Small Ship Spotlight: Safari Endeavour
The sleek, 86-guest Safari Endeavour is a recent addition to the American Safari Cruises’ upscale fleet of yachts, all with navy blue hulls, exceptional comfort and refined atmosphere on board. Its size, like many other small ships, makes it easy for it to maneuver in tight locations and visit areas the larger cruise ships simply can’t.
The Safari Endeavour is perfect for those that like adventure and expedition-style activities and environment, combined with a touch of luxury on-board.
The Safari Endeavour started out as the Newport Clipper, built for Clipper Cruise Line of St. Louis in 1983 at a cost of about $9 million at the Jeffboat Shipyard in Jeffersonville, Ind. She sailed for Clipper Cruise Lines in the Virgin Islands, Chesapeake Bay and New England. Clipper Cruise Line was eventually purchased by Kuoni Travel Group. With a change in business direction, the Newport Clipper was eventually sold to Cruise West and renamed the Spirit of Endeavour. She sailed the waters of Alaska for over a decade during the summer cruising months. When Cruise West closed its doors in September 2010, West-Hardwick Marine Inc took over mortgages on three Cruise West ships, including the 102-berth Spirit of Endeavour. American Safari Cruises purchased the ship on August 10, 2011, and renamed her Safari Endeavour.
Renovations by American Safari Cruises
The 11-month renovation carried out by American Safari Cruises were to transform the ship into an upscale vessel, providing exceptional comfort and a refined atmosphere.
The overall capacity of the ship was reduced by 16% from 102 to 86 guests with a mix of twin (some convertible) and king beds. Four Commodore Suites were created by merging eight former staterooms and adding new step-out balconies and Jacuzzi tubs. Four more stateroom categories include three Masters, 21 Commanders, 12 Captains and three Admirals, all with one or two outside view windows. All rooms have flatscreen TVs/DVDs and iPod docks.
Interior spaces were updated with higher-end furnishings and fixtures and new spaces and amenities added. In the main dining room, a wine bar and a resource library have been created to provide two new gathering places to relax and read or enjoy a glass of wine. Other additions include six microbrews and eight Proletariat wines on tap in the lounge bar, new outside decks and a keyboard and flatscreen TV for presentations in the lounge. The dining room and lounge also received updated décor and an improved public announcement system.
Wellness facilities added to the Safari Endeavour include two massage rooms, two hot tubs, sauna, yoga mats for yoga classes on deck and fitness equipment. Two wellness directors provide a complimentary massage to each guest and lead morning yoga classes.
Carrying 20 double-kayaks, a high-tech kayak launching platform was added to the stern to quickly launch four kayaks at a time.
Schedule (as of 2012)
The Safari Endeavour sails weeklong, inclusive luxury adventure cruises in Alaska roundtrip Juneau from June to August. These include:
Guests will enjoy the luxury of two days exploring inside Glacier Bay National Park with opportunities to hike and kayak with park rangers. Currently, seven theme cruises feature guest presenters or performers and for a limited time (June 23, 2012), a $518 per couple travel credit commemorating the christening of the vessel May 18.
From November through April, the Safari Endeavour sails weeklong Baja’s Bounty adventures in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés.
Safari Endeavour At A Glance
Safari Endeavour Deck Plans