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  • ss-legacy-whales.jpg - Humpback whales bubble net feeding near the S.S. Legacy.
  • Wilderness-Discoverer-kayakers.jpg - Kayakers depart from the Wilderness Discoverer for their daily excursion.
  • Uncruise-skiff-waterfall.jpg - The small ships of UnCruise Adventures take you closer to waterfalls and spots too remote for larger ships.
  • Uncruise-skiff-iceberg.jpg - A skiff from an UnCruise Adventures expedition explores an iceberg in Alaska.
  • Safari-Endeavour-anchored.jpg - Safari Endeavour sails the shores of Alaska in summer and the Sea of Cortez in winter.
  • SS_Legacy_in_SE_Alaska_waterfall.jpg - The 88-passenger S.S. Legacy stops by a waterfall in southeastern Alaska.
  • S.S._Legacy_in_Alaskan_fjord.jpg - The S.S. Legacy, framed by blue ice, settles into a fjord in Alaska.
  • safari-voyager-at-sea.jpg - The 62-passenger Safari Voyager is geared to travelers who enjoy exploring Central America up close and on the water.
  • ss-legacy-bridge.jpg - The 88-passenger SS Legacy, the largest ship in the Un-Cruise Adventures fleet, sails the Columbia and Snake rivers of the Pacific Northwest.
  • La-Pinta-UnCruise-Adventures.jpg - La Pinta from Un-Cruise Adventures gives passengers a close-up experience with the wildlife of the Galapagos.
  • Safari-Endeavour-Dining-Room.jpg - The light-filled main dining room aboard Safari Endeavour from Un-Cruise Adventures.
  • Uncruise-hiking.jpg - Enjoy hiking the glaciers of Alaska and British Columbia on an UnCruise Adventures cruise.
  • Safari-Endeavour-kayak-launch.jpg - The kayak launch in the water sports marina at the aft of Safari Endeavour.
  • safari-quest-sailing.jpg - The diminutive Safari Quest sails to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
  • safari-quest-salon.jpg - Meet interesting people and watch the passing landscapes in the salon of Safari Quest.
  • La-Pinta-dining.jpg - Passengers can often dine al fresco on the deck of La Pinta from Un-Cruise Adventures.
  • la-pinta-dining-room.jpg - Enjoy fresh, locally sourced cuisine in the dining room of La Pinta.
  • wilderness-explorer.jpg - Wilderness Explorer from Un-Cruise Adventures sails the inlets of coastal Alaska.
  • Wilderness_Discoverer_in_Alaska.jpg - Wilderness Discoverer in Alaska, with all hands on rails and fully flagged.
  • Safari_Quest_in_Alaska.jpg - Safari Quest moored in Alaska's Inside Passage.
  • Uncruise-kayaking.jpg - Kayak through the clear waters of Alaska and British Columbia on an UnCruise Adventures cruise.
  • Uncruise-skiffs-glacier.jpg - See glaciers close up on a skiff during an UnCruise Adventures sailing.
  • la-pinta-library.jpg - A well stocked library on La Pinta offers spectacular views.
  • safari-explorer.jpg - Explore bays and coves in Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands on Safari Explorer.
  • wilderness-adventurer-in-alaska.jpg - Wilderness Adventurer, from Un-Cruise Adventures, in Alaska.
  • wilderness-adventurer.jpg - Wilderness Adventurer offers itineraries in Alaska that range from 7 to 21 days.
  • wilderness-discoverer.jpg - The 76-passenger Wilderness Discoverer offers sailings to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.
  • wilderness-discoverer-lounge.jpg - The Wilderness Discoverer features a roomy lounge with a flat-screen TV.
  • ss-legacy-owners-suite.jpg - The 300-square-foot bedroom of the tastefully decorated Owner's Suite on SS Legacy.
  • ss-legacy-klondike-dining-room.jpg - Enjoy meals using locally sourced fresh ingredients in the Klondike dining room on SS Legacy.
  • ss-legacy-pesky-barnacle.jpg - Enjoy cocktails in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon on SS Legacy, featuring a wrap-around balcony and period décor.
  • ss-legacy-officers.jpg - History comes alive aboard the SS Legacy when the ship's crew appear as living-history personalities, with talented storytellers among them, to perform vignettes throughout the voyage.
  • Safari-Voyager-docked.jpg - Safari Voyager, undergoing refurbishment in 2016, calls on small ports in Costa Rica and Panama.
  • Safari-Endeavour-salon.jpg - Mingle with new friends in the salon aboard Safari Endeavour from Un-Cruise Adventures.

UnCruise Adventures: Small-ship expedition cruising for nature lovers

UnCruise Adventures operates a fleet of nine small expedition ships, ranging in size from 22 to 88 passengers, all geared to adventurers who want to see the world a little differently. As with other cruise lines with small ships, their cruises are able to explore waters, nooks and bay inaccessible to larger ships.

The emphasis at UnCruise Adventures is squarely on the destinations rather than the onboard activities. You'll be able to mingle with locals, all while focused on activities and excursions that complement the wilderness, wildlife, culture and heritage of the places visited.

Whether you’re traveling by yourself, with a companion, as a family or in a group, UnCruise Adventures can help you learn while having fun. The focus is on "soft adventure": helping you get out into nature and discovering the world around you. (And don't worry, you needn't be in tip-top shape.)

Your cruise will stop at small ports and islands — the main destinations explored are Alaska, coastal Washington, British Columbia, the Columbia & Snake rivers in Oregon and Washington, the Hawaiian Islands and Mexico's Sea of Cortez. For instance, you might decide to hike, snorkel or kayak through the Hawaiian Islands with stops at Kalaupapa National Park on Molokai, Olowaku Reef on Maui and Kawaihae on the Big Island of Hawaii.

The trips are hands-on 7- to 21-night cruise explorations aboard expedition vessels, upscale yachts or a replica coastal steamer. They're pricier than, say, a splash-and-dash cruise to the Caribbean, thanks to the personalized itineraries and the tour guides that often come with each outing. 

For two first-person accounts of UnCruise sailings in Alaska, see:

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9 Ships
1997 Founded
Expedition Style
Seattle HQ


“The advantage of these intimate vessels is that they really can take you up close to fascinating parts of Alaska that larger ships can't reach.”
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