Blount Small Ship Adventures vs Sunrise Adventure - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 4
Value — 3.8
Guide — 3.8
Activities — 4.0
Lodging — 4.2
Transportation — 4.2
Meals — 4.4
Overall — 5
Value — 4.8
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 4.8
Lodging — 4.8
Transportation — 4.8
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

Poor contingency planning/execution

1.0 July 2018
UC
Does Not Recommend
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 4.0
This disorganized mess of a “cruise line” should just drop the “adventures” part of their business name and call themselves “Blount Small Ships”. Their vessel was not seaworthy enough to handle the weather affecting our planned itenerary which in itself could have been overlooked. What really ruined our experience was that despite knowing well in advance the weather and sea conditions, there was such poor contingency planning/execution in providing an alternate itenerary. On top of our intended destination of Block Island getting cancelled, our departure to our consolation prize destination 23 miles away was delayed over an hour because one passenger had not and did not ever show up. This other passenger ended up taking a taxi the extra distance anyway while we sailed 1.5 hours down the bay. Of the two options of piers which the vessel could have docked at, the ship docked at the one that was not in town. This was another questionable decision knowing the weather forecast and that it would prevent the water taxis required to get into town from running. The one thing to do near the pier (Fort Adams) was also closed due to weather. Now after two nights at our consolation prize “destination”, their next ingenious plan is to sail back up the bay to a town we could have biked to from where we initially embarked the vessel with very little to do. When your “cruise ship” doesn’t have any amenities aboard other than a lounge with a tv and a bowl of bar mix and sells itself as a cruise for the destinations that it goes... You need to do a MUCH better job making sure that whatever destination you end up going to actually has enjoyable activities to do other than just keep popping in DVD’s and topping up the party mix.
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Tour Blount Small Ship Adventures Company Reviews

Excellent Small-Ship Cruise Line

5.0 January 2017
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
I've taken just one Blount cruise, but I would happily take another (or several more). Our ship, the Grande Mariner, wasn't brand new by any means but it was comfortable and had good sun deck space, which is all I really ask. It holds up to 88 passengers and on my trip there were about 75. Meals were fine though not gourmet. The key to Blount is that their ships are small and can go just about anywhere that big ships cannot -- little islands, for example, and out of the way ports. Easy on and off is a nice feature. The crew and staff were very friendly and the other passengers on board were easy to get to know because we were sharing a relatively small space. The itinerary (Lake Michigan ports) was well chosen and included both big cities (Chicago, Milwaukee) and little ports (Beaver Island, Mackinac Island). I was torn among a number of good looking itineraries around the country, but I'm glad I picked Lake Michigan, which was both beautiful and fascinating. That doesn't mean I wouldn't like to do one of their Pacific Northwest or Deep South cruises, though. All in all, a very nice experience.
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Tour Blount Small Ship Adventures Company Reviews

Terrific Introduction to Lake Michigan

5.0 January 2017
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0
Of my seven cruises in various parts of the world this past year, this was near the top of my list. From the moment we drew away from the dock at Chicago's Navy Pier, dazzled by the lights of the city, to our return to Chicago a week later, the cruise was filled with surprisingly fascinating places and relaxing times on the water as well. The itinerary featured three states: Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Highlights included Beaver Island, an isolated, sparsely populated isle in northern Lake Michigan that has an intriguing history; Mackinac Island, the total opposite in that it's swarming with tourists, but understandably so for its ornate Victoria architecture and picturesque fort; and Milwaukee, a city on the rise that reminded me of a mini-Chicago. My wife and I met a number of interesting passengers aboard, there was plenty of deck sitting, the food was perfectly good and the captain and crew were very professional. The Grande Mariner ship has been around a while, but the cabins and public rooms were adequate to their task, which was to get us from scenic or historic spot to the next. Most people don't even know that Lake Michigan cruises exist, but they should.
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Great experience of Lantang trek!

5.0 May 2018
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Lantang valley trek was amazing. Everything was well managed and easy going. Sunrise adventure trek was a wonderful company they make everything was sure and safe. So I would like to come next time with this company for Everest base camp trek. I highly recommend everyone to use this company.
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Great Annapurna Circuit Trek

5.0 April 2017
R
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We had a wonderful experience with Sunrise Adventure Trek on our Annapurna Circuit trek last month. Our guide Ramesh was very good and very knowledgeable about the region, culture, flora fauna . Great value for money, with comfortable accommodation and outstanding food. I'd definitely use this company again.
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Tour Sunrise Adventure Company Reviews

Amazing trek to ABC!

5.0 April 2017
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Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My friend and I recently traveled to Nepal from the United States and had an amazing experience trekking to Annapurna Base Camp with sunrise adventure travel! We met Suresh in Kathmandu and he was incredibly helpful in setting up our trek and accommodation/activities in Pokhara post trek. Our guide, Palman (aka Paul) was amazing as well!! He was knowledgeable, patient, trustworthy, and kept us laughing with his hilarious sense of humor (which matched our own spot on!). Everything worked out exactly as Suresh promised that it would and he checked in before and after the trek to make sure that we were pleased with how things were going. We definitely felt that we were in good hands with both gentleman and would highly recommend Sunrise Adventure Travel. The prices were very fair and our experience was unbeatable. Thanks again, SAT!
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Tours 5 Trips 10 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 308 $ 92
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Group Tours
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Budget
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • Asia
Known For
  • 50+
  • Adventure
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Adventure
Headquarters Warren, Rhode Island, United States Kathmandu, Nepal
Year Established 1966 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A
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About Blount Small Ship Adventures

Formerly American Canadian Caribbean Cruise Line, Blount Small Ship Adventures runs small-ship cruises across America as well as the Caribbean and Central America. The family-owned line, based in Rhode Island, operates two ships: the Grande Mariner, and the Grande Caribe, each carrying a maximum of 88 passengers. Their ships date from the late 1990s and aren’t equipped with many bells and whistles, but have been refurbished and offer good deck space, vista lounges, and enjoyable food. Cabins are on the small side, but comfortable. The atmosphere aboard is strictly casual – no need to ever dress up.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

Blount’s motto — “to go where the big ships cannot” – sums up the basis of its appeal. Its small ships can dock at shallow, out-of-the-way ports as well as put in to centrally located urban docking facilities such as Chicago’s Navy Pier. The line’s founder, ex-oysterman and shipbuilder Luther Blount, was a true innovator in the cruise industry. Blount patented the bow ramp that enabled passengers to walk directly from the ship onto the shore, rather than having to ride small tender boats into port. He also patented the retractable pilot house, which, along with the shallow draft of his ships, made it possible to cruise under low bridges and down narrow waterways like the Erie Canal.  

Who Travels With Them?

Blount attracts mostly passengers in their 50s and 60s, with some older and some younger. There aren’t a lot of facilities for children, and activities and ports tend to be low-key, geared toward adults with an interest in history, culture, and soft adventure (kayaks, snorkeling gear, bikes, and other sports equipment are available on board many cruises). 

Where Do They Operate?

Blount’s two ships travel throughout the waterways of North America, primarily in the U.S. but also in Canada, Central America and the Caribbean. The line is one of the few to operate on the Great Lakes, but also travels the Mississippi, Lake Champlain between New York and Vermont, and New York’s Hudson River and Erie Canal. Among its more far-flung destinations are Guatemala’s Rio Dulce, a shallow river bordered by rainforest; Mayaguana, one of the most remote islands in the Bahamas; and Canada’s Georgian Bay.  

Why Travel With Them?

Blount has decades of experience navigating North American rivers, visiting villages and historic ports, as well as taking passengers to lakes and bays that most other cruise lines cannot or will not travel. 

About Sunrise Adventure

Sunrise Adventures specializes in trekking tours in Nepal, but also offer trekking and sightseeing in India, Tibet, and Bhutan.

What Makes Them Stand Out?

Nepal is a classic trekking destination and Sunrise Adventures local guides have years of professional experience guiding and walking challenging multi-day treks. They offer assistance not only on the trail, but pre and post travel as well, including visa support and hotel booking. 24 hour customer service is available during your travel - including safety support such as helicopter rescue.

Who Travels With Them?

Trekking is not for the faint of heart! Both literally and figuratively. Most of their trips are quite challenging, and you will be hiking in altitude. Most of their tours, if not fully focused on trekking, have an adventure component whether it be bungee jumping or whitewater rafting. These kinds of tours are most suited to young travelers seeking excitement with a dose of culturally enriching activities as well. Groups and individual travelers are welcome.

Where Do They Operate?

Primarily they are known for their Nepal treks, which range from the famous Everest variations to lesser known areas. However they also offer a variety of adventure trips in India, Tibet, and Bhutan.

Why Travel With Them?

Trips are all conducted by local guides, and they have many years of expertise leading the challenging multi-day treks. They are also an eco conscious tour company for those looking to minimize their carbon footprint while traveling. You can also feel good about helping the local communities as a portion of the profits when you book your trip go toward social services such as helping orphanages and local charities.

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