Posted August 31st, 2017, 10:10 PM
Do a search on the word ' uncruise' and you'll find several trip reports. Shazzah has an excellent photojournal for a 2 week trip in 2016 and another in 2015. .
I've read a number of the UnCruise trip reports including Shazzah's. (I only found a partial one for the 2016 trip and the blog for their 2013 trip.) Many aspects sound enticing.
At this point, I'm pretty torn between UnCruise and Windstar. I've narrowed it down to one Windstar cruise and one of two options on UnCruise. Windstar had the cruise I wanted on special this past week so I booked it but the deposit is fully refundable.
On Windstar - May 17 14-night Wonders of Alaska and Canada on Star Legend
On UnCruise - May 6 or May 20 14-night Alaska Glacier Cruise - Ultimate Expedition on Wilderness Explorer
or May 12 14-night Fjords of Alaska - Ultimate Expedition on S.S. Legacy
Pro- a really comfortable ship, great food and much better price.
Con - first Windstar cruise there in a long time. Will there be glitches? Not clear how much time for kayak/zodiac/hiking adventures vs. cruising.
Pro - great reviews and trip reports in Alaska. Lots of opportunities for experiences on the water and land in the coves and fjords.
Con - Price. UnCruise has a pretty low multiplier for single rates depending on the ship, but their 14-day single price would still be 1.5 to 1.7x as much depending on which of the two choices). More basic cabins and food (with some variation depending on ship).
At the moment I'm leaning toward Windstar. I think for this trip I may want a bit more luxury rather than more adventure. Being on the first Alaska sailing for Windstar in years is a bit of a concern.