The luxury motor yacht Safari Explorer embodies an ambiance of refinement and relaxation, with just 36 guests. Her crew of 16 takes care of passengers’ every need. The Safari Explorer cruises Alaska waters in the summer and the Hawaiian Islands in the winter.
Safari Explorer Review
The Safari Explorer is the Goldilocks of small ships. She is not too big, not too small, but just the right size. She offers the space and ammenities of a larger small ship but maintians the intimacy and efficiency of a smaller yacht. She continually receives rave reviews from AdventureSmith Explorations staff and our clients. While the cabins and common areas are very nice it is her service, programs and cuisine that stand out the most. Choose the Safari Explorer if you are seeking a small ship that feels like a yacht. Expect as much activity as you wish with the luxury you would expect from a much larger ship.
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Common Areas Aboard Safari Explorer
There are several comfortable and upscale social areas aboard the Safari Explorer, each providing guests with the opportunity to relax and mingle with new friends. The spacious wine library/salon features cozy chairs, warm wood accents and a large flat-screen television. Large couches and a piano are found in the lounge, adjacent to a full-service bar (stocked with complimentary premium beer and spirits). The dining room hosts plated dinners in an elegant setting.
Meals Aboard Safari Explorer
Aboard the Safari Explorer are served over several courses, with particular attention to the personal preferences of diners. Executive Chefs create exquisite meals, using locally sourced fresh ingredients to reflect the flavors of your destination. Each day includes an early-riser breakfast of fresh fruit, baked-onboard pastries and breads and a full breakfast complete with specialty items. Lunches range from pasta salads and sandwiches to homemade soups and ethnic dishes. Dinners offer a choice of entrées, including fresh seafood and meats. Vegetarian dishes are available and special dietary needs can be met with advance notice. Hors d'oeuvres for the cocktail hour feature a variety of appetizers and desserts are varied and plentiful. Fine spirits, wines and microbrews are included.
Activities Aboard Safari Explorer
Enjoy a complimentary massage. Stop by the bridge to chat with the officers and crew. Listen to a presentation on deck and in the salon or lounge that educates you on the environment, wildlife, history and culture of the region. Local experts are often invited along as special guests to “talk story” and provide insights unavailable to most other visitors.
Aboard the yacht, three public decks provide plenty of room for mingling, relaxing, and enjoying the fresh air. And a full-beam swim step makes for easy access in the water. Adventure equipment onboard includes kayaks and stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; fishing poles and tackle (Hawaii only); yoga mats; and hydrophones for listening to below-surface sounds. On the Sun Deck, find a large hot tub and space for morning yoga classes, or simply kick back in a comfortable chair for an afternoon cocktail. There is also a sauna and exercise equipment on this deck.
Cabins Aboard Safari Explorer
The luxury small ship carries up to 36 passengers in 18 well-appointed cabins. There are six stateroom categories aboard the Safari Explorer: Single, Master, Commander, Captain, Admiral and Commodore Suite. Cabins feature king, queen or twin beds (each has a Tempur-Pedic® memory foam mattress), a spacious private bath with heated tile floors, view windows, flat-screen TV/DVD, hair dryers, bathrobes and unique art pieces.
A1-A2. Bridge Deck. Separate sitting area; king or twin beds; view window and a sliding glass door opening to a small balcony; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower. Triple accommodation available.
B1, C1-C2. Cabin and Main Deck. King or twin beds; windowed door or view windows; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower. Triple accommodation available in C1 and C2.
B2. Cabin Deck. King or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower.
B15-B16. Cabin Deck. King or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with shower.
B3-B14. Cabin Deck. Queen or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with shower.
B6. Cabin Deck. Queen bed; view window and windowed door; private bath with shower.