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UnCruise Adventures offers something for every type of traveler. Its diverse itineraries span from Alaska Inside Passage cruises, Canada small ship cruises and Pacific Northwest cruises along the Columbia River south to Hawaiian Island cruises, Baja cruises, Costa Rica cruises, Panama cruises and Belize cruises.

UnCruise Adventures History

The concept of UnCruise Adventures began in 1996 when American Safari Cruises was established and pioneered yacht cruising in Alaska, offering upscale, active cruises aboard small yachts. In 2008, American Safari Cruises gained a new parent company when its former CEO Dan Blanchard (who headed American Safari Cruises from 2001 through 2008) formed InnerSea Discoveries with partner Tim Jacox and purchased American Safari Cruises. In January 2013, the company changed its name to UnCruise Adventures.

The Fleet of UnCruise Ships

The 8 vessels in the UnCruise fleet range in size from 22 to 86 passengers. These ships are not overly luxurious or particularly modern but comfortable, casual and uniquely ready for adventure: Wilderness Adventurer (60 passenger), Wilderness Discoverer (76 passenger), Wilderness Explorer (74 passenger), Wilderness Legacy (86 passenger), Safari Quest (22 passenger), Safari Explorer (36 passenger), Safari Voyager (66 passenger) and Safari Endeavour (84 passenger). Most of the fleet sails in Alaska, Canada and the Pacific Northwest, but find the Safari Explorer spending its winters in the Hawaiian Islands, and the Safari Voyager with year-round sailings farther afield down in Central America.

To assist with your selection of vessel, UnCruise recently created sophisticated “360 Degree Virtual Tours” of the fleet, which you can now view on our ship pages (linked above). These tours allow you to take a virtual walk through, to get a better feel for the spaces that are available in different cabin types and public areas. 

UnCruise Cruises

UnCruise Adventures has a style of small ship cruising for virtually every traveler. The company is known for its passionate guides, crew and special guests, with U.S. Forest Service wilderness rangers sometimes kayaking right up to UnCruise boats to hop aboard and talk about natural history and their own special bond with the land.

UnCruise Adventures & AdventureSmith Explorations

AdventureSmith Explorations founder and president Todd Smith has a longstanding friendship and professional relationship with the management at UnCruise Adventures. Since his time as a guide in Alaska, Todd has known the founders of American Safari, which became UnCruise. The Wilderness boats were Todd’s original working fleet, so he was very pleased when they were taken over by UnCruise. “It keeps them in the family,” says Todd. “UnCruise took what we used to do as guides, trying to make exciting and educational cruises for guests, to another level. They remodeled the ships, added launch platforms, identified new sites to visit and activities like stand-up paddleboarding and snorkeling.”

“UnCruise took what we used to do as guides, trying to make exciting and educational cruises for guests, to another level.”

AdventureSmith is proud to have worked with UnCruise since our founding and we plan to continue to grow together in the coming years. The ship outline cruising along our website footer is UnCruise Adventure’s Safari Endeavour. We would like to thank UnCruise for allowing us to use the likeness of their ship on our website. And it is a daily reminder of the relationship we have with this important partner. 

The small ship adventure cruise experts at AdventureSmith Explorations will help you decide if an UnCruise Adventure is the right trip for you. Our honest, unbiased firsthand experience will ensure you choose the right UnCruise Adventure at the best price. 

Why Choose UnCruise Adventures

Active couples, families and multigenerational travelers enjoy the faster-paced small ship cruises aboard UnCruise’s Wilderness and Safari boats; the luxury pair can enjoy wilderness and wildlife in an inclusive, upscale setting and history buffs can hop aboard a replica steamer on pioneer waterways. UnCruise Adventures truly has a diverse array of small ships and itineraries. UnCruise is on our list of best small Alaskan cruise lines.