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#21
San Diego, California
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Ok then.......that all suits me just fine! And so an Uncruise is now on our list to to-do's
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#22
Charlotte NC
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Joined Jul 2015
Did 2 of their Alaska trips (superb), 2 of their Portland OR trips (one wine, one regular, both superb), and a Costa Rica/Panama trip. Latter OK, but I would strongly recommend taking the pre- or post-cruise extension in the mountains. This cruise line has offered the best experience we've had since our days of yore on the Mandalay.
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#23
495 Posts
Joined Sep 2000
We just booked the Baja's Bounty Sea of Cortez cruise on Uncruise for February 2018. Looking forward to trying this new cruise line. We took a similar type cruise many years ago on the now defunct Temptress and it was our best vacation ever. Would love to hear tips from those who have cruised on Uncruise about things we shouldn't miss while on board.
#24
21 Posts
Joined Apr 2016
Hi all,

I'm going to be on the Wilderness Discoverer this fall for the Uncruise San Juans trip, and I was hoping that I could get some specific information to help me pack. Any idea when I can expect my packet? All I have from my travel agent is the electronic itinerary.

I've done some googling and I know the Navigator cabin is small with a wet bathroom. I'm wondering if there is an integrated clothesline in the bathroom or if there is something I can hook my bungees to dry out sink hand washes. (And I was just assuming to bring the travel sink stopper)

It also sounds like earplugs for engine noise is important.

Additionally, the brochure seems to imply that you can rent boots (some ships they are included but it doesn't look like they are for this one based on my reading of the brochure... and that they will be *needed*!). Are they any good or is this something I need to shop for? I have goretex hiking shoes and boots- would those boots be sufficient or should I go shoes + rubber boots? The googling I've done shows forest hiking, and the people don't appear to be especially muddy.

Finally, it appears the kayaks will be in heavy use- do they have the upgraded seat/backrest combos?

Oh, and Is there anything that you considered the must see part of the cruise for those of you who have taken this trip? When I took a trip on the Safari Quest with American Safari, there were only 10 passengers, so we all did the same thing except a couple stood where you could choose not to kayak or paddle board. I'm assuming with more passengers, there will be more options.

Thanks!
#25
Jacksonville, FL USA
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Joined Jan 2003
I am late to the party...Anyone do UNCruise to Hawaii? I am looking at them...........just wondering about the activity
and if you have to be in good shape? I try to walk every day but I am not a snorkler.....wonder if this itinerary needs to
be for someone who is much more active..........
#26
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Joined Apr 2016
Originally posted by Lois R
I am late to the party...Anyone do UNCruise to Hawaii? I am looking at them...........just wondering about the activity
and if you have to be in good shape? I try to walk every day but I am not a snorkler.....wonder if this itinerary needs to
be for someone who is much more active..........
Hi Lois,

I don’t know about the Hawaii itinerary, but the San Juan’s was fantastic. They apparently have two classes of trips. Having a buffet lunch is the more active (takes less time so you can do more) Having a plated lunch is more fancy.

I was on an active cruise and I loved it. They try to provide a mix of levels of avtivities, and most of the time there was a morning activity and an afternoon activity. As an example, you might chose a more active kayak tour, or you could paddle board around the ship for an easier option. For hiking, they might offfer an easy flat walk, a moderate hike that was a few miles, and then a difficult longer hike with a lot of altitude gain. Most places also offered a ride on the skiff as an easy solution.

And if you get the chance on yours, might kayaking was my favorite!
#27
495 Posts
Joined Sep 2000
Just got back from our Uncruise Trip in the Sea of Cortez. It was one of our best vacations ever! Lots of wildlife sightings including three different species of whales. Staff was excellent. Perfect for nature lovers.
#28
San Diego, California
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Joined Nov 2007
That is great to hear! That's a cruise we've been thinking on.
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#30
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Joined Jun 2013
Originally posted by SMNYCruise
Just got back from our Uncruise Trip in the Sea of Cortez. It was one of our best vacations ever! Lots of wildlife sightings including three different species of whales. Staff was excellent. Perfect for nature lovers.
This sounds great - so glad I ran into this thread. Have been wanting to do more in the Sea of Cortez.
#31
358 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
We did an Uncruise trip to Hawaii 2 years ago. I did not care for their product and would not sail with them again. Poor housekeeping (bulbs burned out over bar, public waste cans not emptied, our room not cleaned), and at the end a blatant request for large tips. The food was boring and very limited. The upper deck was littered with unused furniture.

The itinerary was great and covered areas little seen.
#32
442 Posts
Joined Jun 2011
Originally posted by mpfund
We did an Uncruise trip to Hawaii 2 years ago. I did not care for their product and would not sail with them again. Poor housekeeping (bulbs burned out over bar, public waste cans not emptied, our room not cleaned), and at the end a blatant request for large tips. The food was boring and very limited. The upper deck was littered with unused furniture.

The itinerary was great and covered areas little seen.
I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with the housekeeping- I haven't noticed that on the 3 I've taken but haven't been to Hawaii with them yet.

From what I've read of the mega-ships (I've never taken one), anyone expecting a comparable variety of food will surely be disappointed- there might be 3 different entrees at dinner (always a good vegetarian item) and one dessert choice (ice cream always an alternative). I never saw the same salad dressing twice. The Alaskan cruise included crab legs one night and Alaskan oysters out on the deck one afternoon (the Captain was grilling them but I ate mine raw). The Central America cruise featured Ropas Viejas for dinner one night; I can't tell you if it was authentic because I'd never had it before but it was delicious. Desserts I remember from previous cruises included lavender scones and chocolate-ginger cookies (I got the recipe!). Food was not the reason for the cruise but it was plentiful and good. As someone who tries to maintain a low-end-of-normal BMI, I appreciated that.

I didn't find the tip process any worse than the mega-ship "default option" of adding a tip to your bill which you can remove only if you claim you had poor service. My tips were decent but not over-the-top and I never had the staff member doing the paperwork make a comment on it.

Since this is a lesser-known line and there's not as much info available, I wanted to add my thoughts based on my own experience with UnCruise.
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