animals for a change. Well, we saw a number of creatures, orcas, humpback whales, sea lions, harbor seals, brown bears, bald eagles and, scariest of all, a woman who joined the voyage the second week who was never without her glass of wine. The crew worked diligently to make our trip pleasant and worthwhile. One caution: the on shore hikes are grueling and the trails quite primitive. If you're not a seasoned hiker, be sure to ask a crew member about the level of difficulty. (And honestly, the scenery on the hikes is not memorable.) The kayaking was a definite highlight! Some excursions are self guided and some utilize a guide. You will be out there for one to two hours, so take water along. We rated the food as mediocre, not even close to the quality found on European river cruises. However the bar service with excellent brands was top notch, as was the wine selection. Cabins are a bit cramped. You should opt for a twin bed arrangement unless one of a couple wishes to crawl into the sack from the foot of the bed. The ship is well outfitted with binoculars, rubber boots and waterproof pants for kayaking. If you intend to hike, bring a pair of properly fitted boots for the occasion. Visits to towns, Friday Harbor, Ketchikan and Wrangle were a waste, especially Ketchikan where three large ocean cruisers were disgorging frantic tourists all at once. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Safari Explorer Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 5.0 4.4
Entertainment 3.0 3.3
Public Rooms 4.0 4.3
Fitness Recreation 4.0 4.2
Family 3.5 4.2
Shore Excursion 4.5 4.2
Enrichment 4.0 4.4
Service 5.0 4.5
Value For Money 4.0 4.0
Rates 5.0 4.3

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