Antarctica & Arctic
From Washington to the San Juan Islands, discover the fascinating marine life onboard this cruise adventure.
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Seven nights accommodation, onboard meals; spirits/wine/beer; non-alcoholic beverages; transfers and baggage handling between airport/vessel on embark/disembark day; entry fees to national parks/preserves; most from-the-vessel adventure activities and equipment: wellness amenities; hot tub, fitness equipment, and yoga mats.
Selected Saturdays, Apr, May, Sept, Oct & Nov 2018
Experience this wild world of natural wonder. Hike in rainforests and up mountains, paddle in Puget Sound waterways and the San Juan Islands, and watch for birds, orca, and other marine life. Taste local oysters and clams, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks and crusie the Seattle waterfront on this incredible journey onboard the Wilderness Discoverer.
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Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Olympic National Park.
Hike in temperate rainforest, old growth forest, state parks, and Mt. Constitution.
Kayak, paddle board, and skiff in glacial fjords and winding island channels.
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Seattle was founded along the shores of Elliott Bay. Today, set sail from Fishermen's Terminal, transit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, and cruise the city’s picturesque waterfront before dropping anchor in a tucked away bay.
Wake up in one of the quietest reaches of Puget Sound—Hood Canal, a glacial fjord separating the Olympic and Kitsap Peninsulas. You’ll be hiking in the Olympic Mountains today—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—surrounded by rainforest, old growth forest, and small quaint towns. Keep watch for resident bald eagles. And enjoy the bounty of the sea—your crew treats you to a tasting of locally-grown oysters and clams.
Make it an ideal morn by kicking it off with an early soak in the on-deck hot tub, a paddle along the shores of the Olympic Peninsula, or both! Your Captain sets the course today, for explorations in the rain shadow of the Salish Sea. You may find yourself hiking deep into the mossy, towering old growth of the Olympic Peninsula or beachcombing for anemone and hermit crabs along the shores of Puget Sound. Kayak and paddle board in protected bays to investigate bird rookeries, or search for whales in the Sea’s rich emerald waters.
You’ve landed in one of the most scenic areas of the Salish Sea. The rocky outcroppings of Lopez Island play host to harbor seals—and it’s also orca territory. Keep your eyes peeled above and below the surface, whether you opt for kayaking or a chance to snorkel. Join your expedition crew on deck searching for whales, seals, and sea lions as you cruise through the myriad San Juans—no two islands are the same. Drop anchor near San Juan Island—the second largest landmass in the archipelago—to explore tide pools and skiff or kayak into hidden coves, as conditions permit.
Your Captain navigates through the islands this morning to your basecamp at Orcas Island—for a day of play where the options are unending. A local favorite, hike Mt. Constitution—it’s the highest peak in the San Juan Islands and it provides a stunning view of the archipelago. If you’re interested in skiff exploration or more paddling, the kayaks and paddle boards are up for grabs too.
The treats keep a-coming! Enjoy your day anchored at picturesque Sucia Island—total population of four—a Washington State Marine Park filled with hidden coves and bays. Explore the intertidal zone with your expedition team, hike across the island, and kayak in a protected bay. Weather permitting; there’ll even be a barbeque ashore.
The timing for today all depends on tides and currents, but the morning has you underway for bird watching, possibly around Protection Island—a federally protected National Wildlife Refuge and nesting site for tufted puffins and rhinoceros auklets. Cap off a delightful final day with afternoon hikes, shore walks, and kayaking near scenic Deception Pass. This evening, wrap it up with a Farewell Dinner and slide show highlighting your week’s adventures.
After breakfast, say goodbye to your newfound friends and disembark the ship back at Fishermen’s Terminal. Transfer directly to the Seattle airport or to your UnCruise overnight hotel stay.
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