JUST YOU AND THE WILDERNESS: ACTIVE EXPLORATION AND CASUAL CRUISING IN NATURE'S BACKYARD
If you aspire to exploring a place by kayak, skiff, paddle board or on foot off-the-beaten-path and in comfort, then an Un-Cruise Adventure may be just the thing, offering un-rushed, un-crowded and un-believable experiences, whether in Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico's Sea of Cortés, Galapagos, Costa Rica & Panama, Columbia & Snake Rivers or Coastal Washington & British Columbia. You'll explore with expert insiders, and meet real people and have real experiences.
Un-Cruise Adventures' small ship explorations are to more remote areas, where large ships can't go, and where anchoring in natural surroundings is a highlight, not the ports of call. Wildlife sightings are more the highlight. The vessels carry from just 22 to 88 guests.
Un-Cruise offers two styles of adventures: InnerSea Discoveries and American Safari Cruises. One is more active and casual, and the other provides a more upscale level of accommodation and service. Both offer activities and excursions that complement the wilderness, wildlife and culture of each destination they visit on small ships that accommodate just 22 - 90 guests.
Enjoy a one-week Alaska adventure cruise (on one of six vessels) in the summer months, where you can meander around smaller bays and islands and get closer to wildlife, and where you can spend two days in Glacier Bay, not just a few hours as on large cruise ships. The custom launch kayak launch platform makes it easy to ease off the ship. Imagine paddling through ice crystals at safe distance from glaciers. A motor skiff allows you to relax and enjoy the scenery, or get closer to whales. Hiking excursions, often off-trail, allow you to expore ashore, at the pace you prefer. A forest service ranger is onboard to help guide and explain what you'll experience.
The three green "Wilderness" boats are more basic: Adventurer, Discoverer and Explorer. These offer a moderate price point and inclusive of all meals and most activities and equipment. All cabins have windows and a hot tub on deck. Onboard lifestyle is casual.
The three "Safari" vessels are more upscale yachts with generous inclusions, more generous stateroom options, and are all-inclusive including bar service, with turn-down service, robes, rainjackets and more. Dining is more gourmet with plated dinners, while it's mostly buffet style on the "wilderness" boats. Sauna and massage service is also available on the "Safari" boats.
In Hawaii, Un-Cruise offers one-week cruises in winter months, from November thru April, visiting Moloka'i, Maui, Lana'i and Hawai'i -- the only small ship cruise operation in Hawaii. Hike to hidden waterfalls and swim in gorgeous natural pools, visit and learn about taro and pineapple fields, enjoy snorkeling (gear provided) including night-time manta ray snorkel.
Or consider the Mexico's Sea of Cortes, known as the "aquarium of the world," on a one-week cruise with whale sharks, whales and mobulas; visit sleepy towns like Loreto and La Paz, view photogenic sandstone geological formations, giant cactuses up to 60-feet tall, snorkel, kayak and enjoy a burro ride.
In the Pacific Northwest, you can select the San Juan Islands or Olympic Peninsula cruise, or a river cruise on the Columbia and Snake rivers visiting the Columbia Gorge, Multnomah Falls and historic highlights. New wine-themed cruises will include a onboard wine expert and offer tastings and tours at Oregon and Washington wineries.
In Cental America and the Galapagos, Un-Cruise offers unrushed and uncrowded 7- and 9-night adventure cruises. Activities guided by expert naturalists are included on all cruises and may include kayaking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, skiff excursions, whale watching, polar plunge, hiking, beachcombing and cultural encounters. Flexible itineraries allow time to seek out and view wildlife up close, explore deeper into wilderness areas and take advantage of current weather and wildlife.