Un-Cruise Adventures’ 84-passenger Safari Endeavour operates wildlife- and adventure-focused sailings in Mexico’s Sea of Cortes during winters. It sails in Alaska during summers. Just 217 feet long and 37 feet wide, the Safari Endeavour is small enough to access remote bays and coves in Mexico and Alaska that are off limits to larger ships. The rear of the Safari Endeavour has been outfitted with an innovative, moveable docking system for kayaks and paddle boards. Locked into a raised position when the Safari Endeavour is sailing, the ship’s EZ Dock platform is lowered into the water after the vessel drops anchor in protected bays and coves. Safari Endeavour crew members help passengers board kayaks for exploring from the ship’s EZ Dock platform. Safari Endeavour passengers can sign up for guided kayaking explorations as well as “free paddles.” Here, passengers in a guided group head out to a small island off the coast of Mexico’s Agua Verde bay to look for blue-footed boobies. The Safari Endeavour also carries four motorized Zodiac boats that are lowered onto the water daily for use in outdoorsy excursions. Specially trained Safari Endeavour crew members pilot the ship’s Zodiacs, which are used for wildlife-watching tours and snorkling excursions, among other adventures. The Safari Endeavour’s Zodiacs also are used daily for landings in remote areas for activities such as hiking and wildlife watching. Here, passengers land by boat at Espiratu Santo Island in the Sea of Cortes. The Safari Endeavour has four passenger decks, with the second-level Cabin deck being the most popular with passengers. It’s home to a large bow viewing area. Seen here from the deck above, the Safari Endeavour’s spacious bow viewing area is an ideal spot for viewing marine life and passing scenery. Safari Endeavour passengers flock to the bow viewing area to watch a large group of bottle-nose dolphins that are frolicking in the waves the bow creates. Also on the Safari Endeavour’s Cabin deck just behind the bow viewing area is the ship’s multi-purpose Lounge, which features picture window on either side and forward. The Lounge can seat the entire complement of Safari Endeavour passengers at once and provides access to the open bow area on Cabin deck. The Lounge is the main gathering place on the Safari Endeavour and the site of daily lectures and a happy hour with cocktails and hors’ d’oeuvres. When sailing in Mexico, the bar in the Safari Endeavour’s Lounge stocks a wide range of Mexican beers both in bottles and and on tap. Unusual concoctions also are a specialty of the Safari Endeavour’s Lounge bar, which is stocked with a range of commercial and home-made bitters. Coffee and teas along with an early risers breakfast are available in the Lounge in the mornings. One deck up from the Safari Endeavour’s Cabin Deck is the Upper Deck, which offers a full wrap-around promenade that begins with an open terrace overlooking the bow. The wrap-around promenade on the Safari Endeavour’s Upper Deck passes in front of rows of cabins that take up the majority of the floor. At the back of the Safari Endeavour’s Upper Deck is a covered space where life jackets and excursion gear are stowed. The Safari Endeavour has a large selection of wet suits, flippers and snorkel masks for use by passengers during snorkeling outings that are stowed on the Upper Deck. Also located at the back of the Safari Endeavour’s Upper Deck are two hot tubs. Called the Bridge Deck, the top deck of the Safari Endeavour is another good place to watch for passing marine mammals and other wildlife. The midship portion of the Safari Endeavour’s Bridge Deck is called the Sun Lounge and features open and shaded deck space with chairs and tables, here configured for a start-of-cruise kayaking lecture. The Safari Endeavour’s top Deck also is home to a hammock that proves popular with passengers. Squeezed into a corner of the Sun Lounge are several exercise machines including an elliptical trainer and a handful of free weights. Free yoga classes also are offered on the deck every morning. At the front of the Bridge Deck is the Safari Endeavour’s bridge, which can be accessed through an exterior doorway on the vessel’s top deck. As is common on small, expedition-style ships, the Safari Endeavour has an open bridge policy that lets passengers visit while the vessel is underway. As detailed on the ship’s name plate, located on the bridge, the Safari Endeavour was built in 1983 by the Jeffboat Shipyard at Jefferson, Ind. and originally called the Newport Clipper. The lowest of the Safari Endeavour’s four decks is the Main Deck, which features more cabins and the ship’s dining room. The Safari Endeavour’s dining room can accommodate all passengers in one open seating. A row of picture windows on either side assures excellent sea-level views of passing scenery and marine life. At the front of the dining room is an included-in-the-fare, self-service wine bar where passengers can grab a glass of wine at any hour of the day. Eight taps in the self-serve bar area dispense a variety of wines and there are more offerings in bottles, too. Located just to the right of the dining room entranec is a cozy library. Offering views of the sea from a picture window, the Safari Endeavour’s Library is stocked with reference books about the places the ship visits in addition to a selection of recently released DVDs that can be borrowed for in-cabin viewing. A couple pairs of binoculars are at the ready on the sill of the Library’s picture window. A white board in the hallway just outside of the Safari Endeavour’s Lounge lists wildlife that passengers spot during a Sea of Cortes voyage. The Safari Endeavour has 42 cabins split into five categories. More than half of the cabins fall into the Commander category, an example of which is shown here. It features fixed twin beds, a desk and a built-in closet area. There are 22 Commander category cabins. Most commander cabins are located on Deck 3 of the Safari Endeavour and open onto the deck’s walk-around covered promenade. Cabins on the Safari Endeavour feature small desk areas with a fixed lamp and mirror. A single large speaker along the wall of Safari Endeavour cabins broadcasts commentary by naturalists when switched in the “on” position. Safari Endeavour cabins feature U.S. style outlets in several locations, including near beds and desks. Most cabin bathrooms on the Safari Endeavour are relatively tight and modular with a console sink, stand-up shower and toilet. Here, a Commander category cabin bathroom. Toilets in all but a handful of cabin bathrooms on Safari Endeavour are wedged in a small space between the console sink and a stand-up shower. The shower in most of the Safari Endeavour’s cabin bathrooms is blocked off from the toilet and sink by a fabric shower curtain. Lquid soap, shampoo and conditioner dispensers in Safari Endeavour cabin bathrooms are designed to eliminate the need for disposable plastic bottles. Slightly bigger than the Safari Endeavour’s Commander category cabins are its 12 Captain category cabins. The Safari Endeavour’s Captain category cabins have two twin beds that can be combined to create a king bed. The rooms also have windows. Captain category cabin bathrooms are the same size as Commander category bathrooms. Every cabin on the Safari Endeavour is stocked with metal water bottles and binoculars for passenger use. All cabins on the Safari Endeavour also come with hair dryers located in a drawer. Among the biggest cabins on the Safari Endeavour are its three Admiral category cabins. Admiral category cabins feature twin beds that can be combined to create a king bed; a desk and chair; and a private bath with shower. The Safari Endeavour’s three Admiral cabins feature refrigerators stocked with beer and soft drinks that are free for the taking. The bathrooms in Admiral cabins are the same as in smaller cabin categories. Captain and Admiral category cabins are located on the Main and Cabin decks of the ship and accessed via interior corridors. Safari Endeavour cabins have built-in storage areas. Each Safari Endeavour cabin comes with two robes available for passenger use located in the storage area. Un-Cruise doesn’t print daily programs for Safari Endeavour passengers but instead broadcasts schedules on televisions located in cabins and around the vessel. Passengers on the Safari Endeavour must be nimble enough to navigate its single interior stairwell as the ship has no elevator connecting its four decks. When disembarking on excursions, passengers slide a magnetic trivet to “ashore” and move the trivet back to “aboard” when they return. The Safari Endeavour carries a selection of walking sticks for use during hikes. Fresh towels are available on Deck 3 for use on shore excursions and after a visit to the hot tubs. Also located at the back of Deck 3 on the Safari Endeavour near the ship’s hot tubs is a small sauna. Formerly called American Safari Cruises, Un-Cruise Adventures introduced yacht-style “un-cruising” to Alaska in 1997 and has expanded to the Sea of Cortes, Hawai’i and the Pacific Northwest. The Safari Endeavour is a U.S. flagged ship that was built in the USA and features an all-American crew. When sailing in Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, the Safari Endeavour often anchors in remote bays such as Agua Verde for a day of kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding and other adventures. The Safari Endeavour rarely docks when on Sea of Cortes cruises. Here, it’s seen tied up at Puerto Escondido on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula so passengers can disembark for an excursion to see gray whales in Magdalena Bay. Kayaks ready for passenger use at a remote beach along Mexico’s Sea of Cortes. Passengers put their names on a sign-out board before heading off hiking, kayaking or paddle boarding from a beach at Pardito island in the Sea of Cortes. Safari Endeavour passengers prepare to snorkel with sea lions at Los Islotes in the Sea of Cortes. Safari Endeavour passengers snorkel with sea lions at Los Islotes, a pair of islands off the coast of Baja, California. A row of glass cases in the Safari Endeavour’s Lounge serve as the ship’s store for Un-Cruise Adventures clothing and other items. The Safari Endeavour’s ship’s bell is located at the front of the vessel on the bow viewing area. Local rancheros play for passengers during a Sea of Cortes sailing on the Safari Endeavour. Snacks always are available in the Safari Endeavour’s Lounge. The Safari Endeavour’s Lounge is stocked with games and puzzles for use by passengers. The stairwell landing on Deck 3 of the Safari Endeavour is lined with photos of destinations the ship visits. A giant piece of baleen from a whale is the wall art in a hallways on the Cabin Deck. The Safari Endeavour’s Upper Deck promenade is bathed in light during sunrise in the Sea of Cortes. Safari Endeavour passengers watch gray whales from a skiff in Mexico’s Magdalena Bay. A gray whale surfaces near a skiff carrying Safari Endeavour passengers in Mexico’s Magdalena Bay. Week-long Baja California trips on the Safari Endeavour often include a visit to Magdalena Bay to see gray whales. A gray whale surfaces in Mexico’s Magdalena Bay near a boat full of Safari Endeavour passengers. Safari Endeavour staffer Jade Sotelo operates a make-shift beach bar for passengers on the island of Espiratu Santo in Mexico’s Sea of Cortes. Among the stops on Safari Endeavour cruises in the Sea of Cortes is the small but historically important waterfront town of Loreto, Mexico. Safari Endeavour passengers visit a Jesuit mission in Loreto, Mexico that, notably, was the first Spanish mission in the Californias. Safari Endeavour passengers examine a built-into-the-pavement marker in Loreto, Mexico denoting the start of the historic Camino Real trail. A pelican stands watch over the harbor in the historical Mexican town of Loreto, which is a stop for passengers touring Baja California on the Safari Endeavour. Cardon cacti are common sights for Safari Endeavour passengers during hikes in Baja California. A Safari Endeavour guide and two passengers take a break during a hike on a volcanic island in the Sea of Cortes. Safari Endeavour passengers kayak through the mangrove estuary of Amortajada during a Sea of Cortes sailing. Safari Endeavour passengers after a guided kayak excursion through the mangrove estuary of Amortajada. Safari Endeavour passengers snorkel with sea lions at Los Islotes in Mexico. Safari Endeavour passengers ride a Zodiac boat away from the beach at Ensenada Candelero during a Sea of Cortes sailing. Burro rides are among the options for Safari Endeavour passengers during at stop at Agua Verde bay in Baja California. Safari Endeavour passengers on a burro ride in Baja California. Safari Endeavour passengers during a Zodiac landing for snorkeling and hiking at Espirutu Santo island in the Sea of Cortes. A life buoy on the Safari Endeavour, which lists its home port as Juneau, Alaska. The ship spends its summers in Alaska.