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Nimble and intimate, the Safari Voyager holds just 64 guests in 33 staterooms that range from single-occupancy rooms to full-sized Junior Commodore Suites that include a queen-sized bed and a full seating area complete with plush couch and TV/DVD entertainment centers.
Although Un-Cruise Adventures calls Safari Voyager a luxury vessel, ‘inclusive’ might be a better way to describe her. All meals are included, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary in both the ship’s main dining room and the tastefully-decorated Lounge.
This is an active adventure vessel that was originally constructed in 1982, so expect some bumps and bruises. But Un-Cruise has (and continues to) pump money into her continued refurbishment and upkeep, and her fun, energetic crew and Expedition Team will win you over in the Sea of Cortes.
One area that can’t be beat is the generous amount of open deck space aboard her, including an open bow that’s perfect for whale-watching in the Pacific.
Let’s have a look at the Safari Voyager!
The lowest-accessible passenger deck aboard Safari Voyager, Main Deck is home to eight Master Staterooms that feature queen or twin beds and a private bath with shower. Each has a picture window that is tinted to prevent the room from heating up in the Mexican sun, and is cooled by an air conditioning system mounted in the ceiling, aided by a circular fan that can be turned on if needed. Bathrooms are basic but functional, and it’s worth noting that the sink and vanity area are located within the stateroom itself.
Also on Main Deck is the ship’s Dining Room, which can accommodate all passengers in a single sitting. It’s a cozy and welcoming space done in shades of blue and accented with richly varnished woods. If you had your own private yacht, chances are its dining area would look a lot like this.
Meals are unexpectedly flavourful, with a simple but powerful menu that offers a meat, fish, and vegetarian option each night for dinner, coupled with a set appetizer and dessert. If you have special dietary requirements, no to worry: the staff will take good care of you and will do their best to accommodate special requests.
Also known informally as “Deck 2” or “The 200 Corridor”, Cabin Deck holds the majority of staterooms aboard the Safari Voyager.
A narrow staircase leads up from Main Deck, and it’s worth noting that there is no passenger elevator aboard Safari Voyager, though Un-Cruise does an excellent job of pointing this out in their brochures.
At the top of the staircase is the ship’s small Reception Lobby, which also incorporates a small library housing titles relevant to the Sea of Cortes. Even if you’ve done your homework prior to coming onboard, you should stop and take the time to borrow a few of the titles here, which range from guidebooks to John Steinbeck’s classic, Log from the Sea of Cortez.
All the way forward is the ship’s Library – an attractive, wood-panelled room flanked by a wall of oversized windows overlooking the ship’s bow. Books, games and even a flat-panel television equipped with a DVD player can be found here, and plenty of soft leather couches provide an ideal place to kick back and relax if you’re looking for a break from the sun up on deck.
Off the port side of the Library is a door leading to the ship’s Open Bow Viewing Area. One of the best places onboard the Safari Voyager for scenic cruising and wildlife spotting, a small array of tables and chairs out on the bow makes for the perfect place to relax and enjoy a book or spend some time working on your photography techniques.
All the way aft is a small outer deck portion where the ship’s Wetsuits and Lifebelt Lockers are kept. Guests will get to know this area intimately on their trips to and from the ship’s Zodiacs. Organization here is extremely good, with numbered hangers that correspond to Guest’s staterooms for their wetsuits, and numbered lockers in which to store lifejackets and snorkel gear.
As the name suggests, Bridge Deck is home to Safari Voyager’s Navigation Bridge, which is typically open to guests.
Three Captain Staterooms are located here, along with two oversized Admiral Staterooms on the starboard side of the ship. All five of these staterooms have doors that open to the outer promenade deck, and as an added perk feature small windows on either side of the door that can be opened to let fresh air in. It is worth noting, however, that beds in the Captain Staterooms (308, 310, 312) are fixed in the twin position and cannot be combined into a Queen.
The two Admiral Staterooms (307, 309) feature King beds and a private Jacuzzi tub and shower.
Aft of these accommodations is the ship’s Lounge – an attractively intimate public room with rich nautical tones and warm woodwork throughout. Wicker chairs are extremely comfortable, and cherry wood tables are highly polished – so much so that if you’re using a laptop or an iPad, you may find it running away on you!
This is Safari Voyager’s main social hub, with daily briefings, Happy Hour cocktails and snacks, and after-dinner nightcaps served here. It’s a beautiful public room that is just the right size for the ship, and one that seems to be enjoyed by all guests.
One hidden feature on Bridge Deck that doesn’t appear on any deck plans is a Public Washroom located just outside the forward, starboard side entry door to the Lounge. Most guests always use the main door located on the port side of the Lounge, and thus never use the starboard side door. Out and immediately forward of the door is a wooden door that looks like it could be a stateroom entrance, but which is actually marked as a public washroom. No need to run back to your stateroom to answer the call of nature!
UN-CRUISE ADVENTURES SAFARI VOYAGER
Safari Voyager is the newest member of the Un-Cruise Adventures fleet, and there’s still a few lingering bugs to be worked out. She’ll sail the Sea of Cortes for Un-Cruise until July of this year, and larger fleetmate Safari Endeavour will take over her duties from November until March of 2015.
But she’s a comfortable vessel in which to discover this unique area of the world – rightly recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.
Read our Live Voyage Report from onboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ Safari Voyager on the line’s popular Baja’s Whale Bounty itinerary, roundtrip from San Jose del Cabo, Mexico!
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