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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.

Key Un-Cruise Adventures Tips

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Top Reasons To Cruise

  1. Flexible Itineraries Itineraries are flexible to take advantage of wildlife sightings.
  2. Wilderness Access Maneuverability of the small vessels offers unique access to wilderness areas for viewing wildlife and exploration by skiff.
  3. 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.
  4. Personal Encounters Insightful cultural encounters ashore are a highlight of off-the-beaten path explorations.
  5. Eco-Friendly The line follows a “Leave No Trace” policy to protect the environment.
  6. 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.

Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer. The Active Adventure ships with capacities of 60, 76, and 76 respectively provide maximum comfort and upgraded amenities that are often unexpected on expedition ships this size. Casual and inviting public areas decorated in contemporary colors impart the feeling of a 1940s-era National Park Service Lodge crossed with a neighborhood pub that features a bar top made from salvaged wood. On deck you’ll find plenty of space to view the passing scenery, either at the rail, from a deck chair, or in a strategically placed hot tub. The top decks have covered areas where exercise equipment and saunas—with a view—are located. The ships also feature kayak launching platforms for convenience and safety. They are not, however, very accessible to passengers with disabilities.

Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Safari Quest. The line's Luxury Adventure ships have capacities of 86, 36, and 22 respectively. Safari Endeavour is exquisitely appointed with features such as an intimate Wine Bar and spa area including two hot tubs, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and massage suite (with a complimentary massage.) Safari Explorer’s three public decks offer comfort amid casually elegant appointments. The library and cozy salons for dining and socializing are nicely balanced, with a large open viewing deck highlighted by a hot tub and nearby sauna. Safari Quest has warm wood trim throughout and plenty of outer deck space for spotting wildlife and taking in the scenery. A top deck lounge is a pleasant hideaway from which to enjoy the views. Hydrophones for listening to below-surface sounds are found on all three ships. There is no Internet access on board, and cell-phone service is only available when the ships are near shore and within range of a cell tower. Smoking is limited to designated outside deck areas. No cabins are wheelchair-accessible.

SS Legacy. Refurbished before entering service in 2013 as the Heritage Adventures vessel, the 88-passenger SS Legacy emulates the old-world ambience and charm of an early turn-of-the-20th-century coastal steamer. Appointed with period decor, the vessel features carved wooden appointments. The Grand Salon, complete with a full bar and dance floor, and the Pesky Barnacle Saloon each have an adjacent outdoor viewing area. Two hot tubs, a sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and a massage suite are features accessible to all guests. The ship’s four decks provide ample outside viewing spaces and public areas for gathering with fellow passengers. Elevator access is available to three of the public decks. Smoking is limited to designated areas on outside decks away from doors and windows. There are no wheelchair-accessible cabins.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Un-Cruise Adventures

Key Cruising Tips

  • Pick a ship to suit your personal style of adventure—either active on an expedition vessel, luxurious on an upscale yacht, or with an emphasis on history aboard a coastal steamer.

  • With the exception of the smaller yachts, children are welcome on any departure, and the "Kids in Nature" program on certain sailings is geared toward entertaining and educating kids of all ages.

  • Children 12 years and under save 25% on select departures.

  • Guest hosts on theme cruises might include winery owners and winemakers, whale experts, photographers, or authorities in marine biology and ornithology.

  • A complimentary massage is an included amenity aboard the SS Legacy, Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, and Safari Voyager. Massages are available aboard all the expedition vessels at an additional charge.

Your Shipmates

Typical passengers tend to be inquisitive couples from mid-thirties to retirees. Children are welcome, but there are no facilities specifically designed for them.

Dress Code

Dress is always comfortably casual, so guests can feel free to pack any clothing they like. Although there are a limited number of rain slickers, rain pants, and mud boots on board for passenger use, guests may also bring their own to ensure the best fit. Evening attire tends

to be more upscale casual on Luxury and Heritage Adventures.

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Junior Cruisers

With the exception of the smaller yachts, children are welcome on any sailing. Families with children age 12 and under might prefer one of the limited "Kids in Nature" departures, which are geared toward entertaining and educating kids of all ages.


Crew members tend to passenger needs discreetly, yet in a personal way—they know your name and preferences and your needs will be satisfied in an attentive manner.


Tips are discretionary, but a generous 10% of the fare is suggested. A lump sum is pooled and shared among the crew after the cruise.

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