Be sure to pack a go-with-the-flow attitude. There are set itineraries, but in-the-moment detours are common based on wildlife sightings, weather changes or natural wonders, making UnCruise more spontaneous than other voyages.
Think summer camp for the entire family! From "polar bear plunges" to paddle board races to story-telling and s’mores around a beach bonfire, kids of all ages will share memories of a journey spanning the globe and generations.
Meet the locals, hike on a glacier, see wildlife up close, and embrace the wilderness as you explore Alaska, Columbia & Snake Rivers, Costa Rica & Panamá, Galápagos, Hawaii, Mexico's Sea of Cortés, and the Pacific Northwest.
Featuring true expedition vessels, boutique yachts, and even a replica turn-of-the-century coastal steamer—each small-ship is uniquely suited and equipped for nimble exploration and immersive access to remote, rugged places bigger ships cannot go.
What is a typical UnCruiser like?
Passengers are from all walks of life and from all around the world! A mix of ages, backgrounds, educations and lifestyles—you’ll find that the typical UnCruiser is inquisitive, interested, and interesting.
Can I explore on my own during my adventure?
Yes. While there are dozens of organized activities and daily adventures of all kinds, there will also be opportunities for you to explore at your leisure by foot, kayak and paddle board. And depending on your itinerary, there may also be free time for exploration in towns and villages.
How physically fit do I need to be to enjoy my UnCruise?
Not everybody has the same level of physical mobility or enjoys the same levels of activity, so UnCruise has designed cruises for all fitness levels. Whether you prefer to take it easy, are a professional adventurer, or fall somewhere in between like most people, there are a variety of voyage types plus a wide range of activites onboard and ashore for everyone’s enjoyment no matter your fitness level.
How active are the adventure cruises?
Activity levels and types of activities vary by itinerary and destination, but in general, unless you’re cruising part of the day, there are active adventure options most mornings and afternoons. On kayaking excursions, open paddles are at your own pace and guided tours can last up to four hours. Hikes range from ambling shore walks to rigorous treks over rugged terrain. Among the activities available, you can also paddle board, snorkel, explore the waters and shore by inflatable skiff, and still find time for morning yoga stretches and relaxing in the lounge or hot tub.
When do I sign up for the daily activities?
It's easy. Each evening of the cruise, your expedition team will present the options for the following day, then talk with you individually to “take your adventure order” and help you determine the activities best suited to your physical abilities. The menu of activity options—kayaking, hiking, paddle boarding, skiff excursions, snorkeling, beachwalks and more—will be crafted by your guides in consideration of the location and forecasted conditions for that day.
How available and accomodating are the guides?
UnCruise guides are educated and excited to take these adventures with you and are available both during excursions and oboard all day and in the evenings. These experienced expedition guides enjoy answering questions and sharing their knowledge with you regarding the local wildlife, culture, and geography of the places you’ll visit.
What is there to do in the evenings?
Each day of adventure is followed by relaxation, rejuvenation, and visiting with your fellow adventurers back on board. You'll enjoy cocktail hours, gourmet meals, plus entertaining or educational presentations from your expedition team or other special host. And if you’re feeling like some quiet time, find a comfy spot to read a book or choose a movie from to watch in your cabin.
What are the food choices and dietary options like?
Most guests agree that the menus are pretty incredible and are beyond impressed with the food and the creativity of the chefs. Expect handcrafted meals made from fresh ingredients showcasing the flavors of the region. UnCruise is also able to accommodate most special dietary needs, food allergies or other meal requirements you may have.
Are the vessels mobility friendly or wheelchair accessible?
UnCruise tries to accommodate all guests wishing to travel, however this is adventure cruising. As such, guests requiring a wheelchair must provide their own collapsible wheelchair, but the vessels do not meet all applicable standards of the ADA Accessibility Guidelines for buildings and facilities. Only one of UnCruise's ships, the S.S. Legacy, has an elevator connecting guests to three public decks (stairs are required to access the top deck). Guests must be able to manage steps to get on and off of all UnCruise ships and to access the various decks throughout the fleet.
Some ports of call, shore excursions, docks, gangways, and certain physical conditions such as raised doorway thresholds, stairways, and narrow hallways may limit or preclude the accessibility of wheelchair guests from some areas or leaving the vessel. Guests needing any form of assistance and those who are physically disabled must be accompanied by someone who will take full responsibility for any needed assistance during the cruise and in the event of an emergency.
Do I need to bring my own expedition gear?
Pack light, as most of the gear required for your explorations is available on board. Your equipment is provided—kayaks, paddle boards, and inflatable skiffs. Gear, such as adult-sized wetsuits and standard snorkeling masks, are available in limited sizes. Kids gear is not available, so you'll have to bring your own. For a complete list of what to bring, speak to your CruisInsider advisor who can advise you specific to your destination.