Safari Quest Cruise Review
Itinerary: Baja's Bounty - February 2012
To escape winter we "chartered" a yacht, the Safari Quest, ok along with 19 other strangers who became friends. We are high school Biology teachers, Sea of Cortez 'Galapagos of the West, Aquarium of the World" has been on our Bucket List for years. This was a very pricey trip for our family of four (14 and 16 girls), and not something we could do as often as we like, dollar per memory, we were very satisfied.
Girls read Kate Winslet sailed this ship, made preparation a piece of cake with the girls. Not a complaint about bringing a friend along. We shopped BiG 5 for numerous bathing suits, coverups, flip flops, lotions, snorkle masks, waterproof camera bag, and anything else we could find to break our budget. We were ready to go months in advance.
Warm and sunny upon arrival YES, remote La Paz, with the news issues of Mexico we were happy to get on the ship and sail out. We were picked up at the airport and taken to the ship. A warm welcome with a cold drink and taken to our cabins.
No cabin door locks were our first taste of not being in Baltimore any longer. Clearly a yacht with 11 cabins, good memory foam mattresses, quality sheets and towels. Three decks of cabins with good public spaces on the top deck mostly taken up with our water toys. Nice lounge with a homey feel, lovely dinning room, everyone eats at the same time. The lounge has a fully stocked bar that is included in the price. Soft drinks, waters, TexMex Beers, liquor etc. Little snacks and nibbles always on the bar. The Captain's bridge always open especially fun when sailing.
We spent our days in sheltered coves and marine parks, we hiked into deserts and fishing villages. We studied sea life, desert life, insects, cati groves, birds galore, we tried not to be book worms, kids got tired of us trying to teach them, so we backed off and let them run with the water sports. Wet suits and snorkel gear was provided. Water toys included kayaks, wakeboards, rides in skiffs. We always had an option of what to do. Our group got along really well and had fun on and off the ship. Some jumped off the ship, others went out in skiffs and jumped in the water. Special experience was swimming with a sea lion colony. They would swim toward you and turn, play and frolic with you, it sure gave us bragging rights when we got back home. One lady had a shiny barrette in her hair and they seem to be drawn to it, although she was asked to take it out. We were not to wear perfume, jewelry, and hair clips, a few I believe still did. We took many pictures to take back to our classes and the kids had a memorable spring break trip. Thank you Lindblad, thank you Linda, it was a trip of a lifetime.
—The Marcus x4, Baltimore, MD