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Life Onboard

Unbelievable Ambience—Comforts and Fodder on Board

Traveling is inspiring. It can also be nourishing. Refreshing. When you're on an small ship cruise adventure, connecting with your environment—on board or off—happens naturally. From our morning yoga stretches to the Captain’s Farewell Dinner, we’ve carefully crafted each activity with every aspect in mind.

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Wine & Cuisine
Dining Experience

Wine & Cuisine

All of our meals ensure innovative, healthful dining experiences and our executive chefs use ingredients that reflect the flavors of your destination. Mornings feature an early riser breakfast of fresh fruit, baked-on-board 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 that include fresh seafood and meats. Vegetarian dishes are available and special dietary needs can be met with advance notice. Hors d’oeuvres are offered during the cocktail hour, and desserts are varied and plentiful.

Unless there’s a barbecue on deck or some other special event, most meals are served over several courses—with particular attention to your personal preferences. We offer a casual-style dining experience, and seating is open so you are free to join new friends and choose a different table at every meal. And if you are celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or other milestone occasion, let us know before you board and our expert pastry chef will make it memorable by whipping up a surprise treat.

Our approach to wetting-your-whistle is as uncharacteristic as our vessels. And depending on the one you’re on, you could find yourself in the setting of a cozy neighborhood pub, a rustic turn-of-the-century saloon, a quiet wine bar, or an intimate upscale lounge. Fine spirits, wines, and microbrews are served aboard all of our vessels, with many even featuring sustainable cask wines on tap. A rotating list of wine and microbrew selections will vary depending on your destination. On many of our itineraries, wine, beer, and spirits are included in your fare.

Sample Menus and Bon Voyage Form (click image for PDF)

Sample Food Menu Sample Spirits Wine Menu Bon Voyage Gift Menu
Outer Decks Inner Spaces
Wellness Fitness Relaxation

Outer Decks & Inner Spaces

Each vessel has its own unique personality, but all share a universal goal and with you in mind—to relax and be comfortable. Designed to bring the outside in, they come alive with art and artifacts from the places we travel. And our open bridge policy welcomes you to visit and discuss navigation with the captain.

Public spaces common throughout the fleet include an inviting dining room, main lounge or salon (with a varied collection of board games, books, and DVDs), and observation decks ideal for close-up wildlife viewing and relaxing under the stars. You may also find a hot tub, massage room, and sauna; and most of our vessels are equipped with an underwater hydrophone, a kayak launch platform or swim step (making access water to the water easy), as well as, cameras that connect to the TVs, bringing life in the water directly inside the boat!

Wellness, Fitness & Relaxation

Onboard amenities allow you to escape through morning yoga stretches, relaxing in the on-deck hot tub or sauna, laps around the deck, enjoying a workout on the fitness equipment, or being pampered by our wellness instructor / massage therapist. Nature’s splendor takes care of the rest. And at the end of your cruise, our onboard team will send you off with a renewed sense of beauty and spirit.

A complimentary massage is included as an added bonus aboard the S.S. Legacy, Safari Endeavour, and Safari Explorer. Depending on your massage therapist, your choices may include traditional massage, lomi lomi, shiatsu, or a comfortable chair massage.

Our lifestyle emphasizes both adventure and comfort. Amenities and cabin configurations vary between the vessels. Uncover the features, amenities, and inclusions of each vessel...Click here