Monday, July 06, 2015
Last week I was in Alaska on a cruise from Juneau to Glacier Bay to Sitka. The cruise line advertised itself as UnCruise because it claimed to be an active vacation with plenty of off-boat experiences. The claim was more than true. In fact, it was a high form of public relations because everything promised was more than delivered. The ship held but 80 guests and they were grouped by those who did shore hikes, bushwhacking and nature strolls, those who kayaked and those who did skiff tours in zodiac boats. Weather was no barrier. The tour company told everyone to bring rubber boots, waterproof jackets and pants and hats. We used them on a day with 20 to 30 knot winds and driving rain. Our naturalist guides advised us that this was true Alaska and bad conditions wouldn't stop us. They didn't and we felt good enduring the weather even if rainproof pants leaked (and mine did). There was good food, plenty of time to speak to other guests and bonding. If you want to take an active tour, this is the way to do it. I recommend the company and its people.