UnCruise guests stepping out of a skiff onto Cypress Island

Pacific Northwest Cruise Activities

The ship slips through the morning fog, winding through rugged islands and inlets, and alongside glacial fjords. Watch for sea lions from the bow or hop into a sea kayak for a closer look. Gear up and take a skiff to shore to go beachcombing or walk in the woods. Our inclusive Pacific Northwest cruises feature all activities at no extra charge.

 

An UnCruise group hiking on Orcas Island in the San Juans

Hiking

Walk through old-growth forest on the Olympic Peninsula or follow a deer path across a wild island. Up on Hurricane Ridge, hike across fields of sub-alpine flowers in warmer weather and snow-covered hills in the colder months. The trek up Mt. Constitution offers panoramic views of the San Juan Archipelago far below you.

UnCruise guests paddling a kayak in the San Juan Islands

Kayaking & Paddle Boarding

The San Juan Islands are filled with hidden coves and beautiful bays, perfect for touring by tandem sea kayak or paddle board. Investigate a bird rockery or follow the edge of a rocky cliff, peering through the emerald waters for sea stars and anemone. First time in a kayak? Try an open paddle around the ship—your guides will get you started.

An UnCruise skiff touring Deception Pass

Skiff Rides

Inflatable motorized skiffs are a quick way to get ashore, but they’re also a fun, easy-going means of exploration. Ride the swift currents in Deception Pass. Watch cormorants gathered on rocky outcroppings. A whale or orca sighting could happen at any time. Nighttime excursions are lit by the glow of bioluminescence in the waters below as well as by the stars above.

 

Orcas with the Cascade Mountains in the background

Wildlife Watching

On the bow deck, keep your eyes open and binoculars handy so you’re ready to spot Dall’s porpoises, bald eagles, or sea lions. Photographing orcas or harbor seals can be a highlight of your trip. In the woods, look for black-tailed deer, red fox, and pileated woodpeckers. On rocky heights you might see a mountain goat or an Olympic marmot.

An UnCruise group taking a beach walk on Cypress Island

Beach combing

Seaweeds and kelp are foundational parts of the food-chain that attract myriad marine life to this region. Shallow tidal areas are colored with pink, purple, and orange starfish. Tiny maroon crabs scuttle under rocks at your approach. Your expedition guide may initiate you into the mysterious lives of the sea urchin and the gumboot chiton.

UnCruise guest on the Safari Quest observation deck

Relax & Enjoy the View

With so many opportunities for active exploration, you might forget to slow down. When you want some downtime, head to our top-floor sun deck. The 360° views of rugged islands and glacial fjords are glorious. They're even better when admired from the hot tub.

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