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Overall — 4.5
Value — 4.3
Guide — 4.3
Activities — 4.3
Lodging — 4.2
Transportation — 4.2
Meals — 4.2
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
5.0 July 2018
This Topdeck was so much fun, with it being the leaders last trip the chefs first trip and everyone else on the bus being 18 on a GAP year it was one to remember!Read more
Unfortunately we missed out on Nice as we were in Paris heading to Nice on Bastille day, the day of the drive through attack. Topdeck took a good step forward and moved us to Switzerland earlier and we had an extra day there and in Florence instead! They had the best facts and took us to the best places. Our leader Amanda would tell us the most important facts of the trip show us where to party and where to stay safe and let us do our own thing at night!
Would highly recommend!
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5.0 February 2017
There are so many great things to say about my European trip of a lifetime. The people that made it was my fellow topdeckers and of course the Fab Tour guide Matt Stewart. This is a trip that I will never forget, so many lovely memories I will cherish forever. We was very lucky with Matt because he really took time to talk to us and make us all feel relaxed with each other and asked us what we wanted to do. He was so knowledgable about all the places we went to, I remember thinking to myself this guy is pretty cool the fact he knows so well about the history and culture of each place especially the amount of cities we travelled to. Matt made the trip fun, interesting, exciting and I hope that if I was to ever do a top deck again one day he would be the tour guide or I think I would be disappointed. Have recommended top deck to so many people, memories I will have for a lifetime.Read more
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5.0 January 2017
Ian Armstrong Sydney
Topdeck Tours was awesome, at the time back in 2005 I was traveling for 12 months, and wanted to see a huge chunk of Europe on a budget, so I found this company and it was exactly what I was looking for, the guides were very friendly, our cook was making really great meals on the side of the road, and the driver was very funny, and the accommodation was all good and I and all the other people had such and awesome time, and lots of us still keep in touch and will always remember our Topdeck experience.Read more
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5.0 August 2015
I'd give Un-Cruise more stars if that was an option. I was on the Quest October 2013 for the British Columbia itinerary. The level of service from the crew (8 crewmembers for 13 passengers) was top-notch. The food was imaginatively prepared. They took special requests without hesitation. Activities were plentiful and varied. It tells you how much the passengers enjoyed this cruise that out of 13, 7 passengers put down deposits on a future cruise before we left the ship. I can't wait for my next Un-Cruise Adventure.Read more
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5.0 August 2015
I was the lucky winner of the "Alaska Magazine" cruise contest. We took our cruise in August, 2012. We did the Northern Passages & Glacier Bay, Sitka to Juneau cruise. It was AMAZING!! We LOVED the casual atmosphere. The crew was fun and very knowledgeable about the area. Our cabin was very comfortable and had a huge window over looking the water. The humpback whales came up close and personal many times to entertain us. We saw orcas, puffins, bald eagles, bears, wolves, otters, and too many other animals to list. Kayaking in Glacier Bay and the skiff rides dodging floating ice was something I never thought I'd experience. It was a little rainy during our trip, but that didn't stop us. We were prepared with our rain gear and boots and had a wonderful time in the rain and fog. The small ship is a great way to make new friends and memories to last a life time. I would highly recommend this to everyone. The big cruise ships are nice, but the casual atmosphere and the adventures on this cruise beat out docking in ports to shop, etc.Read more
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5.0 August 2015
Our cruise was from May 25-June 1, 2013 aboard the Wilderness Adventurer. It was the trip of a lifetime! Alaska is so beautiful and everyone we met was so friendly, from the people at the hotel we stayed at to all the crew members! The crew greeted us at the dock and made us feel at home right away. We wanted a cruise that was informal ( I hate wearing a suit) and full of adventure. This cruise was just the ticket! We hiked, kayaked, whale watched, saw Orcas, Mt. Goats, seals and all other kinds of wildlife. The scenery was awesome! We walked on a glacier, saw the glacier calving, kayaked past icebergs, hiked in the wilderness! We were able to even take a float plane trip out of Yes Bay! We took thousands of pictures because everywhere you tuned it was awe inspiring! We went places no big ship could go. Made friendships that will last a lifetime on board. It was the trip of a lifetime! You can't get this kind of service, care or treatment from a big cruise ship. We 're already planning on a return trip with Un-Cruise! A special thanks to the crew of the Wilderness Adventurer- Capt. Rod, Amy, Trevor, Sarah , Sara, Amber, Cory, Melanie, Jess, Heather, Mark, Andrea, Gavin and all the rest of the crew.Read more
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|Tours||351 Trips||16 Trips|
|Average Trip Price Per Day||$ 149||$ 411|
|Operator Type||Group Tour Operator||Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line|
|Size||Global Operator||Regional Expert|
|Headquarters||Chiswick, London, UK||Seattle, Washington, USA|
|Solo Friendly||Good for singles, No single supplement||N/A|
Founded in 1973, Topdeck has been providing fun, adventurous trips around the world for 18-39 for over 40 years.
What Makes Topdeck Travel Stand Out?
Topdeck tour focuses on providing friendly and authentic guided group tours where like-minded 18-39 year old travelers can have amazing group experiences. There are several trip types to choose from, from camping, to immersive, to multi destination, to sailing.
Who Will Enjoy Traveling with Topdeck?
Sociable, adventurous, budget conscious 18-39 year olds are the kinds of traveler who will gravitate to Topdeck. Though they offer a few different distinct travel styles, there is definitely a sense of an ongoing party, with travel as the conduit and underlying shared interest.
If the idea of being around a group of similarly aged people - many of whom may be exploring internationally for the first or second time - being spontaneous, and meeting locals (often in the environment of bars or clubs) is unappealing, then Topdeck may not be your cup of tea.
Introverted travelers, or those for whom an extensively planned itinerary including many museums and historical sites is ideal, may want to hunt around before choosing a Topdeck tour.
That is not to dissuade the more observational traveler - who may very well find a group they gel with perfectly on a Topdeck tour. Only to caution that you will be surrounded by several extroverted personalities.
The bottom line is if you are game for anything, are traveling on a budget, and don’t mind fairly basic but comfortable accommodations and inexpensive meals - sometimes on the go - then you will enjoy the Topdeck tour experience.
Topdeck has tours throughout the world, in Europe, Australia & New Zealand, North America, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Topdeck Travel Style
The Topdeck travel style is tied quite specifically to their audience. These tours are great for youthful and energetic 18-39 year olds looking for a good time and to make new friends.
In the interest of keeping their tours affordable, travelers with Topdeck will need to make a few allowances. For example, hostels and hotels may be situated quite far away from the city centers. You can also expect some long travel days. The more of a good sense of humor and adventure you have, the more you’ll enjoy the experience.
Why Choose a Tour With Topdeck
Feeling the urge to connect with travelers in your age group, have fun, and make lasting friendships? Topdeck has over 40 years of experience in adventure travel, which has helped them create epic low cost trips for 18-30 somethings.
These tours are certainly not for those who prefer to take things slow. You will be running around, moving between a lot of places - which in some cases means very long bus rides - going out a lot, meeting new people, and staying active throughout your tour.
If your ideal travel experience is more methodical and planned out in nature, Topdeck may not be for you.
But if you are an adventurous and social travelers eager to absorb a new culture and make new friends, then hop on board!
Formerly American Safari Cruises, Un-Cruise Adventures changed its name in 2013 to reflect its philosophy: You won’t be on a conventional cruise with us. Un-Cruise has an eight-ship fleet that includes expedition vessels, yachts, and one replica 19th-century coastal steamer. None of the ships holds more than 88 passengers, and one carries a maximum of 22. Most are in the 40-to-70-passenger range. Experts such as National Park Rangers in Alaska often come on board to give lectures and answer questions, and guides often try to arrange cultural encounters with local people.
What Makes Them Stand Out?
Un-Cruise Adventures combines water-borne adventure with small-ship intimacy and casually clothed luxury. It’s an unusual combination that sets them apart from most other cruise lines. On-board service is personalized and excellent with a high crew-to-passenger ratio, and guides are extremely knowledgeable. Ambience on board is relaxed; you never need to dress up. Once you’ve taken an Un-Cruise, you may find it difficult to return to “regular” cruising.
Who Travels With Them?
Adventurous and active travelers of any age can enjoy an Un-Cruise. Un-Cruise does attract primarily upscale passengers, though if you travel in the offseason and choose one of the lesser-category cabins, their prices are competitive with other small-ship cruise lines. (And more amenities are included in the base rates than on many other lines.) Un-Cruise also offers family trips.
Where Do They Operate?
Un-Cruise “adventure cruises” sail Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, Mexico’s Sea of Cortes, the Pacific Northwest (Coastal Washington state and British Columbia), and Central America (Costa Rica and the Panama Canal, including a complete crossing from the Atlantic to Pacific). They also run river cruises on the Columbia and Snake rivers of the Northwestern U.S. Un-Cruise Adventures like to get off the beaten path, and, using small ships, they can do just that.
How Does It Work?
Kayaking, paddle-boarding, snorkeling, hiking, and going out in skiffs to watch for whales or other marine life are typical activities, depending on the destination. There’s also plenty of time to be out on deck, read in the lounge, or chat with fellow passengers at cocktail hour and over meals.
Why Travel With Them?
If you don’t like waiting in line to embark or disembark your ship; want to get to know many of your fellow passengers; prefer itineraries flexible enough to, say, go in search of whales if the captain spots some in the distance; believe in the “leave no traces” style of travel; enjoy good food and service; and want to bring home intimate knowledge of a destination rather than just souvenirs, then an Un-Cruise may be right for you.