Safari Quest Alaska small ship cruises on a sunny day
dining room with rows of tables and chairs, and rows of windows aboard the Safari Quest san juan islands small ship
the lounge aboard Safari Quest Alaska small ship, with a coffee table and ottomans, windows, couch with pillows and a table and chairs
Admiral stateroom with large bed with pillows on it and a large window behind it aboard the Safari Quest pacific northwest small ship
Admiral stateroom aboard the Safari Quest Alaska small ship, with a large bed, flat screen tv and large picture windows
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Safari Quest

22 guests
year built
crew members
10 crew members
120 feet
29 feet
cruising speed
10 knots
United States

Aboard the 22-guest M/V Safari Quest, unwind with upscale amenities, attentive service, comfortable staterooms and inviting public spaces for a welcome experience. The casually elegant salon offers a space to recap the day’s activities, relax or watch a movie on the widescreen TV, enjoy a book from the library, or order a drink from the yacht’s fully stocked bar. The 2:1 guest-to-crew ratio ensures superior, attentive service.

Safari Quest Review

AdventureSmith Explorations’ Safari Quest review includes a detailed description of the small ship including deck plans and a photo gallery. Our experts have been aboard nearly every first-class vessel in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Please read our Safari Quest review below, then contact our experts to compare the Safari Quest with other small cruise ships and yachts that offer Pacific Northwest cruises, Alaska small ship cruises and private charter cruises.

Choose the Safari Quest for a ticket into tiny nooks and special adventures other small vessels can’t reach. Built in 1992 and renovated in 2013 she is agile, spry, and with clean design lines. The Safari Quest accesses coveted wilderness areas, which are limited to only two groups of 12 visitors per day. On a boat this size, camaraderie is near-instant. The Safari Quest is on our curated list of Alaska yacht charters and luxury Alaska cruises thanks to her small size and upscale feel.

Common Areas Aboard Safari Quest

With only 22 guests and 4 public decks, the Safari Quest has room for several comfortable areas for socializing or for escaping for a quiet moment. A large hot tub graces the Sun Lounge on the Observation Deck. A quiet resource library with a couch is located in the aft section of the Bridge Deck. The Main Deck provides several social spaces with an upscale but casual feel, such as the lounge, dining room and full-service bar with complimentary top-shelf liquors, wines and microbrews. The Aft Deck is a fun place for a cocktail or for watching landscapes pass by and is located just behind the salon. 

Dining Aboard Safari Quest

Aboard the Safari Quest, meals are always served over several courses, with particular attention to the personal preferences of diners. The Dining Room, located on the Main Deck, provides a casual atmosphere with open seating that accommodates all guests in one sitting. Executive Chefs create exquisite meals, using locally-sourced fresh ingredients to reflect the flavors of each destination.

Each day includes an early-riser breakfast of fresh fruit, baked-onboard pastries and breads, and a full breakfast complete with specialty items. Lunches range from pasta salads and sandwiches to homemade soups and ethnic dishes. Dinners offer a choice of entrées, including fresh seafood and meats. Vegetarian dishes are available and special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice. Hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail hour feature a variety of appetizers and desserts are varied and plentiful. Fine spirits, wines and microbrews are included.

Activities Aboard Safari Quest

The Safari Quest is ready for up-close exploration of remote, wild places. Eight two-person sea kayaks are aboard, as well as stand-up paddleboards and a high-speed skiff. A full-beam swim step makes boarding excursion vessels a breeze. Hiking poles are available for optional land treks. Snorkel gear and wetsuits can be rented at an additional cost. Onboard exercise equipment includes elliptical trainers, exercise bikes and yoga mats. The open bridge policy encourages interaction with the captain and crew as they discuss navigation, itinerary and logistics. The salon has a large flat screen television and DVD player that streams live footage from the bow-mounted underwater camera as well as onboard hydrophones for listening to below-surface sounds.

Cabins & Deck Plan Aboard Safari Quest

The 22-guest, upscale yacht has 11 comfortable staterooms spread amongst 4 categories: Single, Navigator, Pathfinder and Admiral. All cabins come with turndown service, Tempur-pedic memory foam mattresses and private bathrooms with showers and heated tile floors. Unique among yachts, the Safari Quest’s 4 Admiral staterooms feature sliding glass doors and French balconies. Each room has air conditioning, flat screen TV/DVD, iPod docking station, hair dryer, bathrobes, conditioning shampoo and body wash, binoculars and reusable water bottles.

Safari Quest Alaska small ship Navigator stateroom with a large bed, wall mirror and end table

C1-C4, C6. Cabin Deck. King, queen or twin beds (C1, C2 and C6 have fixed queen beds); elevated port lights (not suitable for viewing).

Pathfinder cabin with a large red bed and triangle window looking outside aboard the Safari Quest san juan islands small ship

B2. Main Deck. Fixed queen bed (missing on deck plan); view window.

Admiral stateroom with large bed with pillows on it and a large window behind it aboard the Safari Quest pacific northwest small ship

A1-A4. Bridge Deck. King, queen or twin beds (A3 has a fixed queen bed); sliding glass door opening to a French balcony (unique among yachts).

single cabin aboard the Safari Quest Alaska small ship, with bunk beds and a door leading into the bathroom
Single (Navigator)

B1. Main Deck. Twin bed; view window. Pullman berth available.

safari quest Alaska small ship deck plan with 4 guest decks, 3 cabin categories divided by color & bed configuration notes.
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