Alaska Cruise via Un-Cruise

By Marla Cimini, Global Living

At 10 p.m. the sun was still shining brightly. Our small yacht was full of enthusiastic travelers relaxing in the lounge, sipping after-dinner cocktails and peering through binoculars at the glowing sky with the hope of spotting more humpback whales against the backdrop of the Alaskan glaciers.

Although our ship was guiding us through the calm waters of Juneau’s Inner passage, this trip did not involve a massive cruise liner…this was an ‘Un-Cruise’, an ocean adventure with a company created for those who wish to avoid traditional cruises that specialize in line dancing, all-day buffets and late night disco parties with rowdy partiers. Our ship, the newly refurbished 232-foot Safari Endeavor, featured 43 decently sized staterooms and suites for just 86 passengers, designed to comfortably accommodate couples, families and friends. As an action-oriented cruise, fun outdoor activities