An UnCruise guest paddle boarding toward a waterfall in Southeast Alaska

Alaska Cruise Activities

Boots on the ground. Paddles and spray skirts at the ready. Cameras in hand. Water bottles filled. Your guides—highly trained to keep you safe and confident in the field—are prepped to lead the charge. Our inclusive Alaska cruises feature these activities at no extra charge. So get out there. Try something new. There will be warming beverages and hearty stories to tell back on board.

 

UnCruise guests hiking in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Hiking

The up-side to varying terrain? You get a range of hikes and difficulty levels, from easy beachcombs to mountain goat scrambles. Alaska has trails, though few are established. This often means bushwhacking, grabbing branches hand-over-hand, and climbing over logs. Or take a low-key tromp on glacial moraine or in intertidal zones. Hiking poles available. 

UnCruise guests spotting a brown bear from their kayak

Kayaking & paddle boarding

Going out paddling could be one of best decisions you make. Our small ships are stocked with paddle boards and tandem sea kayaks. Open paddling is offered but most outings are short guided trips lasting one to four hours. Push off from your ship’s launch platform or swim step and give it a try. Ever seen a 90-year-old kayaking for the first time? It's inspiring.

Kids riding in an UnCruise skiff in Alaska waters

Skiff rides

Want an easy-going adventure? From a quick shuttle ashore to a two-hour exploration, skiffs get you farther faster. Minimal effort is required. All you need to do is settle in the boat and focus on what’s around you. Your skiff captains are pros and the rides are a piece of cake. Fun, too.

 

Photo of a totem in Sitka National Historial Park

Learning about Alaska Native cultures

Many UnCruise itineraries offer opportunities to delve into Alaska Native cultures. Visit Kake, a Tlingit town on Kupreanof Island featuring a 132-foot totem pole, or the Kiksetti Totem Park in Wrangell and nearby Chief Shakes Tribal House, carved entirely using traditional Tlingit methods. Presentations by local islanders bring Tlingit culture and history to life. 

Uncruise guests take the polar plunge in Glacier Bay

Polar plunge

The challenge: a giant leap off the fantail into the frigid 40-50° water. At those temperatures, you only stay in for a minute before scrambling up the ladder. On deck you're wrapped in a warm towel and bundled off to the hot tub. Extra bragging rights for taking the plunge in Glacier Bay!

Northern lights seen from an UnCruise Adventures Alaska cruise

Northern lights viewing

You need clear skies and just the right conditions to experience this exquisite natural phenomenon, also called Aurora Borealis. Chances improve in April and September. At your request, the UnCruise crew gently awakens you in the wee hours to see nature put on a show.

UnCruise offers lots of options for discovering the real Alaska. Find the itinerary that fits you best with this downloadable chart