One Last Day aboard Safari Endeavour in Alaska
September 6, 2014
In show business, they say you should always save the best for last. The crew here onboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ Safari Endeavour seem to subscribe to that theory, because our final day on our weeklong Discoverer’s Glacier Country itinerary in Alaska has quite possibly been the icing on a cake filled with nothing but highlights.
Today, we sailed through Endicott Arm to Fords Terror. You may already be familiar with Endicott Arm and not realize it; it likes just to the south of Tracy Arm, a popular scenic cruising destination for larger cruise ships due to its enormous cliff walls and the North and South Sawyer Glaciers.
Our morning of scenic cruising also gave us some much-needed time to sleep in. It’s amazing how exhausting (in a fun way) expedition cruising can be. While I managed to “sleep in” until 7:30, many guests didn’t appear before 10 a.m.
It also gave the crew of the Safari Endeavour the opportunity to go over some housekeeping items with us for our disembarkation in Juneau tomorrow. As with many smaller cruise ships, disembarkation is a snap. We’ve been given luggage tags that corresponded with our departure from Juneau Airport, and the Expedition Team personally came around to each of us to verify our outgoing flights.
I also took our relaxing free time to do some packing this morning. Personally, I learned long ago to do 90 percent of my packing on the morning of the last full day onboard any cruise ship, when very little is likely to be happening. That keeps the evening open to enjoy dinner, drinks, and conversation.
The subject of gratuities was also covered for us, which corresponded with the pre-cruise documentation I had received. It suggests a recommended gratuity of between five and 10 percent of the published cruise fare – which, for this voyage, clocks in at $4,795 for my Commander Stateroom.