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UnCruise Adventures

Picture off-the-beaten-track and up-close-and-personal ecotourism combined with the personal service of an upscale cruise. Imagine an encounter with a bear, humpback whale or spinner dolphin in the morning, followed by a perfectly chilled martini and hors d'oeuvres at cocktail hour.

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Why Go?

Expedition-style itineraries to the world’s most beautiful destinations

Small boutique ships where passengers become fast friendsv

Shore excursions and onboard discussions lead by knowledgeable naturalists

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Onboard

UnCruise Adventures offers a unique small-ship cruising experience, ranging from Indiana Jones-caliber adventure to low-activity destination immersion.

Adventure ships provide an expedition experience that's built for comfort but with luxury flourishes. It's a great bet for passengers who have the latest in REI gear and are eager to use it but also wish to enjoy simple pleasures like fine wine and massages. Each ship's expedition staff is charged with helping passengers with activities like spotting humpbacks or identifying the flora.

UnCruise Adventure ships offer a mix of casual cruising and boutique yachting, with thoughtful touches, like memory foam mattresses and a number of boats with special kayak launching pads designed to get even the biggest couch potato out on the water.

At the same time, having an onboard pastry chef means you'll replenish calories quickly. Dining focuses on locally sourced ingredients, such as Alaskan seafood or Costa Rican vegetables.

All cabins are above deck with outward-facing windows; some even open and close, perfect for enjoying Alaska's crisp mornings and late sunsets.

UnCruise sailings emphasize familiarization with the flora, fauna, geology and culture of its destinations by means of guided shore excursions and soft-adventure activities. Your day in Alaska might start with a skiff tour to view a glacier up close and end with kayaking under the light of the midnight sun; in Hawaii, you might visit a macadamia nut farm by day and snorkel with manta rays by moonlight. In Costa Rica, naturalists will spot barely visible sloths and bats to point out and talk about on a morning or afternoon hike. (Night sailing schedules depend on the venue.)

Dinners are typically casual affairs that are long on camaraderie and conversation and short on menu choices, usually limited to three tasty main course options, often based around local, freshly caught seafood. Wine choices -- all beverages for that matter -- are included. The bar is open 24/7 and stocked with top-shelf brands.

S.S. Legacy, which joined the fleet in August 2013, is the only ship to offer river cruises. These cruises highlight the history, culture and wildlife of the Columbia and Snake rivers through a series of local tours in port and enrichment lectures with a team of experts onboard. Adding to the overall historical feel, crew wear period costume uniforms.

River cruises provide "softer" adventures than the company's adventure offerings, with the extent of recreation being a little walking in town. During free time in port, there are options for those looking for a little more activity. After excursions, passengers typically have the opportunity to explore on their own and tend to do so by hiking the local trails or window shopping along the blocks.

Fellow Passengers

UnCruise Adventures appeals to a wide range of passengers. The Alaska, Sea of Cortez, Costa Rica/Panama and Hawaii itineraries attract an active 45- to 70-something group of eco-conscious outdoor enthusiasts and families, depending on the ship and time of year.

Onboard S.S. Legacy, you'll find yourself among a mostly mature crowd of passengers with adventurous spirits, who essentially want to be forced to relax. Because there are no skiff rides or kayaks on these sailings, passengers embrace their desire to explore the region's wilderness and culture in a state of total relaxation, with a camera on hand at all times. Most passengers are from within the U.S., but you probably will notice Canadian, Australian and European passengers, too.

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