Refurbishing the Safari Voyager

Jun 30, 2016

Berit Elvejord, Un-Cruise Adventures, June 2016

The Safari Voyager is in the final stages of its refitting outside company headquarters in Seattle as it prepares for its new Central American itineraries. With completion expected by September, the Voyager will sail south for Costa Rica to begin the Uncharted Isthmus! itinerary exploring Costa Rica and Panamá, with the first departure on October 8, 2016.

The Safari Voyager

The 62-guest Safari Voyager

The newly refitted ship hosts 62 guests and 31 crew including five expedition guides (a 2:1 guest to crew ratio!). One highlight is the new Owner’s Suite, which has nearly floor-to-ceiling bow-facing windows with privacy tint, a media center, a sitting area with a wet bar and refrigerator, and a jetted whirlpool tub alongside its private shower. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring.

All cabins aboard the ship have new carpet, wallpaper, mattresses, linens, pillows, towels, window shades, air conditioners and televisions with DVD players.

Owner's suite under construction

This is the Owner's Suite--can't you tell? Fear not, by October it'll be outfitted with all of its promised sophistication!

If you want to relax outside of your cabin, you can luxuriate in the window-lined lounge with 270-degree views and a cozy library, or indulge in a complimentary massage. Along with the added massage rooms, take advantage of the wellness program renovations on the Sun Deck with brand-new elliptical machines, bikes and yoga mats!

We’re ready for adventure! The ship is outfitted with new kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, snorkel gear, and three 19-foot motorized skiffs. A custom-designed EZ dock kayak launch platform installed on the stern of the vessel can launch four kayaks safely and quickly. The stable platform encourages novice paddlers the security of getting in and out of kayaks without a fear of tipping over. A tiki style gear hut on the Sun Deck holds adventure gear for convenient guest access. It beckons you to explore the water and marine life around the ship.

EZ docks can quickly launch kayaks from the ship

One of our EZ docks helping kayakers launch into Alaskan waters

Both outside on the decks and throughout the inside, the ship has been completely overhauled with new walls, doors, windows, ceilings and flooring. A refinished wood bar, new bar top and equipment spruce up the bar—a favorite spot to relax on the ship with doors opening onto the deck for fresh air. There is also new equipment in the galley, as well as cabinets and buffet tables in the dining room. New audio visual equipment has been installed throughout the ship.

Lounge and bar under construction

The Safari Voyager lounge under construction; you can see the new bar in the back!

The bridge boasts updated electronics, including controls for an underwater bow camera that captures unseen and magical moments of the cruise, like dolphins playing in the ship’s wake.

Stay tuned for a comprehensive look at the refreshed interior décor! We are purchasing a mix of paintings and textiles from local artisans in Mexico and Peru that will highlight your Latin American immersion aboard the Safari Voyager.

Kayakers in Mexico return to the Voyager

Kayakers return to the Voyager after a day of adventure

In the meantime, check out this essay by Sarah Miduski, one of the winners of our 20th Anniversary storytelling contest. She’ll be cruising with the new Safari Voyager through Costa Rica and Panamá—after she captured how it ignited her “insatiable wanderlust.” Join her, and you might get bitten by the travel bug as well!

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