UnCruise Adventures

When you come back from an Alaska cruise, it’s a given that you’ll rave about the landscape, its vast and wild nature, and the wildlife you spotted. But what you might not expect is all the AHA moments and adventures you had, and to form lasting connections with your shipmates and crew on an adventure of a lifetime.

With UnCruise Adventures that’s exactly what happens—it’s a much more personal way to travel. No two departures are ever the same, and you share the experience with just 22 to 90-guests. Engaging, attentive crewmembers know your name, learn your preferences, and guide you on an active exploration of Alaska’s wonders.

Hiking, kayaking, and exploring intertidal zones are just some of the ways you’ll connect with Alaska and other guests. Your home-away-from-home offers up a casual atmosphere—relax on deck, chat over meals, share stories, and learn while having fun.

A Day With UnCruise

Each day brings new waters and wilderness to discover. Aboard a small ship, you can nestle into areas where big ships can’t go, and you have a more flexible itinerary (happily accommodating an extended whale breaching show or making time for a “polar plunge”).

Wake up to a hearty breakfast (tip: don’t miss the bacon!). Morning and afternoon activities are offered rain or shine. Your onboard expedition team helps you sift through the options, catered to your interest and ability. You might choose a skiff ride, walk along a glacial moraine, or kayaking. Try stand-up paddleboarding to explore small coves, or don a wetsuit to snorkel for colorful sea stars and fish. Even a simple hike affords a unique and primeval experience. Take in lush, temperate rainforests, dramatic coastline, and blue glaciers, along with frequent wildlife spotting: soaring eagles, bobbing otters, roaring sea lions, ambling bears, and majestic whales. Do as much or a little as you want!

At the end of the day, relax with cocktail hour and appetizers followed by dinner (always a choice between meat, veggie, and sustainably-sourced seafood options) and baked-on-board breads and desserts. Finally, enjoy an educational talk, mingle with other guests, or a soak under the stars in the hot tub.

The Crew

The owners of UnCruise Adventures, Captain Dan Blanchard and Tim Jacox, infuse their business culture with a focus on Alaska, adventure, and real travel experiences. Both have decades of experience around boats and in the small ship cruise industry, and apply that knowledge toward crafting small-scale, highly rewarding cruise opportunities for their guests.

Having a friendly and knowledgeable crew is fundamental when you’re on a 7- to 14-night voyage. All captains and crewmembers of UnCruise Adventures are well-educated, well-trained, life-long learners who are passionate about a life at sea and a life of adventure.

When to Cruise?

You can book an UnCruise from April through September, and there’s something special to experience in each month. April and early May are what UnCruise calls Alaska Awakening. It’s the driest weather of the year with sunny bluebird skies. Spring flowers are in bloom and it’s warm during the day but still cool enough at night for the snow to cling to the mountains. It’s also an ideal time to see migrating shorebirds and gray whales. And, there are no crowds! Later in the summer the days grow longer and warmer, and your chance of seeing spawning salmon and bears (following the salmon), and humpback whales increase. August and September bring a bit more chance of rain, but that “liquid sunshine” only enhances the lush, temperate rainforests of Southeast, Alaska. And, in September, a darker night sky provides a better chance for spotting the northern lights if they’re out!

Choosing Your Itinerary

While the vessels differ a bit in what they offer (some have larger cabins than others, for example), the most important factor is the destination—place—and leaving a piece of your heart before you head home. Remember that you’ll spend most of the time outside your cabin.

  • Destination: Liquid sunshine or cloud failure, experience the rugged wilderness, remote coves, lush rainforests, and glacial landscapes of Southeast Alaska and the Salish Sea through up-close, active exploration.
  • Length of trip: The minimum voyage is 7 nights. To see more, opt for 14 nights.
  • Vessel size: The largest boat, S.S. Legacy, accommodates 90 guests – just a fraction of the larger cruise lines. If you’re drawn to a very small group, try the Safari Quest (22).
  • Ship amenities: Some include a wine library, cabins with private French doors, and Jacuzzi tubs. Others are more like a rustic wilderness lodge with a neighborhood bar. All vessels offer handcrafted meals, a low guest-to-crew ratio, public decks, hot tubs, cabins with private bath/shower, flat-screen TV/DVD, and a view window.
  • Who’s going? UnCruise Adventures is a great choice for couples, singles, families, and groups, as activities accommodate many interest levels, from grandparents to children 8 and up.
  • Themed cruise: UnCruise Adventures has developed themed cruises so that you can combine your Alaskan voyage with a passion such as photography, birding, or Alaska Insiders marine biology.
  • Cruise fares: What most defines your trip is included in every fare—excursions and adventure activities, expertise of expedition guides, handcrafted cuisine, and a wide array of beverage options… including alcohol.

Itineraries begin from Seattle, Juneau, Sitka or Ketchikan. See the featured itineraries below for details.

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Land Tour Add-On

Season: Jun 06 to Sep 11
From $3,995*
7 Days
Visits: Anchorage, Talkeetna, Denali National Park and Preserve, Healy
Land Package Type: Pre- or Post-Cruise Land Tours

Com­plete your UnCruise adven­ture with our pre- or post-cruise land tour into Denali Nation­al Park, the Tal­keet­na Moun­tains, and Anchor­age. Trav­el aboard the Alas­ka Rail­road­’s deluxe Dome Train, hike in the Tal­keet­na Moun­tains, and enjoy pre­sen­ta­tions on nat­ur­al his­to­ry and Alas­ka Native Culture. 

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Small Ship Cruises

Season: Apr 13 to Sep 19
$4,495+
13 Days / 12 Nights
Ports of Call: Seattle, San Juan Island, Southeast / Inside Passage, Ketchikan, Tongass National Forest, Sitka, Glacier Bay National Park, Hoonah / Icy Strait Point, Juneau
Cruise Ship Type: UnCruise
Ship Name: Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer
Season: May 14 to Sep 24
$3,895+
8 Days / 7 Nights
Ports of Call: Juneau, Hoonah / Icy Strait Point, Glacier Bay National Park
Cruise Ship Type: UnCruise
Ship Name: Safari Quest, Wilderness Adventurer

Get close to Dawes, Marg­erie and Grand Pacif­ic Glac­i­er and spend one day in Glac­i­er Bay Nation­al Park, guid­ed by an expert nat­u­ral­ist. Explore Fords Ter­ror Wilder­ness area by skiff, hike inland on Chichagof Island, and Bushwack in the Ton­gass Nation­al For­est. Search for Hump­back whales in Fred­er­ick Sound and Chatham Straight, and be on the look­out for black and brown bears, eagles, seat otters, har­bor seals, sea lions, and sea birds dur­ing your  ...more

Season: May 30 to Aug 18
$8,545+
14 Nights / 15 Days
Ports of Call: Juneau, Glacier Bay National Park, Wrangell, Ketchikan
Cruise Ship Type: UnCruise
Ship Name: Wilderness Explorer
Season: Aug 22 to Sep 19
$3,795+
7 Nights / 8 Days
Ports of Call: Juneau, Hoonah / Icy Strait Point, Glacier Bay National Park
Cruise Ship Type: UnCruise
Ship Name: Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

This itin­er­ary includes two full days in Glac­i­er Bay Nation­al Park, includ­ing active explo­ration in the out­back. Vis­it Marg­erie and Grand Pacif­ic glac­i­ers. Go ashore in Haines for hik­ing, bik­ing, a float trip and his­to­ry. Look for wildlife on shore and at sea, with excep­tion­al bird­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties at South Mar­ble Island.

Season: Apr 09 to Sep 04
$2,995+
8 Days / 7 Nights
Ports of Call: Juneau, Glacier Bay National Park, Hoonah / Icy Strait Point, Sitka
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer, Wilderness Adventurer

Start your wilder­ness jour­ney in Juneau, the state capi­tol of Alas­ka, and end in Sit­ka, the per­fect spot to view the meld­ing of Russ­ian and Alas­ka Native cul­tures. In between, vis­it Glac­i­er Bay Nation­al Park, go bird watch­ing on South Mar­ble Island, look for whales in Icy Strait, hike along inter­tidal zones, and when your cap­tain sets the course for adven­ture, slip into your kayak or skiff for a day of guid­ed explo­ration. (Itin­er­ary also  ...more

Season: Sep 26 to Sep 26
$3,195+
7 Nights / 8 Days
Ports of Call: Juneau, Petersburg, Wrangell, Ketchikan
Cruise Ship Type: Small Ship Cruises
Ship Name: Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Explorer
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