- Un-Cruise Adventures
- Un-Cruise Adventures
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- Un-cruise Adventures
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- Un-Cruise Adventures
Plan Your Un-Cruise Adventures Vacation
Small-ship line American Safari Cruises pioneered yacht cruising in Alaska in 1997; its sister line InnerSea Discoveries enjoyed an inaugural season of expedition-style active exploration of Alaska’s Inside Passage in 2011. The parent company
merged the two lines in January 2013 and changed the name of the combined line to Un-Cruise Adventures.
Under the Un-Cruise Adventures brand, the line offers several small-ship cruising styles from which to choose—Active Adventures, Luxury Adventures, and Heritage Adventures—each designed to provide a unique experience. Active Adventures are expedition-style cruises offering more active adventures and delivering them aboard expedition vessels at an economical price point. Luxury Adventures are offered aboard more upscale, yachtlike ships that are loaded with extra amenities; soft-adventure activities are emphasized, and fares range from moderate to high. Heritage Adventures focus on history, both on the ship and ashore. Living History programs are offered aboard a replica Victorian-style steamship for a moderate to high price. All the line's ships are also available for charter by private groups.
All cruises, regardless of the style, include guided tours ashore, but more included excursions are offered on Luxury Adventures. Heritage Adventures offer more port calls with shore visits to museums and historical sites. Kayaks and paddleboards are available at no charge on Active and Luxury Adventures, but there is a nominal daily use charge for snorkeling gear and wet suits on Active Adventures. Limited quantities of hiking poles, binoculars, mud boots, and rain gear are available on board for use during your cruise.
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Top Reasons To Cruise
- Flexible Itineraries Itineraries are flexible to take advantage of wildlife sightings.
- Wilderness Access Maneuverability of the small vessels offers unique access to wilderness areas for viewing wildlife and exploration by skiff.
- Intimate Tours Small groups that do not overwhelm the areas visited allow more up-close discoveries ashore on excursions led by trained leaders and guides.
- Personal Encounters Insightful cultural encounters ashore are a highlight of off-the-beaten path explorations.
- Eco-Friendly The line follows a “Leave No Trace” policy to protect the environment.
- By supporting and promoting local culture, the line makes a positive impact on communities.
Is This Line Right For You?
Choose This Line If
- You consider yourself more an adventurer than a tourist.
- Your idea of a fun evening includes board games and quiet conversation.
- You want to get up close to glaciers, waterfalls, whales, and other wildlife.
Don't Choose This Line If
- You can’t entertain yourself; except for dancing on Heritage cruises, there is no organized entertainment at night.
- You have to ask the price—except for Active cruises, these are primarily expensive trips.
- You would rather play a slot machine than attend an evening lecture.
What To Expect On Board
Ships of the Line
Un-Cruise Adventures currently sails eight vessels for soft adventure cruising to regions throughout Alaska, the Columbia and Snake rivers, coastal Washington state and British Columbia, the Hawaiian Islands, and Mexico’s Sea of Cortés. Vessels
are comfortable and feature modern amenities, although these vary by ship.
Chefs serve a choice of nicely presented dinner entrées, featuring fresh local ingredients and plenty of seafood. Both Luxury and Heritage cruises are nearly all-inclusive, so premium wines and liquors are available at every meal, and guests
are welcome to help themselves to the well-provisioned bar as well as snack options set up between meals. Meals on Active cruises are simpler and often served buffet-style, and on these cruises there is a separate charge for alcoholic beverages. Espresso, coffee, and tea are available 24 hours a day on all ships.
Expert naturalists give informative presentations on board and are available throughout the trip as a resource for assistance and information. Libraries are stocked with books and DVDs. The Victorian-style steamship SS Legacy
has a dance floor for evenings on board for its Heritage cruises.
Fitness and Recreation
Exercise equipment, hot tubs, a sauna, and yoga sessions are featured on board. Kayaking and nature hikes are offered for a more adventurous workout.