Directly after the recent christening ceremony for the Wilderness Explorer and Safari Endeavour, select guests were invited to stay on the Safari Endeavour for a weekend preview cruise.
Wellness Instructor Noelle gave chair massages on the sundeck.
The group consisted of select top selling-agents, as well as industry partners, travel writers, office staff, and crew. There were goals for the weekend : A. Show what the Un-Cruise on the newly refurbished 86-guest Safari Endeavour would be like; B. Show our guests the beauty of the Pacific Northwest (home of InnerSea/American Safari); C. Give the crew an opportunity to train with guests on board; and D. “Shakedown” the boat – make sure everything is working correctly and get feedback from guests on what could be improved.
We kayaked in search of Bald Eagles.
We spent the weekend cruising around Puget Sound. It just so happened that Coupeville, Whidbey Island, our first destination, hosted its annual Penn Cove Water Festival that day. Those of us kayaking near shore got a rare treat of being right smack dab in the middle of tribal canoe races.
Crew readying for transiting the locks as guests watch.
Although Sunday brought rain, it gave us an opportunity to collaborate, make new friends, and enjoy the ambience on board the boat. The drizzle let up as we transited the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks back into Seattle. Most people gathered together on the bow with their last glass of wine or beer in hand as we said goodbye to the weekend Un-Cruise adventure, and hello to our normal lives.
In the coming weeks, a guest blogger from this preview cruise will fill you in on more details including some of the delicious meals.