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Inside Passage

Sandi McKenna
It’s that time again when winter is almost a distant memory and summer vacation planning is just around the corner. One of our very favorite summer vacations last August (and perhaps of all time) was a trip aboard the Un-Cruise Safari Endeavour giving us an intimate look Alaska’s inside passage. Uncruise specializes in small group travel. In other words, each ship carries under one-hundred passengers making it easier for them to get in and out of places large cruise ships can’t go. moose On our cruise we got to explore Alaska’s inside passage without ever stopping at a port for the week we were on board. While at first we thought we might lose our minds being unplugged for seven days, we quickly embraced the notion and were able to experience the real Alaska. Life on board the ship was like no other. The passengers and crew became acquainted quickly and everyone seemed more like friends than strangers. One of the beauty’s of an Uncruise and the small ship is experience is flexibility. If there is something really awesome happening, and with nature that is most often unpredictable, the captain can swing the boat around to capture those once in a life time memorable moments. On our trip we were able to spend hours in a spot, surrounded by dozens and dozens of whales that put on a spectacular show for us breaching, fluking and feeding as we bellowed “Thar she blows”. It lasted for hours and the captain made sure we got to experience every awe struck moment. We were on the go throughout the week, really getting to explore nature up-close and personal in small groups, hiking, kayaking and on skiff excursions. There was even a polar plunge in freezing cold glacier waters. This was one of the most jaw dropping, scenic destination we have to date experienced and think it’s the perfect way to unwind from a demanding schedule. It is a week that will create a tapestry of memories. It is perfect for a multi-generational family trip and they provide an educational expe