Safari Endeavour

88 guests
year built
crew members
34-37 crew members
232 feet
37 feet
cruising speed
10 knots
United states

The M/V Safari Endeavour, formerly the Spirit of Endeavour, offers the luxury and amenities of an Alaska yacht cruise with the price and efficiency of a small ship cruise. Her capacity (reduced from 102 passengers to only 88 passengers) makes for roomy accommodations and common areas. Four staterooms feature private balconies, while a casual, expedition-style tone sets the stage for her active itineraries in Baja California’s Sea of Cortez and Alaska’s Inside Passage.   

Safari Endeavour Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Safari Endeavour review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our expedition cruise experts have been aboard the Safari Endeavour firsthand. Please read our Safari Endeavour review below, then contact our expedition cruise experts to compare the Safari Endeavour with other Baja and Alaska small ships and yachts.  

Built in 1983 by Jeff Boat Shipyard in Indiana, the Safari Endeavour’s original name was Spirit of Endeavour and her namesake Captain Cook’s iconic vessel. The Safari Endeavour went from nice to luxurious when her capacity was reduced from 102 guests to only 84 in 2012 (increased to 88 in 2019). The extensive renovation also expanded various staterooms and outfitted the ship with two hot tubs, exercise equipment, an intimate wine bar, a covered Bridge Deck bar with included top-shelf spirits, beer and wine, and a full complement of expedition gear. Her activity options rival those of the most active small ships sailing today: yoga, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkeling (Baja only) and kayaking are all complimented by knowledgeable guides that can tailor adventure to all levels. Choose the Safari Endeavour if you are seekng a luxurious small ship with plenty of space and activity options.

Common Areas Aboard Safari Endeavour

The Safari Endeavour’s three decks provide great viewing opportunities of  Baja’s wildlife and Alaska’s glaciers, as well as relaxing public spaces for gathering with new friends. The dining room, wine bar, and DVD and book library each project an atmosphere of casual elegance. Wood fixtures and accents shine, and artwork highlights the warm and cool waters where she sails. On the Main Deck, the salon and bow-viewing area provide more places to gather and take it all in. The Upper Deck features two hot tubs. The Bridge Deck is home to the Sun Lounge, bar, bridge, exercise equipment and Adirondack-style chairs for relaxing.  

Dining Aboard the Safari Endeavour

Meals are a highly anticipated part of each Safari Endeavour cruise. The Dining Room, located on the Main Deck, provides a casual atmosphere with open seating that accommodates all guests in one sitting. Exquisite cuisine is innovative and fresh, with seafood and produce purchased locally whenever possible. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice, and mixed-meal plates are an option for the indecisive eater. All meals are served in the elegant dining room, and the complimentary bar offers premium spirits, fine wines and microbrews.    

Activities Aboard Safari Endeavour

Active adventure cruises aboard the Safari Endeavour allow freedom to engage in many activities. Kayaks and stand-up paddleboards are available for excursions. A full-beam swim step makes launching a kayak and boarding skiffs easy. Skiff rides explore shoreline, wildlife and landscapes up close. On select departures, expert naturalists and guides aboard are complemented by guest hosts in the fields of ornithology, photography, marine biology, wine and wellness, among others.

An enhanced program of educational presentations is held in the salon. The open bridge policy encourages interaction with the captain and crew as they discuss navigation, itinerary and logistics. Stretching classes are available on board, and adventure gear is available for use, including hiking poles and yoga mats. Hydrophones for listening, and an underwater camera for viewing, allow guests to connect live with the underwater environment from the comfort of the ship.

Crew & Guides Aboard Safari Endeavour

Safari Endeavour’s lively and knowledgeable crew creates a casual and welcoming atmosphere, and offers exceptional service to her smaller complement of travelers. The captain takes great pride in the ship and the teamwork that keeps her running smoothly. An all-American crew of 34 ensures attentive service with a guest-crew ratio of 2.5-1. On select departures, expert onboard naturalists and guides are complemented by guest hosts in the field of ornithology, photography, marine biology, wine and wellness, among others.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Safari Endeavour

The yacht-style ship carries up to 88 guests with a mix of twin (some convertible) and king-size beds. Five stateroom categories include 7 Master, 18 Commander, 12 Captain, 3 Admiral and 4 Commodore Suites. Commodore Suites feature Tempur-Pedic® memory-foam bedding. In some categories, singles and triples can be accommodated. The suites merge two former staterooms and have step-out balconies.

All staterooms have turndown service, fine linens, private en-suite bathrooms with heated tile floors, hairdryers, bathrobes, conditioning shampoo and bodywash, air conditioning, desk and chair, generous storage and closet space, binoculars, reusable water bottles, flat screen TVs with DVD players and iPod docking stations. Note: 200-100 level rooms have interior entries, while 300 level rooms have entries on the exterior deck, placing the door in between the cabin windows.