UnCruise Adventures is set to explore exciting new destinations. The adventure cruise line has long made its mark in Alaska.
In recent years, UnCruise Adventures has also offered amazing journeys in Panama and Costa Rica, Mexico's Sea of Cortez, the Pacific Northwest, the Galapagos, Hawaii and the Columbia and Snake Rivers.
Now, UnCruise Adventures is adding new regions, with itineraries for its fleet of nine ships that include the countries of Colombia, Guatemala and Belize.
"Coral reefs, tropical islands, historical sites and jungles to explore -- that's what's drawing us to Belize, Guatemala and Colombia," UnCruise Adventures CEO Dan Blanchard said. "Developing new destinations is important for our returning guests who fall in love with the UnCruise spirit of friendship and adventure."
UnCruise Adventures features small ships that carry between 22 and 90 passengers.
We have sailed with this line several times, and it's easily our favorite way to travel. (Check out some of our experiences in the links below.)
Wild Alaska Awakens on UnCruise Adventures' Springtime Expedition
UnCruise Cranks Up the Fun on "Rivers of Adventure" Voyages
Back to Nature: Exploring Costa Rica and Panama with UnCruise Adventures
Thrills and Beauty on an UnCruise Adventures Journey through Pacific Northwest
An UnCruise Adventures voyage takes travelers deeper into each destination. You get to explore on hiking, biking, kayaking and zodiac excursions. You also can try snorkeling, bush whacking, paddle boarding and nature walks. The trips often include cultural interaction with indigenous people.
Colombia and Panama
The 66-passenger Safari Voyager sails three departures on a new weeklong "Colombia and Panama: Coral, Jungles, Canal" itinerary between Cartagena and Panama City (or reverse) in October. Transit the Panama Canal, meet native Guna and Embera people and visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites -- the Darien Jungle and the colonial walled city of Cartagena. Explore the Pearl Islands, Isla Taboga, Capurgana, Sapzurro and the Archipelago of San Bernardo.
Belize and Guatemala
UnCruise Adventures offers six departures on a weeklong adventure to explore the beaches and jungles of Belize and Guatemala. Voyages are from October to December aboard Safari Voyager. Snorkel Belize's Mesoamerican barrier reef, search for marine life, venture up the Monkey River and explore Mayan historical sites.
Costa Rica and Panama
Safari Voyager sails eleven times on its 10-night "Costa Rica & Panama: Canal, Culture, Adventure" itinerary between San Jose and Panama City (or reverse). Costa Rica highlights include Golfo Dulce, Osa Conservation Area and Curu National Wildlife Refuge. In Panama, you will visit an Embera Village in the Darien Jungle, Coiba National Park and take a late afternoon/evening transit of the Panama Canal.
Also, four departures on a seven-night "Unveiled Wonders" itinerary bring you on a journey between San Jose and Panama City (or reverse) with a full canal transit, jungle and beach exploration and wildlife and snorkeling adventures.
From April through September, six ships sail 117 departures on adventure cruises lasting one to two weeks from homeports of Seattle and Ketchikan, Juneau and Sitka, Alaska.
Choose from seven itineraries in Southeast Alaska. Five cruises visit Glacier Bay National Park, and all itineraries include multiple daily adventures. UnCruise begins spring sailings in April (the earliest of any cruise line), offering prime access to Alaska's awakening landscapes and wildlife.
UnCruise Adventures has begun with year-round operations in Hawaii and now offers additional summer departures on the intimate 36-passenger Safari Explorer. Thirty-nine "Hawaiian Seascapes" sailings between Molokai and Hawaii (or reverse) visit four islands -- Maui, Lana'i, Molokai and Hawaii. Snorkel with manta rays at night and watch for whales and other marine life in the Humpback National Marine Sanctuary. An overnight and full day on Molokai explores traditional Hawaiian culture with residents in Halawa Valley, culminated with a Pa'ina feast in the evening.
Mexico's Sea of Cortes
The 88-passenger Safari Endeavour explores the marine life rich waters of Baja, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on 16 "Baja's Bounty" voyages from January through April and December. Weeklong roundtrip cruises from San Jose del Cabo feature snorkeling with sea lions at Los Islotes, whale and marine life searches, desert hikes, remote beach explorations, a mule ride into the arroyo with rancheros and close-up encounters with gray whales and calves at Magdalena Bay during calving season.
Columbia and Snake Rivers
The 90-passenger S.S. Legacy sails six weeklong "Rivers of Adventure" cruises between Portland, Oregon and Clarkston, Washington, (or reverse) from late August through October. Bike, hike, kayak and marvle at the views along the river while transiting eight sets of locks.
You also will visit Multnomah Falls, Palouse Falls State Park and Fort Clatsop for a series of hiking, biking and kayaking excursions. A highlight in a jet boat ride deep into Hells Canyon on the Snake River. You also can go wine tasting in Hood River Valley and rafting on the Deschutes River.
A "Rivers of Wine and Culinary" itinerary sails roundtrip from Portland from September through November on seven departures. A sommelier and a guest wine or culinary expert join the ship for a week of farm-to-table culinary demos and tastings on and off the ship. Visit wineries in four regions: Columbia Gorge, Walla Walla, Red Mountain and Willamette Valley.
The 48-passenger La Pinta ship sails seven weeklong "Darwin's Discoveries" expeditions roundtrip from Guayaquil, Ecuador. The six-night cruise visits Islas Baltra, Seymour Norte, Isabela, Fernandina, Rabida, Santa Cruz and Floreana. A one-night pre-cruise hotel stay is included at Wyndham Guayaquil.
The 22-passenger Safari Quest explores Washington State's Puget Sound and Salish Sea on 16 weeklong "Explore! Olympic Wilderness and San Juan Islands" cruises sailing roundtrip from Seattle. Hike Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visit Deception Pass. Further explore the region in active ways by kayak, paddleboard or on hikes and zodiac tours as you travel around the San Juan Islands and take in the view from the top of Mount Constitution on Orcas Island.
Cruise fares include locally sourced cuisine, all beverages including alcohol, adventure activities and transfers on the day of your cruise. The ships are purpose built for adventure with sports marinas and adventure equipment. Other amenities include daily yoga or stretch classes, hot tubs and fitness equipment.
I see so many incredible adventures here that it's hard to pick just one.
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Thanks for reading, and happy travels,