Already leading the way in redefining river cruises through its active adventures in partnerships with lines like AmaWaterways, Backroads has announced that it is jumping into small-ship ocean cruises, too.
Backroads, which is has a 40-year history as a top active-travel touring company, has launched an ocean cruise segment that includes a partnership in Alaska with UnCruise Adventures, the long-time leader in expedition cruising there. This means that two of the best adventure travel companies out there are teaming up to offer trips -- in Alaska and for Costa Rica and Panama sailings, too. This gets a hearty In The Loop Travel endorsement. I have traveled multiple times with each of these companies and have had memorable journeys that I still rave about.
Backroads offers two sailings each in 2019 on UnCruise Adventures Safari Quest and Safari Explorer. The multi-adventure tour on Safari Quest goes roundtrip from Petersburg on the Inside Passage, and the trip on Safari Explorer ventures from Juneau to Glacier Bay.
Backroads announced a host of other new ocean cruise departures for 2019 and will also be working with expedition cruise lines Ponant, Lindblad Expeditions and KleinTours.
Here are the new Backroads active-ocean cruise offerings:
Antarctica multi-sport adventure on Ponant ships Le Soleal and Le Boreal; Baltic Sea biking on Ponant's Le Dumont-d'Urville; Galapagos multi-sport on KleinTours' Galapagos Legend; Iceland circumnavigation multi-sport and Iceland circumnavigation walking and hiking on Lindblad Expeditions' National Geographic Explorer; Japan walking and hiking on Ponant's Le Soleal, Le Boreal and Le Laperouse; New Zealand multi-sport, Costa Rica and Panama multi-sport on UnCruise Adventures' Safari Voyager; and Venice and Croatia biking on Ponant Le Lyrial.
In 2016, Backroads and AmaWaterways developed the first river cruise biking trips on the Rhine, Seine and Douro Rivers in Europe and expanded the offerings to the Danube River and added walking/hiking programs. Backroads scheduled more than 100 trips in 2017 on AmaWaterways' ships.
"Our guests love our active river cruises and have been asking for additional water adventures and destinations since we first launched that segment," Backroads founder and president Tom Hale said. "We've heard everyone loud and clear and are now taking cruising to the next level, and then some, with our new small-ship ocean cruises. Water-based adventure trips are incredibly dynamic and allow us to create itineraries that wouldn't be possible if traveling solely by land. We're thrilled to bring our guests more chances to explore the world with some of the most beautiful and diverse experiences we've ever offered."
READ MORE ABOUT BACKROADS AND UNCRUISE ADVENTURES:
What You Need to Know About Backroads Biking Cruises with AmaWaterways
UnCruise Adventures Voyages in Alaska Have to Be Experienced to Be Believed
Backroads Biking Trip in Europe is a Delightful Adventure Down Memory Lane