Un-Cruise Adventures vs Gondwana Tours & Safaris - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Overall — 0
Value — 0.0
Guide — 0.0
Activities — 0.0
Lodging — 0.0
Transportation — 0.0
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Recent Reviews

Adventure

5.0 September 2018
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We just returned from Small ship adventure in Safari Explorer - the experience was exceptional from the excursions to the food to the service. We would recommend Uncruise without reservation and will be planning our next trip with them soon!
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Tour Un-Cruise Adventures Company Reviews

This was the best trip

5.0 August 2018
A
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was the best trip. The captain and crew we're exceptional and were always getting us to participate and learn. Truly a pleasure!

Tour Un-Cruise Adventures Company Reviews

WOW!

5.0 July 2018
C
Recommends
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We traveled on the Wilderness Discoverer from Sitka to Juneau July 14-21, 2018. WOW! This experience surpassed all our expectations. Southeast Alaska is beautiful and I can't think of a better way to explore it! The guides were fantastic--enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The meals were wonderful as well. We are so happy we chose UnCruise!
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Tour Un-Cruise Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 16 Trips 0 Trip
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 411 $ 0
Operator Type Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line Group Tour Operator
Size Regional Expert Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Group Tours
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Africa
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Adventure
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Photography
  • Adventure
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, USA Maun, Botswana
Year Established 1996 2008
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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      About Un-Cruise Adventures

      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. 

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