Join us for an Un-Cruise through Alaska’s Glacier Country

Our itinerary on Un-Cruise Adventures' Discoverer's Glacier Country will take us through an Alaska hidden to larger ships. Illustration courtesy of Un-Cruise Adventures

Our itinerary on Un-Cruise Adventures’ Discoverer’s Glacier Country will take us through an Alaska hidden to larger ships. Illustration courtesy of Un-Cruise Adventures

I always used to be a ‘big ship’ guy. On my first trip to Alaska in 1998, I remember sailing past a very small ship on our way into Glacier Bay National Park – a remarkable fact, considering that back then, our “large” ship only measured 750 feet in length. I recall looking at this small ship, with its handful of passengers clustered around the aft deck in and amongst canoes and zodiac rafts, and thinking, “Why would you want to sail on that?”

How little I knew. Sadly, it would take me another decade to discover the beauty and magic of small-ship adventure cruising. Fortunately, I’ve been a huge fan of small ships now for several years, and I’ll be the one staring back at passengers on larger ships this summer, as I set sail on a spectacular expedition with Un-Cruise Adventures.

In late August, we'll set sail for the hidden wonders of Alaska and Glacier Bay aboard Un-Cruise Adventures' Safari Voyager. Photo courtesy of Un-Cruise Adventures

In late August, we’ll set sail for the hidden wonders of Alaska and Glacier Bay aboard Un-Cruise Adventures’ Safari Voyager. Photo courtesy of Un-Cruise Adventures

On August 31, I’ll step aboard Safari Endeavourin Juneau, Alaska for a weeklong adventure through parts of Alaska that big ships simply cannot sail to, combined with on-shore adventures that explore this region’s secluded wilderness.

Over the course of a week, we’ll explore Icy Strait, Chichagof Island, Baranof Island, Frederick Sound, Stephen’s Passage, Fords Terror,and Endicott Arm. Un-Cruise Adventures’ Discoverer’s Glacier Countryitinerary even includes two entire days spent within Glacier Bay National Park, accompanied by a Park Ranger.

Sunny days in Alaska do exist, like this Caribbean-esque day in Glacier Bay this past August.  But it is amazing in any weather condition. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Glacier Bay National Park will take on an even more beautiful tone as we experience it over the course of two days – and onboard a smaller, more intimate ship. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Even after numerous trips through Glacier Bay on larger ships, this pristine piece of Alaskan wilderness still has the power to make the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. Emerald green waters, rising mountains, and towering glaciers that creak and groan like an oncoming thunderstorm make Glacier Bay one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited. The idea of spending two days here aboard the cozy, 86-guest Safari Endeavour required no convincing.

Over the course of the week, guests will be able to enjoy opportunities to kayak, paddleboard and sail skiffs throughout secluded bays and hidden coves. If watersports aren’t your thing, you can also go beachcombing, or set out on a hike through the lush Tongass National Rainforest. Of course, wildlife and whale spotting will no doubt be a cherished pastime for many as we sail on a flexible itinerary that allows the vessel’s master to choose the best places to visit.

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