by Erica Moody

Why to Sail Alaska in 2021

As travelers buckled down and stayed home for the duration of 2020, Alaskan wildlife did nothing of the sort. In fact, the vast untapped wilderness only became more pronounced. As we retreated to our homes, the wild animals of Alaska came out of hiding. Whales, seals, eagles, bears and more can be spotted in abundance from the luxury of a small-ship cruise. And, since large cruise ships won’t be departing until later in the year, the summer of 2021 is the ideal time to take an UnCruise Adventures voyage to the Inside Passage. Here’s what you’ll find on an UnCruise journey beginning this May.


Untouched Beauty

An UnCruise adventure will get you up close to the emerald-green forests, glacier-carved valleys, jaw-dropping waterfalls and snow-capped mountains of Alaska’s national parks. No motor vehicles have cruised the Inside Passage for nearly two years, making now the perfect time to see the unspoiled wilderness Alaska is known for. It’s very likely that UnCruise Adventures will be the only ships present this summer, as larger ships will start their sailings later in the year. Imagine having the beauty of Alaska’s scenic national parks and off-the-beaten-path destinations all to yourself (and a small number of fellow passengers, of course). On a small ship like UnCruise Adventures that hosts a maximum of 86 passengers per sailing, intimate excursions mean personalized service and unparalleled access to wilderness experts.

Warmer temperatures and longer days in the summer months also make for ideal hiking conditions. Naturalist guides are there to lead your group on a forest hike and share details about marine biology, plants and geology. And if you don’t like to hike, there’s no pressure to do so. Guest comfort is key, and you can be as active as you want to be.  

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Wildlife Sightings

Eagles, sea otters, brown bears, harbor seals, humpback whales and mountain goats—these are just a few of the creatures you’re likely to spot on an Alaska cruise. On any of the 7, 12 or 14-night sailings UnCruise Adventures offers, you’re guaranteed to experience unique and unforgettable wildlife sightings. Go birding at South Marble Island, where puffins, oystercatchers, cormorants and kittiwakes are at close range. Watch for whales at Frederick Sound. Take a “polar bear plunge” as fellow travelers cheer you on. Spot pods of orcas as you kayak along peaceful waters. Or simply relax on deck with a glass of champagne and glide by a blissful scene of sea otters sunning.

UnCruise Adventures always considers the well-being of Alaska’s animals and their habitats. Since its launch 25 years ago, the company has been committed to environmentally responsible travel.

UnCruise Adventures is offering an exclusive special savings of $1200 per cabin on new bookings for passengers who sail in May or June 2021 to Alaska. Contact one of our expert travel advisors today to book your small-ship Alaska adventure!


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