Un-Cruise Adventures takes you deep into the Alaskan fjords on Wilderness Explorer, which features a large viewing platform and cozy lounge area at the bow from which to spot glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife. The 74-passenger vessel is well-designed with plenty of space to find quiet time for yourself or mingle with your fellow cruisers. Days are filled with active excursions like forest hikes or kayaking trips, and guides will tailor trips to meet individual passenger's interests and physical capabilities.
What We Love
Experts on Board: Many of the expedition team members have backgrounds or schooling in environmental science or conservation. They all have a passion for exploring nature and create special presentations that explain the area's history and other aspects of the journey to help tie it all together.
Local Cuisine: Meals on board feature the best of Alaska throughout the week, from fresh halibut preparations to king crab, salmon, scallops, oysters, and more.
Best Known For
Keep Your Eyes Open: Breaching humpback whales and orcas, playful harbor seals, soaring bald eagles, and calving glaciers are common sights when you cruise on Wilderness Explorer in Alaska.
Uncrowded Itineraries: Because the ship is small, it can go where others can't. Which means you will almost certainly be the only people on your hikes through dense forests or while paddling in secluded coves.
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Who It's Best For
Nature Lovers: This is the boat for those who crave a small-group experience and aim to travel with the specific goal of spending active days spotting and learning about animals and wildlife.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
The Weather Doesn't Always Cooperate: Expect rain and bring boots and other necessary gear to protect yourself from the elements. Same goes for your camera, which should always be at the ready. You never know when you might spot an active pod of whales or porpoises from the bow of the boat or a bald eagle perched on a tree.
Know Your Own Strength: When the guides warn that an activity like a long hike or kayaking excursion is going to be difficult, believe them and gauge your abilities honestly.
John Roberts is a New Jersey-based writer for ShermansCruise who worked at The Virginian-Pilot.