“ISLAND FEVER” is what we call it here in Hawaii: the overwhelming desire to get off the rock and explore new places. My family and I maximize our travel time by being outdoors, filling every minute with camping, hiking, backpacking, road- tripping and exploring. However, after nine years of marriage and three children, my wife and I wanted a trip with just the two of us — and to relax a little more than our typical adventure style. The last thing I expected to do though was go on a guided cruise.
When the opportunity came up to join UnCruise Adventures on a one-week tour of Southeast Alaska, my wife and I decided to go for it. We found the cruise to be the perfect blend of balancing the relaxation of a cruise with a serious emphasis on adventure. Southeast Alaska has always been on my list and this opportunity to explore this new land, from Juneau to Sitka and everything in between with UnCruise was the perfect fit.
Upon arrival in Juneau, we started to meet the new faces that would quickly transition to friends while on the Wilderness Explorer. Dan Blanchard, the CEO of UnCruise, warmly welcomed us and passionately shared his love for the history and wilderness of Alaska. He sternly warned us to make this cruise more than a vacation and more than a check off the bucket list. With his contagious charisma, he encouraged us to enjoy the adventure and journey we were to embark on. We then met some of the staff and quickly found out that his passion for Alaska and adventure was the backbone and the culture of the crew.
The next person we met was our adventure guide, Ellie, who has years of experience guiding and exploring Alaska. She explained that the itinerary we initially received was frankly a “plan from which to deviate.” And deviate we did. Ellie kept a close watch on weather, tides, wildlife and other factors and adjusted the itinerary to the outdoors. We were to discover that spring time is the perfect season to explore Southeast Alaska.