Small Ship Cruising

America and Canada As You Like It wants to change the way you view cruising. We have teamed up with two companies who offer cruising holidays with a difference and offer guests a unique and personal trip, and one of a kind opportunities that you would not normally get aboard a larger ship.

Un-Cruise Adventures
This small ship cruising programme is something altogether different. Un-Cruise Adventures believe that your cruise should bring you closer to nature, not keep you away from it. View whales close. Kayak in misty coves. Hike pristine forests. Snorkel palm-rimmed inlets. Touch a glacier. View bow riding dolphins from above, and below via underwater cameras. Or just take it easy by following up your sauna with a massage or relax under the stars in the hot tub. Enjoy every wilderness moment on board as all cabins feature view windows.

An Un-Cruise Adventure offers a casual environment, crew-to-guest ratio of one-to-three, exemplary service, healthy flavourful meals, hot tubs and sauna, on-deck yoga classes and exercise equipment, experienced Expedition Leaders who know the local culture and topography, and a wide variety of activities. Just pack your favourite clothes to relax in and personal gear for active exploration – once on board, leave the rest to them.

For more information on these cruises visit our Windows on the Wild website at www.windowsonthewild.com/activities/cruises 

American Queen
The American Queen is a Mississippi River icon. It is the only authentic paddle steamer in America that offers overnight cruises, where you can experience the history, heritage and culture of the country’s heartland.

There’s no more unique way to enjoy the Mississippi River and the ports along it, than on a cruise aboard the American Queen. Stroll through charming towns and vibrant Mississippi river cities. Explore historic ports of call like New Orleans, Natchez, Mark Twain’s Hannibal, Chattanooga and Pittsburgh, just to name a few. Along the way, you’ll learn about the great events and people that have contributed to America’s history and culture. Some of the cruises also journey along the Ohio and Tennessee rivers, the great Wilderness Rivers which course through Bluegrass country, conjuring up tales of Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and raids by Cherokee and Chickamauga tribes. From small towns crowned by church steeples to big city thrills like the Grand Ole Opry® and Churchill Downs, adventure awaits by the mile.

Island Roamer, Island Odyssey, Maple Leaf & Tug MV Swell
Taking a multi-day trip by yacht or converted tug is a thrilling way to explore the spectacular coasts of British Columbia and Alaska. Each day brings a new adventure as you cruise through isolated channels in search of whales, bears, birds and other wildlife. You will explore abandoned aboriginal villages or go kayaking or hiking on parts of the coast that would otherwise remain inaccessible.

Cruise Itineraries

Un-Cruise Columbia & Snake Rivers, Oregon and Washington
Aboard the S.S Legacy

Visit the stunning Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and towering Multnomah Falls. Transit eight locks and tour the Bonneville Dam Visitor Center. Ride a jet boat into Hells Canyon and hear the storied past of the Nez Perce. Step into early American pioneer history with included tours at Fort Clatsop and Fort Walla Walla. Discover Victorian Astoria, visit Astoria Column, and tour the fascinating Columbia River Maritime Museum. Tour enchanting Maryhill Museum and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. 
Enjoy a private tasting at a Washington winery. Retrace history following the epic journey of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Daily narrative led by onboard heritage team outfitted in period uniform, guest experts, and historian

Please contact us for information on departure dates.


Day 1  Portland, Oregon – Embarkation
Welcome to Portland! You’ll be greeted at the airport and transferred to our hospitality area before boarding the S.S. Legacy in Portland, Oregon. Enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres before dinner, then following dinner, gather in the Grand Salon for an evening presentation about your week's journey through time.

Day 2  Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Near the Columbia River Gorge entrance, you’ll slip through the locks of Bonneville Dam and embark on a private tour of the massive turbines and fish ladders at the dam’s Visitor Center. Since 1938, this historic landmark has supplied hydroelectric power and river navigation. Travel by motorcoach to the towering Multnomah Falls, the tallest falls in Oregon. Back on board, cruise upriver through the spectacular Columbia River Gorge. At 80 miles long and up to 4,000 feet deep, this river canyon cuts the only sea level route through the Cascade Mountains.

Day 3  Snake River Cruising
After an early morning transit of McNary Dam, you’ll arrive at the confluence of the Columbia and Snake Rivers. Hillsides reveal the vineyards of some of the area's more than 200 wineries. Learn about the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and its role in World War II’s Manhattan Project. Glimpse the surrounding wheat fields of the Palouse—one of the nation's top wheat growing regions—and pass by massive wind farm turbines atop riverside hills. Observe the navigational challenges and intricacies of locking through as you transit the locks and dams of the lower Snake River. Step back in time with colorful stories about hardships and triumphs of early pioneers.

Day 4  Clarkston / Hells Canyon
After your final upriver locking at Lower Granite Dam, you’ll dock in Clarkston to delve into the history and culture of the Nez Perce people. Historical sites connected to the Lewis and Clark Expedition abound in this area, including Clark’s first encounter with the Nez Perce in 1805. Board a covered speed boat for an invigorating ride into Hells Canyon. This free-flowing river stretch of the Snake, hemmed in by vertical cliffs, cuts its way through North America’s deepest river gorge. Protected as a National Recreation Area since 1975, Hells Canyon preserves a world of fascinating natural and cultural elements. Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep, golden eagles, and 7,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs.

Day 5  Walla Walla
A visit to Fort Walla Walla celebrates the “Cradle of Northwest History” with a pioneer village, Living History presentations, a museum, and extensive galleries. Turn your attention to the vibrant international winemaking industry that thrives in and around Walla Walla. This world-class wine country was shaped by its distinctive micro-climates, rich volcanic terroir, and abundant river irrigation. Enjoy the pride of this appellation with a tasting from one of the region's distinctive wineries.

Day 6  The Dalles, Oregon
It’s a day of culture at Maryhill Museum and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center. With its eclectic collection of European paintings, Native artifacts, and the Queen of Romania’s personal effects, the museum—a castle-like chateau—sits on a bluff overlooking the Columbia River Gorge. The Discovery Center's interactive exhibits provide a look into the area’s geologic origins of volcanic upheavals and catastrophic floods; pioneer and missionary life; and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Transit The Dalles—another of the eight dams harnessing these mighty rivers.

Day 7  Astoria
Situated near the mouth of the Columbia River, you’ll step back in time with a visit to Fort Clatsop and Astoria. Fort Clatsop National Monument is a replica of the encampment of the Lewis and Clark Expedition during the winter of 1805-1806. The fort was the Corps of Discovery’s last encampment before their return trip east to St. Louis. Visit the fascinating Columbia River Maritime Museum and take time to stroll through the quaint Victorian streets of Astoria. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner this evening, then relive the week through photos and storytelling hosted by your heritage guides.

Day 8  Portland, Oregon – Disembark
Your crew serves another excellent breakfast this morning before bidding you “adieu.” Disembark for your included transfer to the Portland airport.

Price includes: All onboard meals; roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat; port fees and taxes; interpretive shore excursions and onboard presentations; entry fees to national parks, museums, wineries, and other historical venues; wellness program: hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage

International flights, optional excursions, gratuities and items of a personal nature are not included. Single supplement available on request.

7 Nights
Roundtrip Portland
Prices from:
£2130 per person
Un-Cruise Ultimate Adventure, Alaska
Aboard the Wilderness Adventurer

Explore "wild and woolly" wilderness, glacial landscapes, old growth and rainforest. Kayaking, paddle boarding, and skiffing in remote scenic bays. Enjoy wilderness hikes, massive icebergs, and calving glaciers. Discover isolated coves and dramatic Misty Fjords National Monument. Visit Wrangells Kiksetti Totem Park and Chief Shakes Tribal House, and klawock's totem carving school. Wildlife and whale watching in Frederick Sound and Stephen's Passage. El Captain Cave trek and exploration.

Please contact us for information on departure dates.

Day 1    Juneau, Alaska - Embarkation
Welcome aboard! Meet your crew and get acquainted as we set sail for the Tracy Arm Wilderness.

Day 2    Tracy Arm Wilderness / Frederick Sound
At the end of Tracy Arm, a winding fjord with sheer granite walls, hundreds of cascading waterfalls, and some of the largest icebergs in all Alaska, sits the twin Sawyer Glaciers - Sawyer and South Sawyer. The fjord is home to Brown and black bears, Deer, wolves, harbor seals, and birds such as arctic terns and pigeon guillemots. Later today, move into Frederick Sound - summer feeding ground for the northern hemisphere's largest concentration of humpback whales. Keep watch for humpbacks, orca, and Steller sea lions.

Day 3    Thomas Bay
Choose kayaking and lush forest trek on a scenic rainforest trail, or go bing on roundtrip 11-mile hike to the glacially-fed and rarely visited Patterson Lake for spectacular kayaking in the meltwaters of Patterson Glacier. Discover the origin of its "Devil's Country" nickname during a reading from "the Strangest Story Ever Told" about the area's mythical, Shape-shifting creatures called Kushtaka.

Day 4    Glacier Landscapes / Wrangell Narrows
Step into the back country of Alaska's wilderness, in a area known for glaciers and rich in gold and quartz. Explore glacial landscapes marked by moraines, muskegs, and mud. Adventure and natural beauty are sure to please whether you choose kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff riding, or hiking today. And abundance of bright red and green navigation lights guide you along "christmas tree lane" as you cruise the winding Wrangell Narrows this evening.

Day 5    Wrangell
Home to native culture, wildlife, and wonder - Wrangell is one of the oldest towns in Alaska and the only one ever governed by four nations. Before venturing into town, local islanders join you on board for an in-depth presentation on Tlingit and Haida cultures. View recently carved totem poles at Kisketti Totem Park and step Inside the famed and historically significant Chief Shakes Tribal House.

Day 6    Behm Canal
Wildlife abounds in Behm Canal and surrounding Tongass National Forest - orca, porpoise, seals, sea lions, Brown and black bear, mink, marten, eagles and otters. Paddle along the canal or venture out on an intertidal shore walk or low-elevation trek on the Cleveland Peninsula.

Day 7    Misty Fjords National Monument
Affectionately called "The Yosemite of the North", Misty Fjords National Monument represents nearly every ecosystem found in Southeast Alaska. Glacial valleys filled with sea water, and sheer 3,000 foot cliffs are a heaven for sea birds, brown and black bears, mountain goats , Sitka black-tailed deer, mink, moose, river otters, and other wildlife. Glide through Walker Cove or Rudyerd bay by kayak or explore by skiff soaking in the splendor of this largely forgotten corner of the world.

Day 8    Ketchikan - Disembark
Alaska's southern most city and "salmon capital of the world" also claims fame to having the world's largest collection of standing totem poles. While others and their adventure and new guests join later in the day, you will spend the day off the boat. Enjoy lunch in town on us and explore the notorious Creek Street, once a red-light district. A complimentary laundry service is provided today. Later this afternoon keep Watch for eagles as we embark and cruise through the Tongass Narrows out of Ketchikan. 

Day 9    Tongass National Forest / El Capitan Passage
Wake in El Capitan Passage surrounded by breathtaking Tongass National Forest-the largest national forest in the US. Take a "wild" Alaska trek winding through high forest on an old logging trail, find you way to El Capitan Cave, the largest known cave in Alaska and one of the largest mapped caves in Americas. And if the stars are right (okay maybe it's tides), you just may get lucky today and snag some organic oysters from a local grower.

Day 10    Klawock Native Village
Discover living history in Klawock-one of the most authentic Tlingit villages in Alaska. Learn the importance of carving, gaze up at totem poles coloring town, and hear their stories. Visit the carvers' shed where the art of carving and restoring totems is passed on. Along with its small fishing fleet, this rustic community continues to thrive on the farthest reaches of the wild Alaska coastline. Explore the area on foot keeping an eye for eagles and sea birds

Day 11    Chatham Strait
It's Captain's Choice today as you explore the intricate passages and shores along Chatham Strait's Kuiu or Baranof Islands. Join your expedition team on (or in!) the water. Condition permitting, take to water by kayak, skiff or snorkel. Snorkeling is optional, but hidden beneath the surface lies a magical array of sea life only see from below. Take a deep breath and go for it! Today's discoveries will be within some of the most untouched wilderness of the Tongass National Forest.

Day 12    Frederick Sound
Lush forest, spectacular views, play time and wildlife-they are all in abundance in Frederick Sound. Keep Watch along the coastline for birds, wolves and black bears. With many secluded coves to choose from, you may slip into the water of Deep Cove, Patterson or Saginaw Bay, or perhaps another hidden gem to explore by skiff or paddle a kayak. Gear up for snorkeling or guided treks. This evening, toast another day of amazing adventure with a cold microbrew or cocktail.

Day 13    The Brothers Islands / Stephen's Passage
There'll be plenty of wildlife viewing today. The brothers, a pair of tiny, rocky islands at the confluence of Stephen's Passage and Frederick Sound, are home to some of Alaska's most abundant wildlife, including a haulout for stellar sea lions. The area is also the summer feeling ground for the largest concentration of humpback whales in the northern hemisphere. Keep Watch for orca, humpback, and porpoise.

Day 14    Endicott Arm / Ford's Terror
Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. As you glide through Endicott Arm you'll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller "bergy bits". Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Ford's Terror. Join the Captain for a farewell toast during dinner.

Day 15    Juneau - Disembark
Bid adieu to new friends over breakfast before disembarking. Transfer directly to the Juneau airport or begin your add-on overnight stay or extended land tour.

Price includes: All onboard meals; roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat; entry fees to national park/preserves; most from-the-boat adventure activities and Equipment; hot tub, sauna and yoga.

International flights, optional excursions, gratuities and items of a personal nature are not included. Single supplement available on request.

14 Nights
Rountrip Juneau
Prices From:
£3448 per person
Un-Cruise Northern Passages & Glacier Bay, Alaska
Aboard the Wilderness Explorer

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, 3 Days of in-depth exploration in Glacier Bay National Park with a Park Ranger, Wildlife and whale watching, Glacier calving in Glacier Bay, Inflatable skiff excursions, Paddle boarding, snorkeling, and beachcombing, Naturalist led presentations and discussions.

Please contact us for information on departure dates.

Day 1        Juneau - Embark - Welcome aboard!
Meet the crew, settle in, and relax with your shipmates. Within minutes you'll cruise the scenic channels of the Inside Passage.

Days 2-4   Glacier Bay National Park
One of America's crown jewel national parks is yours to explore and marvel at for the next three days - Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. A National Park Ranger joins you to explore coves and corners of the bay that most visitors miss. Tidewater glaciers sweep like rivers of ice down massive mountain valleys, terminating before you in the waters of Glacier Bay. 

Paddle a kayak and be awed at the face of a massive glacier. Go on a boot-sucking trek through sandbars and rainforest. And ride a skiff along shore for an up-close exploration of Glacier Bay. You'll find sea lions, mountain goats, sea otters, bears, moose, eagles, and spectacular scenic backdrops. Linger near South Marble Island and spot the many species of birds that call this area home, keeping your eyes on the water and the island for brightly-coloured puffins and Black Oystercatchers. After searching for more wildlife, stop at the Park Service's Headquarters at Bartlett Cove for a hike through the rainforest or possibly a native cultural presentation. 

Day 5        Icy Strait
Set your course for arguably the richest whale water in Southeast Alaska. Join the Captain on the bridge or the Expedition Leaders/Naturalists out on deck in search of marine mammals. Camera in hand, begin your land and sea exploration of these romote reaches. Ride the skiffs for a closer inspection of the rugged and wild coastline with eyes set on the shore for possible bear sightings. 

Day 6        Chichagof Island/ Baranof Island
Meander along the "waterfall coast" of Chichagof Island. In the Un-Cruise expedition spirit, marvel at the grand scenery as our crew expertly guides you through the unsung, glacier-carved fjords. Anchor in remote waters for an opportunity to lower the kayaks and skiffs. Explore the shoreline on an intertidal walk or forest exploration with your guides. 

Day 7        Peril Strait/ Sergius Narrows
Peril Strait runs 50 miles from Chatham Strait to Salisbury Sound. This haven for small boats is scenically highlighted by a very narrow connecting passageway called Sergius Narrows and an opening at Hoonah Sound. This historic and wildlife-rich waterway is a great place to explore the shoreline for bears, the waters for otters and whales, and to look skyward for eagles. The passage narrows to only 300 feet in one spot (24 feet deep.) After an adventurous, but "un-perilous" day, toast your voyage with a festive Farewell Dinner and a "photo journal" of your trip presented by your Expedition Leaders.

Day 8        Sitka - Disembark
Gather for breakfast this morning as you cruise into Russian-influenced Sitka for disembarkation. A transfer will be provided to the airport or your hotel.

Price includes: 7 day cruise on an all inclusive basis based on 2 people sharing a cabin.

International flights, optional excursions, gratuities and items of a personal nature are not included. Single supplement available on request. 

7 Nights
Juneau to Sitka (or reverse)
Prices From:
£1481 per person
Un-Cruise Exploring Muir's Wilderness, Alaska
Aboard the Safari Endeavour

Glacier Bay National Park: Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Onboard interpretation by a National Park Ranger and your expedition team. Whale watching in Icy Strait. Unmatched birding and wildlife viewing. Kayak, paddle board, and skiff exploration in Port Houghton and Chatham Strait. Intertidal shore walks and hikes at Bartlett Cove and Thomas Bay.

Please contact us for information on departure dates.

Day 1  Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
Accompanied by your new travel companions, the captain and crew welcome you aboard then set sail bound for Icy Strait!

Day 2  Icy Strait
It’ll be an action-packed first day! In some of the richest whale waters of Southeast Alaska, join the captain on the bridge or go on deck with your expedition team watching for the telltale blow of humpbacks. These nutrient-rich waters are also home to porpoise, sea lions, and other wildlife. Later today, set your eyes on shore for possible bear sightings—lumbering about for an afternoon nosh—as you explore the remote coastline by skiff and kayak. Take in the evening solitude with a relaxing soak in the upper deck hot tub or a tranquil view from the bow.

Day 3  Glacier Bay National Park
It’s a day John Muir would’ve delighted in, but the majesty of Glacier Bay National Park is all yours to relish in today. Covered entirely by ice 200 years ago, discover the glaciological history of the park on a guided hike at Bartlett Cove. A National Park Ranger steps on board helping to spot colonies of guillemots, puffins, and cormorants on South Marble Island and sharing Glacier Bay’s history and greatness as you cruise deeper into the park. Explore Muir’s legacy of glaciology in the perfect “classroom”—at the tidal edges of the Grand Pacific and Margerie Glaciers. Dress warmly, and ward off the chill as you enjoy an up-close view of their towering blue ice faces.

Day 4  Chatham Strait / Kuiu Island
The options are aplenty—it's Captain's Choice today. Stretching for 150 miles within the Tongass National Forest and chockfull of mysterious hidden coves, the narrow and deep passageway of Chatham Strait separates the Baranof Islands on the west with Kuiu to the east. Life teems below the surface and above—as you set out uncovering the gems of this untouched wilderness, take a tally of all that you spy by kayak, paddle board, or skiff. Enjoy a nightcap in the lounge with your fellow shipmates and trade stories of the many discoveries you made.

Day 5  Thomas Bay
The Coast Mountain Range rises above Thomas Bay, sheltering the glacial landscapes of this remote wilderness. It’s a magical place, and led by your expedition team you can test your paddling skills, or opt for some R & R and hot cocoa on a skiff tour of the fjord. Uncover myriad sea life on an intertidal shore walk, or hike inland learning about the rainforest that blankets Southeast Alaska.

Day  6 Port Houghton
Port Houghton is synonymous with the wildest Alaskan wilderness. As Muir did on his explorations in the late 1800s, feel the immensity of this cove’s remoteness. Calm as glass water. Misty mountains. And while you won’t likely come across other humans, you’re sure to cross paths with blue heron, bald eagles, harbor seals, oystercatchers, or black bear. Hike along a lushly vegetated river, or if it’s low-tide investigate tide pools. Navigating by your internal compass or with a guide, kayak and paddle board along the towering fjord or explore the wilds of a salt chuck. It doesn’t get more remote than this!

Day 7  Endicott Arm / Fords Terror
Snow covered mountains, glowing blues, and the white thunder of calving ice take your breath away at the face of Dawes Glacier. Navigate ice bergs by skiff for a once-in-a-lifetime glacier view. As you glide through Endicott Arm you’ll likely find a few seals taking respite on the glaciers smaller “bergy bits.” Tides permitting, explore the narrow passage of Fords Terror. Join the captain for a farewell toast during dinner, and afterwards, your expedition team provides an entertaining recap of your week’s adventure.

Day 8  Juneau – Disembarkation
After a delicious breakfast, wish your travel companions fair winds. You’ll be transferred to the Juneau airport, your Un-Cruise hotel stay or land tour.

Price includes: All onboard meals; roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat; port fees and taxes; entry fees to national park/preserves; all from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: hot tub, sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a complimentary massage; and an introductory annual membership to Alaska Geographic+ 

International flights, optional excursions, gratuities and items of a personal nature are not included. Single supplement available on request.

7 Nights
Roundtrip Juneau
Prices From:
£3130 per person
Un-Cruise Yachters' Alaskan Frontier, Alaska
Aboard the Safari Quest

Explore iceberg-rich Endicott Arm and Dawes Glacier. Kayak and hike in the remote, rugged cove of Port Houghton. Whale watching in Frederick Sound and Icy Strait. Witness towering waterfalls and steep fjords of Baranof Island. Hike through the lush and immense Tongass National Forest. Watch for whales and wildlife in Icy Strait

Please contact us for information on departure dates.

Day 1  Juneau, Alaska – Embarkation
Captain and crew welcome you and your fellow adventurers aboard. Pushing off from the dock, your week of exploration begins as you sail through Stephens Passage!

Day 2  Endicott Arm / Fords Terror
It’s a landscape that lives up to Alaska’s nickname, The Great Land—peaks that fill the horizon, a glittering blue river of ice, and the booming crack of “white thunder” as ice calves from the face of Dawes Glacier. Take to the skiffs to explore this astounding fjord. Keep watch for local residents—mountain goats, arctic terns, and seals in repose on the glacier’s “bergy bits.” And if tides and conditions allow, navigate through the cathedral-walls of Fords Terror.

Day 3  Port Houghton
This forested bay looks nearly the same today as it did for hearty frontier folk a century ago. Lucky for you, you won’t have to battle as rough of extremes—choose to witness this wilderness fjord by skiff or go by foot hiking along a coastal river. Investigate hidden nooks and crannies along the rugged shore by kayak and paddleboard watching for big wildlife and plentiful shorebirds. At the end of this big day of adventure, enjoy a refreshing beverage with your fellow shipmates in the lounge. It’s a tough life!

Day 4  Frederick Sound
Frederick Sound is a playground for whales, harbor seals, sea lions—and for you too! And the odds are high there’ll be humpbacks feeding and spouting in the waters of the sound. Located in southeast Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago and surrounded by emerald forests and a backdrop of the looming Coast Mountains, you may even have an opportunity to gear up for an adventurous bushwhack or a guided walk among tide pools.

Day 5  Baranof Island
The eighth largest island in Alaska, Baranof boasts towering waterfalls along its sheer granite walls. Eagles soar off thermals above and sea otters play in the water below. A guided hike through temperate rainforest uncovers the flora and fauna of an intricate ecosystem. Or go for the water on a skiff, paddle board, or kayak. It’s a full day of adventure!

Day 6  Chichagof Island
Wildlife searches top your list today. Chichagof’s waterfall-lined coast is home to harbor seals, whales, and porpoises, and deep in the forest, bears. Settle in to one of the island’s “not in the guidebook” quiet coves for a chance to head ashore for an exploratory hike or slip into the water for another paddle in the heart of this wild archipelago.

Day 7  Icy Strait
The western-most point of your journey, Icy Strait is a favored summer stopping point for whales. Watch for tell-tale spray from the bow or join your captain on the bridge for an eagle-eye view. Cruise toward Cross Sound and get up-close to the rugged coast by skiff, keeping a lookout for hidden treasures, including rambunctious Steller sea lions. After dinner this evening, your expedition team treats you to a special photo presentation of your unforgettable week.

Day 8  Juneau – Disembarkation
Savor a last sumptuous breakfast before wishing your travel companions safe travels. You’ll be transferred to the Juneau airport, or to begin your Un-Cruise hotel stay or land tour.

Price includes: All onboard meals; roundtrip transfers and baggage handling between airport/boat; port fees and taxes; entry fees to national park/preserves; all from-the-ship adventure activities and equipment; wellness program: hot tub and fitness equipment; and an introductory annual membership to Alaska Geographic+ 

International flights, optional excursions, gratuities and items of a personal nature are not included. Single supplement available on request.

 

7 Nights
Roundtrip Juneau
Prices From:
£4796 per person
Un-Cruise Hawaiian Seascapes
Aboard the Safari Explorer

Un-Cruises is the only company to offer unstructured inter-island yacht cruising among the Hawaiian Islands, where the next "port" may not be a port at all. Instead, it may be a passage rich with wildlife, a secluded sandy beach or a quiet cove where you will explore the surroundings on the shore or in the water. It is truly a privileged experience to visit one of the richest marine mammal environments in all of North America and to meet the people of Hawaii.

Please contact us for information on departure dates.

Day 1     Moloka'i - Embarkation
Welcome to hawaii! You'll be transferred to our hospitality area on Molokai's. Later, the Captain and crew greet you with smiles and champagne as you board the awaiting Safari Explorer. This evening, settle in and enjoy dinner aboard the yacht, before a presentation about you're week ahead

Day 2      Moloka'i
A warm Aloha spirit gives you a sense of hawaii long ago. No stop lights, no high-rises, just a welcome slower place. Live as the locals do today-leisure time in paniolo(Hawaiian cowboy)town of Kaunakakai , visit a plumeria farm, and get some sand between your toes at Papohaku Beach, one of Hawaii's longest beaches. At the Molokai's Museum, discover the history of this ancient homeland as you enjoy an evening pa'ina (feast), complete with a home-style hawaiian jam session.

Day 3      Lana'i
Gear up for a day of play on the "Private Island." Thousand foot sea cliffs line the shore and ancient volcanic plugs sit both above and below the water surface as host to a wide diversity of marine life. Snorkel, paddle board, kayak, and explore by skiff. Enjoy a short hike to the island's spatter and cinder cone. Learn about the islands plantation days with a visit to the quaint Lana'i Culture and Heritage Center.

Day 4      Olowalu / West Maui
In ancient times, Olowalu was considered a place of refuge. Today, you'll have a treat of snorkeling among black rock and coral gardens teaming with underwater life. Later you will be underway in an authentic hand-carved voyaging canoe sailing as the early Polynesian warriors did. The Safari Explorer turns towards Hawaii, the Big Island, this evening for two days of exploring along its leeward coast. 

Day 5      Captain's Choice exploration
Leave it to your Captain and crew to seek out and unveil the best opportunities the islands hold in store todays. Dramatic volcanic backdrops, marine life sightings, and chances for snorkeling, kayaking, and paddle boarding are all possible!

Day 6       Honomalino Bay / Opihihali
Fringed by coconut palms, Honomalino Bay offers a morning of snorkeling, paddle boarding, sailing, and kayaking. The bay reveals a diversity of colourful corals, sea turtles, sponges, and tropical fish. And to fill out your last day of ultimate relaxation, more skiff tours and kayaking await in Opihihali - an area known to be favoured by marine mammals.

Day 7       Kailua-Kona
Skiff to Kealakekua Bay, where Captain Cook was slain in 1779, for some of the islands best snorkeling. At Kailua-Kona, stroll through town at your own pace, and uncover the charm of this historic town, This evening, celebrate with the captain's dinner and photographic recap of your adventure.

Day 8       Hawaii, the Big Island / Disembark - Aloha!
As the Safari Explorer docks at Kawaihae Harbor, you will be transferred to the Kona Airport or to your hotel to begin your post cruise extension.

Price includes: 7 day cruise on an all inclusive basis based on 2 people sharing a cabin.  from-the-yacht adventure activities and equipment; exclusive transfer and baggage handling between airports/yacht; port taxes and fees; entry fees to national parks/preserves; sauna, yoga classes and complimentary massage.

International flights, Optional excursions, gratuities and items of a personal nature are not included. Single supplement available on request. 

7 Nights
Lana'i to Hawaii, the Big Island (or reverse)
Prices From:
£2320 per person
American Queen: Antebellum South

A Taste Of The True South - Memory flows deep and sentiment eddies and swirls along the Lower Mississippi River. Experience authentic Southern culture as you journey through living history and soak in the romantic spirit of the Antebellum era. Fertile cotton fields, vast sugar cane plantations and imposing pillared mansions will transport you back in time, as will the Civil War battlefields. 

Day 1     Welcome to the Big Easy – New Orleans
This vibrant and energetic city is sure to keep you entertained and satisfied while you prepare for your voyage up the Mississippi! Today, indulge yourself with the treasures of New Orleans, as you uncover iconic cuisines spiced with the cultural flavours of the city’s past, explore the unique sites and attractions lining the historic streets as seen in the famous French Quarter, or admire the beauty of nature in the stunning Garden District or City Park.

We’d have plenty of suggestions for your days here, so please let us know what you would like to do and we can arrange it for you. Spend the night in a downtown hotel, including breakfast the following morning.

Day 2     Cruise Begins, New Orleans, LA
Today is the big day! Spend your last day here in the city of New Orleans before embarking on an unforgettable journey!

The official Voyage Check-in will be open between 09.00 and 12.00 at your hotel.  During this fast and easy procedure, our representatives will arrange your transfer to the vessel and answer any questions you might have. The process is simple and will have you back to exploring in no time and, if you think of any more questions, the Hospitality Desk will be at your service until 15.00, when the complimentary boat transfers will begin!

After you are comfortably aboard the vessel, wave “Au Revoir” to New Orleans as we set off on an incredible adventure up the Mighty Mississippi! 

Day 3     Oak Alley Plantation, LA
Located in the Saint James Parish, Oak Alley is a much-photographed plantation that combines architectural splendour and the natural wonder of its 300-year-old oak trees. Spend time strolling beneath the canopy of these trees, and learn about the rich history and culture of this southern estate.

Day 4     St Francisville, LA
Established in 1809, St. Francisville is the oldest town in the Florida Parishes. Below where St. Francisville is located currently, was a settlement called Bayou Sara in the 1790’s. When this settlement was destroyed by flooding and fires, many of the structures and artefacts were hauled up the bluff into St. Francisville, where they are still standing. The town is referred to as “two miles long and two yards wide,” but that definitely doesn’t mean they have nothing to offer! Stop in at one of the unique shops, historical homes, beautiful churches, or breath-taking parks and you will agree with that! Spanish moss trees grow throughout the town, which creates a beautiful southern comfort to the atmosphere.

Day 5     Natchez, MS
This charming river town was first inhabited by Natchez Indians and French explorers who shared the land. It was founded in 1716, making it the oldest city on the Mississippi. The city is known for its elegance, hospitality, and impressive preservation of history – found on every street corner throughout Natchez. Guests enjoy the unique shops, restaurants, museums, and historical homes located in Natchez, all of which contribute to Hugh Bayless’ book, “The 100 Best Towns in America.”

Day 6     Vicksburg, MS
Vicksburg perfectly blends Southern culture and heritage with exciting modern-day attractions. Described as the “Key to the South” by Abraham Lincoln, this southern town carries a history unlike any other Civil War city. Vicksburg was founded in 1811 and grew as a vital river port city. It was a major component to the Civil War and carries much of the history within the town. Today, Vicksburg is a popular spot for tourists to learn about the battles of the city, taste the cuisine, visit the many museums, and pick out the perfect souvenir. 

Day 7     River cruising
There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river and today is the perfect day to enjoy the many public spaces and activities that are available to you on-board. Consider booking an indulgent, stress-relieving massage in the American Queen's spa. Browse The Emporium gift shop for that perfect keepsake or take the time to mingle with fellow guests. 

Day 8     Helena, AR
In the Valley of Crowley’s Ridge, sits the small town of Helena, Arkansas.  Helena dates back to 1833, and was once a bustling, thriving southern city.  Today, Helena would seem to some as a town that time forgot.  While the rest of the country was building shopping centres and interstate systems, Helena struggled to stay afloat amidst all of the progress. Big changes drew small businesses away from Main Street U.S.A. and into strip malls. Convenience took over, where simplicity once stood. Today, Helena is in the throes of a revival. With quirky boutiques, unique stores and a historic musical past, Helena remains proud of the life they continue to successfully sprout from the ruins of the past. For in through the dust and rubble, new life for this determined Southern town is emerging. Helena welcomes American Queen guests to play a large part in their re-birth.

Day 9     Memphis, TN
Arrival 08.00. Choose to spend a couple of nights here in the ‘Home of the Blues’, or fly back to the UK. 

8 Nights
March to May departures
Prices from:
£2474 per person
American Queen: Fall Colours

The Essence Of Autumn - Each Autumn, nature takes out her paintbrush and splashes vibrant colours across the land. White church steeples poke up amidst the colourful splendour, but look deeper and you will find more than just fall foliage in all its glory; towns come alive with the bounty of the harvest and a generosity of spirit that is reflected in the unabashed smiles of the local residents who greet you in each port. 

Day 1     Chattanooga, TN
Your journey begins with a deluxe hotel stay in Chattanooga. Tomorrow, you will board the American Queen.

Day 2     Chattanooga, TN
Enjoy Chattanooga at your leisure or consider a pre-cruise Premium Shore Excursion with afternoon transfer to the American Queen.

Day 3     River Cruising
Relax on deck with a copy of Huckleberry Finn or another imaginative selection borrowed from our revered Mark Twain Gallery, enjoy some quiet time in the Ladies' Tea Parlour, or recruit your fellow guests for an exciting board game in our Gentlemen's Card Room. For a remarkable one-of-a-kind experience, take a guided tour of the American Queen's Engine Room to explore the inner workings of our classic, steam-powered vessel. There is always plenty to do between dawn and dusk on the river! 

Day 4     Decatur, AL
Nestled in the Tennessee River Valley, the city of Decatur boasts a rich and colourful history. Originally a river crossing for settlers west of the Appalachian Mountains, the town became known as Decatur in 1820. Settlers were drawn to the
community at this time by its fertile river valley soil and relatively easy river access to other cities. Enjoy this charming Tennessee River town and all of the amenities it has to offer

Day 5     Florence, AL
Established in 1818 as a small river town, it is impressive how far this city has grown. Today, Florence is considered one of the largest and most progressive cities in North Alabama. The city offers an extremely developed arts initiative and a vibrant and alive downtown district. Visitors are never disappointed with this city’s delicious cuisine and the unique shopping options.

Day 6     Savannah, TN
Savannah is the largest town on the Tennessee, discovered in the 1820’s and incorporated in 1833. The most common association with this historical town comes with its ties to the Battle of Shiloh – a major Civil War Battle also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, fought on April 6th 1862. Spend the day exploring the stories and history associated with the city of Savannah and its deep Civil War ties then explore the city’s many trails and paths winding down the lush banks of the Tennessee River and admire the beautiful sights!

Day 7     Paducah, TN
Paducah embraces their harmonious history between the European settlers and the Padoucca Indians native to the area. The city is located at the confluence of the Ohio and the Tennessee Rivers and because of this, it is often called the Four-Rivers Area due to the proximity of the Ohio, Cumberland, Tennessee, and Mississippi Rivers. This prime location has played a major role in Paducah’s history, as transportation was easily accessible – the economy was strong and travellers were frequent!

Day 8     Dover, TN
Stewart County is a small county enriched with history, picture-perfect scenery, and welcoming citizens. Guests are greeted with nature's beauty and wildlife surrounding the city. Located at the county's heart is Dover, its county seat and the home of Fort Donel­son National Park. This peaceful, picturesque town is the location of one of the most historic battles of the Civil War - a battle that changed the direction of the war for the North. Today, bald eagles call this park their home as and soar through the skies; a true symbol of freedom. Although small and rural, Dover has much to offer her visitors who can enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many local restaurants or take in the comforting hometown charm found throughout the city. Dover and Stewart County are the perfect gateway to a simple, cozy, quiet, country experience.

Day 9     Clarksville, TN
Arrival  08.00. Choose to spend a couple of nights in Nashville, or transfer straight to the airport to fly home. 

8 Nights
22 October 2017
Prices from:
£2597 per person

Cruise Ships

Safari Endeavour

Aboard this spacious expedition vessel, three decks offer ample outside vantage points for taking in daytime sights and the sparkling night sky with new friends. Interior spaces including the intimate lounge, cask wine bar, and cozy library provide comfortable and relaxing spaces to sit back with a book and glass of wine, gather for presentations, or to share experiences from the day. The fully-stocked, marble-topped bar in the lounge is a magnet for activity and mingling.

Ready for adventure at a moment’s notice, the Safari Endeavour is fully loaded with adventure equipment: kayaks; paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; and snorkel gear and wetsuits; plus, a hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds and a bow-mounted underwater camera. For those moments when attention turns to relaxation, the vessel comes equipped with two hot tubs, a sauna, fitness equipment, yoga mats, and a massage suite.
There are five cabin categories aboard the Safari Endeavour: Master; Commander; Captain; Admiral; and Commodore Suite. Depending on the category, singles, doubles or triples can be accommodated.
Common to all cabins are: Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station; air conditioning; desk and chair; private bath with shower; generous storage and closet space. 

Capacity 84 Guests

Safari Quest

Unwind into adventure aboard this 22-guest boutique yacht. Four decks offer invigorating spaces to get away from it all and take in up-close views of surrounding wilderness. Recap the day's activities, relax, or watch a movie on the wide screen TV in the comfortable and sophisticated salon. The yacht also features a fully stocked bar and a library with large view windows for reading or discussing marine life with fellow guests.

Ready for adventure, the Safari Quest is equipped with kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, and hiking poles, includes a full-beam swim step for easy access to water activities, and hydrophones for listening to below-surface sounds. The onboard wellness program includes a hot tub and fitness equipment in the sun lounge.
There are four cabin categories aboard the Safari Quest: Single; Mariner; Commander; and Captains. Captains are suited for single and double accommodation.
Common to all cabins are: Heated tile floors in bathroom; air conditioning; private bath with shower; Tempur-Pedic® memory foam mattresses; flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station.

Capacity 22 Guests

S.S Legacy

Come aboard the 88-guest S.S. Legacy and take a step back in time. This replica coastal steamer exudes old-world charm, with the benefits of modern comforts. Simultaneously elegant and casual, the vessel boasts carved wooden cabinetry and turn-of-the-century décor.

Four decks provide ample outside viewing opportunities and relaxing public spaces for taking a stroll at sunset and gathering with new friends. The lounge offers a full bar, the open-seating dining room includes a wine bar, and, for a step back in time, sidle up to table in the Pesky Barnacle Saloon.
The onboard wellness program is accessible to all guests and includes two hot tubs on the bridge deck, a sauna, fitness equipment, yoga classes, and massage suite. Elevator access is available to three of the public decks.
There are six cabin categories aboard the S.S. Legacy: Master; Commander; Captain; Admiral; Junior Commodore Suite, and Owner's Suite. Depending on the category, singles, doubles, triples, or quadruples can be accommodated.
Common to all cabins are:  Flat-screen TV/DVD; iPod docking station, air conditioning/heat; private bath with shower. 

 

Capacity 88 Guests

Wilderness Adventurer

Refurbished in early 2011, the 60-guest Wilderness Adventurer is the ultimate platform to deliver an Un-Cruise Adventure—aboard the ship and in the water. The interior complements the outside and both public and private spaces are loaded with amenities. Enjoy socializing in the main lounge, which evokes the style of a National Park Lodge or neighborhood pub and relaxing on deck or keeping watch for wildlife.

Three accessible decks are fully equipped for comfort and action. The sun deck has an on-deck hot tub, sauna and fitness equipment; the observation deck allows for over-the-top viewing from the bow; and the EZ Dock launch platform on the main deck makes getting in the water a cinch. Onboard are kayaks; stand-up paddle boards; inflatable skiffs; hiking poles; yoga mats; hydrophone for listening to below-surface sounds; and a bow-mounted underwater camera pipes the action to the lounge and to your cabin TV.

The three cabin categories aboard the Wilderness Adventurer: Navigator; Trailblazer; and Pathfinder accommodate singles and doubles.

Common to all Wilderness Adventurer cabins are: Memory foam mattresses; Flat-screen TV/DVD; and iPod docking station. All staterooms come with a view window (no portholes).

Capacity 60 Guests

Wilderness Explorer

Three cabin categories consist of 21 Trailblazer, 13 Pathfinder and 4 Explorer cabins. Bed configurations include twin or queen. Cabins feature flat screen televisions with DVD players, iPod docking stations, and eco-friendly bath amenities. All cabins feature a large, view window.

Onboard amenities include two hot tubs (one on the bow and one on the sun deck), sauna, and exercise equipment. The lounge bar will offer 10 taps serving a selection of microbrews and cask wine. To ensure ample space for included adventure activities, there is a swim step on the ship's main deck. The space serves as a launch pad for excursions and hosts a state-of-the-art kayak launch platform able to quickly and safely launch five kayaks at a time.

With an emphasis on exhilarating explorations in Alaska's wilderness, expert naturalists lead hiking and kayaking tours of varying lengths and activity levels. Other adventure activities include stand-up paddle boarding, skiff explorations, and whale watching. Snorkeling is available for a fee. Flexible itineraries allow the ships to seek out wildlife and maximise viewing time for guests.

Other amenities include complimentary on-deck yoga classes, a large resource library, well-stocked DVD library and board games. A professional masseuse is part of the crew and massages are available for a fee. An underwater camera mounted on the ships' bow streams video from the underwater world to flat screen televisions in all guest rooms and the lounge. Healthy and hearty meals feature fresh ingredients including locally caught Alaskan seafood. A 3-1 guest to crew ratio ensures attentive service.

Capacity 74 Guests

Safari Explorer

While the Safari Explorer provides guests with an intimate experience, the comfortable staterooms and public spaces provide ample room to get away from it all. There is a sauna and complimentary massages plus on-deck hot tub for an "under the stars" experience.

Fitness equipment is also provided onboard. Guests can use the casually elegant salon to recap on the day's activities relax, read or watch a movie from the extensive video library on the wide screen TV and are always welcome at the yacht's bar, stocked with complimentary microbrews, fine wines and premium liquors. Fine cuisine, prepared by they yacht's executive chef, is served in the dining room at one sitting.  Guests can wear casual clothing to all meals.

All staterooms feature a flat screen TV/DVD, Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattresses, hair dryers, bathrobes, alarm clock, iPod docking station and TV/DVD players and full private paths with heated tile floors.

Capacity 36 Guests

American Queen

The American Queen is a Mississippi River icon. It is the only authentic paddle steamer in America that offers overnight cruises, where you can experience the history, heritage and culture of the country’s heartland. 

This is a unique way to enjoy the Mississippi River and the ports along it. Stroll through charming towns and vibrant Mississippi river cities. Explore historic ports like New
Orleans, Natchez, Mark Twain’s Hannibal, Chattanooga and Pittsburgh, just to name a few. Along the way, you’ll learn about the great events and people that have contributed
to America’s history and culture. Some of the cruises also journey along the Ohio and Tennessee rivers, the great Wilderness Rivers which course through Bluegrass country,
conjuring up tales of Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and raids by Cherokee and Chickamauga tribes. From small towns crowned by church steeples to big city thrills like the Grand Ole Opry® and Churchill Downs, adventure awaits by the mile.

American Queen voyages operate year round, and with a variety of themes and destinations

Island Roamer & Island Odyssey

These two 20 metre ketches (sailing boats) operate various 7 night itineraries to the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii), the Great Bear Rain Forest, southeast Alaska and the islands and inlets of the coast of British Columbia. 

Each vessel can accommodate a maximum of 16 passengers in 8 double cabins sharing three bathrooms with hot showers. There is a comfortable lounge, well equipped galley and a covered wildlife viewing area on deck. All meals, soft drinks and wine with dinner are included. Inflatable boats are on board for shore excursions as well as kayaks.


Price includes international and internal flights, one night in Vancouver on arrival, seven nights full board on the boat, and three nights in Vancouver at the end.

Capacity 16 Guests
Prices from:
£4975 per person

Maple Leaf

Maple Leaf is a completely restored 92 foot Edwardian schooner that combines modern conveniences with classical décor. 

The schooner accommodates a maximum of eight guests and a crew of four or five. The sleeping areas have large comfortable beds that are separated by walls and heavy curtains and there are three bathrooms with hot showers. There are two inflatable boats for shore excursions with expert naturalists and historians to search for birds, bears and marine life. Kayaks are also available.

 

Price includes international and internal flights, one night in Vancouver on arrival, seven nights full board on the boat, and three nights in Vancouver at the end.

Capacity 8 Guests
Prices from:
£4905 per person

Tug MV Swell

Tug MV Swell has been beautifully restored and offers multi-day journeys along the coast of British Columbia.

The ship accommodates 10 passengers in private state rooms with private bathrooms. It has comfortable lounge areas, 2 shore boats and 2 kayaks.

 

Price includes international and internal flights, one night in Vancouver on arrival, seven nights full board on the boat, and three nights in Vancouver at the end.

Capacity 10 Guests
Prices from:
£6425 per person