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Safari Explorer Cruise Review

Itinerary: Discoverer's Glacier Country - August 2010

American Eagle

We were on American Safari Cruises Safari Explorer in Alaska. We are spoiled travelers and asked Linda for the most luxurious small ship yacht she worked with. I get sea sick and don’t particularly like the cold. So we had high expectations on her opinion. We were not disappointed.

We started with an overnight in Juneau at the Goldbelt Hotel. We were picked up by a town car. The hotel is nothing special, but I understand the best hotel in town. They picked us up from the airport and we had a nice size water view room. We visited the Red Dog Saloon, took Era Helicopters over Mendenhall Glacier and had breakfast at the Silverbow Bakery. A good start to our trip.

We boarded the ship and found our luggage in our cabin. We met our fellow passengers in a cocktail party the first night. Our ship held 36 and a good size crew. We booked late and could not get the best cabins but we were happy with our B2. The size was sufficient as was the storage, the high ceiling made it feel larger than its 170 sq ft.

In general everything on this trip was a thumbs up. Alaska alone is magnificent no matter how one visits. We felt lucky to have excellent naturalists as well as kayaking, bikes, and zodiacs. Food was delicious, we had a fully stocked bar with premium brands. Expresso machine, and a very creative chef with quality fresh ingredients to work with.

Our weather was good, with very little rain, our naturalists said we were so lucky. It was very cold on the day we visited the glaciers but I was able to dress appropriately and keep warm. The water was smooth the whole trip so sea sickness was not an issue at all.

We feel we got a good introduction and education to the Alaska Inside Passage on the Explorer, and it was a good choice for our way of travel. We like up close and personal with our luxury. We plan to return in a year or two and visit the land around Denai. We understand there are a few upscale lodges available and will be calling you to work on that for us. We are told they book up very and are small properties. So we will be in contact.

Thank you for all your help and information before we left. And your welcome home call which prompted me to remember to write this promised review.

—Mr. and Mrs. Marion Johnson

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