Safari Explorer Cruise Review by texpeditious
- Sail Date: November 2017
- Destination: Hawaii
As far as activities, we went for the snorkeling. Almost every snorkel trip was a disappointment, except around the Big Island. The manta ray night snorkel was impressive & the snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay was comparable to anywhere in Galapagos.
Some of the crew were great while others seemed to have to try real hard to pretend to like the passengers. After we gave the recommended $$tip amount & what we had budgeted, some of the crew were downright surly, (Travis & hotel manager).
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First night in port the a/c stopped working. Day 2 we awoke to a sweltering hot room. Maintenance worked on it all day & it worked sporadically throughout night. This required one of us to get up & turn off the unit for several minutes then restart the a/c every couple of hours or so. By the end of the day the problem seemed to be working properly. However, the a/c closet was left open & parts were spread on what little floor space we had.
When the Explorer left port on night 2 we were awakened by an overwhelming sewer gas stench in our cabin. The next morning the hotel manager said that sometimes happens when the ship initially moves & will improve. After dinner day 3 the sewer gas smell was worse than ever. We reported the problem again to the hotel manager who seemed put out with our complaint. So we went over her head & complained to the captain who immediately consulted with staff. We were very quickly moved to a Commodore Suite which cost about $3250 more per person if we'd chosen this option initially. It was comfortable with a king size bed, full size tub/shower combo, sitting room & private balcony directly behind the bridge.
For $8190 I should be able to sleep comfortably.