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Traveling with Kids Aboard Safari, Wilderness & Legacy Small Ships

Sister ships (under parent company Un-Cruise Adventures) Wilderness Explorer, Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Discoverer, Safari Endeavour, Safari Quest, Safari Voyager, Safari Explorer and the S.S. Legacy have some general policies on family travel. From life jacket requirements to onboard amenities, we've condensed the essentials here.

General Un-Cruise Information on Traveling with Children

Age restrictions vary by ship and trip, so be sure to consult Each trip's Families & Children note (under the Rates & Dates tab) for full information. Regardless, parents and guardians are responsible for their children at all times. Childcare services are not available (except for on select Kids in Nature family departures), and there are no kids' playrooms on board. Please note that due to the nature of the outdoor excursions on each boat, kids-only or family-only excursions are generally not feasible.

Activities with Children

  • Each ship's expert naturalist guides assist in assessing each child's abilities for excursions such as kayaking, hiking and snorkeling. They may ask for weight, height and experience your child has had in kayaking or hiking.
  • Children may participate in any activity suited to their ability level, but parents/guardians are expected to accompany their children during activities and qualified children are partnered with their parent/guardian.
  • Children wishing to participate in hiking or kayaking need to be outfitted in proper outdoor clothing, including rain gear and waterproof boots. These items are not available onboard.
Families with kids under 6 years old or under 70 pounds are required to bring a custom-fitted life jacket for each child.

Child Safety on Board

  • Families with kids under 6 years old or under 70 pounds are required to bring a custom-fitted life jacket for each child.
  • All families traveling with children must attend the safety briefing.
  • Parents/guardians should always be aware of a child’s location and activities, both on board and ashore.
  • Children should not be left unattended, and should be advised of crew-only areas on the boat.
  • No running is allowed on board as decks may be slippery.
  • When off the vessel, kids should stay with the guide and not be disruptive to other guests or the guide.

Common Areas

You will be notified on board of any applicable quiet times or common areas deemed off-limits to kids. Common areas such as a lounge or library are open to guests 24 hours a day, but please be sensitive to other guests occupying these areas.


Most standard cabins in the Un-Cruise fleet have two twin-size beds. Triple cabins have either a fold-out sofa or small daybed. Cabins have limited storage space and are not equipped with cribs or bed rails. Private refrigerators are only available in a few upper-category staterooms aboard Safari Explorer, Safari Voyager, Safari Endeavour, S.S. Legacy and Wilderness Explorer.

Child Meals

If you are in need of specific food storage for a child, please check in with the Hotel Manager upon arrival. The dining room is not equipped with child-friendly dishes, glasses or equipment such as a high chair or booster seat. There is not a specific kid’s menu.
However, the ship's galley will work with guests who have children to create some fun menu alternatives for kids.

Special 'Kids in Nature' Family Sailings

Exclusive Kids in Nature departures are offered by Un-Cruise Adventures on most of their fleet, excluding some of the Safari boats. Aboard a “Kids in Nature” departure, a special child rate applies and a schedule of activities for kids is provided on the vessel. It is only during these activities that the ship staff oversees children. Parents are welcome to attend.

Contact the small ship experts at AdventureSmith for any further questions regarding family travel on our trips. We love welcoming families aboard!


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