Small Ship Spotlight: Safari Endeavour

Safari Endeavour

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.

History

The Newport Clipper, as she sailed in the Virgin Islands, circ. 1985.

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.

Staterooms

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.

Public Areas

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

Year Built: 1983
Shipyard Jeffboat (USA)
Tonnage (Gross) 95
Length 217 ft
Beam (Width) 37 ft
Draft (depth under water) 8 feet
Decks 4
Cabins 43
Passengers 86
Crew 35
Guest-to-crew ratio 2.5:1
Cruising speed 10 knots
Registry United States
Latest Renovation 2012
 
Accommodations Five stateroom categories:
• Master
• Commander
• Captain
• Admiral
• Commodore Suite

All staterooms offer Flat-screen TV/DVD and iPod docking stations.
Singles, Doubles or Triples can be accommodated.

Amenities • Dining Room
• Wine Bar
• Library
• Lounge
• Massage Rooms
• Sauna
• Two Hot Tubs
• Sun Lounge
• Exercise Equipement
• Kayaks with Launch Platform
• Underwater Bow Camera

Safari Endeavour Deck Plans

Safari Endeavour Deck Plans

Photos

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Posted on June 6, 2012, in american safari cruises and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. WOW ! First time senior cruisers … did not know what to expect on small ship, but did not want 3,000 of my “closest friends” – so Endeavor we cruised. Worth every penny spent ! Crew from top to bottom was excellent, attentive, and helpful. If you’ve wanted to see Alaska for its’ beauty – this cruise is for you. Albeit a bit expensive, again, it was well worth
    the expenditure. American Safari Endeavor met every request, and even anticipated wants. Special attention was always provided for the seniors and those who’s physical capacity could be questioned. Hey, even had a chance to kayak – twice! Had our 45th aboard and do not regret taking this cruise. Only wish that we did it so much sooner. We will most likely return in another year, and probably bring along the remainder of our family. Only one negative, and it’s the Gold Room at the Baranof. We were “thrown out” on our first night because we did not have reservations. Mind you, arrival in Juneau was 4pm AKT and we departed PHL at 7 ET – dead tired, wanted a nice quiet dinner, only two tables occupied and the waiter “check his book” and said, “no reservation – no table”. Well, what
    does one expect from Holland America ownership. They should stick to their ships and not be in the hotel business. American Safari Cruises gets top billing, five stars! Go for it and
    really see Alaska where you can touch glaciers, see bears, mountain goats, and the remainder of the flora and fauna.

    • Thank you very much for replying with this suggestion, but it is more luxury than we really want. We would prefer a little longer tour with some land included. Yes, we like some comfort but not the luxurious amenities that are included in the lovely Safari Endeavor.

      Thank you and have a Merry Christmas. I really don’t expect to hear from you until after the New Year.

      Vivian Tamayo

      • Vivian,
        Not a problem, thank you for the feedback. We represent all the small ships in Alaska so we can go in a different direction and offer you what you are looking for. I have two options that I will send you information on in e-mail. Alaska Dream Cruise and Fantasy Cruises, more low key, more culture and connected to the land. Linda

  2. Thank you very much for replying with this suggestion, but it is more luxury than we really want. We would prefer a little longer tour with some land included. Yes, we like some comfort but not the luxurious amenities that are included in the lovely Safari Endeavor.

    Thank you and have a Merry Christmas. I really don’t expect to hear from you until after the New Year.

    Vivian Tamayo

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