An Intimate Look Alaska’s Inside Passage

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It’s that time again when winter is almost a distant memory and summer vacation planning is just around the corner.

One of our very favorite summer vacations last August (and perhaps of all time) was a trip  aboard the Un-Cruise Safari Endeavour giving us an intimate look Alaska’s inside passage.

Uncruise specializes in small group travel. In other words, each ship carries under one-hundred passengers making it easier for them to get in and out of places large cruise ships can’t go.
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On our cruise we got to explore Alaska’s inside passage without ever stopping at a port for the week we were on board. While at first we thought we might lose our minds being unplugged for seven days, we quickly embraced the notion and were able to experience the real Alaska. Life onboard the ship was like no other. The passengers and crew became acquainted quickly and everyone seemed more like friends than strangers.

alaskan whaleOne of the beauty’s of an Uncruise and the small ship is experience is flexibility. If there is something really awesome happening, and with nature that is most often unpredictable, the captain can swing the boat around to capture those once in a life time memorable moments. On our trip we were able to spend hours in a spot, surrounded by dozens and dozens of whales that put on a spectacular show for us breaching, fluking and feeding as we bellowed “Thar she blows”.  It lasted for hours and the captain made sure we got to experience every awe struck moment.

We were on the go throughout the week, really getting to explore nature up-close and personal in small groups, hiking, kayaking and on skiff excursions. There was even a polar plunge in freezing cold glacier waters.

This was one of the most jaw dropping, scenic destination we have to date experienced and think it’s the perfect way to unwind from a demanding schedule. It is a week that will create a tapestry of memories. It is perfect for a multi-generational family trip and they provide an educational experience for kids (and grown-ups), masked as having fun.

An Uncruise in Alaska will have you living and breathing in the moment and the only reason you’ll need your cell phone is to capture the breathtaking scenery!

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6 Comments

  1. Amy says:

    It is so beautiful. Our lodge is on the inside passage and it looks like you were at the door of our lodge in these photos. Breath-taking every day!

    • Rick Griffin says:

      Thanks Amy. I’ve seen pics of your lodge and it is beautiful! We still need to get up to your lodge sometimes and catch some fish. #BucketList

  2. Nikki says:

    Such amazing timing for this post. We’re actually going to be on the Safari Endeavour in a week. Any tips? Super excited! So glad we got to read your post before going – it looks absolutely incredible! Cheers!

    • Rick Griffin says:

      You’re going to LOVE Alaska …and Un-Cruise. Bring extra storage disc for your camera. We saw more wildlife in that one week than we had in our collective lives. Also, do the Polar Plunge! You’ll regret doing it but not nearly as much as if you hadn’t done it:)

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