InnerSea Discoveries seem to have found a niche with their new Un-Cruise concept- they say there has been a surge of booking for the cruises that will explore the wilderness of Southeast Alaska, starting in May of 2011.
So if you’re looking for a cruise that offers adventure and exploration, check this out. InnerSea has introduced 1 and 2-week voyages that take the adventure-driven cruiser into the remote wilderness areas of Alaska. These trips will be made on their small group expedition ships, Wilderness Adventurer and Wilderness Discoverer, and will sail between Juneau and Ketchikan (and reverse) from May through September. The combined segments form a two-week long “Ultimate Adventure”.
These cruises will visit the remote Eastern and Western cove areas, and will explore the sprawling wilderness, national forests and culture of the area.
InnerSea’s expedition ships each carry 28 kayaks, 10 stand-up paddle boards and a limited number of wetsuits, rain gear, binoculars, trekking poles, Osprey daypacks and snorkeling equipment. Hiking and kayaking trips take center stage with groups of 12 or fewer guests out for short tours or up to eight-hour expeditions; independent touring is always an option.
Guests may play the role of citizen scientists, along with the crew, and collect samples and data to submit to the forest service and other organizations. They will also have the option of participating (one night a week) in an overnight kayak trip with full camping gear and guide provided.
Lest you think these trips are all about roughing it, be assured that you will be traveling in style and comfort. The ships have hot tubs and saunas, exercise equipment, yoga on deck, and 24-hour espresso/coffee/tea service. Top of the line have memory-foam mattresses, flat screen TVs with DVDs, and iPod docks.