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UnCruise defines adventure. Here's a glossary of nautical terms you'll find helpful once you're on board—as well as some phrases that describe the UnCruise experience. 

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UnCruise guests show off their rubber boots after a wet landing in Southeast Alaska
   
Accommodate Making sure your adventure not only matches your needs and expectations, but surpasses them. We do our best to ensure your UnCruise is unforgettable, and a lot of fun along the way.
Active Mountain-goat scrambles, hours-long kayaking, slow and inquisitive snorkeling... Excursions are as hard-charging or as slow-paced as you like.
Adventure Our name and our passion. Uncovering playgrounds that offer the richest, wildest experiences by hike, paddle, with locals, and more. Only so few can do so much. It's all included, and there's something for everyone.
Aft The rear of the boat.
At the helm Diversity from ship to shore. Small ships and a tight-knit crew (sometimes all women officers—a rarity in this industry). We put a priority on welcoming you to the places that have welcomed us—warmth and inclusion lead the way.
Authentic It's the real deal and then some. A Nez Perce member tells tales of his people. Native Alaskans show their totem carvings. A Hawaiian elder shares the breath of aloha. Genuine experiences take hold of your senses, asking you to linger and remember long after you've said farewell.

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UnCruise guests hang out on the bridge with the captain of the S.S. Legacy, admiring the views along the Columbia & Snake Rivers
   
Backstage pass Scenic bays and culturally immersive excursions grant you windows into worlds most travelers don't ever see. A mule ride with a family of rancheros ambles into the unexplored at a local pace.
Beam Measurement of a boat at its widest point.
Berth A place to sleep aboard a boat; A boat slip.
Bow Forward portion of a boat (pointy end).
Bridge Location from which the boat is steered, and it's open for you to chat up the captain—you'll know him or her by name on day one; The flexible gap between itineraries and your #travelgoals, ready to stick around or change course when Mother Nature's whimsy delivers wildlife and opportunity.
Bushwhacking No trail; To attempt a wild and woolly hike in Alaska that typically involves deer trails, bear scat, muskeg, and climbing over logs and through brush.
Casual Easygoing; What you wear on excursions, you wear to dinner. Keep your attire easy and comfortable so you can focus on what's outside the boat.
Companionway A hallway, although it typically refers to a stairwell in classical nautical terminology.
Connection Meet your people. Small ships acquaint you with like-minded travelers and places that tug your heartstrings. Bonds are hard to define but easy to spot hugging it out at the end—from co-explorers to friends for life.
Crew You're in great hands—bosuns, guides, engineers, mates, captain, hotel and galley staff. Their vast knowledge and certifications, wit, along with infectious enthusiasm in topics from engine rooms and sustainability to whales, glaciers, and navigation, have earned your praises for decades.

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Photo of two sea lion pups interacting underwater, as seen by snorkeling UnCruise guests in Mexico's Sea of Cortes
   
Dog A latch or handle for fastening down a hatch or tightening a door—"dog the door."
Entertainment 24/7. Catch a bubble-net-feeding whale frenzy off the bow or a 3 a.m. northern lights spectacle. Your kayak is your seat and the still waters, the stage. See the seal popping up? Now that's a good time.
Exploration Hiking poles, snorkeling gear, kayaks, and skiffs. We have the gear and the guides to make your discoveries easy and incredible. Sign up for the activity you want to do and have a ball charging out in a small group.
Fantail A deck that protrudes over the stern of the ship.
Fathom 6 feet
Flexibility Within our routes we're ready to turn, pause, and seize opportunity. Linger for whale sprays and bow-riding dolphins. Good day for a beach party on a deserted tropical island? Why not!
Happy place Kayaking a quiet cove, listening to the sounds of a kittiwake. Eyes on the horizon on a paddle board. Social hour with fellow-adventurers and the bartender's cocktail of the day. Yours is undefined and unlimited.

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Emberá villagers dance to welcome UnCruise Adventures guests to their home in the Darien Jungle on Panama’s remote western coast.
   
Immersive Bike to vineyards and taste the life of the grapes in a glass. Hold a seastar in your hand on a misty beachwalk. Swim in a waterfall on a hike in Hawaii's ancient Halawa Valley. Learn new dance steps in the Darien Jungle. Your senses are awake and engaged, all day, every day.
Inclusive Excursions, adventure equipment, transfers, baggage handling, and yes, all food and beverages (alcohol too), even heart-tugging photos from your trip are covered in the fare. Truly no hidden costs.
Insider Experts who've lived and breathed the places we visit. And crew who've dedicated their education, travels, and a whole lot of playtime to the places you want to explore. They share their secrets.
Knot Speed measured in nautical miles per hour; A fastening made by tying a piece of rope or something similar.
Lines Rope and cordage used aboard a vessel: yes. Hugging your crew at the end: yes. Waiting for meals, activities, gear, or at the rails for a view: never. At the bar: only a beeline (the drinks are that good). With UnCruise, it's intimate groups, instant wow's, upclose wildlife, unobstructed scenery, and being in on the action.
Muster To gather for roll call, also "muster station"; The place where people gather.
Nautical mile A distance of 6,076.12 feet or 1,852 meters, which is about 15 percent longer than a statute mile; equivalent to one minute of latitude on a navigation chart.
Place More than locations. They're corners and coves to get a little lost in, and maybe a little misty-eyed. So small against a big land. So deep in another culture.
Port The left side of a boat when facing the bow; A marina, harbor, or commercial dock.
Port of call Unusual and uncrowded, with wet landings and the occasional dry. A deserted island with a sloping shore that asks you to slip off your flip flops or into rubber boots as you step out of the skiff.

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Specialty cocktails lined up on the bar on an UnCruise vessel
   
Refreshments Drinks are on us. Craft beers and cask wines on tap. House-infused spirits. And sometimes, with splash in a skiff, on you. We hang our hat on having the best craft bars afloat.
Remote Out-of-the-way; Your own private beach. A thick, old-growth forest where the only trails are from wildlife. Tangled mangroves opening into an Embera tribe's village; Places so tucked away that our small ships fit in just right.
Rope Never say rope. Say “line.”
Small ships Laid-back; 22-90 guests. That's it. You get to know your travel comrades quickly, and yet there's always a quiet corner or empty space on the bow to scout for wildlife and take it all in.
Social hour That sweet spot when activities have wrapped, you've freshened up, excitement is bursting, and before another knockout meal. Grab a piled-high mini toast or wrapped fig and sidle up to the bar to sample what your bartender's concocted.
Starboard The right side of the boat looking toward the bow.
Stern Aft (rear) portion of a boat.
Sustainability Fresh, local, and inspired cuisine—field to table in cooperation with regional farms and ocean-friendly seafood; Local partnerships for shoreside services; Fuel conservation, emission reduction, and use of eco-friendly toiletries and reusable water bottles on board.

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UnCruise guests on a yak-n-whack, a land excursion in Southeast Alaska that combines kayaking with bushwhacking.
   
Unmapped That tempting turn in the trail. Blue water begging for a snorkel. The call of the wild. Rest assured there are maps, but you also get a rush seeking out the unknown.
Undertourism Uncrowded, unspoiled destinations; Travel experiences that connect you with people, places, and cultures where your choices make a greater difference.
Underway A boat in motion (not tied to a dock).
Un-ness [uhn-nis] To break away from the masses. Challenge. Freely used to release, exemplify, or intensify a force or quality. To engage, connect, and explore unique places, oneself, and with others on a most uncommon adventure.
Up close Galapagos turtles and iguanas block your path; Feeling the chill off a glacier's face; A refreshing whale spray ensures you're paying attention to their show.
Weigh To raise anchor.
Yak-n-whack An UnCruise original, short for kayak and bushwhack. An active, hours-long, land and water excursion taking in the best of what Alaska has to offer. Plus a packed lunch to keep you going. It's the height of un-ness.

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