Un-Cruise Adventures earns 102 entries into Glacier Bay National Park

The National Park Service has awarded Un-Cruise Adventures 102 permit entries per year into Alaska’s majestic and pristine Glacier Bay National Park for a five year period beginning in spring 2016. Six small ships carrying 22-84 guests will explore Glacier Bay in intimate groups on weeklong adventure cruises. Operating Alaska cruises since 1997 and celebrating 20 years in business in 2016, Un-Cruise Adventures has worked with the park service for entry permits into Glacier Bay National Park …

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Un-Cruise Adventures: Baja’s Bounty in the Sea of Cortez

My photographer and I are always searching for destinations with unique “critter encounters,” which has led us to swim with humpback whales in a sanctuary off the Turks & Caicos, dive Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, cruise Alaska’s wilderness areas, and explore the islands of the Galapagos. Our first experience with Un-Cruise Adventures (then American Safari Cruises) was in Alaska’s Glacier Bay, where the 18-cabin Safari Explorer was one of the small ships allowed to anchor in the …

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Un-Cruise Adventures releases 2016 schedule of Alaska adventure cruises

Un-Cruise Adventures unveils its schedule of Alaska adventure cruises for 2016 with six small ships sailing 113 departures on seven itineraries. Two new cruise itineraries—Exploring Muir’s Wilderness and Yachters’ Alaskan Frontier—sail roundtrip from Juneau. Six boutique yachts and small ships—Safari Quest, Safari Explorer, Safari Endeavour, Wilderness Adventurer, Wilderness Discoverer and Wilderness Explorer—carry 22-84 guests on adventure cruises lasting one week to 12 days from homeports of Seattle, WA; Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka, Alaska. Itineraries may be combined …

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Un-Cruise Adventures debuts Costa Rica and Panama adventure cruises in 2016

Un-Cruise Adventures expands to Costa Rica and Panama with the 64-guest Safari Voyager sailing weeklong adventure cruises beginning in October 2016.  A new brochure completed in December 2014 details new itineraries in Costa Rica/Panama and the Galápagos Islands. The Safari Voyager will sail 29 one-way cruises between Costa Rica and Panama on an Uncharted Isthmus! Sloths, Monkeys & Mangroves itinerary from October to April.  Weeklong voyages depart from San José, Costa Rica or Panama City, Panama, and include …

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Banjo-playing captain guides S.S. Legacy river cruise

ABOARD THE S.S. LEGACY – When Kevin Martin was a boy growing up in Missouri, his childhood ambition was to become a marine biologist or an archaeologist or maybe a doctor. In a way, he has become all three. “As a ship captain, I get to do a bit of all of those things,” Martin said. Although he spent his childhood in St. Joseph, Missouri, Martin developed a yearn for distant waterways. “In college, I went on …

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The Alaska Un-Cruise

By Robert N. Jenkins OFF PRINCESS ROYAL ISLAND, Alaska — The jigsaw puzzle came out after lunch on the third full day of the voyage. So did the humpback whale. Captivating us, the whale repeatedly fluttered an enormous pectoral fin above the frigid water, showed its back as it rose and sank, and blew misty spouts of water. After nearly a half-hour, it displayed its fluke (tail) as it dove deep. That stopped the oohs and ahhs …

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Glacier Bay an otherworldly experience

We seem plunked down in a different world.  It looks like something from the depths of history. Or maybe from planets beyond our orb. Great shards of ice glisten like diamonds in deep sapphire waters. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys.  Mountains, some as high as 15,000 feet, rise straight out of the ocean. Snow draped peaks tower over sparkling fiords. “It feels like you are going back in time, back to …

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S.S. Legacy magnet board keeps track of passengers ashore, aboard

ABOARD THE S.S. LEGACY – In keeping with its 1900s theme, the S.S. Legacy has a simple way to keep track of passengers who are ashore and those who are aboard. Each time we leave the Legacy for a shore excursion, we look for our cabin number on a large magnetic board and move our little magnet from the “aboard” column to the “ashore” column. If there are two of us sharing a cabin, there are, of …

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Un-Cruise Adventures releases new 2015 brochure of adventure cruises

Small ship cruise line operator Un-Cruise Adventures has released a new printed brochure detailing adventures through April 2016 in Alaska, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Hawaiian Islands, Columbia & Snake Rivers, coastal Washington and British Columbia.   New on the horizon are cruise adventures in the Galápagos Islands and Costa Rica/Panama. The 72-page brochure may be ordered online and is currently being mailed out to requestors and travel agent partners.  The line’s fleet of seven adventure vessels carries 22-84 …

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Cabin keys are no hassle on new S.S. Legacy

ABOARD THE S.S. LEGACY – No need to fret about misplacing your cabin key on the S.S. Legacy. Cabins have no keys. “That’s just one less thing to worry about,” said Patrick Rice, hotel manager for the S.S. Legacy. “We want you to relax while you are with us.” Of course, cabins can be locked from the inside for privacy. And if a passenger wants to take a nap or have some quiet time, Rice said there …

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