For centuries, Alaska has represented a challenge to be conquered by resilient people seeking a new path to blaze forward. Thus, this beautiful and highly sought-after destination also represents the perfect backdrop for the beginning of the comeback story for cruising. UnCruise Adventures, the smal
Due to restrictions on cruise ships by size that are popping up around the world, this edition of choose your cruise is going to focus on small ships and the exotic places they travel. If you’re a cruiser, but you spend all your vacations on large ships, you’re missing out on a very uniq
The sky was falling if you listened to media outlets from all over the country. UnCruise Adventures had only been back in action for less than a week and they already had a positive COVID-19 case on board. The backlash was instant: Why did they think they could cruise? Are those people crazy?
Does it feel like summer is flying by? Pretty soon we’ll start to wake up with a crisp September chill in the air and you’ll know it’s time to head to a tropical beach somewhere. If you’re looking to book a cruise for 2021 and beyond, there’s never been a better time. T
It’s safe to say that Captain Dan Blanchard, CEO of UnCruise Adventures, loves the sea. In fact, he was just 18 years old when he received his Ship Master’s License, the highest level possible for a ship captain. Shortly after that, he owned his own marina. Being a sea captain and marina o
Aboard big ships, you’ll see Alaska. With UnCruise Adventures, you’ll experience it. That’s what makes traveling to Alaska an experience in and of itself. Get up close and personal with nature – kayak in hidden coves, hike around glaciers, distinguish the flora and fauna R
If you follow my cruise escapades, it’s obvious that size doesn’t matter to me. It’s not that I’m not impressed by a ship with a bowling alley, ice skating rink, elaborate shows, or robot bartenders — I am. But I don’t need those types of accoutrements to make my cruise fantasies come
By Judi Cuervo It’s 10:30 a.m. and I’m at the 20-acre Mt. Hood Winery, Oregon’s 2016 Winery of the Year. In the glass before me is a gold medal–winning 2015 Estate Pinot Noir that bears aromas of ripe cherry, pomegranate, and raspberry accented by subtle cedar overtones. I swirl. I sniff. I
Porthole Cruise News Briefs – Feb. 9, 2018 Seven Seas Mariner is undergoing a major upgrade before returning to Alaska. The world’s first all-suite, all-balcony cruise ship will undergo a 20-day dry-dock this April, getting a new mosaic-tiled pool, an open layout and teak flooring on the poo
For wine lovers, there’s nothing as exciting as a European river cruise combined with wine tasting, wine education, and of course, gourmet food. Tasting wine in the South of France had long been on our bucket list, so when we heard about a wine cruise down the Rhone River, sailing from Lyon, we bo
UnCruise Adventures is offering discounts of $225 per person or $450 per couple – and $100 in shipboard credit – on 7-night Alaska cruises on SS Legacy or Safari Endeavour. Book by February 28. Contact UnCruise Adventures or your travel agent for more.
Monthly Mantra Judi’s Choice Awards…Judi’s Choice Awards…Judi’s Choice Awards… And the Winners Are! Cruising has plenty of biggest, first, and most wonderful accomplishments. The Judi’s Choice Awards recognize the best of the rest. Best cuisine. Best service. Best entertainment. Yawn.
The Monthly Mantra A Whole Lot of Un … A Whole Lot of Un … A Whole Lot of Un … Go Small The big advantages to small-ship cruising “No key card?? No big metal key attached to a 6-inch slab of plastic?? No little gizmo that electronically opens my cabin door as I approach […]
Cruise Deal of the Week – Oct. 6, 2017 UnCruise Adventures has launched an “Alaska Awakening” promotion that includes savings of $400 per cabin or $200 per person on April or May 2018 departures exploring Southeast Alaska, with extras like pre-cruise hikes near Juneau with Captain and CEO Dan
Porthole Cruise News Briefs – June 9, 2017 For the very first time in its history, Norwegian Cruise Line is positioning a cruise ship, Norwegian Jade, in Hamburg scheduled for multiple voyages during the 2017 summer season. From its new homeport of Hamburg, Norwegian Jade will then traverse th
Porthole Cruise News Briefs – Apr. 7, 2017 UnCruise Adventures has added a seventh ship, 88-guest replica coastal steamer S.S. Legacy, to its Alaska fleet, which will be sailing seven new itineraries in 2018. The new voyages include visits to the adventure outpost of Haines and the native village
Porthole Cruise News Briefs – Jan. 13, 2017 Six different Carnival Cruise Line ships have added private destination Princess Cays to their itineraries beginning in May 2017. Located at the southern tip of the Bahamian island of Eleuthera and operated by Carnival’s sister company Princess Cruises
Porthole Cruise News Briefs – August 19, 2016 UnCruise Adventures has updated its Galapagos Islands itinerary for 2017. The 9-day Darwin’s Islands and Colonial Quito cruises will include two nights exploring Quito’s colonial city center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, as well as spending si