• Safari Explorer Commodore Suites feature Tempur-Pedic® memory foam mattresses.

  • Cabin space is luxurious in Safari Explorer Commodore Suites.

  • Safari Explorer Commodore Suite bathrooms have heated floor tiles for supreme comfort.

  • King bed in a Safari Explorer Admiral Stateroom

  • Twin beds in a Safari Explorer Admiral Stateroom

  • Safari Endeavour Admiral Stateroom bathroom

  • Safari Explorer Captain Stateroom

  • Safari Explorer Commander Stateroom

  • Safari Explorer Master Stateroom

  • The Safari Explorer bar stocks fine wines and spirits, and plays host to hors d'oeuvres.

  • The Safari Explorer dining room hosts plated dinners in an elegant setting.

  • Live piano music makes for great company in the Safari Explorer salon.

  • A spacious wine library/salon has cozy chairs and a large flat-screen television.

  • The Safari Explorer is outfitted with kayaks for up-close exploration in coves and bays.

Safari Explorer

36 guests

Year Built: 1998

Renovated: 2008

14-15 crew members

Length: 145 feet

Beam: 36 feet

Cruising Speed: 10 knots

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. 

In this detailed review of the Safari Explorer, find the complete small ship description with deck plans and a photo gallery. After reading through our Safari Explorer review above and detailed ship description below, contact our Alaska cruise experts for more information and to compare this ship with other Alaska and Hawaii small ships and yachts.

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.

Commodore Suite

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.

Admiral Stateroom

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.

Captain Stateroom

B2. Cabin Deck. King or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with Jacuzzi tub and shower.

Commander Stateroom

B15-B16. Cabin Deck. King or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with shower.

Master Stateroom

B3-B14. Cabin Deck. Queen or twin beds; view window and windowed door; private bath with shower.

Single Stateroom

B6. Cabin Deck. Queen bed; view window and windowed door; private bath with shower.

Safari Explorer Deck Plan

Safari Explorer Deck Plan