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Un-Cruise Adventures

5.0 | Excellent
  • 100% Recommend
Service Level
  • Standard
Type
  • Regional Expert
Established
  • 1996
Headquarters
  • Seattle, Washington, USA
Trips
  • 16

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Recommends

one of the best trips of my life September 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just got back from Glacier Bay with UnCruise - one of the best trips of my life. This was my first group trip and my first cruise and I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy the "group experience," but I would absolutely do this again, and again, and again... Amazing staff created unique, intimate nature encounters that you couldn't achieve on your own or with a larger group. From the ship's crew to the hotel/dining staff to the expedition leaders, this company has perfected hiring. Every single staff member had a passion for customer service and adventure. The final element that created such a magical trip was the passengers. Regardless of age or ability, each passenger had an adventurer's heart and seemed invested in helping each other have a fantastic experience. So many new friends and role models. This is definitely a bucket list trip, but one I want to repeat instead of crossing off. Thank you, UnCruise!
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Cheerful care and incredible trip September 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
We are in awe of UnCruise. Our trip for fifteen days on the Wilderness Discoverer through the inside passage from Juneau to Seattle was exciting every single day. Dozens of humpbacks diving and breaching, an orca extravaganza , grizzly, dolphins, sea and river otters, the aurora borealis and much more! The local sourced food and drinks exquisite, the activities plentiful and well planned, and the small number of passengers and incredible crew made being onboard feel like an extended family reunion. We were immersed in Alaska both physically and spiritually and came home both renewed and at peace.

Thanks Captain Keith, First Mate Lee, Sara who programmed incredible opportunities, Ben, Haley, Miriam, Kelly, Nate, Carl, and everyone on the crew for the many hours of cheerful care and incredible trip you gave to us passengers.
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Adventure September 2018

5.0
  • 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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This was the best trip August 2018

5.0
  • 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!

C

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WOW! July 2018

5.0
  • 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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The scenery was beyond gorgeous July 2018

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Wilderness Explorer: Fjords and Glaciers - A fabulous week hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, skiffing, whale and bear watching, and learning about Alaska. The crew is very knowledgeable and always available to answer questions and provide context. The scenery was beyond gorgeous in every direction throughout the trip - an advantage of being able to slip the small ship into quiet inlets and narrow passages. Highly recommended!
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Stride Review

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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From Un-Cruise Adventures

With offices at historic Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle, Washington, and Juneau, Alaska, Un-Cruise Adventures offers an alternative to traditional cruises by taking guests into areas inaccessible to large ships and on excursions that are exclusive, unconventional and unmatched.

In 1996, American Safari Cruises pioneered yacht cruising in Alaska. InnerSea Discoveries enjoyed its inaugural season of expedition-style active exploration of Southeast Alaska’s Inside Passage in summer 2011.  In January 2013, the company changed its name to Un-Cruise Adventures and is a wholly owned subsidiary of InnerSea Discoveries Alaska Inc, Juneau Alaska.

Why Us?

The Un-Cruise Adventures Difference. Unrushed. Uncrowded. Unbelievable.

Built on a reputation of quality and experience, our small ship cruise explorations—intended to inspire and satisfy your curious nature—are an unbeatable combination of activity and discovery, service and expertise, awe-inspiring encounters, and value. Guests rave about the Un-Cruise experience and how genuine our crew is, often commenting that it’s not like a cruise at all. Yet the biggest endorsement from our guests: they come back, and they refer us to their friends.

We engage experts and historians to interpret, narrate, or bring history to life. In Alaska, a National Park Ranger might join you on board, or a U.S. Forest Service wilderness ranger kayaks right up to the vessel and hops aboard to talk about natural history and their special bond with the land; and in Hawaii, a respected elder teaches you to make poi. Every rare encounter, unexpected “aha!” moment, and uncommon amenity and activity are unique to your destination, itinerary, and vessel—and they are all exceptional.

Cruise Style:

Adventure Cruises:

Focused on experiencing life on the outside—rain or shine—we offer different destinations, a mix of price points (some generously inclusive), and an exciting range of multi-sport activities aboard our adventure cruises. Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP), hiking, snorkeling, inflatable skiff excursions, and cultural encounters top the agenda. Our experiential cruise vacations are delivered from a variety of platforms, and depending on your choices, will accommodate from 22 to 84 like-minded guests. We provide the adventure, equipment, opportunities, fun, expert crew, expedition guides, and the vessel.

River Cruises:

Traveling nearly 1,000 miles upriver and down, our generously inclusive river cruises provide the best value available on the Columbia, Snake, and Willamette Rivers. Included shore excursions, a complimentary massage, wellness program, spirits and beverages, onboard historians, living history programs, visits to boutique wineries, exclusive one-on-one interactions with locals, port fees and taxes, no long lines or hours on a bus, and you’re never far from the riverbank. While exploring the cultural traditions, unspoiled lands, and the history and evolution of life along the rivers, you’ll enjoy a stimulating heritage voyage of colorful places and fascinating people.

Traveling aboard our 88-guest replica turn-of-the-century steamer—a style of vessel that has been on these rivers for over 100 years—offers you the conveniences of today with the feel of yesteryear.

Private Charters & Group Travel:

With a private cruise charter, it’s all about you. Charters provide an excellent way to bring together family, friends, or a corporate incentive group without the hassle of arranging provisions, crew, or routes. With a wide range of sizes—22, 36, 60, 64, 74, 76, 84, 88—there’s a boat written with your group size all over it. Let us tailor a charter with your special focus in mind—complete with activities, crew, and expedition staff. We handle all the details, leaving you to sit back and soak in the experience of a lifetime.

Family Travel:

In some of the most diverse playgrounds on earth, travelling with family on an adventure vacation is memorable and fun. Whether your family wants to kayak near a tranquil beach, hike along temperate rainforest, or interact with locals in a remote community, there’s something to spark everyone’s interest. Un-Cruise Adventures let families explore remote places, make discoveries, and learn while having fun together. So whether you’re traveling independently or as one family on a private charter, you can enjoy adventure in some of nature’s most diverse playgrounds. Planning a trip with your extended family? Consider a charter. All of the vessels in our fleet, from 22-88 guests, accommodate private groups. And not only that, our talented Captains, crew, and expedition team will cater the experience to your needs and desires.

Value-Added Theme Departures:

Recognizing that our guests often share similar uncorked passions—we’ve taken our adventures another step further by creating some special themed cruise departure dates. It doesn’t matter whether you’re already an authority, a budding amateur, or just curious to learn about a topic, you’ll fit right in.

Life Onboard:

Traveling is inspiring. It can also be nourishing. Refreshing. When you're on an small ship cruise adventure, connecting with your environment—on board or off—happens naturally. From our morning yoga stretches to the Captain’s Farewell Dinner, we’ve carefully crafted each activity with every aspect in mind.

Our Fleet:

Our fleet of small ships features expedition vessels, boutique yachts, and a replica turn-of-the-century coastal steamer—each one uniquely suited and equipped to provide an unbelievable experience. The shallow draft makes each vessel capable of nimble exploration and gives access to the places bigger ships cannot go. Public and private spaces are loaded with amenities and designed for casual comfort.

Associations:

Trusted Adventures Alliance, Trusted Adventures Alliance – Adventure Vacations from the Experts, Sustainable Travel International, Alaska Geographic, Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA), Anchorage Convention & Visitors Bureau, Glacier Bay National

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10 days
Small Ship Cruise
Luxury - 5 star
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From: $ 8,995

Highlights

-- Embrace two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the fabled Galápagos Islands and Quito’s celebrated Colonial city center

-- Enjoy two nights at historic Casa Gangotena boutique hotel in Old Quito, voted Ecuador’s #1 hotel by Trip Advisor

-- Stroll Quito’s Old City plazas, churches, and museums—rich with Spanish Colonial and pre-Columbian history—and savor a specially-arranged private dinner at the city's premier view restaurant

-- Observe Galápagos wildlife up-close in their natural habitats—giant tortoises, endemic land and marine iguanas, penguins, reef sharks, and playful sea lions

-- Set foot on eight islands and islets on this unique itinerary featuring explorations on two of the archipelago’s showcase islands—Genovesa and Española

-- Unmatched birding opportunities—Red-footed boobies, Waved Albatross, Frigatebirds, Darwin’s finches, storm petrels, nocturnal swallow-tailed gulls, seabirds, shorebirds, tropic birds, and elusive short-eared owl

-- Count the steps to Isla Bartolomé's summit for a sweeping panorama of iconic Pinnacle Rock

-- Snorkel in an underwater menagerie of marine life or view it all from the yacht’s glass-bottom boat

-- Learn about conservation successes and challenges at the Charles Darwin Research Center

-- Certified guides accompany small groups of 12 to provide a more personalized experience

-- Included roundtrip air between Quito and the Galápagos

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15 days
Small Ship Cruise
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 6,095

Highlights

  • Explore “wild and woolly” wilderness, glacial landscapes, old growth and rainforest
  • Kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiffing in remote scenic bays
  • Enjoy wilderness hikes, massive icebergs, and calving glaciers
  • Discover isolated coves and dramatic Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Visit Wrangell's Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House
  • Wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound and Stephens Passage
  • El Capitan Cave trek and exploration
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15 days
Small Ship Cruise
Premium - 4 star
Physical :
From: $ 5,095

Highlights

  • View stunning glaciers throughout Glacier Bay National Park
  • Wildlife and whale watching in Icy Strait and Frederick Sound
  • South Marble Island sea lion haulout and spectacular birding
  • Wilderness hikes in Glacier Bay National Park and along Chichagof Island’s waterfall coast
  • Explore remote scenic bays via kayak, paddle board, and skiff
  • Discover isolated coves and dramatic Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Visit Wrangell's Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House
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13 days
Small Ship Cruise
Premium - 4 star
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From: $ 3,495

Highlights

  • Cruise through Alaska’s and Canada’s Inside Passages
  • View glaciers and float among the ice-rich waters of Tracy Arm
  • Wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound
  • Up-close exploration in Misty Fjords National Monument
  • Transit the winding Wrangell Narrows and wildlife-rich Behm Canal
  • Kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiffing amidst glacial landscapes
  • Discover Tlingit culture in Ketchikan and at Wrangell’s Chief Shakes Tribal House
  • Visit The Whale Museum in quaint Friday Harbor
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