The Safari Endeavor cruise ship docked in Petersburg Sunday morning and hosted a tour of the facilities for several Petersburg residents.
Endeavor's captain, Jil Russell led the group throughout the ship explaining differences in the new Endeavor from the old.
“We have the capabilities of putting 66 passengers in the water at any one time,” Russell said. “The kayak launch system built into the vessel makes it easy for anyone to enjoy the waters.”
The passenger count has been reduced from 105 to 86 to allow visitors to enjoy the luxuries this newly designed vessel allows.
The cabins along the outside border of the ship all include two twin sized beds, a large mirror takes up one full wall which makes the room feel open and more spacious. These cabins can be found on the third deck of the ship.
The second deck includes cabins that have been completely renovated. Where two cabins were, now there is only one. This bigger, more luxurious cabin includes a king sized bed, full sofa with a fold out bed, jacuzzi tub and separate living quarters.
“We want our passengers to feel pampered,” Russell said. “We have all of the amenities to make it possible.”
The lounge and bar area in the forward area of the ship is completely enclosed by windows which will not impede the ability for animal viewing if weather prohibits deck viewing. This area is also a great place for socializing and two flat-screen televisions are mounted here, one for upcoming events and the other for navigational purposes.
Another major area of socialization and relaxation is the dining room. “Many of our guests will begin conversations in the lounge,” Russell said. “They will just continue them to the dining room. By the end of the trip, everyone knows everyone else.”
The Endeavor also offers two hot tubs on the deck, a two-person sauna and a massage room.
Russell, on behalf of Inner Sea Discoveries and the Safari Endeavor presented Valarie Allen of the Petersburg Fire Department with a donation. “We want to thank the community of Petersburg for all that you do for us here on the Endeavor and Inner Sea Discoveries.”
Hillary Whitethorn, Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Vice President, presented a hand-painted plate to be displayed aboard the ship.
“This is a beautiful piece,” Russell said. “It will look wonderful in our library.”
“We would like to make more frequent stops in Petersburg,” Russell said. “This community has always been really good to us.”