2021-2022 UnCruise Adventures Brochure

2021-2022

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in the Pacific Northwest and new safe travel protocols on all vessels EARLY savings for 2021 & 2022

small is BIG

in oh so many ways!

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ALASKA | PACIFIC NORTHWEST | HAWAIIAN ISLANDS | MEXICO’S SEA OF CORTÉS BELIZE & GUATEMALA | COSTA RICA & PANAMÁ | GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

Letter From the CEO

Dear Guests, Partners, Crew and Agents Worldwide:

First of all I want to thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for the outpouring of support and camaraderie shown by our dedicated guests, family, crew, partners and agents during this ever changing time. You are part of our adventure family. I'v e never received so many personal responses and it just warms my heart and keeps me going. It is what makes this industry so rewarding and keeps our vision strong for the future. I know for some of our UnCruiser family, “tough” is an understatement to what we've all experienced. Our hearts go out to anyone that’s been affected by COVID-19 and its ripple effects. I know the evolution of travel will come out for the better, leading operators and destinations to be more nimble, and diversified in their approach. We have embraced small boat, small group, small footprint leadership since starting in 1996. Coming up on our 25th anniversary, 2021 brings us into a new era. I can't help but be excited about the growth and possibilities in a reimagined world of remote adventure travel and celebrating 25 years of adventuring. With that, c h anges are afoot in our operations, o ne of our beloved boats will be rechristened with a new name and will be exploring our backyard on a new 5-night Pacific Northwest itinerary. We will have more digital tools and convenience for our guests online, and our training and safety protocols are top priority. M y long-term business partner, colleague, and friend of many years, Mr. Tim Jacox also deserves a shout out. Tim was instrumental to the success of UnCruise in so many ways, leading our sales and award-winning marketing efforts, among many other things. He retired in May and we miss him. Luckily, his expertise and jokes are still a presence as he has now joined our Board of Advisors. Tim, like so many others will always be a part of the UnCruise family. Looking forward w e will stay committed to our message, our core values and our company culture that makes us wh o we are , supporting our communities, our planet and each other. Our focus on UnTourism and remote adventures leads the way. The next generation of UnCruise Adventures is being forged. One that will lead in small boat adventures. I look forward to seeing you onboard and connecting ag ain with a renewed focus on a sustainable travel industry.

All the best, Dan Captain Dan Blanchard Owner and CEO

UnCruise Adventures Best Cruise Line for Adventure

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“How is it you can board a vessel and feel like your best friends invited you?…You folks gave me a well needed vacation with great adventure and happiness.”

Adventure Our name and our passion. Uncovering playgrounds that offer rich experiences by hike, paddle, and with locals. It’s all included, and there’s something for everyone. Bushwhack in Alaska. Hike like mountain goats along the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Kayak through mist in the Salish Sea. Monkey around in lively, lush Costa Rican jungles. Snorkel among turtles, penguins, and a rainbow of fish in Hawaii, Baja, Belize, the Galápagos, or Panamá. Hard-charging or slow- paced, place your adventure order—it’s time to explore and go wild. Place More than locations. They’re corners and coves to get a little lost in. So small against a big land. So deep in another culture. We really do mean wild, too: a private beach on a deserted island, a thick, old-growth forest where the only trails are from wildlife, a mule ride with local rancheros through a Baja oasis. Places so tucked away our small boats fit in just right. “Ports of call” that are unusual and uncrowded. You hold the ultimate backstage pass. Scenic bays and culturally immersive excursions offer windows into worlds most travelers don’t ever see. These are the special, out-of-the-way places that only a few know about. Connection Meet your people. Small boats acquaint you with like-minded travelers and places that tug at your heartstrings. Bonds are hard to define but easy to spot sharing tears at the end—from co-explorers and crew members to friends for life. Form authentic bonds as a Tlingit tribal member lets you in on the story told on an Alaskan totem, or a Hawaiian elder shares the mana of aloha. Genuine experiences take hold of your senses, asking you to linger and remember people and places long after you’ve said farewell.

— Richard L; Wright City, MO (Mexico 2019)

Snapshot: Baja caramba! It gets better and better.

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Our Commitment Unparalleled Value First in Adventure

Your Crew

Safe & Sound Sustainability

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Local. Fresh. Inspired.

Family Discoveries

Solo Travel

Groups & Charters

UnCruisers

Celebrating 25 Years

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Sailing Calendar

ALASKA

PACIFIC NORTHWEST HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

MEXICO’S SEA OF CORTÉS

LATIN AMERICA

GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS

Meet the Fleet

Small Boat Comparison

Rewards | What’s Included

Dates & Rates The Fine Print

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Our Commitment Small is big these days, but being small is who we are. And in 2021, we celebrate 25 years of discoveries. As a small American business, and THE top, award winning small boat cruise line for adventure, we know that flexibility is the ticket to big experiences. That’s why within our routes we’re ready to turn, pause, and seize opportunity. Linger for whale sprays or a lesson in net fishing. Good day for a beach party on a deserted island? Why not! Our commitment to going places and doing things others can’t—and our exceptional crew… and food… and creating a safe environment—sets us apart.

Our mission: To provide enriching adventure travel experiences that inspire an appreciation of local cultures and the natural world.

We also recognize the importance of being a good citizen—having respect for the environment and one another. At UnCruise Adventures, we don’t just talk the talk. Be good to each other. Get a little better every day. Make different mistakes. Do the right thing. These are the core values that guide us whether we are out in the field or working magic behind the scenes. Access by small boat (86 guests, tops) enables you to wrap yourself in the adventure. With a near obsession about being accommodating, we make it easy to try something new. No hidden costs, either, so you can so you can focus on what’s important. From photos of your trip to excursions, presentations, and yes, food and beverages (alcohol too), it’s all covered in the fare.

“Being on a small ship with great friends (new) and being the ONLY ship or vessel of any kind around us. …Unforgettable.”

Snapshot: The only way is up.

— Diane N; Port Angeles, WA (Alaska, 2019)

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Unparalleled Value

From your very first inquiry, expect personalized service and expertise—and a host of benefits that make us unique.

Backstage pass

Seriously—they’re aces. Our guides have vast and deep experience, plus an impressive collection of advanced degrees in curiosity-piquing subjects from whales to fungi to geology. Their enthusiasm is intoxicating. Small group travel—from the boat itself to groups of a dozen or so afield—puts you in on the action (not watching from afar), with AHA ! and “I-can’t-believe-I-just-did- that” moments around every corner. Boats are comfortable, welcoming, and unique in style and personality. All are adventure-ready for gearing up, kicking back, and mixing and mingling.

Expert guides

Home away from home

Adventure for all

Kayak or paddle board. Snorkel or skiff. Beach stroll, hike, or mountain goat climb. There are plenty of options and equipment for everyone to join in the fun.

Active as you like it

You didn’t know it would be this good. Chefs (including pastry chefs) iimpress, meal after meal, with locally sourced ingredients and swoon-worthy baked-onboard desserts and breads. Do as much or as little as you like. On top of the daily activities, ease into the day with sunrise stretches on the top deck. There’s exercise equipment at the ready, anytime. Or just watch the landscape go by. An astounding array of beverage options, both non-alcoholic and alcoholic (signature cocktails every night!), mean you’re never far from a toast. And it’s all included. Dietary restrictions? Special occasion? Need a little extra help on a hike? It’s our business to make sure your adventure not only matches your needs and expectations but surpasses them. Just ask and we’ll do our best! What most defines your trip is included in the fare—excursions, adventure equipment, transfers, and baggage handling. Put your wallet away (until it’s time to recognize your topnotch crew). We’re all in the same boat. Crew and guests alike, wide-eyed with wonder and childlike curiosity—and it shows. The excitement. Collective energy. Laughs and camaraderie throughout your adventure.

Fresh, hand-crafted cuisine

Cheers to that!

Zero hidden costs

Accommodating… and then some

The ineffable spirit of adventure

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First in Adventure

H earty, active adventures are rooted in our core. So is watching for wildlife, time spent with locals, and digging into the culture and history of the places you visit. You might be snorkeling with dozens of sea turtles in the morning and joining a cultural ambassador like Danny Akaka to talk story in the afternoon. The spirit of the islands—in all our destinations—is alive and well. In Baja, the Romero family has been leading mule rides across Bahia Agua Verde for generations. Saddle up, sit tight, and wind your way through desert, beach, and a green oasis. On Molokai, Greg and Anakala Pilipo welcome you to the Halawa Valley where they farm, hunt, and fish. Sidle up to a park ranger in Alaska or visit Panamá’s historic Coiba National Park. These are some of the people and pulse of a place. The spirit of adventure soars. Each night your expedition team lays out the choices for the next day: hiking, beachcombing, kayaking, skiffing, paddle boarding, and snorkeling are all possibilities. Place your adventure order. From slow beachcombing to hard-charging hikes, there’s something for everyone. And with small group excursions (usually a dozen or so guests) it’s easy to chat up your guides and pause for pictures and reflection.

“The crew and guides were so wonderful and personable! Loved chatting with all of them. … my favorite activities were hiking the hard-chargers, guided kayaks, rafting, and biking.”

Snapshot: Alaskan tennis shoes for the win.

— Ally P; Milwaukee, WI (Columbia & Snake Rivers 2018)

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Snapshot: Yay to a day of play.

Come Play

Hikes Ascend a desert ridge in Baja or Galápagos. Tackle a switchback in the Pacific Northwest. Delve into Costa Rican jungle and sniff out a jaguar trail in Belize. Or meet the Alaskan bushwhack: a wild and woolly trek over logs and through brush. From an intertidal shore walk or stroll in town to an hours-long summit, hikes are as hard-charging or as slow-paced as you like. It’s up to you. We have hiking poles so you can head out with confidence. Kayaking & paddle boarding From guided Kayaking 101 to an afternoon open paddle, settle in and explore. While open paddling is offered, most kayak outings are guided. In Alaska, challenge yourself to a yak-n-whack: a kayak and bushwhack all-day land and water excursion and UnCruise original. Paddle boards are also available in most destinations. If the water’s calm, keep your eyes on the horizon and give it a go. Skiff rides Let our drivers shuttle you to shore for another excursion or power up and head around the bend to get a better look at sea otters cracking open a shell, iguanas on the move, or birds soaring above the treetops. Climb in, binoculars ready. The skiff’s the thing for covering serious ground with little effort. Snorkeling & polar plunges Immersive in every way and—like all our excursions—snorkeling ranges from intro lessons along shore to deep water jump and go. Noodles are provided if needed, and wet suits are also available in some destinations. For those seeking an extra thrill, try Alaska’s polar plunge—a leap off the fantail and a fun, frigid experience. Chances are you’ll watch your captain jump in too.

Learn more at: UnCruise.com/adventure-cruises

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Your Crew The best of the best, experts in the industry, and just plain fun. Your onboard team includes the captain, mates, engineers, chefs, expedition guides, and hotel, galley and deck staff. Each team member is hand-picked for their astounding knowledge, experience, customer service, and safety skills—plus their “can do” attitude and genuine spirit. They undergo training in areas such as leadership, CPR, wilderness response, safety, guest services, and “Leave No Trace” practices. They’ve got you covered. But it’s more than that. Crew knows your name, quickly learns your activity style, and even your drink order. When trying something new, they’ll hold your hand (with sanitizer) until you get the knack. Guides are trained to protect you from wild things, and they’re full of facts and eager to share. So fire off your questions about the funny-looking bird. Sit in on an after-dinner talk about glaciology or whale migration. And don’t be shy about asking for what you need in your cabin or with your meal. Requests are happily met with a “let me see what I can do.”

It’s crew’s unique talents, love of travel, and a deep respect and appreciation for the places we visit that shape your adventures. Trust us—you’ll be raving, too.

“You have terrific staff with amazing knowledge. They are talented and good storytellers—your staff all around enhanced my experience—from housekeeping, restaurant, bar, guides and boat captains, they all excel in what they do.”

— Caroline B; New Brighton, MN (Alaska 2019)

Snapshot: Alaskan tennis shoes for the win.

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Safe & Sound It’s a safe environment. Your own bubble in the wild. And we’ll do our darndest to keep it that way. Prior to getting on board an UnCruise, precautions are taken to ensure guests and crew alike arrive healthy and the risk of spreading a bug is minimized during your cruise. Crew members are fastidious about cleaning and safety protocols. There are no buffets during meals and social hour appetizers are individually served. Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout each boat, and depending on what’s happening in the world, our crew will even mask up, and ask you to do likewise. Your captain and crew even conduct safety drills and demonstrate the best maneuvers that’ll have you as surefooted as a goat. The beauty of small boats (one of many) is you travel in small groups. No queuing up hoping to get in on the action or FOMO. There is room for everybody no matter how you choose to spend your time. Kicked back or go, go, go. Presentations from your expedition team can happen outside on deck or in the lounge. And on most boats, you can even listen in from your cabin. Questions about the wildlife? Just ask (or, seek your answer in the onboard library). Want to up your knot tying skills? Grab a rope and head to the deck. Meet your new BFF? It’s likely. Life on board really does create bonds. Life on board is relaxing, too. From the cozy Safari Quest to big sister Wilderness Legacy , every boat creates community and the atmosphere is casual and intimate. Share a laugh and cocktail in the lounge with your new comrades. Chat up your captain and mates on the open bridge. Watch for wildlife or take a quiet moment on the bow.

“I am, each time, very impressed by your work, health, and safety standards and practices for both guests and staff alike. …Very enjoyable, relaxing, and safe, from the captain down! Cheers!”

Snapshot: Showtopping boatstopper.

—Sara S; Crafers West, Australia (Mexico, 2019)

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Sustainability For 25 years, we’ve delivered experiences that enable us to make a difference. These encounters leave a lasting impact and, we hope, encourage our guests to care more about protecting the environment the way we do. We’ve implemented responsible practices to lessen our footprint. Replacing engines for more efficient models, eliminating single-use water bottles by offering refillable bottles instead, providing reef-safe sunscreen, and removing trash left by others. Sometimes it’s not good enough to leave a place the way we found it. Leave no trace, ours or otherwise—that’s our intention, wherever we travel. At UnCruise Adventures, we evaluate our actions every step of the way. From itinerary planning and operations management to adhering to codes of conduct that protect wildlife like the Marine Mammal Protection Act and NOAA Humpback Whale Approach Regulations. And, we work with partners like the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program to ensure best practices Our adventures also impact local communities. From sourcing fresh ingredients from local farmers and fishermen, to partnering with native groups for cultural exchanges, we look for ways to share the wealth and support the lives of those we meet.

At our core all team members believe we are stewards of the lands where we travel. “Take only photographs, leave only footprints, make unforgettable memories.”

“Greatly appreciated the focus on environmentally friendly practices. H2O bottles, cleaning products, paper straws, etc. mean a great deal to us. The care and compassion shared by all staff with our family was utterly extraordinary.”

— Marc C; San Diego, CA (Costa Rica Panamá 2019)

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Local. Fresh. Inspired. Taste where you travel. Along the Sea of Cortés, a dedicated plot of land supplies your boat with the brightest beets and a rainbow of carrots. In Hawaii, a small organic Molokai farm grows your purple sweet potato—then it’s roasted with chimichurri sauce—and their pineapple, topped with mascarpone ice cream and a banana bread crumble. Yum. In Costa Rica, locally grown plantains, patacones, are sliced and fried for a tasty treat. Further north in Alaska, a micro-grower out of Juneau provides greens with a sweetness and spiciness that makes what’s on your plate pop. Small greens, BIG flavors. In the water yesterday, and in the galley today. At sea in our tropical destinations, red snapper and seabass are hand caught by local fishermen—one line, one hook, and live bait. Fish caught within miles of where you sail. Shift your latitude, and Alaska’s Icy Strait provides sustainable seafood caught by generations of locals. As the first cruise line ever to participate in the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Program, we’re proud to be a sustaining partner serving only seafood they list as a “Best Choice” or “Good Alternative” aboard our vessels. Our “local” means relationships with local families and small-scale fishermen that support the community. Good for our land and oceans, as well our chefs who prepare it—and good for you, too. Inspiration is from our hearts: ocean-friendly, field to table, and baked-onboard breads and desserts with the pastry chef’s personal flair. Sample the region and taste the love.

“The creativity of the menu was outstanding. The chefs cleverly incorporated local cuisine, spices, and seasonings.”

— Susan K; Menlo Park, CA (Mexico, 2019)

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On the Menu

Big days and full bellies. Early-riser breakfast in the lounge? Of course. Or, head to the dining room for the full deal. Lunches and dinners are created with thoughtfulness given to the region, weather, and activities: a glacier skiff ride and a hot bowl of soup, or a sun-blanketed hike paired with a cooling gazpacho. And sweet treats like chocolate opera cake are whipped, layered, and baked for you twice a day. Unless there’s a special barbecue or lunch on shore, most dinners are served over several courses. You’ll be constantly amazed at what our chefs prepare in a tiny galley… but you can always count on options. All meals offer a choice of seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes. If you can’t decide, try a sampling of two or three! And yes, with advanced notice special dietary needs are affably accommodated—and delicious. Celebrating a special occasion on board? Let us know when you book. Our expert pastry chefs are happy to help you commemorate the day.

— Sample Breakfast Menu — Avocado toast topped with pesto, grilled tomato, poached eggs & red pepper sabayon • Prosciutto, asparagus & goat cheese omelet • Banana pecan pancakes • Roasted sweet potato • Sausage, bacon, ham • Fresh baked pastries

— Sample Dinner Menu — Field greens with fresh berries, goat cheese, crispy almonds & roasted shallot vinaigrette Baked-on-board rosemary focaccia finished with caramelized onions & extra virgin olive oil Seared Alaskan sockeye salmon with glazed fennel, lentils, roasted cauliflower & lemon crème fraîche — or — Roasted beef tenderloin with roasted fingerlings, asparagus, red onion jam & shallot demi-glace — or — Summer squash and tomato Napoleon layered with boursin & pomegranate balsamico Caramel chocolate ganache tart with orange segments, salted pistachios & sage whipped cream

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Spirit of the Bar T he ship’s lounge quickly becomes your local —familiar faces and local beverages. Sample a beer from a regional brewer or our other rotating taps. Taste your way through cask wines like Washington and Oregon varietals. No matter the style of the bar—from the Wilderness Discoverer’s beautiful bar top carved from Alaskan cedar to La Pinta’s elegant Sky Lounge—each lounge has its own vibe. And its own expert bartender. Classic cocktails come with inventive twists, innovative tiki drinks showcase fresh fruit juices, and gin and vodka from our favorite Juneau distillery make for endless experimentations. Yup, even the drinks are local, right down to the blackberry liquor and house-made mixers. Bartenders are happy to shake up (or stir) your requests, but what they really love to do is learn what you like and impress. Inspiration for the cocktail of the day comes from your adventures. Top off a bushwhack with a bramble cocktail, toast with your kayaking buddy to an afternoon well spent, or try out a local rum or digestif with your dinner companion. Pick your pleasure and cheers to adventure: all beverages are included in the fare.

“OMG. We are happy foodies. Nice wine selection, love the local influence and applied creativity in the bar.”

— Jeanine R; Ft. Knox, KY (Alaska 2018)

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Family [F]UnCruise Discoveries When his kids were young, UnCruise CEO and Captain Dan Blanchard sailed with his family from the western shores of the USA to Australia and beyond. Understanding the value of exceptional travel experiences, UnCruise Adventures shares those same ideals. Embrace your family’s curiosity. Kayak with the kids and grandparents, taste wild blueberries on a hike, and learn about cultures from village elders. We make it easy for families to adventure together with options to accommodate triples in higher cabin categories on six of our vessels. Activities may include:

• Skiff rides and snorkeling with sea creatures • Polar plunges and paddle board races

• Tide pool treasure hunts • Identifying flora and fauna • Face painting with glacial mud

Kids ages 8 to 17 Save $ 500

on most all sailings! (details on page 74)

Learn more: UnCruise.com/family-travel

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Solo Travel Introspection and easy connections. Traveling solo means all the alone time, curling up with a good book, and reflection you crave with the bonus of being surrounded by like-minded explorers. Like “summer camp for adults!” some say. The logistics are planned, but beyond that it’s up to you what to do. Guides and crew know you by name and it’s not long before you and your shipmates are on a first-name basis. Be ready for discovery, connection, and laughter—meeting fellow adventurers over shared experiences. Making Solo Travel Better: • Friendly rates (you don’t pay double!) • Safe, comfortable environment • Buddy system during adventure activities—snorkeling, kayaking, hiking • Time for beach walks, stargazing, and hikes in small groups • Freedom to find quiet solitude, or the company of others, when you want it

“I was coming as a single and wondered if I’d fit in, could I keep up, etc. But these concerns vanished immediately. The atmosphere on board is relaxed and warm.”

— Lynn S., Madison, WI (Alaska 2019)

Learn more: UnCruise.com/solo-travel

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Groups & Charters Families and old friends. Reunions and corporate retreats. No matter your group, an UnCruise adventure is the perfect wilderness travel bubble. Bonds built and strengthened on a jungle hike or tandem kayak. Big WOWs at a stargazing beach party or surprising whale breach. And for big groups, take the whole boat! There’s nothing like the exclusivity of a private charter. All the details—activities, amenities, and provisions— are arranged with your special requests in mind. With capacities from 22 to 86, there’s a small boat just right for your bunch.

Group Benefits: • Potential for fare savings or value-added considerations • Celebrations of milestones or corporate achievements

• Exceptional re-booking incentives and easy, one-stop booking with a high-level of customer service • Special presenters or programming can be accommodated for your group, and all guests on board • Possible extras: oversized suite savings for groups aboard the Wilderness Legacy and Safari Endeavour Private Charter Benefits: • Fare savings depending on vessel, destination, and departure date • A dedicated UnCruise charter specialist works directly with you to create your dream trip • Fully-crewed and provisioned charters include transfers, alcohol, excursions, outdoor activities and equipment, presentations by UnCruise guides and, when coordinated with the charterer, outside presenters. • Custom itineraries, activities, and onboard services can be arranged—let’s talk!

Support from your UnCruise groups and charter team—before, during, and after the trip.

“We had a ‘family reunion’ 10-person group for this trip…The experience I had was more than I could’ve imagined. The intimate setting and amazing crew made this a life-changing experience... I cannot wait to UnCruise again.” — Rachel P; Lake Placid, NY (Hawaii 2019)

Learn more at: UnCruise.com/groups-charters

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UnCruisers Friendly, well-heeled, whip smart, and intrepid all come to mind when describing an UnCruiser. Small boats are intimate, and it doesn’t take long for guests and crew alike to get to know one another. You’ll feel the love from your first toast to the tears shed on your last day. Adventurers discover they have the same hobbies and interests, become friends, and often travel together again. Our cozy boats offer natural opportunities for you to get to know other guests and crew. Small group excursions, cocktail hour, and mealtimes foster easy connections. Travelers come from around the globe and from all walks of life to experience the unexplored. Like our itineraries, no two UnCruisers are the same. All races and ethnicities. Multi-generational families. LGBTQ. Girls’ trips. Couples celebrating anniversaries and honeymoons. Ages range from the young to the young-at-heart, but curiosity is a common denominator. That and a genuine appreciation for the natural world. Guests are interested and interesting. They tend to enjoy different cultures, be civic-minded, active, involved in community, care about the environment, and like to learn. Beyond that, it’s like family you never knew you had. SM

“We were uplifted by our many wonderful experiences and people we met. When our friends ask us, “What are your 2 or 3 favorite highlights?” we are stumped because our trip was all one lifetime highlight!”

— Eva & Carl C; Sunnyvale, CA (Costa Rica & Panamá 2020)

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Celebrating 25 Years

Alaska may be North America’s last frontier, but here at UnCruise Adventures, it was our first—that was 25 years ago. Ever since, we’ve made it our business (quite literally) to go in search of fun and active adventure in spots where others can’t or don’t. Decades later, we’re proud to say we’re still doing it! Getting our start in 1996 as a small USA business, we pioneered yacht cruising in Alaska as American Safari Cruises with one small yacht. By 1999, two more small yachts had been acquired and our fearless leader Captain Dan Blanchard had joined the company as CEO. Fast forward to 2008, when Dan formed InnerSea Discoveries, LLC with longtime partner Tim Jacox (who retired in 2020) and they purchased American Safari Cruises. Their new venture included a name change in January 2013, from American Safari Cruises to UnCruise Adventures—we’re no ordinary cruise line—and there you have it. In line with our spirit of innovation, our fleet expanded over the years. First with smaller boutique-style yachts accommodating 12-36 guests, but 2009 began their foray with slightly larger boats—60-86 guests—that fulfilled a more ambitious vision of active small boat adventure cruises. The last vessel was acquired in 2013. By then, every boat in the fleet had amped up the adventure (in fact, it was more like a competition to see who could uncover the best kept secrets and do what their sister boats hadn’t). Along with our growing fleet, we’ve expanded the places we explore, too. Our operations grew beyond Alaska to include cruises in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Hawaiian Islands, Pacific Northwest along the Columbia and Snake Rivers and the Salish Sea in Washington State, and a few more bucket-list adventures— Galápagos Islands, Costa Rica and Panamá (with a full transit of the Panamá Canal), and Belize and Guatemala. In 2021, there’s sure to be pent-up demand with others like yourself hankering to travel again. Come join us in our celebration of 25 years, we’d love to welcome you aboard.

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HAWAIIAN ISLANDS Safari Explorer

MEXICO’S SEA OF CORTÉS Safari Voyager

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Glacier Bay National Park

Alaska As the morning mist rises, climb in a skiff and head for the glacier. Feel the chill winding through icebergs, like tiny frozen islands. Curious seals bob their heads and sea lions flash their telltale pointy ears letting you know you’re on track—chasing a wall of ice back in time. Your skiff’s “ ooohs ” and “ aahs” at these “Alaska natives” get bigger, when there’s the biggest “ah” of all: Dawes Glacier. With a thunderous crack, ice crashes down. Grab your gear and suit up. Rain or shine, it’s time to live life on the outside. From skiff and beachcomb to bushwhack and kayak, Alaska’s expansive landscape is where it all began for UnCruise Adventures. Yet we’ve never lost our fascination for this wild place. We still gasp at the greatness of Glacier Bay National Park. You will too. And with remote adventures, there are even more places to be found. We launch kayaks, skiffs, and paddle boards right from our vessels. Paddle in a tiny cove or pull on your rubber boots and head to the forest. Chattering seabirds, and pure curiosity, lead the way.

Snapshot: The great observer sees all.

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Tip!

Bring your rubber boots, you’ll need them! Muskeg, streams, and glacial mudflats are everywhere in Alaska— and a lot of fun.

JUNEAU

Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness Area

Five Finger Lighthouse

Admiralty Island National Monument

Thomas Bay

Devil’s Thumb

Frederick Sound

Wrangell

SITKA

Tongass National Forest

ALASKA

KETCHIKAN

Misty Fjords National Monument

BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA

Pacific Ocean

Prince Rupert

Green Island Lighthouse

Butedale ghost town & abandoned cannery

Tolmie Channel Boat Bluff Lighthouse

Canada’s Inside Passage

Fitz Hugh Sound

Johnstone Strait

Seymour Rapids (up to 16 mph)

“Kayaking in ice fields by a glacier… Being on a small ship with great friends (new) and being the ONLY ship or vessel of any kind around us. …Unforgettable.”

Strait of Georgia

Vancouver Island

San Juan Islands

— Diane N; Port Angeles, WA (Alaska, 2019)

SEATTLE

Salish Sea

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Glacier Bay National Park

BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA

JUNEAU

NEW

Icy Strait Chichagof Island

Chatham Strait

12 NIGHTS | SEATTLE, WA TO JUNEAU, AK (or reverse) FROM: $4,495 | Apr-May; Aug-Sep Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer, Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer Alaska’s Inside Passage & Glacier Bay Wilderness Cruise

Frederick Sound

LeConte Bay Ideal Cove

Sitka Peril Strait

Ernest Sound

ALASKA

Behm Canal Misty Fjords National Monument

Ketchikan

Butedale Tolmie Channel

Canada’s Inside Passage

Johnstone Strait Strait of Georgia

San Juan Islands

Vancouver Island

Pacific Ocean

Salish Sea

SEATTLE

Included Highlights • Cruise Alaska’s and Canada’s Inside Passages • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Site—Glacier Bay National Park, including time with a park ranger • Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers and LeConte Bay iceberg gardens • Adventure activities in the San Juan Islands, Tongass National Forest, and Misty Fjords National Monument • Native culture and Pacific Northwest natural history • Watch for whales and wildlife in Frederick Sound and Icy Strait • Wilderness kayaking, paddle boarding, skiffing, and hiking • Educational presentations by onboard expedition team Whales and wildlife, kayaking and hiking. Thirteen days take you through Canada’s Inside Passage and Southeast Alaska—plus remote wilderness, native culture, and Pacific Northwest natural history.

DATES & RATES page 70 View day-by-day: UnCruise.com/ipwilderness

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Alaska’s Glacier Country

Glacier Bay National Park

South Marble Island

Grand Pacific Glacier

Bartlett Cove

Margerie Glacier

JUNEAU

Stephens Passage

Icy Strait

7 NIGHTS | ROUNDTRIP JUNEAU FROM: $2,995 | Apr-Sep Wilderness Adventurer, Safari Quest

Fords Terror Wilderness

Admiralty Island

Dawes Glacier

Chichagof Island

Windham Bay

Port Houghton

Chatham Strait

Saginaw Bay Frederick Sound

Kuiu Island

Baranof Island

Pacific Ocean

ALASKA

Included Highlights • One day in Glacier Bay National Park, and time with a park ranger • Get close up to glaciers: Dawes, Margerie, and Grand Pacific • Explore Chichagof and Kuiu Islands in Tongass National Forest • Fords Terror Wilderness Area by skiff • Humpback whale watching in Icy Strait, Frederick Sound, and Chatham Strait • Wildlife searches: black and brown bears, eagles, sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions, sea birds • Kayak, paddle board and skiff remote inlets • Beachcomb, tide pool, and forest ecology discoveries Explore islands, glaciers, and forests. Kayak in remote inlets that bring you closer to wildlife including the black bears of Kuiu Island. Put boots to ground through the trails of Glacier Bay National Park.

DATES & RATES page 70 View day-by-day: UnCruise.com/glaciercountry

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Glacier Bay National Park

BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA

Northern Passages & Glacier Bay

South Marble Island

Grand Pacific Glacier

Lynn Canal

Margerie Glacier

JUNEAU

Icy Strait

7 NIGHTS | JUNEAU TO SITKA (or reverse) FROM: $2,995 | Apr-Sep Wilderness Adventurer, Safari Endeavour, Safari Explorer

Admiralty Island

Chichagof Island

Peril Strait

Chatham Strait

Sergius Narrows

Nakwasina Sound

SITKA

ALASKA

Neva Strait

Baranof Island

Krestof Sound

Pacific Ocean

Skiff, kayak, and paddle board through fjords and inlets as wildlife greets you from land and sea. Explore the wilderness of the Tongass National Forest and Glacier Bay National Park.

Included Highlights •

View Margerie and Grand Pacific Glaciers • Park ranger joins you in Glacier Bay National Park • Whale watching in Icy Strait and Lynn Canal or Chatham Strait • Wildlife searches—bears, sea otters, harbor seals, Dall’s porpoises • South Marble Island—a bird and sea lion haulout • Beachcomb intertidal zones • Hike and bushwhack in the Tongass National Forest • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords

DATES & RATES page 71 View day-by-day: UnCruise.com/northernpassages

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BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA

JUNEAU

Fords Terror Wilderness Dawes Glacier Endicott Arm Thomas Bay

Stephens Passage

Admiralty Island

7 NIGHTS | JUNEAU TO KETCHIKAN (or reverse) FROM: $4,495 | Apr-Aug Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Wrangell Narrows

Frederick Sound

Wrangell

Yes Bay

ALASKA

Misty Fjords National Monument

Pacific Ocean

KETCHIKAN

Behm Canal

Wind through canals and explore the Tongass backcountry on foot and by kayak. Experience Tlingit culture in Wrangell, one of the oldest towns in Alaska.

Included Highlights • Dawes Glacier and ice-rich Endicott Arm • Whale watching in Stephens Passage • Adventure exploration in Misty Fjords National Monument • Tlingit cultural presentation

• Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House visit • Tongass backcountry by kayak, paddle board, skiff, and hike • Search for wildlife—bears, Sitka black-tailed deer, sea lions, eagles, mink, porpoises, mountain goats • Navigate winding Wrangell Narrows and Behm Canal

DATES & RATES page 70 View day-by-day: UnCruise.com/fjordsglaciers

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Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise

BRITISH COLUMBIA CANADA

Glacier Bay National Park

Grand Pacific Glacier

South Marble Island

Margerie Glacier

7 NIGHTS | ROUNDTRIP JUNEAU FROM: $3,895 | APR-SEP Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

Bartlett Cove

JUNEAU

Johns Hopkins Glacier

Stephens Passage

Lamplugh Glacier

Twin Sawyer Glaciers

Tracy Arm

Admiralty Island

Icy Strait

Cross Sound

Chichagof Island

Pacific Ocean

ALASKA

Frederick Sound

Two days in Glacier Bay National Park offer an up close look at glaciers, old-growth forests, and sea life. Hike remote coastlines and take in diverse birding at South Marble Island.

Included Highlights • TWO full days in Glacier Bay National Park •

Tidewater glaciers: Margerie, Grand Pacific, and the twin Sawyer Glaciers • Explore the shores and fjords of Tongass National Forest and Tracy Arm • Bushwhack and hike in old-growth forest and glacial outwash fields • Whale watching in Frederick Sound • Search for wildlife—bears, sea lions, seals, porpoises, eagles • Birding at South Marble Island—puffins, oystercatchers, cormorants, and kittiwakes • Natural history narration from expert onboard guides

DATES & RATES page 71 View day-by-day: UnCruise.com/glacierbaycruise

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Glacier Bay National Park

NEW

Eastern Fjords & Glacier Bay Cruise— Ultimate Expedition

Grand Pacific Glacier

Marble Island

Margerie Glacier

JUNEAU

Johns Hopkins Glacier

Chatham Strait

Lamplugh Glacier

Tracy Arm

Twin Sawyer Glaciers

Icy Strait

Fords Terror Wilderness Dawes Glacier Endicott Arm Thomas Bay Wrangell Narrows

Stephens Passage

Admiralty Island

Chichagof Island

Frederick Sound

14 NIGHTS | JUNEAU TO KETCHIKAN (or reverse) FROM: $6,545 | Apr-Aug Wilderness Discoverer, Wilderness Explorer

WRANGELL

ALASKA

Yes Bay

Misty Fjords National Monument

Pacific Ocean

Behm Canal

KETCHIKAN

The ultimate Alaska. Spend two days in Glacier Bay National Park, skiff to glaciers, hike in the Tongass National Forest, and learn about Native cultures.

Included Highlights • TWO full days in Glacier Bay National Park • Margerie, Grand Pacific, Dawes, and the twin Sawyers • Navigate winding Wrangell Narrows, Behm Canal, and Tracy Arm • Discover Misty Fjords National Monument • Adventure exploration in old-growth forest and glacial outwash fields • Kayak, paddle board, skiff, hike, and bushwhack in Tongass backcountry • Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House visits and Tlingit cultural presentation • Whale watching in Stephens Passage, Icy Strait, and Frederick Sound • Birding at South Marble Island—puffins, oystercatchers, cormorants, and kittiwakes • Search for wildlife—bears, sea lions, seals, porpoises, eagles • Natural history narration from expert onboard guides

DATES & RATES page 71 View day-by-day: UnCruise.com/easternfjords

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Denali & Talkeetna Wilderness Rail Adventure Extend your stay

6 NIGHTS I ROUNDTRIP ANCHORAGE, ALASKA I FROM $ 4,345 /person

This pre-cruise escorted land tour features wilderness lodge stays in Denali National Park and Talkeetna Mountains, and hotel overnights in Anchorage. Throughout your journey, each vantage point—whether ascending a mountain, riding in a deluxe dome railcar on the Alaskan Railroad, or in the most remote backcountry location—offers changing sights and things to do. Low elevation trails along crystal clear lakes or rigorous a climb with views of Mt. Denali are just a couple of options on this inland adventure.

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Pre- & Post-Cruise Hotels

Juneau Four Points by Sheraton

Centrally located and overlooking the waterfront, the hotel features spacious mountain view rooms, a restaurant, and is in walking distance to Juneau’s shops, restaurants, and the Mt. Roberts Tram.

Ketchikan Cape Fox Lodge

Accessed by tram, the hotel offers panoramic views of Tongass Narrows and the city, with Ketchikan’s hot spots in walking distance. Spacious and bright rooms, onsite restaurant, and lounge offer casual comfort. Sitka Westmark Sitka Hotel Designed to reflect local culture, amenities include a large welcoming fireplace, restaurant, lounge, and comfortable accommodations. Many of Sitka’s top attractions are a short walk away.

For Seattle hotel , see page 39.

All hotel stays include: Airport meet & greet; airport/hotel/vessel transfers; accommodations; taxes and service fees.

Learn more: UnCruise.com/land

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Vancouver Island

Pacific Northwest A kayaker’s heaven. Eagles above lure you around the bend for a quiet communing with nature. That is, until your expedition guide gives a shout alerting you to petroglyphs on the canyon wall or “orcas at three o’clock!” Circle up and check it out. Life’s little surprises have a lot to say. From the graceful winding channels of the San Juan Islands to the steep walls of the Columbia River Gorge, meanderings in the Pacific Northwest put you somewhere unique. Paddle up to a bird rookery, examine rock formations from the skiff, or get an adrenaline rush in class III whitewater rapids. Out here, a hike for every level means just that. Casual beachcombers can poke around tide pools and panoramic views reward from high above the river. Spot a bald eagle snatching a live salmon. Hear a chorus of sea lions bark. Temperate rainforest, canyons, vineyards, and waterfalls. Listen and find your place.

Pacific Ocean

Snapshot: Follow the light.

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Tip!

Eyes up for bald eagles and osprey. Layer up for the highs and lows. Winds can be strong, and the northern sun can shine bright.

Mt. Constitution

San Juan Islands

Strait of Juan de Fuca

Deception Pass

“Gorgeous scenery, quiet nature in all her glory, a crew that couldn’t do enough to accommodate you, beautiful food, impeccably presented. Our guide and naturalist was clearly passionate, and loved sharing his knowledge of the beauty and animals. An exceptional week of R&R, pampering, and adventure!”

Olympic National Park

Puget Sound

UnCruise HQ Hiram M. Chittenden Locks & Fish Ladder

Lake Washington

SEATTLE

— Leslie Y; Hollywood, FL (Pacific Northwest, 2019)

South Puget Sound

Palouse River

Marmes Rockshelter Archaeological Site

WASHINGTON

Lower Monumental Dam

Snake River

Ice Harbor Dam

McNary National Wildlife Refuge

Walla Walla

Ft. Clatsop Astoria

McNary Dam

Celilo Falls Site

Bridge of the Gods

Wallula Gap National Natural Landmark

Stonehenge

Columbia River

Bonneville Dam

Blalock Island Native Burial Site

John Day Dam

PORTLAND

Beacon Rock

Columbia Gorge Multnomah Falls

Hood River

OREGON

The Dalles Dam

Willamette River

The Dalles

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Rivers of Adventure & Wine

Little Goose Dam

WASHINGTON

Lower Monumental Dam

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7 NIGHTS | ROUNDTRIP PORTLAND, OREGON FROM: $4,395 | Aug-Nov Wilderness Legacy

Ice Harbor Dam

Astoria

Walla Walla

The Dalles Dam

John Day Dam

Bonneville Dam

Ft. Clatsop

McNary Dam

Willamette River

Hood River

The Dalles

PORTLAND

Multnomah Falls

Deschutes River

OREGON

Rowena Plateau

Route of Lewis & Clark Expedition Overland Transfer

Included Highlights • Tour and taste at a Walla Walla winery • Sample local culinary delights at Walla Walla’s historic Gesa Power House Theater • Deschutes River rafting trip • Hikes at Tom McCall Nature Preserve, Multnomah Falls, Columbia Hills State Park, and Ft. Clatsop—a Lewis and Clark National Historical Park • Kayak, paddle board, swim, and skiff • Transit six locks and tour the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center Adventure calls. Hike dramatic landscapes, kayak through canyons, sample local wines, and raft the rapids on this adventurous Snake River and Columbia River cruise.

• Cruise through the heart of the Columbia River Gorge • Onboard sommelier, and natural and cultural history guides

DATES & RATES page 72 View day-by-day: UnCruise.com/adventurewine

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Sucia Island

Salish Sea & San Juan Islands Adventure NEW

San Juan Islands

Deception Pass

Strait of Juan de Fuca

Puget Sound

HiramM. Chittenden Locks

5 NIGHTS | ROUNDTRIP SEATTLE, WASHINGTON FROM: $2,695 | May-Jul; Sep-Oct Wilderness Dioscoverer, Wilderness Legacy

Fishermen’s Terminal

WASHINGTON

Lake Union Lake Washington

SEATTLE

Vashon Island

Tacoma Narrows

Seasonal Whales

South Puget Sound

Included Highlights • Explore the Salish Sea’s San Juan archipelago, South Puget Sound, and Deception Pass • Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and cruise Lakes Union and Washington • Hike in temperate rainforest, old-growth forest, and state parks • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in island channels formed by glaciers • Watch for whales, orcas, seals, and sea lions • Birding opportunities—eagles, seabirds, and migrating flocks • Educational presentations by your expert expedition team Discover the secret places on Washington’s wild coastline. Kayak among rocky outcroppings, spotting sealife. Explore dramatic Deception Pass by skiff. Hike mossy island forests frequented by red fox, deer, and woodpeckers.

DATES & RATES page 72 View day-by-day: UnCruise.com/sanjuanislands

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Salish Sea

Sucia Island

Explore! Olympic Wilderness & San Juan Islands

Mt. Constitution

Orcas Island

San Juan Island

Deception Pass

Lopez Island

Protection Island Wildlife Reserve

Strait of Juan de Fuca

WASHINGTON

Port Angeles

Hurricane Ridge

7 NIGHTS | ROUNDTRIP SEATTLE, WASHINGTON FROM: $4,695 | Apr-May Safari Quest

Puget Sound

Olympic National Park

HiramM. Chittenden Locks

SEATTLE

Included Highlights • Olympic National Park—UNESCO World Heritage Site, San Juan archipelago, and Deception Pass • Hike in rainforest, old-growth forest, and at Mt. Constitution and Hurricane Ridge • Explore intertidal zones at a Washington State Marine Park • Transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks or cruise Seattle’s waterfront • Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in island channels formed by glaciers • Watch for whales, orcas, seals, sea lions, eagles, and sea birds • Birding opportunities A yachters’ paradise in the Salish Sea. Explore islands and fjords, hike in rainforests and up mountains, paddle in Puget Sound waterways and the San Juan Islands.

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