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CHOOSE TO UNCRUISE Wilderness, wildlife, and exploration; or history, tours, and wine. Our innovative adventure and river cruises provide an unbeatable combination of activity, expertise, service, and exclusive encounters. Uncover your small ship cruise, then pack, go, and discover! Alaska, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Central America, Galápagos, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, and the Pacific Northwest. Unrushed. Uncrowded. Unbelievable.
Adventure Cruising Focused on experiencing life on the outside—rain or shine—we offer different destinations, a mix of price points (some generously inclusive), and an exciting range of multi-sport activities. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), hiking, snorkeling, inflatable skiff excursions, and cultural encounters top the agenda. Our experiential cruise vacations are delivered from a variety of platforms, and depending on your choices, will accommodate from 22 to 84 like-minded guests. We provide the adventure, equipment, opportunities, fun, expert crew, expedition guides, and the vessel—the rest is up to you.
Equipped for action, adventure cruises are delivered from aboard our expedition vessels and yachts: Wilderness Adventurer; Wilderness, Discoverer; Wilderness Explorer; Safari Endeavour; Safari Explorer; Safari Quest
River Cruising Traveling nearly 1,000 miles upriver and down, our inclusive river cruises provide the best value available on the Columbia, Snake, and Willamette Rivers—included shore excursions, a complimentary massage, wellness program, onboard historians and guest experts, living history programs, visits to boutique wineries, exclusive one-on-one interactions with locals, no long lines or hours on a bus, and you’re never far from the riverbank. While exploring the cultural traditions, unspoiled lands, and the history and evolution of life along the rivers, you’ll enjoy a stimulating heritage voyage of colorful places and fascinating people.
Traveling aboard our 88-guest replica turn-of-the-century steamer—a style of vessel that has been on these rivers for over 100 years—offers you the conveniences of today with the feel of yesteryear. Enjoy the old-world charm of our newly-refurbished: S.S. Legacy
The Single stateroom features TV/DVD, iPod docking station, single bed with a Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattress and with a Pullman berth also available, view window and full private bathroom with heated tile floors
The Mariner stateroom features king, queen or twin beds with a Tempur-pedic memory foam mattress, elevated windows (not suitable for viewing), TV/DVD, iPod docking station and full bathroom facilities with heated tile floors.
The comfortable Commander stateroom promotes relaxation with view window, queen-size bed with a Tempur-pedic memory foam mattress, flat screen TV & DVD player, iPod docking station, air-conditioning and private bathroom with heated tile floors.
Expansive views through glass sliders opening to a small balcony are a focal point for the Captain’s staterooms, which feature air conditioning, a TV/DVD, iPod docking station, king, queen, or twin beds with a Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattress and full private bath with heated tile floors.
Aboard the 22-guest Safari Quest, unwind with upscale amenities, attentive service, comfortable staterooms, and warm public spaces for a welcome experience. Guests enjoy the casually elegant salon to recap the day’s activities, relax or watch a movie on the wide screen TV, and are always welcome at the yacht’s fully stocked bar, or to enjoy quiet moments reading in the library.
Its four decks provide ample room to get away from it all. An on-deck hot tub and fitness equipment are available on board, and a full-beam swim step allows for easy access to water activities. Onboard adventure equipment includes kayaks and stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; fishing poles and tackle; and hydrophones for listening to below-surface sounds.
The four stateroom categories aboard the Safari Quest: Single; Mariner; Commander; Captains are suited for single and double accommodation.
Ship Profile & Stats
- Length: 120 ft
- Maiden Voyage: 1992
- Refurbished: 2009
- Passenger Capacity (dbl): 22
- Crew Nationality: American
- Officer Nationality: American
- Dining Staff Nationality: American
- Ship Registration: USA
- Hot Tub
- Dining Room
- Fitness Equipment
- Yacht Bar – stocked with complimentary microbrews, fine wines, and premium liquors
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Seattle, Washington, USA
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Lopez Island, Washington USA
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San Juan Islands, Washington, USA
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Orcas Island, Washington USA
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Sucia Island, Washington USA
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Olympic Peninsula, Washington, USA
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Seattle, Washington, USA
All itineraries and ports of call at the discretion of the cruise line subject to local weather conditions and may change without notice.
7 Night Cruise sailing from Seattle roundtrip aboard Safari Quest.
DAY 1 Seattle, Washington – Embarkation
Seattle was founded along the shores of Elliott Bay. Today, set sail from Fishermen’s Terminal, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and cruise the city’s picturesque waterfront before dropping anchor in a tucked away bay.
DAY 2 Salish Sea / Deception Pass
Wake up surrounded by the wilderness of the Salish Sea. Today, there are many opportunities to investigate this sea-salty playground of islands. A guided kayak reveals local inhabitants—sea stars, anemones, jelly fish, perhaps even inquisitive harbor seals. Walk along a curiosity-rich intertidal zone or stretch your legs on a mossy hike. And tides and current permitting, sail through swirling waters of Deception Pass. Cap off your first day of adventure with a front-row view of the sunset from the bow.
DAY 3 Lopez Island / San Juan Island
You’ve landed in one of the most scenic areas of the Salish Sea. The rocky outcroppings of Lopez Island play host to harbor seals—and it’s also orca territory. When kayaking, keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface. Go on an intertidal nature walk, hike through the forest to hidden lakes, or “take the high road” on trails that lead to ridges overlooking the islands. Join your expedition team on deck searching for whales, seals, and sea lions as you cruise through the myriad San Juans—no two islands are the same.
DAY 4 Orcas Island
Your Captain navigates through the islands to your basecamp at Orcas Island—for a day of play where the options are unending. A local favorite, hike Mt. Constitution—it’s the highest peak in the San Juan Islands (2,409 feet high) and has a mind-blowing view of the archipelago. If you’re interested in skiff exploration or more paddling, the kayaks and paddle boards are up for grabs. You might also visit the charming community of Eastsound—it’s nestled above Fishing Bay and been around since the late-1880s.
DAY 5 Sucia Island
The treats keep coming! With no paved roads or even ferry access, enjoy your day on picturesque Sucia Island—total year-round population of four—a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. You feel a million miles away from it all, exploring the intertidal zone with your guides, hiking across the island, and kayaking in a protected bay. Weather permitting; there’s even a barbeque ashore.
DAY 6 Captain’s Choice
Make it an ideal morn by kicking it off with an early soak in the on-deck hot tub, a paddle along the shores of the Olympic Peninsula, or both! Your Captain sets the course today for explorations in the rain shadow of the Salish Sea. You may find yourself hiking deep into the mossy, towering old growth of the Olympic Peninsula or beachcombing for anemone and hermit crabs along the shores of Puget Sound. Or perhaps, a chance to kayak and paddle board, investigate bird rookeries, or search for whales in the Sea’s rich emerald waters.
DAY 7 Olympic National Park
Hike (or snowshoe if the snow is still there!) in Olympic National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—surrounded by rainforest, old growth forest, and top of the world 360 degree views. Your trek at Hurricane Ridge takes you across fields of sub-alpine flowers in warmer weather and snow-covered hills in the colder months. On a clear day, you can see Canada across to the Straits of Juan de Fuca. This evening, wrap it up with a Farewell Dinner and slide show highlighting your week’s adventures.
DAY 8 Seattle – Disembark
This morning, cruise into Seattle either via the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks or at Shilshole Bay. After breakfast, the Captain and crew bid you a fond farewell. Safe travels to all!