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Why I chose to UnCruise in Alaska

April 4, 2017 Cruise No Comments Email Email

That’s the reaction of a recent traveller to one of the world’s most impressive destinations: Alaska. Kylie explored Alaska in a distinctive and creative way – with UnCruise, a small-ship cruise company that puts travellers right in the action, rather than watching from afar.

Travellers with UnCruise speak of a feeling of connection with the destination, as they get up close to wildlife, enjoy the thrill of untamed nature and meet locals on small-group tours. There are plenty of memorable meetings and “I-can’t-believe-I-just-did-that” moments.

Kylie, Marketing Coordinator with Cruise Traveller, the Australian small-ship cruise specialist, sums up the special atmosphere she found when she took an UnCruise:

“I loved kayaking, hiking in the rain forest and going on skiff explorations in such a stunning part of the world. We came across brown bears and their cubs that we watched while we were aboard – and the large ships sailed on by. They simply couldn’t access the places we were able to see on a small ship.”

UnCruise Alaska excursion

Even the biggest ship in the UnCruise fleet carries a maximum of just 88 guests, and many of their ships carry far fewer than that. Smaller ships can sail into ports and destinations the big vessels can’t reach – an important advantage when visiting Alaska. To get up close and personal to the highlights and wildlife of the destinations you visit, a small ship is unbeatable.

Kylie adds: “The food was so delicious, the crew are so passionate and knowledgeable about what they do and the vessels are the perfect size to explore. Alaska is simply stunning and UnCruise Adventures are the absolute experts in showing you what it has to offer.”

Craig Bowen, an expert on cruising with plenty of international cruise experience, was similarly impressed with UnCruise.

Craig, managing director of Cruise Traveller, admits that even after 15 years in the cruise business and having travelled to over 85 countries, he had never really wanted to visit Alaska. The reason is that the most obvious way to do so was by sailing in a large ship, as seen on many travel ads and features.

Craig continues: “About five years ago as part of my continual search for new and exciting product to add to our portfolio, I came across UnCruise Adventures – and instantly I was interested in visiting Alaska.

“We were fortunate enough to join the 14-night expedition voyage from Juneau to Seattle via the San Juan Islands.

“There were so many highlights it is hard to single them out – but being in a kayak 20 metres away from a brown bear on the shoreline catching, skinning and enjoying fresh salmon was right up there – all the time with our own naturalist in the kayak next to us interpreting the whole amazing scene for us.”

Another life-changing afternoon for Craig was being just 50 metres away from humpback whales “bubble-net feeding” – a technique where a group of whales divides up and circles huge schools of herring before coming up suddenly from underneath the fish, launching themselves into the air with mouths wide open and having a huge collective feed!

“Every single day was an amazing adventure which we were privileged to share with only 30 other like-minded guests aboard Safari Explorer,” Craig says.

Another factor consistently praised by UnCruise guests is the absence of hidden costs. All features of the cruise – excursions, hand-crafted cuisine and a wide array of beverage options, including alcohol – are included in the upfront price.

Craig’s verdict: “The combination of amazing natural experiences with such comfortable accommodation, simply amazing food and friendly and professional on-board crew is unquestionably the way to experience these destinations.

“My wife Louise and I can’t wait to experience another Uncruise Adventure – in one of their other exotic destinations – with Costa Rica and Panama being high on the list.”

UnCruise Adventures explore Alaska April to September each year with 7 night explorations from USD$4,045* per person twin share.

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