UnCruise Adventures’ newly published schedule of 2018 Alaska cruises adds a seventh ship to its Alaska fleet, more visits to Glacier Bay National Park, and seven new itineraries. The 88-guest S.S. Legacy, a replica coastal steamer newly outfitted with kayaks and skiffs, joins the Alaska fleet in 2018 to sail adventure cruises. Also new in 2018, the adventure outpost of Haines is added to five itineraries. A full day of activities in Haines includes a float trip down the Chilkat River (on most itineraries), a guided hike, bikes for riding into town and a shipboard presentation by local Chilkat Tlingit members.
From April to October, travelers may choose from 10 adventure cruise itineraries on 160 departures lasting one week to 14 days from homeports of Seattle, WA; Ketchikan, Juneau, Petersburg and Sitka, Alaska. Ships carry 22 to 88 guests.
“Seven of our ten itineraries visit Glacier Bay National Park in 2018,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO. “There are many outstanding wilderness areas in Southeast Alaska, but Glacier Bay is iconic. With multiple days in the park, we’re able to actively explore more, including access to rarely visited, pristine outback areas.”
Travelers visiting Glacier Bay see the sights up close by small ship—sea lion haul-out at Marble Islands, tidewater glaciers, mountain goats at Gloomy Knob—and often stop at Bartlett Cove Visitor Center for a short hike. A Glacier Bay National Park ranger boards the ship to provide narration in the park. Cruises with two or three days in the park have time to explore deeper with guided kayak and hiking excursions.
Alaska Yacht—Bears, Bergs & Bushwhacking—New in 2018
The 22-guest Safari Quest sails 15 departures on an itinerary targeted to past guests and other travelers seeking out new adventures in rarely visited wilderness areas. The eight-night itinerary out of Petersburg, Alaska begins with an included hotel night in Petersburg, followed by a choice of fishing or flightseeing in the morning. Four wilderness areas are explored—South Baranof, Admiralty, Tebenkof, Stikine-LeConte Glacier—plus a visit to the native village of Kake and a guided tour to the Fortress of the Bear on Admiralty Island.
Alaska’s Glaciers & Whales—New in 2018
The 88-guest S.S. Legacy and 84-guest Safari Endeavour sail 13 departures from Juneau to Sitka and see glaciers in Tracy Arm or Endicott Arm, Thomas Bay, Baird Glacier, Le Conte Glacier, Ideal Cove, Frederick Sound, Baranof Island, Sergius Narrows and the native village of Kake.
Whales, Wildlife & Glaciers—New in 2018
The S.S. Legacy and Safari Endeavour sail 13 departures on an upper Inside Passage focused itinerary from Sitka to Juneau. This route explores Krestof Sound, Icy Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Chichagof Island and Lynn Canal. A day in Haines includes a float trip down the Chilkat River, a guided hike, bikes for riding into town and a shipboard presentation by local Chilkat Tlingit members. The two itineraries are combinable for a new two-week Alaska Glacier Cruise—Ultimate Expedition.
Alaska’s Inside Passage & San Juans Cruise—New in 2018
Five ships sail nine departures on spring and fall transits between Seattle and Juneau (and reverse). Two additional days in 2018 create a 14-day itinerary with added days spent exploring Washington’s Olympic National Park and San Juan Islands, as well as Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park.
Glacier Bay National Park Adventure Cruise—New in 2018
The 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer sails 19 departures roundtrip from Juneau with three days in Glacier Bay National Park for travelers intent on exploring lesser visited nooks and crannies with more opportunities for hiking and kayaking in the park. It also explores Icy Strait and spends a day in Haines for included adventures ashore: bikes, hiking, a float trip on the river and a shipboard presentation by local Chilkat Tlingit members.
Glacier Bay Small Ship Cruise
Four ships sail 23 departures on a weeklong cruise roundtrip Juneau with two days in Glacier Bay National Park. Other areas explored are Chatham Strait, Kuiu Island, Frederick Sound and Dawes Glacier in Endicott Arm.
Northern Passages & Glacier Bay
The 76-guest Wilderness Discoverer and 74-guest Wilderness Explorer sail 20 departures on a weeklong cruise from Juneau to Sitka (or reverse). Areas explored include Chatham Strait, Glacier Bay National Park, Icy Strait, Chichagof Island, Peril Strait, Sergius Narrows.
Alaska Fjords and Glaciers
Three ships sail 19 departures from Juneau to Ketchikan (or reverse) visiting Misty Fjords National Monument, Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier, Thomas Bay, Stephens Passage, Wrangell Narrows and a stop in Wrangell for a visit to the totem park and Chief Shakes Tribal House. Travelers may combine it with the Northern Passages & Glacier Bay cruise for a new 14-day Fjords of Alaska Cruise—Ultimate Expedition.
Every Alaska cruise includes adventure activities in remote wilderness—hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursions and whale watching. With few port calls and flexible itineraries, travelers spend the week exploring remote wilderness and searching for wildlife. Knowledgeable expedition guides lead tours and provide interpretation along the way. Rates for weeklong Alaska cruises include fresh, innovative meals; all beverages including alcohol; adventure activities; transfers day of cruise; hot tub; fitness equipment; a complimentary massage is available on select ships. For additional information,visit uncruise.com.