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Posted by BajaInsider on August 29, 2018
  • Safari Endeavor Commodore Suite
    Safari Endeavor Commodore Suite
  • Yoga aboard the Safari Endevour  – AdventureSmith Explorations
    Yoga aboard the Safari Endevour – AdventureSmith Explorations
  • The Westward in the Sea of Cortez – Photo Wendy Shattil
    The Westward in the Sea of Cortez – Photo Wendy Shattil
  • View from the Westward fordeck – Photo Wendy Shattil
    View from the Westward fordeck – Photo Wendy Shattil
  • The Westward cruising the Sea of Cortez – Photo Wendy Shattil
    The Westward cruising the Sea of Cortez – Photo Wendy Shattil
  • A small ship cruise of the Sea of Cortez aboard the Westward – Photo Wendy Shattil
    A small ship cruise of the Sea of Cortez aboard the Westward – Photo Wendy Shattil


Several expedition ships sail into the Sea of Cortez each year to spend their winters hosting Baja small ship cruises. Starting in December, with routes running through April, these vessels explore remote coastlines and islands inaccessible to larger ships thanks to their small size and shallow drafts. Less set ports of call also equal more opportunity to take advantage of wild places and wildlife: if whales are breaching, dolphins are bow riding or mobula rays are jumping, you’ll have the opportunity to stick around for the action. Here is a summary of the vessels sailing in Baja waters and how they compare.

A True Expedition Vessel Fit for National Geographic

The 100-guest National Geographic Venture is a purpose-built ship designed for traveling to remote locations in luxury. With large cabins, stunning public areas and a tiered system made specifically for the best wildlife viewing possible, your experience on the Venture will be second-to-none. Enjoy cocktail hours and hosted guest speaker presentations in the expansive lounge, start your morning off with a quick workout in the fitness center, and indulge in delectable, sustainably-sourced meals in the dining room.

In addition to a fleet of expedition landing craft, stand-up paddleboards and single and double kayaks traveling with you, other tools for exploration include snorkeling gear, a hydrophone for listening to whale communications, a bow-mounted camera with live feed into onboard TV screens for watching dolphins, whales and other marine mammals, and a video microscope. These expedition ships sail several Baja cruise routes, so view AdventureSmith’s Baja cruise page for more information.

Action Meets Luxury – the Safari Endeavour

The newly refurbished 88-guest Safari Endeavour offers the amenities of a luxury yacht with the price, efficiency and action-oriented itinerary of a small ship cruise. Extra touches you won’t find on other Baja ships: two hot tubs, a complimentary massage for each guest and an all-inclusive bar. All staterooms feature windows (no portholes) and suites are highlighted by French-door balconies, separate living rooms, ensuite Jacuzzis and Tempur-Pedic mattresses.

The ambiance aboard is very much expedition style and casual despite luxury touches. A full complement of expedition gear—kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, snorkeling equipment, hydrophone and bow camera—keeps your focus on exploring wild places. Wellness is also a priority aboard Safari Endeavour, with guests able to partake in morning stretch classes or use yoga mats for their personal practice any time. Guides are well versed in Baja flora, fauna and history, and select themed departures bring aboard experts in the fields of photography, marine biology and ornithology. Read more about the Safari Endeavour and her Baja itinerary: the 8-day Baja’s Bounty Cruise.

Sail Small with the Westward

The Westward, a historic 8-guest yacht, is listed with the US National Register of Historic Places and remains dependably powered by her original Atlas Imperial diesel engine. For those who want the most intimate sailing experience, this is your ship! You and just 7 other passengers will cruise in the Sea of Cortez with exceptional onboard dining and kayaks for exploring marine sanctuaries and remote islands. Note that while the Westward is the only small ship in Baja to operate without air conditioning allowing generator-free nights, her season is scheduled during the coolest part of the year and there is ample shade available on deck. Read more about the Westward as well as her illustrious history of hosting guests like Bing Crosby and Walt Disney on AdventureSmith Explorations’ website. Her current cruise routes runs 5 to 12 days: Westward Voyages in the Sea of Cortez.

For more information on Baja small ship cruises and vessels, visit AdventureSmith Explorations or contact one of our Adventure Specialists by phone: 1-877-620-2875.

AdventureSmith Explorations


40169 Truckee Airport Rd, Ste 201
Truckee , California
United States
Phone: 530-583-1775
California US


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