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Pacific Northwest

5- and 7-night small ship coastal Washington adventure cruises

From the winding channels of the San Juan Islands to the inlets of coastal Washington, meanderings in the Pacific Northwest put you somewhere unique. Out here, a hike for every level means just that. Casual beachcombers can poke around tide pools. Or, if a rigorous hike is more your style, the temperate rainforest calls. Listen and find your place.

I love the fact that there are activities for all levels of ability and fitness. No pressure or intimidation. Everything I hate about ʻbigʼ cruises is absent here.
— Bernadette R., Orlando, CA (Washington)
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Go on a deep exploration of the San Juan Islands, South Puget Sound, and Deception Pass. 


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View from Mount Constitution on Orcas Island


Get a true taste of the Pacific Northwest on tidepool walks and hikes in temperate rainforests and to towering vistas.


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Questions? This is trip planning to the Pacific Northwest made easy.


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UnCruise guests see orcas surfacing in the San Juan Islands (Pacific Northwest wildlife images)

Pacific Northwest Wildlife

With great blue heron, owls, and other birds of the Salish Sea plus the whales, seals, porpoise and sea lions under the water, there’s wildlife all around.

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Life On Board

As your ship noses into coves and inlets, watch for eagles, bears, porpoises, orca, and sea lions from the bow deck.

Take in life on board


Take the whole boat! On a private charter, we’ll match the activities to your interests. All you need to do is sit back and soak it in.

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Seasonal Variations

In the Pacific Northwest, spring bustles! Meltwaters flow from coastal ranges. Rhododendron and tulips bloom alongside trillium and currants. Fall is rich with the glow of red-orange-yellow foliage. And migrating birds pass through along the Pacific Flyway during both seasons.

Locals often tease, if you don’t like the weather, just wait ten minutes—and they’re often right! While each season offers unique conditions, we unquestionably believe our home region is gorgeous every month of the year!

Colorful Harlequin Duck seen by UnCruise guests exploring Pacific Northwest waters aboard the Safari Quest

Spotting Some of the Most Beautiful Birds in the Pacific Northwest

Several passengers added birds to their “life lists”—most notably, the colorful and graceful Harlequin Duck.

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Pacific Northwest Image Gallery

View our images and get inspired to visit the Pacific Northwest on an adventure cruise!

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Washington's San Juan Islands

An Expedition Cruise and Wondrous Hiking

Our guide Krista held up a long, three-inch-wide ribbon of bull kelp, a sea algae, and squeezed open the bulbous end. "See the little dark spots...
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